Post # 1
I need some photography advice… We are getting married on 12/31/14. Since it is getting so dark very early I am concerned about lighting for photos. I want some photos inside of church and outside of my venue, but don’t know how they will turn out in the dark. While the idea of a first look is so cool, that’s not for us-we dont want to see each other until the mass. Do I take pictures in church, then some outside at the venue with artificial lightning? I dobt want to have all inside pictures. What have other December/winter bride’s done?
Post # 2
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 : )
Post # 3
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 # 4
meggs66: great photos!!! I love the night time photos.
sostobe: thanks for the suggestions!
I am torn because our ceremony is over at around 230, but I definitely want photos in the church, I am foregoing the receiving line to save time but am losing daylight to get pictures inside at the church! It’s so tough cause I didn’t think too much about this until recently and now I’m trying to figure it out. Thanks for the input!
Post # 5
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
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.
Post # 7
starfish0116: thanks!! I am totally ok with the idea of artifical light. I wanted to see what other winter brides were doing to get photos in the light.
After speaking with my photogrpher (and seeing her work of course) I am more then confident we can get shots in the daylight, and some at night. I am happy we will be able to get inside and outside, night and day photos. I feel MUCH better after speaking with her. It is always helpful to see what other bees have done 🙂