Shooting A Winter Wedding Part 1
Shooting A Winter Wedding Part 1
Winter weddings have risen in popularity over the past few years for a number of reasons. That in turn makes snow-dusted venues, bridal parties in fur coats and Christmas-themed decorations the NEW thing in the world of wedding themes. It’s fair to say that these nuptials are a little different to the ordinary. However, it’s not uncommon nowadays for wedding photographers to come across this type of unique wedding. So, in today’s article we’re going to tell you everything that you need to know about shooting a winter wedding! Just carry on reading to learn more...
Why Is A Winter Wedding Popular? - From a more practical perspective, Brides and Grooms who are financially savvy might be drawn to the big savings that can be made by avoiding weddings in those popular summer months. As well as this, weddings in the winter months are often easier to organise, with guests not already engaged with summer holidays, prior commitments, or even other weddings.
Whilst a winter ceremony might mean plainer sailing for the bridal party, it could spell difficulties for the chosen photographer. Winter photography is notoriously tricky, with light fading early in the day and inclement weather combining to make the perfect shot tough to achieve, even for the very best photographers out there.
If you are shooting a winter wedding this year, read on for our TOP TIPS! We’re going to tell you how you can get the most out of the day (photography wise), which in turn will help you to create that perfect wedding album. It'll WOW the happy couple. Trust us!
Top Tip No.1: Keep An Eye On The Clock - It’s a pretty obvious issue, but when you’re shooting a winter wedding, be sure to keep an eye on the time. No, we don’t mean act like you’ve got somewhere else to be. Your attention should remain focused on the day and the happy couple themselves. We just mean, think about the time of year logically. In the winter, there are fewer hours of day light compared to those warmer months, reducing the amount of time available for outdoor shots. So, you’ll need to plan ahead and act pretty sharpish in order to capture the shot!
If you consider that a wedding ceremony could begin at 1:30pm, the service might run until 3 (or later), this could mean that you’re left with mere minutes before the light fades. So, now would be the time to be honest with your couple. After all, you should be comfortable enough to make a few suggestions to your clients if it’ll make your role easier on the day. After all, you are shooting their wedding. Just explain in the best way possible that it would be extremely impractical to start shooting after the drive to the venue. The shots will not be of very good quality at all.
Your couple may be willing to have a few shots taken immediately after the service and if they don’t seem particularly traditional, they may even want some shots (separately) before the ceremony begins. Try to come up with a plan that suits everyone and stick to it on the day. It’s part of the deal when a couple wants a winter wedding, but if they can see the bigger picture, they’re likely to understand.
Top Tip No.2: The Details - A common issue with winter wedding photography is that a lot of the shots might develop with very similar grey, white and black tones. Keep an eye out for any pops of colour you can pick out and make them a focal point. As beautiful and pure as a snowy backdrop looks, after looking at a few hundred images that all look the same, the effects of its beauty will fade. But having said that, The Bride is more than likely looking forward to seeing lots of images filled with a clean white backdrop. That’s probably what she has envisioned since it was decided that the couple were going to share a winter wedding.
All we’re saying is, look out for something a little different now and then. Think flowers, the Bride’s colourful shoes, Bridesmaid dresses e.c.t If the weather really isn’t on your side you could add colour with some fun props, like brightly patterned wellington boots, umbrellas or raincoats. It’s up to the couple what kind of look they want to go for amongst the snow.
We know, we know! We’re just starting to delve into the topic, but in Part 2, we’ll have another three more tips for you to read through. That’ll be a little later on this week. So, in the meantime, why not check out some other articles? Take your pick from the blog feed.
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