Ameirfikri prefers to let things happen naturally and focus on moments that show emotion and human connection. “For me,” he explains, “weddings are not only about the bride and groom but other attendees there as well. Capturing them unposed and without direction helps infuse genuine feelings and emotions into my images.” Being from Malaysia, the photographer says that being raised in a community of different races helps set himself apart from other photographers by embracing diverse cultural heritages in his images. And using his trusty 35mm also helps, he says, as he loves the wider angle, mood and perspective it incorporates.

Check out the behind-the-scenes stories on some of the photos from his submission.