I shoot with natural light whenever possible. I am 100% comfortable with my flash in any situation (in fact some of my favorite weddings have been shot almost entirely with flash), but if there is natural light to work with, we are going to work it! Many hotel rooms and bridal suites seem like they don't have enough natural light but wanna know a secret? All it takes is one window, just one, to create gorgeous images. Want to know another secret? When it comes time to get you in your gown, I am most likely going to turn off all of the lights and WORK that window! But don't worry, I always warn everyone before dimming the lights. Inevitably, at least one person in the room will ask if we have enough light and want to turn all of the lights back on to help us out. But want to know another secret? Turning off the lights ensures that color tones are consistent and you don't have any color casts in your images from fluorescent (green) or tungsten (orange) lights.
So what do we do if we don't have that one window? We use flash to simulate the look of that one window or we take you somewhere close that has natural light (but those are posts for a different day).
All of the examples in this post were taken using one window or one glass door. So if you are worried about how "dark" your prep room is (I hear this question a lot), don't be! We've got you covered!
After we finish up photographing your details (gown, jewelry, rings, etc.), we start the day with some candids of hair and makeup being finished. Most hair and makeup artists set up by a window or bring a light along that looks natural. The lighting is key to creating gorgeous hair and makeup images that pop off the screen and take your right back to the anticipation of your day.
After the hair and makeup is finished, it's time to get dressed! YAY! The window light is such an asset to capturing candid moments that look and feel natural.
After you are dressed we are going to keep working that light. We spend about 5 minutes taking a few classic bridal portraits before we head off to your first look or to the ceremony.
Here's Margaret, taking some GORGEOUS portraits in a two foot square area by the window. The rest of the bridal suite was pretty dark but that window light was on point!
Shiho's portraits were actually taken at the church as she waited for some family members to arrive. There was a white wall and one window by the room she was waiting in, so we snuck right outside the room and took a few extra images before she walked down the aisle. I am so glad that we did!
And finally, gorgeous Katelyn in the bridal suite watching as her guests arrive!
Wherever you are getting ready, with whatever lighting situation we walk into, we have a plan to capture it all. From candids of hair and makeup to classic bridal portraits, we've got you covered!
Want to know more tips for bridal prep? Be sure to check back in. There is a whole post coming with my top ten tips for accomplishing all of your goals (having fun and getting great images!) for prep!