there is SO much to think about when you’re planning a wedding. Cake, colors, favors, vendors, invites… the list is HUGE! I retweeted someone yesterday who mentioned that there is an average of 43 businesses used to make one wedding happen. WOW. That’s incredible! So much goes into planning a celebration like this and while little details can be overwhelming, it’s worth it to talk over locations, timelines and portrait details with your photographer before hand. Most of my clients this year are opting for a First Look and I am THRILLED. First Looks reduce stress, allow time for TONS of portraits and relax nerves like you wouldn’t believe!
However, when you do a first look, normally this means you’re shooting mid-afternoon and that can be a photo challenge! It’s worth it though! I would rather deal with some bright light than not have enough time after the ceremony/family formals/bridal party portraits to capture the bride and groom’s romantic images! (aka, the images that you actually PRINT after the wedding day!). These are some things to think about when planning portraits and so this post is for brides AND photographers!
When you’re doing a First Look before the ceremony and shooting at 12-2ish….the light is going to be BAD. Unless you have a nice, overcast day….you will be in desperate need of some shadows! Tall trees, large buildings, barns and porches will become your best friends! I’m using our wedding as an example because we shot our portraits at about 2:00pm. I had been scouting out locations for MONTHS. This old, french plantation home had tons of trees (that still had leaves, it was October!) and so it was perfect! You can see that the light on the ground (in front of the bridal party) is super bright, but we found a large shadow to fit our 18 person bridal party in for portraits! Perfect!!! Because the tree was changing colors, the light looked glowy and soft and I was so pleased with these portraits! So today’s WEDDING WEDNESDAY lesson is to find a lot of SHADE if you’re shooting mid-day and have a huge bridal party! Your photographer will love you for it! Below our wedding images, I’ll show another example so you’ll really see what I’m talking about!
Obviously Jstar doesn’t normally post crazy-pics on her blog… it doesn’t match her classy, editorial style but she took a few of these for us and we love her for it. Photographers…. if a bride asks you to shoot something that you know isn’t “blog worthy”… do it anyway. She will love you for it.
Reason #1 why a second shooter is a GOOD idea!
My boys! So handsome!
Brides…. please don’t “skimp” on your photographer. Be picky. Choose the one that you connect with and LOVE their style. These images are SO incredibly precious to us!!! Jasmine or Jd….whoever took this one.. we love it. It’s in our album:)
Here is another example from Holly and Erik’s wedding last August! This first shot was ok, but I knew it wasn’t going to cut it. The light was harsh and the background was so blow out. These were actually taken LATER in the evening! These weren’t taken mid-day but the light was still SO bright and hard to work with!
Be sure to notice where the shadow is on the ground. I fit them in that shadow on purpose so that the light would be even and my editing process would be simple!:)
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.
My review of the Canon EOS R6 after shooting a full wedding day is LIVE on Youtube! I was so nervous to use a brand new camera system for full wedding day… I had my Mark IV ready in my bag just in case… but thankfully, I never had to use it! I was really hoping that I would love it and feel comfortable with it….
This wedding venue may look familiar to some of you who have been following us for a while! I photographed Meghan’s brother’s wedding a few years ago at this very same farm and venue!
Natural light photographers…. (flash photographers, we know how you would handle these scenarios and that’s awesome for your style! This is for the natural light folks!)
I’ve been hoping for this day for a very long time…. but I wasn’t sure that it would ever come. That sounds dramatic but let me explain. I LOVE my website company. Showit is incredible and the more I learn about and experience other platforms for hosting and creating custom websites, the more I realize, they aren’t really, truly “custom” at all. Showit is the website design platform for the creative. Hands-down. It’s so powerful, so intuitive and so easy to use. Years ago, Showit created a way to implement a Showit theme onto a Wordpress blog!!! Genius! I couldn’t wait for my blog to be a Showit blog…. but it never happened.
If you are like me and you’re a natural light wedding photographer, you may not love using the Canon 600 EX-RT flashes. But they are so necessary!