Planning for Light on Your Wedding Day
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If you are currently planning a wedding, make sure to reach out via the button below and set up some time to chat with me about your plans. A lot of the ideas below are the exact same ideas I teach to my clients, and they’re part of an ongoing discussion to help craft the perfect day for you.
Let there be light
Light has such a huge impact on your photos (some would argue it's the most important factor), and yet it may not be something couples know how to take into consideration when planning their big day. Whether I'm using available natural light or incorporating flash to add additional lighting, a little preparation can help bring that light to our advantage, and make for more flattering photos. It is easily overlooked in the planning process, so I wanted to write down some thoughts that you might find helpful as you plan your big day.
If you don't have time to read the whole article, here's the quick 3-tip TLDR (just make sure to bookmark the page and come back to it later!)
- BIG light sources are great for soft, directional light that everyone looks great in. Big windows, etc.
- Avoid taking photos in harsh sunlight, or during times the sun is directly overhead.
- Avoid mixing light sources (e.g., rooms that are lit with a combination of window light and tungsten bulbs)
Note: None of this is meant to dictate the timeline of your day or be a prescription to follow. Weddings are about you, your love, your family, and your emotions. There's certainly no rulebook - great photojournalism is about adapting to the scene in front of you regardless of the lighting, and sometimes tough lighting can lead to unique and interesting compositions.