Now that we’re out of the non-stop madness of wedding season, I can actually concentrate more on the blog again. Whoop whoop! I figure I’ll start by doing some photography tips and tricks posts. Today I’m going to talk about finding the best sunlight. Also, I feel like I need to put out a disclaimer that no, I don’t think we’re we’re the jedi masters of wedding photography. I just want to share how we do some things. Most of what I’m going to talk about we’ve learned ourselves through trial and error. I’m admittedly not the best teacher in the world so lets hope this all makes sense!
Obviously midday sun terrifies a lot of photographers, including me! I know we always prefer either very early in the morning, (which, let’s be real, I cannot wake up that early if my life depended on it) so we aim for an hour or two before sunset. Unfortunately in wedding photography, you sometimes don’t have option and have to go with the cards you’re dealt….this is where being a wedding photographer can cause mild anxiety attacks! I wanted to share a few photos and explain why we chose the location given the time of day and conditions we were dealing with.
This photo was taken about an hour and a half before sunset. It was a perfectly sunny day and although we were getting into the “golden hour” time-frame, the sun can still be really harsh if you’re shooting directly into it. The way we got around this is trees. Trees are our saving grace!! The trees behind them to the left are filtering the sun’s rays through the leaves. This caused a nice diffused, golden light instead of it being harsh and getting sun flare. I like flare at times but mainly prefer most photos not to have it. Also, where you stand is vital to how a photo can come out. Three inches over and everything could look completely different.
I decided to share this one because this wedding had some gorgeoooous locations….but all on the beach at high noon. Inside I had a mini panic attack but kept smiling. I thought of how to make these photos work without too many shadows on their faces or sun in their eyes. Luckily for us, the sand acted as a reflector so some light was reflected back to their faces. I also positioned the sun a little behind them and to their left. If you look at his face, there is some rim lighting that draws attention to him looking at his new wife. I also love how the light makes the train on her dress stand out.
These photos were taken when the sun was still pretty harsh. We were walking along looking for some nice locations and we walked by a stream of light coming between 2 bushes. It didn’t look like much in person but having them stand directly in the sunlight created a nice glow to the photo without being overbearing. I look for spots of light like this a lot to create that nice rim light you see around them.
I hope this was helpful! If you like the concept of these posts or have questions on anything, let me know and I’ll my best to answer/post more!