Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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We were in Morocco for this wedding and during the morning preparations we spotted the mosquito net hanging from the bed frame and we thought it would look fantastic to use for a delicate portrait of the bride. When I look at this photo I think about how important it is to build a relationship with your couples before the wedding day. To take this photo we had to build a level of trust with the bride so that she would feel comfortable and confident during the shoot. We Skyped with them a couple of times before the wedding day and we hung out with them in Morocco for a bit to get to know one another better and by the time the wedding day finally came around we already felt really comfortable with each other.
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Location

Location Name

Berber Lodge

Location aDDRESS

berber lodge marrakech DOUAR OUMNES, TAMESLOTH, MARRAKECH

Country

Morocco

Location TYPE

Wedding / Event Venue

Equipment

Camera

Nikon D750

Flash

None

Lens

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Serious Looking into the camera

Description

We noticed the mosquito net on the end of the bed and asked the bride if it would be ok to take a few photos of her under the net before we headed out the door. We asked her to position herself in the middle of the end of the bed and simply look right down the camera lens with a ‘neutral look’. We also tried some variations with eyes closed, and asked her to look in different directions to get some variety. We also asked her to lightly move the net back and forth for a bit of movement in the photo.

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What was said

If you could sit her behind the net that would be awesome, and all you have to do is look right into the camera lens for a bit. Amazing! If you could take the net and move it from left to right a little bit that would be great too.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

We used an 85mm lens for this photo (our favourite portrait lens) and we we wanted to frame the photo so that the bride‘s upper body would fill the whole frame without any distractions around her. To do this always shoot vertical and move closer. We made sure to not cut out her hand that is at the bottom of the frame.

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Tags

Center Framed Middle Thirds Mid Range

Focus

Focus mode

Single point continuous autofocus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

Single point continuous autofocus (centre frame) with the viewfinder, I focused on the brides eye, locked the focus and then recomposed the shot (‘focus and recomposing’ technique).

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Shutter Speed

1/400

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

320

White Balance

AUTO

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

The room was mostly dark with the only light coming in being a window to the bride’s left and a doorway to the bride’s right. Both sources of light were touching the bride. We wanted to shoot with just 1 source of light to create a more 3D effect on her face so for this photo we closed the shutters on the window that was on her left. This resulted in the left side of her face being darker and the bright side being brighter creating a slightly more dramatic portrait.

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Tags

Soft Light Directional Light Window Light Natural Light Indoor

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

Edited with The Kitcheners ‘Emotive’ presets used as a base. Exposure, white balance and tint corrected. Some exposure tool brushing was used on the top of the image to bring out a bit more detail around the bride’s face.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

It wasn’t really a challenge but a big goal of ours was making sure that the bride felt comfortable in front of our cameras so that we could capture her and their day in the most honest way possible.

Solutions I found

We made sure to invest time in building a good relationship with our couple (video chatting, having a beer/coffee together before the big day). We find that this is a good way to get comfortable with one another and instead of showing up the morning of the wedding day as strangers we already feel like we know one other.

Advice

When taking portraits sometimes a split second of time can mean the different between a good portrait and a great portrait. For this reason it’s good to fire off multiple frames per second to make sure you don’t miss that perfect moment or expression.
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Photographed by

The Kitcheners

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