Winter Night Time Wedding

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I had the same concern (December wedding 5pm here also!)… I was kind of a diva about photography and made sure to choose somebody with really good low lighting shots in his portfolio. We also decided to do a first look so that we can get a few good daylight/sunset photos outside.

Post # 4
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

My wedding is January 10 and our ceremony is at 5, so I had the same concerns.

We are having all portraits, wedding party photos and first looks before the ceremony, then family photos afterwards. 

Post # 5
4751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

twinklesmile:  You should very very much consider a “first look” and do your formal portraits (family, bridal party, bride/groom) prior to the ceremony. You can always do some more night time dramtic lit photos after the ceremony, but as a photographer, I’ll tell you that you will be pretty limited in the variety of your photos if you stick to all night shots. I know for me, while I do focus on stationairy portraits, a lot of my work involves capturing real emotion…which involves the couple moving around (walking, dancing, etc). Working at night, while not impossible, involves bringing in lighting. A) You need an experienced photographer well versed in off camera lighting, and B) those portraits tend to need to be a little more formal and stiff because you can’t have the movement while trying to shoot in such low light.

Post # 9
4751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

twinklesmile:  I would most definitely chat with your photographer about their abilities and your expectations. A concert and documentary photographer is VERY different from a wedding photographer. Shooting concerts at night is also very very different. They’re shooting bands where THEY are not responsible for lighting the subjects – the stage crew already has them lit. Lighting a subject outside at night or in a room that is dark is a different beast – and one that requires someone who is proficient in setting up and using their own off camera lighting. Not saying your photographer friend doesn’t know how – but it’s not something one can learn overnight or in a few days. It’s takes a lot of time and skill. Night weddings are challenging even for us very expereienced wedding photographers, so thinking about someone who doesn’t shoot weddings tackling something like that gives me heart

Post # 11
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

twinklesmile:  Since she’s a friend of yours, perhaps when it gets closer to your wedding you can meet up and do some light testing around the times you think you’ll be taking picture the day of. True, it’s not going to be perfect if she’s not use to taking pictures at this time, but it would be a better option than just winging it the night of, right? 

Post # 12
4 posts

twinklesmile:  outdoor photos in low-light requires a lot of practice. there’s still a few months but i would hope that your photographer is practicing every week until the wedding with low-light flash photography. i would also hope they have the following

1) 1-2 flashes minimum, with enough backup batteries for each

2) wireless transmitter or at least the ability to use remote trigger using the pop-up flash (at least for nikons)

3) a light stand and clamp to hold the flash

4) an umbrella would be nice to have but not absolutely critical.

5) fast primes at least f1.8, ideally covering a wide, medium, and tele range.

6) good gloves. your fingers are going to be useless real quick when shooting outdoors in December.

once they have the right gear, its a matter of practicing balancing flash with ambient. it can be done indoors if needed. have them set up some christmas lights on the couch, use a flash to light up a subject (ideally a human) with all the lights turned off. their goal is to light up the person while still capturing the glow from the christmas lights. if they practice hard enough they should be able to do a decent job at the wedding. 

good luck and all the best! if they have any specific questions, tell them to contact me. be more than happy to talk them through it. 

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