(Closed) Pictures at night!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our wedding is also at 4:30 but we plan on taking our formal pictures before the ceremony.

Post # 4
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I actually freaked out about this at first when hiring my photographer.  But she showed me some more dimly lit photos she had taken and also said that she has special flash options for nighttime photos.  So you can take photos beforehand if you want to or just talk to your photographer about your worries.

Post # 5
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think night-time photos are gorgeous! My sister had most of hers taken at night since her ceremony was at 4:30 in December. They were really amazing!

Post # 6
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

A good photographer will know how to take pictures at night.  Ask to see samples of their night time work.  My favorite picture from the wedding is a night time picture!

Post # 7
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes you should be able to get some great ones at night.  I love some of my night time ones as well.  They should have these gigantic flashes they can use to illuminate you two.

Post # 8
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our reception ended well into the night, it turned out great.

Post # 9
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m in the same exact situation… Feb wedding and the ceremony ends at 5pm + we’re not doing a first look. We’re going to try to do a few night photos outside with the cityscape in the background (assuming it isn’t too cold/snowy/sleety– which it may be)… but I’m also setting up getting a permit at the Ohio Statehouse which is a few blocks away so we’ll have a really pretty place to take indoor pics 🙂 

Post # 10
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

my ceremony starts at 5:30pm so my pictures will be taken at nigth, mostly

im thinking on having a photo session before ceremony

Post # 11
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We just came across this issue!

Fiance dream is to have an evening candle light ceremony and when we said that our photographer about cringed! She said the candles would not help in focusing and then with the added “evening” conditions…so we got pretty discouraged, and this was a preffered vendor for our venue!


So we are panicking! I want an evening wedding just as much as he does! But I also want to get the most out of our photography!

And anyone planning a Fall 2011 Wedding and know a solid answer of whether or not there will be a time change again!?!

Post # 12
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@cupcakemeg:I am doing a portrait session of me and Fiance 4 weeks before the big day. granted it won’t be at our venue, but it will be contained, less stressful and for a TYPE A like me this is what works. I know this won’t work if you don’t want to see him before the big day, but we got married”officially” in 2008 on a beach in Hawaii so it doesn’t make that big of a deal to us. I say have the candles, just be prepared that the photos may not turn out the BEST, but you may like some of them. Take plenty before and after. I don’t think you should give up the candles because it is what you both want. try some posed photos in the candlelight, he should have no problem focusing on 2 still people surrounded in candlelight. Stage a kiss shot to capture it. I hope this helps.

Post # 13
8 posts
  • Wedding: February 1999

Please don’t automatically dismiss doing some of your pics prior to the wedding service. Many couples find that this non-traditional method works best for them. Yes it may seem like a breaking of tradition but in your case it does seem to make sense.

If nothing else you can focus on spending time with your SO prior to walking down the isle, this is great for taking the edge off your nerves. I’m sure the conversations you have during this period will be memorable and allow you to get some great day shots in as well.

If you do decide to stick with evening / night time shooting there is no reason, if you have invested wisely in a professional photographer, that you should not get great shots.

Check out some of the images on the blog from this recent post, there are many examples of night shots there.

Potential Photographer… Looking for Opinions


Post # 14
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re getting married at 5 p.m., outdoors, and the sun sets at 5:30. We’re going to do a first look at 3 p.m., followed by the family & bridal party portraits. (Natural lighting is perfect around 3-4 p.m.) The ceremony will take maybe 15-20 minutes, and we’ll do a few shots with just the two of us as the sun sets before joining our guests for cocktails.

Are you opposed toa doing a first look before the ceremony? If so, you can still take some shots pre-ceremony – you and your bridal party, your groom and his groomsmen, and some family shots – basically, any shots that don’t require the two of you. That will minimize the shots you need to take after the ceremony.

Post # 15
26 posts

A skilled photographer will have no problem taking great photos at night. Just make sure you hire someone who is experianced and capable.

Post # 16
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ask about additional lighting that your photographer can provide. A good one will not rely on flash but use light stands instead.

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