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Ali and Noam are a very fun and creative couple and I wanted to represent their playfulness in their wedding photos. Noam is an animator and comic maker and they both have a fun sense of humor. They live and work in Toronto, Canada, but they celebrated their wedding with their friends and family in Old Montreal. This city has meaning to them and I wanted to really showcase it in the photos.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

Ali and Noam are a super fun and playful couple so it was super easy to direct them. I just asked them to walk, dance and play in the light and with their shadow.

What did you say?

Walk and dance back and forth on the side walk. Keep the flow of movement.

How did you compose your image?

Composition played a big part in the creation of the photo. I wanted the couple to be small compared to the high building. The architecture was very symmetric with its lines and windows. I placed the couple at the center where the light would hit them and make them stand out against the building.

How and what did you focus on?

I wanted the couple as well as the background to be sharp. the focus was made on the couple, but my settings were at f4 to make sure not only the couple was sharp but the building behind them as well. They were close to the background so the depth of field was big making everything more clear.


How did you use the light in your image?

The sun was reflecting on the windows and creating patches of light at the bottom of the building in on the other side of the street.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Nikon D750


Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G





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How did you edit your image & what did you use?

I applied my personal preset and increased the whites a little to make the light pop. Then I used the brush tool as well as the masking tool to make the couple stand out: darken the building and background and light up the couple more. I also used the transform fonction to upright and make the lines from the building straight.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC


Personal preset

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What challenges did you face?

I had to take many photos to be sure to get the perfect shot where the couple expression, body position, movement, shadow on the wall were all good as well as making sure they were standing in the light.

How did you solve them?

Just take many photos and have the couple move back and forth in the light, constantly moving.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I think the best advice would be to observe and be attentive to lighting. In the city landscapes, there are often lighting effects created by high buildings and refections on windows. Be playful, be creative when choosing a location for couple photos. Chase that light! :)

Gabrielle Desmarchais Photography

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fixation with the idea of beauty – the way the light from a sunset could turn a field of hay into a fiery spectacle, or a strand of hair into an intricate play on warmth and depth. I’ve forever chased the feeling of contemplation and nostalgia that comes with such beauty. I’ve run from one end of the globe to the other in the hopes of capturing it in some way or another; trying as best I can to hold on to something intrinsically ephemeral and transitory. In my mid-twenties, photography became a natural ally in my quest, allowing me not only to capture a moment, but a feeling. I’ve been on the hunt ever since. After years of travelling and serendipitous encounters, I put down roots in Montreal and focused on turning my passion into a full time career. I wanted to spend my days encapsulating that sense of spontaneous beauty, of authenticity, of everything alining perfectly – if only for a few seconds. And most importantly, I wanted others to share in that joy and lightness of being. That’s why I chose wedding photography, because it gave me a chance to capture the most fragile and important moments in a couple and family’s life all the while producing a body of work that feels real, symbolic and touching. After all, little is more powerful than the feeling of loving and being loved.

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