December Brides

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
80 posts
Worker bee

We did a first look and some pre-ceremony shots to catch the light. Since that is not your style, I might recommend some indoor pictures for your bridal party and family. We got some outside at night (I will attach) and the lighting is doable with a good photographer, but definetly different than indoor lighting. Other photos were beautiful in the night lighting, and some are uniquely December! Good luck and congratulations : ) 

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  meggs66.
Post # 3
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

jordmc24:  I’m a Feb bride, but we had our final meeting with our photographer and this was discussed.  We have a 3:30 ceremony.  We are jetting after the ceremony with the photograher to do our outdoor photos immediately at 4pm.  We aren’t taking any indoor photos until 5:30 or so.  We’ll do all the family portraits inside at the end of the cocktail hour.  

Any photos that can be taken before the ceremony will be taken then (photos of each of us with our family, our bridal parties, etc.)  We aren’t doing a first look, either.

We are also going to take a few photos outside in the dark.  The lighting can be a challenge, but he’s confident he can do it (and I’ve seen other photos he’s taken, he totally can.)  He also has a few shots in the night in the snow with the kids he wants to take.  We’ll see if they happen! 

Post # 5
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

You’ll be okay until 4:00, then forget it.   You may well get a lovely sunset, though!  Make sure you have an expert photographer that uses multiple flash units on stands.   It can be done well at night but it is extremely tricky and without artificial light, you will have terrible “noise” from high ISO (like grain but worse – doesn’t enlarge well because of big black spots called artifacts).  Artificial light is more often ugly than not… except in the experienced hands of an expert.   Ask the photographer what he/she intends to do in the dark.   No light, no pics – it’s all about light.  

Post # 6
4742 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

jordmc24:  The best thing you need to do is talk to your photographer about your situation. No one on the bee is going to be responsible for capturing your memories – nor will any of us be familiar with your venue or the areas around it available for photography. 😉

As a wedding photographer myself, I can tell you that not all are comfortable or proficient in artificial *outdoor* lighting. It’s one thing to use flash in a reception, but setting up lighting outside is very different. I do it quite a bit, but I also see a lot of disaster attempts. A lot is also going to depend on your photographers style. Personally, the majority of my bride/groom portraits are a mixture of “smiling at camera” photos and real moments and emotion – much of that involves them moving around or interacting with each other. Because of this, when I’m doing night shots it’s later into the night when we’ve already captured our regular shots during daylight hours – so it’s basically just artistic shots at that point.

With night shots, the light has to be “just right”, so your subject can’t be moving around. That’s why most night shots you see the couple is still – facing each other or much more posed. If you’re ok with a lot of posed shots, that’s fine. If you’ve seen your photographers work and they don’t showcase a lot of that you might want to reconsider the idea of the First Look.

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