Your wedding day can feel somewhat hectic; there are a lot of things happening, some of them in a relatively short period of time, and the expectations are always staying high.
More from a 'general day-run’ point-of-view, but also from the wedding photography-related point-of-view, the ideas and pointers in our Top Tips for a Better WeddingDay series, would help you - brides, grooms and other wedding planners - to enjoy a better, smoother, wedding day.
Top Tip #6: Let there be light!
Any professional photographers, and definitely professional wedding photographers, would tell you that there is a huge difference between shooting in a venue that doesn’t have any ambient lighting on their inner walls, to shooting in a venue where ambient lighting exists.
Wherever there are strong, even, ambient lights inside a venue, spread around on different parts of the inner walls, the photos would simply look better, and with a better ‘depth’ to them. Even when taken with the guests’ cellphones. That’s in comparison to a location w/o ambient lighting, where your wedding photographer’s photos would normally still look great**, but they would be a bit less ‘deep’ in terms of the background.
Such ambient lighting can be either built-in by your venue, and permanently exist in/under/above their walls, OR something that an external vendor - DJ or lighting company - can bring (with venue approval) – either as part of their service, or as an add-on. If none of those options exist, or if it they don’t fit your budget, consider buying or renting - and then bring and install for the evening - your OWN ambient lighting equipment (again – with venue approval).
Regardless of who’s in charge of the ambient lights setup on the walls in YOUR wedding venue, being aware of the big, positive difference they can make, is very important. And since it can greatly affect the look of any and all photos that your wedding photographer would take inside your venue, it is definitely something to take into consideration when planning your celebration.
**Depending of course, if your wedding photographer knows what they are doing or not, and will use the right speedlights/flashes where needed, regardless of any ambient lights existence.
Let there be (ambient) light! Make your wedding indoor photos pop, with the usage of ambient lights on the inner walls at your venue. | Photo by Ori Kuper www.HOUvideographers.com
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