(Closed) Best time for photos..?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

4:30 would be a prime time to start for a 6:30 sunset. But ya, a 3 pm finish would be “better” but not the “best.” However, as long as you hire a quality photographer they should know how to make it work if need be, BUT, the results won’t be as “optimal” in the middle of the day… especially if you get a “photojournalist” or someone who doesn’t have a good lighting background.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

… I planned my ceremony around pictures, haha

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was married on 10/10/09, and we chose a 4pm start based almost entirely on lighting for photos. It ended up being a really overcast/grey day, so ultimately it didn’t matter as much 🙂 If you’re completely flexible on your start time for all other aspects of the wedding (for example, you’re just as willing to have a dinner reception as a lunch reception) and pictures are one of your priorities, consider moving it to make it easier on your photog. But like KLP said, a quality photograher should be able to make it work regardless.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

High sun creates long shadows which means the photographer has to fill those nasty shadows in. Midday is the worst time for portraits of any kind. I would recommend after 4pm at the earliest, coming from a photographers point of view.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I also suggest an after 4 pm time… In fact I’ve found light around 4pm and after tends to be rather yellowy and gets better (pinker) progressively in the 40 -30 minutes right before sunset, and after that twilight is great for capturing the outside of your venue if you have lanterns etc strung up.

Of course, YMMV depending on the weather, location and photographer’s skill…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

So.. pictures aren’t as good when the sun is at it’s highest point between noon and 2? I would think that’s when light is the best because its.. right there in the sky!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Between noon and 2 the sun is directly overhead and the light is very strong, causing deep dark shadows… its harsh and makes the face look “skull” like with your neck completely dark due to the shadow from your head. Check out the photo on the left.

The photographer has to compensate for that by using extra light to fill in the dark shadows… that may be anything from using a powerful flash to additional postprocessing to using extra softbox lights to even out the dark areas. Something like the photo on the right.

Please be aware of the costing for these things and speak with your photographer beforehand about that.

The end result will be very stark and crisp, so it may not be the romantic “dreamy” look you want unless he does some Photoshop magic.

 

 

Light in the very early morning or early evening are ideal, as the suns rays are less harsh, and are “slanting” towards you. Theres also less chance of the bridal party squinting into the camera. Additionally, the red of the sunrise or sunset acts like a giant softbox, producing great rosy pink light.

 

Obviously you should aim for the second, but if circumstances are such that you have to go with the first try shooting in the shade near “white” areas of the building, if there are any. The sunlight bouncing off the white areas will give your photos some help in eliminating the deep shadows. Likewise for a cloudy day.

 

Regardless of all that I’ve just said, your photographer is a professional and should be able to work around the light, no matter what kind is available. Read the thread below for some great advice from industry professionals.

http://photo.net/wedding-photography-forum/00TTrl

I just recalled Mrs. Swans wedding recaps and I think she was having her ceremony at about the same time… take a look at her photos to check out what to expect

A Harborside Wedding – We Shall Proceed…

 

A Harborside Wedding – The Meaning of It All (A Vow & a Ring Exchange), Part II

 

And lastly, a 2PM ceremony works out pretty okay as long as you schedule your bridal party shots for an hour or so later, instead of right after the ceremony ends.

 

 

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