Post # 1
My fiance and I have recently picked our wedding photographer for the big day, YAY! We are having an evening ceremony in November, so it will be dark by the time the ceremony is over. I have always been a big believer that the bride and groom should not see each other until the ceremony starts.
Our wedding is taking place in a traditional church but I would prefer our pictures to be outside, and somewhat abstract. Our wedding photographer is suggesting that the groom and myself take pictures beforehand, in order to have good light outside. We are planning on taking pictures seperately beforehand, with the bridal party, parents, etc, but I do not want him to see me until the big moment.
Has anyone been in this similar situation and taken their wedding photos at night? We can have lights in the distance but I thought they might come out interesting. Any suggestions, or stories of success, would be great?!? Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2020 - The Rivers Club
can your photographer supply soft boxes? If they have a studio then they surely have them. The boxes I have worked with are all transportable.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2020 - catherdral ceremony/private club reception
I posted my evening pictures just the other day here. Granted, we had plenty of city light, but I very much enjoy the feel of evening pictures! Also, that our photographers carried portable lights and reflective sheets (I don’t know the technical terms, I’m sorry!) when needed.
Post # 5
Another option is to have you and the groom take pics on a day after the wedding.
i’ve been working with my photographer for years through business and family. He asked if we would be willing to get all dressed up again one day a few weeks after the wedding to take pics for him to use in his marketing and portfolio. There are some new buildings and parks in town that he wants to try out and see how they would look for back drops. Another excuse to put my dress on?? Woo Hoo!!! (My boss said it was a little much to wear to work…) Your family shots would be evening shots but it gives you the opportunity to get the abstract and artistic shots you want. Plus, you would have all day to do it, so there is no rush to get to your reception where the guests are waiting. Gives you and the photographer a chance to get really creative.
If you do this, check the price. My photographer wasn’t going to charge me anything but I insisted since I was going to get some really cool pics out of it. We negotiated and came up with a plan.
Post # 6
I am getting married in November too and it will be dark by the time my ceremony is over. I plan to take photos with my side and with my bridesmaids in the afternoon, before the ceremony. The groom will do the same with his groups. After the ceremony, I will meet up with my groom for full group shots and just him and I. It will be dark, so our photos will be indoors… I saw a bunch of samples from my photographer who was good at finding good backgrounds at reception venues to use for more interesting indoor shots. I love outdoor wedding photos and am always envious of the nice lighting, but I’ll live without them.
Post # 7
I think it comes down to how important it is to you to not see each other before the ceremony. Give that some thought and talk it over with your fiance. As a photographer, we always prefer to have more light to work with, but I always defer to the desires of the client.
If my clients wanted nighttime photos outside, I’d be happy to do them, but I would recommend taking at least a couple of indoors shots before moving outside. With some planning and creativity, a good photographer should be able to do some creative nighttime shots. Good luck!