In April of this year, we travelled to the beautiful city of Marrakech for four incredible days, to photograph a post-wedding shoot for Yasmina and Darrin. As Yasmina is half Moroccan, the couple had married in Marrakech the previous November but had been disappointed that despite having an amazing wedding day, they had found little time to experience photos of just the two of them. Fast forward 5 months and here we all were, for a post wedding shoot in Marrakech, to get those all important images for them.
Before leaving for Marrakech, I wanted to find a great location to photograph at. Whilst doing some research on the web, I found the stunning Royal Mansour luxury 5 star hotel, with breathtaking grounds, beautiful riads and a fairytale spa which I knew would make it the perfect location for us. After some emailing back and forth with the marketing team, the scene was set, ready to take some fabulous images of the couple.
We took the four hour flight from Gatwick to Marrakech and were greeted at the airport by Yasmina and Darrin who drove us to our hotel to check in before we headed off to the city for some traditional mint tea and to discuss the plan for the next day. We decided on two locations for the shoot, the Royal Mansour hotel, followed by sunset in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
The following day, we arrived late morning to explore the grounds of the hotel, before being joined by Yasmina and Darrin and Yasmina’s sister who was also to be involved in a few images for the shoot. Yasmina looked the picture of elegance in her floor length, strapless gown and veil and Darrin made a fitting beau to his beautiful bride.
After four hours photographing at the Royal Mansour we headed out towards the Atlas Mountains, chasing the sun as it dropped. As we headed for the foothills, we couldn’t resist stopping to capture this image of the happy couple amongst the sheep and children playing in the background. The image was taken with a single Phottix Indra 360 TTL studio light which was used to light them against the strong back light of the sun.
After capturing some wonderful images against the dramatic landscape and as the sun dropped almost completely, we stumbled across a small village, high up on the hillside which was basked in the last rays of the sun. It seemed like an opportunity too good to miss, so with some trepidation due to the size of the narrow winding dirt road up to the village, we slowly made our way up the hill to the highest point we could find. We stepped out amongst the curious, giggling faces of young children, while chickens pecked around our feet and were greeted with warmth and amusement, as Yasmina stepped out the car in her wedding gown while we proceeded to quickly snap away, so as not to intrude too heavily on the homes of these families. I love the outtake below with the children and am sure it will be a talking point for them for a long time to come!
Our final images were taken at dusk in the valley by a gentle flowing stream before the last rays of light left us with no choice but finish up for the day…but what an amazing day it had been!
To read more about our trip to Marrakech including a video diary click here: Exploring Marrakech – Travel Diary in Morocco