It’s a beautiful, sunny day for your wedding. Hooray!!! Whether you’re a photographer or a bride, we can all breathe a sigh of relief for no rain on a wedding day. There’s just one slight problem: the midday sun. Everyone who’s not a photographer looks at a sunny days and rejoices. Photographers on the other hand get a little nervous. Okay, a lot nervous to find the right locations! Midday sun is harsh, causes awful shadows and makes people squint. I want none of the above in our photos! Here are 4 tips on how to take photos on a sunny wedding day.
1.Look for open shade. Open shade can be shade on the side of a building, under a covered porch (or something similar) or shade under trees. This will cause the photos to be more evenly lit and the shade brings out nice pops of color in pictures when done right.
Beware of is spotted shade under trees. If there are a lot of patches of light coming through, I make sure to put the bride and groom in a position where it is not hitting their bodies.
2. If you have limited shaded options, you can even shoot indoors. Placing them in front of a window or glass doors/walls. There’s nothing I love more than some nice window light!
3. Use reflectors. Either use an assistant to hold a white reflector or look for natural reflectors around you. Natural reflectors can be sunlight bouncing off a light wall or surface.
4. Plan to take photos later in the day. Use tips 1 & 2 during the mid-afternoon and plan on taking a few portraits during the reception. We try to pull our couples out about 45 minutes before sunset. We double check with the DJ and event coordinator that it’s okay to steal them for a few minutes.
That’s all for today! Feel free to post questions below if you have any!!