Post # 1
Since I’m sick I’ve spent the whole day on the bee and another post made me realize I planned a huge chunk of our photos outside in harsh afternoon sunlight. On May 16th, the sun will set here at 8:20. For good lighting, when can/should we take photos outside?? What time is ideal so I can make sure to schedule something then?
We were planning our first look at 4:15pm (outside) and then photos of just us near the buildings downtown, then the wedding party at 5pm near the Ferris wheel then some bridal portraits in the garden. Our ceremony is at 6 then family photos outside in the garden right after that. The reception starts at 7.
Should we do our first look in the hotel and then go to a coffee shop for more photos instead (would be interesting?) Did I mess everything up? We are paying waaay too much to schedule our photos in direct sunlight but I’m unsure how to fix it.
Post # 3
I had to deal with this on Saturday, when the wedding was taking place outside, in direct sunlight. However, I adjusted the settings, and it worked out for me. As long as you have places in the shade, your photographer should have no problem. Your photographer can use an assistant to hold a reflector.
Post # 4
@sheepandbear: This is something you should really work with your photographer on. If you hired an experienced professional, this is defintiely not the first time they have encountered this situation. Ask them how they normally handle shooting at the wrong time of day! I’d really have to hear their response before guiding you further….
What I would do as a photog is make sure to take plenty of photos in the shade, to get even light, and then take some of the more “fun” photos in the sun (like the full bridal party), where a few shadows here and there wouldn’t necessarily ruin the photo. Direct sunlight never looks AS good, but that doesn’t mean everything is ruined. Hopefully your photog is experienced enough to know the best ways to position you even in less than ideal light.
The best time of day is the hour right before sunset. So just plan on leaving your reception for 15 minutes and capturing some gorgeous portraits with your husband right before the sun goes down.
Also… you never know what the weather will do. I shot a wedding just this past Sunday that was a 2pm ceremony with reception from 2:30-5pm… sun not setting until almost 8pm. So I knew there was no way we’d be getting the best light. And then it ended up raining! We did portraits before the ceremony and the sun was sort of peeking in and out of clouds, so I shot either in the shade or out in the open when we had complete cloud cover. By the time the ceremony started it was raining and didn’t stop again the rest of the day. So, my point is, you never know. If your day ends up being overcast, you’ll be totally fine earlier in the day, and in fact earlier will be better.
Post # 5
@zarethacosta: We only have one photographer without an assistant. Is that bad?
Post # 6
@seAprilbride: Great advice, it calms my worries some. That other thread really got me worried haha. I’ll send him an email still though. I know that I can get pesky and annoying sometimes so I’ve tried really hard to email the photographer only if its important. This is his blog if you want to see it. http://www.ambient11.com/blog/
Post # 7
@sheepandbear: I only get annoyed by client emails when they start acting snooty to me or acting like they are going to boss me around instead of respecting me, or that they don’t trust me to do my job. That has not happened very often at all thankfully. Otherwise (and especially now that I’m going through it) I understand how stressful it is to plan a wedding and how sometimes I really just need reassurance yet again that my vendors have everything under control and that they know what they’re doing. I know my brides need reassurance from me too! Unless you’ve been emailing him every single day, I don’t think a couple emails here and there between now and your wedding are going to make him annoyed with you. I always try to schedule a phone call with my clients the week before their wedding, because at that time, they know a lot more about the timeline and how everything is expected to go, and we plan out last minute details.
Oooh… from your photog’s blog, Michele and Keith, the first photo of the bridesmaids outside the church… that may not have been noon, but there’s enough light on them that I can see it wasn’t near sunset either. That’s an example of what your photos may look like. The couple after the ceremony pics of the bride and groom were much closer to sunset.
Post # 8
We do what we gatta do in Any lighting conditions, thats our job. You can shoot any time of day just certain times are much better. Ive had to shoot at noon blazing sun in July, while not ideal there was no choice. Shade, reflectors, and off camera speed lighting need to be used to balance the harsh light.
Just know if you have harsh mid day light you’re not going to get the same look as an evening light. They can be lit technically on point but they still wont have that evening light look.
Post # 9
Talk to your photog. Are there any places with beautiful trees or other types of shading? Any interesting buildings with beautiful awnings or doorways to find shade in?