Shooting A Winter Wedding Part 2

Shooting A Winter Wedding Part 2

Hello eager readers! Welcome back to our blog here at Weddit, where we talk about anything and everything related to sentimental photography such as this. Oh, by the way, if you haven’t already caught up on Part 1, we recommend doing so, as there are a couple more of our tips to read and some extra info on winter weddings in general which will help you out!

Earlier this week, we began to talk about what it’s like to shoot a winter wedding and the aspects of the day that you will need to consider beforehand. This is just to ensure that your couple’s wedding day runs as smoothly as possible (and that includes getting everything that you’ve set out to capture on camera). So, without further ado, let’s jump back into the article and take it away with our third TOP TIP...

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Top Tip No.3: Have A Backup Plan - Even the most experienced photographers have found themselves in tricky situations by not having a back-up plan when shooting a winter wedding. So, we’d suggest learning from their mistakes by making sure that you have one! If you have only planned for clear, dry weather and all your photo ideas are based around the exterior of the venue, you are going to be in trouble if the heavens open. You may get heavy snow falling or it may be simply too windy to take half decent images outside. There’s a difference between a snow flurry and snow storm you know and the latter does not make for a good set of photographs. The likes of the shots you’ll be capturing are those of the Bride’s mother chasing her hat down the path of the venue...

A beautiful venue will be a life saver here! So, make sure you do your homework and visit the venue a few times before the big day. If the wedding reception is to be held in a church, castle or stately home look for stunning stairwells to capture a cascading wedding dress, ornate windows to achieve the classic image of the Bride looking into the distance, or doorways that make natural frames for shots.

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Modern venues also have potential for great indoor shots, and lend themselves to more arty and non-traditional pictures. Again, this does all depend on the wishes of your client and the types of images that you wish to go for. But after all the theme of their images should walk hand in hand with their venue and the chosen colour theme of the wedding. So, your ideas for the photographs shouldn’t be too far away from what they’re looking for.

Props, including coloured balloons, look great against pure white walls for example. If your couple have chosen a modern venue it’s likely they are not overly traditional and would like quirky shots, so don’t be afraid to have fun and suggest a few ideas against the back drop of the snowy setting.

Top Tip No.4: Overexpose For Snow - If you are lucky enough to get a good layer of snow without any accompanying rain or wind, you can get some stunning wedding photographs, but don’t forget to overexpose your images!

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Photographing snow is notoriously tricky as there is no mid-tone in the image to meter from, so you will need to rely on your exposure compensation (set it to around +2 to avoid a blue or grey tint to the snow). Otherwise, that beautiful white blanket will turn into a dull sheet amongst your images. Of course, if it’s that bad you can tamper with it after the day during the post processing stage, as you edit your images. But ideally, it would be better to correct this issue as they’re captured on camera for a better quality of image.

Top Tip No.5: Take Care Of Your Equipment - Moisture in the air and the difference in temperature when going from a warm indoor environment to a chilly outside area can play havoc with your camera. Condensation has the potential to ruin shots! Never blow on your camera screen if you can avoid it, and when you head back into the venue avoid quickly taking your camera out of its bag. Your camera will need time to adjust and you should give it as long as possible to come back up to room temperature before removing it from its holder.

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When outside, your camera needs to be kept cold so as not to have issues with clouding, but keep batteries warm as they are liable to lose power in the chill (keeping them in your pockets should do the trick).

Do you have any top tips for winter wedding photography? Share your thoughts in the comments below!  

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