Photographed by Igor Demba

Story

Where do I even start with this one? This is probably one of my all-time favourite images, from an all-time wedding. As a creative, I felt this wedding broke a barrier in terms of what is possible to create at a wedding when things align, dare I say perfectly.

Amber & Farhad are genuine souls through and through, and as soon as you meet them it is so evident that they are deeply in love. Amber is a New York Times bestseller, speaker, and a creative at heart so their guest list was full of incredible and accomplished musicians, actors, entrepreneurs and the list goes on. All this to say that, as soon as the weekend started A&F’s qualities and character was truly reflected by their friends and family, which really set the tone for the weekend.

Usually, when covering weddings I have my own accommodation, but A&F were super kind to ensure I had a room at Kasbah Bab Ourika for the weekend, that very much meant that I was immersed in the vibe of the weekend from the first second.

This frame was taken a few hours after settling-in in the Ourika Valley. A&F was welcoming their guests who were trickling in from all corners of the world before a welcome dinner. The blue hour was upon us and this is one of my favorite types of light to play in as tones really show off in a beautiful. Itching to get started capturing some portraits of the day this was the first and only portrait shot of that day and I am so glad I was there to capture this beaut.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherDancing

“At this stage everyone was elated at arriving at the Ourika Valley, seeing how amazing it is, (seriously I’m going back with my wife Zion just to experience it all again) guests congratulating A&F for the weekend that was about to happen and slightly in an intrusive way – these are the times that the couple is having a blast, but you know that there’s something extra special worth exploring somewhere else, so what do you do? – I suggested to A&F that “the valley and the Atlas mountains are looking incredible and we should capture a few frames of the two of you in front of them inside that circle”. They placed themselves inside the circle but they faced me, so I told them as a first lesson of my world “Unless I tell you so, whenever I capture portraits of the two of you, face each other and feel free to interact and love on each other”.”
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsLower ThirdsLeading LinesWideFull Body

For portraits like this, let the landscape dictate the way you frame things. Look for leading lines, look for geometric shapes and make sure you frame the couple without obvious distractions that deter the eye from reaching them.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Dress Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/200 f/1.4 ISO 2000 WB Cloudy

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Flash / External Light

None

Flash / External Light Setup

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Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Custom Presets

This image was edited with

Custom Presets

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Garden / Field Morocco

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Ourika, Morocco

Final tips & Advice

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Igor Demba

Photographer United Kingdom 5D Mark IV Canon 35mm f/1.4L II
Igor Demba has been in business for over 10 years and truly believes he has the best job in the world. Recently he was named top wedding photographer in the world by Harper’s Bazaar which really excited his mum. He’s currently based in Peterborough, England, he’s married to the wonderful Zion and they have beautiful daughter that keep their hands full.
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