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Wedding Planning Tips – Light and Photography Recommendations

Wedding Planning Tips? Nature needs rain and sun, I only need good light for telling your story. So, I will draw some lines (not yet mandatory – I never dictate how to plan your wedding, but needed) because I want to focus 150% on how your story really felt. This is not a rulebook, because I will find the light for my compositions and frames. Anyhow, this “guide” will be mainly beneficial than not.

Getting Ready

I usually recommend (wedding planning tips) to rent a house or a large apartment maybe on AirBNB, rather than a small hotel room ( such a pity there are non smoking signs and sprinklers, and maybe odd carpets and lamps) or even your aunt’s apartment. Large windows will help a lot, and light walls, too. Intense colours like orange, red, green or yellow are not so good for backgrounds. The artificial lights (lamps) are better to be turned off for photography. Also, I will not use any light for any artificial lamp because I want to preserve the ambiance as it was, not how I can modify it.

Take a look, for a good example, at getting ready images from the garden wedding or the country house wedding

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Formal Portraits

I know it is hard to see it, but in pictures, the bad lightning and wrong background can go to some weird colours. This is one of the reasons I reffrain to make portraits in parks and gardens with a lot of green around, especially when the sun is up. The light is harsh between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but we can find some well shadowed places or to plan group shots later on, in proper location or good evening light.

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This light condition will help us if you want to have your First Look moment in outdoor locations.

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Ceremony

Outdoor ceremonies could be scheduled out of direct sunlight or maybe in the evening, excluding the 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. interval as much as possible if not shady spot there. in the summer, 1-2 hours before the sunset is the best time for it. You will not have strange shadows on face, under the eyes and chin, and the temperature will cool down a little.

If the ceremony is in the church, a large one with big windows is preffered, and please ask the priests to turn off the lights. if the light is poor, the wedding photographer will ask to turn them on. I usually get in the church before the ceremony to check the light, but it will be a better start with lights off. They have candles, and the mood will be so natural.

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Bride And Groom Session

I need at least 30 minutes of it, so if you have a videographer session, it should be scheduled separately. Best time is around sunset in the outdoor areas, and in the architectural cities, it will be my challenge to find the combination between shadows and the light needed for portraits. As locations, dumped industrial locations, parkings or streets with no parked cars and not so many walkers will do.

If the weather is against us or the schedule is tight, we can have the session the next day.

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Reception Wedding Planning

Wedding planning tips again. Without any doubts, as long as it it not very dark, natural light is better. A very good choice is for the warm yellow or white light bulbs (try to not combine the light colours) when night comes. Candles and light bulbs on outdoor are the best for creating an unique ambiance and a romantic wedding mood.

Most of the venues had programable colours on lights, so speak with them. Try to avoid magenta, green, red and orange lights and walls, too).

It is critical to speak with the DJ or the Light Master if a band is playing. I know you booked them with all the possible light games, but sometimes they tend to light the place as in a house music club 🙂 I usually speak with them and they agreed to change the lights at least in 4-5 sessions I really need to capture what is going on the dance floor.

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Remember, this is only a guidance of wedding planning tips, but it will help a lot to have a great story! For anything else, feel free to contact me! There are a lot of solutions out there.

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