(Closed) Photography: Good time for a Wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you change the time of your wedding?
    Yes : (6 votes)
    55 %
    No : (5 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am not a Pro, but I take pics as a hobby.. But I’ll tell you based on tmy wedding’s Pro pics. Pics during the day are always nicer and clearer. That crisp and detailed look.

    For example, after dusk, my white dress looked grey-ish with a soft flash. With the hard flash it looked white but faces can look a bit washed out. The most amazing pics we had were in a park at 4PM  with the green grass and trees in background. (I’m talking 4PM in the middle of summer, sunset was like 8PM I think)

    As for if you need to change your time, I have no idea! Are you totally against the idea of pics beforehand?

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I just met with my photographer last weekend, and she similarly scared me.  We’re getting married at 2:30pm and plan on taking photos from 3-5pm.  Sunset isn’t until 6:30pm.  But she seemed awfully concerned that it was going to be getting dark and we’d be hard pressed to get all the photos taken.

    I think she was being overly dramatic.  Yes, daytime photos look best.  But there are plenty of great sunset and even night wedding photos that look great!  Just Google it!

    If you’re really concerned and want daytime photos, you can either change your wedding time or have a first look with your hubby and take photos before the ceremony.  I wouldn’t be pressured into changing the wedding time though if you really don’t want to.  And I’d definitely not do it if we’d already printed the invitations (which we have.  I’m also personally opposed to a first look because I’m traditional and want my fiance to see me for the first time when I walk down the aisle).

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I scheduled my wedding around the photographer, caterer and venue manager’s recommendations. I figured they are the professionals and they know best… However, it really seems like all this should have been hammered out in the first meeting. It is not cool, that your photographer said it would be fine before, but is now changing her story : (  You may have to sacrafice a bit on how some of the photos turn out, but if you really don’t want you man to see you beore the ceremony, then stick to your guns!

    Post # 9
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    43 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Christy42213:  If the photographer doesn’t have experience shooting sunsets or night photos they’re not going to be good quality photographs.

    Post # 10
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    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @gonnabeamrs:  We’re doing a first look and pictures before the ceremony specifically for this reason. We will love to get some pictures at sunset but we still want the natural light during the day.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @gonnabeamrs: Is she a professional (not a student or someone who does photography on the side)?

    I understand where she’s coming from, formal photos taken during the daylight & just before sunset turn out the best. Without light you can’t get photos! That’s why cameras have flash, to add that extra light (a professional won’t use the camera’s built in flash, they’ll use off camera flash or something that you put onto the camera). A pro will also know how to use their camera & also have low light capability lenses. I think in Nov, at 5PM its already pitch dark outside. Will there be outside lighting? Or will it be inside?

    One way to see how she does in low lighting is to look at the dancing photos. Fast movement & low lighting can be a test on any photographer. However, if she knows how to use her camera & has the right equipment, she shouldn’t have a problem. Lenses that can be used in low light are thousands of dollars, each! If she’s not a pro, she might not have this. I do photography on the side & I do have low light lenses so its not true of everyone.

    Having a night wedding & not hiring a pro is especially risky, because a pro will have the right equipment & skillset to do a great job.

    ETA: A cloudy day vs after sunset is completely different! Kinda like if you go for a walk in the woods on a cloudy day, you can see completely fine… vs going for a walk in the woods after dark, you need a flashlight to see.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee

    darn I’m having my ceremony on the shortest day of the year at 5:30! i never thought of this!

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