Since we shoot a photojournalistic style, we heavily rely on natural light to capture your day as its happening. As you know, we're not about setting up giant lights and posing you in front of them. You can rest assured we will be finding the best light to put you in throughout the day. There are, however, a few areas you can help us out with.
The best getting ready photos are clear of clutter in a spacious, clean area with lots of window light.
For Outdoor Ceremonies: When the sun is high overhead, it is very harsh and can create awkward, dark shadows. Consider a time for your ceremony approximately 1-2 hours before sunset, or pick a nice, shaded area free of direct sunlight or shadows for ceremonies earlier in the day.
For Indoor Ceremonies: As long as your venue is well lit, there will be no issues. If the venue is not well lit, we prefer to use flashes which will provide the best photos with more even light. If you prefer we do not use flashes, then you can expect dark, grainy photos that will probably be black and white. (Not all bad- kinda artsy- just not preferred.)
If you are doing a first look: We will already have a collection of really great images pre-ceremony, but we suggest blocking out 15-30 minutes right after family photos and right before sunset for what's called the "golden hour." The light will be at its best for the day, and you'll love the bit of time away from the crowd to catch your breath.
If you are NOT doing a first look: Make sure to plan enough time post-ceremony so that we do not run out of light. An hour and a half is preferred for family, bridal party & photos of the bride and groom.