The Wedding Venue
The Wedding Venue
When searching for a wedding venue, there will be a lot of questions that enter the minds of the Bride & Groom, such as; What’s the capacity…? Does the location suit our guests…? Can we have a late licence…? But a lot of couple’s actually forget one of the main things to consider when planning a wedding and that’s how the wedding venue will look on screen once captured by the photographer. It seems obvious when we say that the happy couple should consider their wedding photos when searching for that ‘perfect’ backdrop to their celebrations, but there’s usually a lot more than that to think about when planning a wedding. So, that’s why we’re here! We’re here to help and remind you as the photographer that it’s your job to look out for the highlights at a wedding venue and what will look good on screen for the happy couple’s photo album.
Why Is The Venue Important? - From a photographer’s point of view, the wedding venue is almost as important as the Bride & Groom they are photographing. The wedding venue serves as the backdrop for just about every photograph captured on the wedding day. The venue will speak volumes about you, your style and the type of wedding you are capturing as a photographer. Therefore location, colour and décor are all things that the husband and wife to be should carefully consider as the photographer (that’s you) will be looking at all of these things carefully as a source of inspiration in telling their wedding story throughout your images.
What Should You Look Out For? - When you approach the venue as a photographer, the most important aspect that you should be looking for is available light. Inevitably this relies on the season and time of day for the wedding. Generally speaking though, photographers will be looking for areas at the location that have the best natural light both inside and out. Depending on the style of photographer that you are, you will either be looking for open shade to give you that soft romantic look or direct sunlight for images with more contrast and edgy feel. It’s completely up to you which way you’d want to go with your images.
Lookout For Lighting - At indoor weddings, most photographers will want to capture their images next to large windows or areas that are well-lit by daylight. The moment that immediately comes to mind is photographing a Bride or Groom in a room during preparations. Photographers will often suggest or subtly direct a Bride or Groom to the window during the preparations to capture beautiful and well-lit photographs, so be that photographer who knows exactly how they want the images to come out and give direction to the couple.
Most weddings will take place between May through to September, so the quality and period of daylight is never really an issue, but if you have a wedding from October through to April, you are going to want to check the sunrise and sunset times of the day for your wedding gig and discuss these findings with the Bride & Groom/registrar if you’re concerned about the lighting at the time that the couple are due to be married at the altar. It’s highly recommended to marry around 11am to 1pm in December to January no matter the venue, as by 3pm to 4pm there will be little to no more daylight to do portraits or group photographs. If the traditional family portraits are important to your clients, or you fancy spending time capturing those all-important couple shots, then this is certainly something to consider! Chances are, the couple won’t have thought of this, so make them aware so that you can plan ahead.
Lookout For Colour & Décor – As the wedding photographer, you should consider the colours throughout the wedding venue and palettes that are complimentary to that which the Bride and Groom have chosen for their wedding flowers, Bridesmaid’s gowns and Groomsmen’s suits. To us, this is an important consideration as many of your clients will order albums. By photographing colours in a complimentary palette, this will allow you to create a beautiful flowing designed album later on. Lastly, the décor at the wedding venue will act as your viewfinders best friend! Your view will be important as this will be in the background of your photographs and will ultimately determine how much you ‘dress up’ your photo album.
Shoot The Season, Characteristics & Weather - Aside for assessing the light and the best places to shoot in the venue, you should look for details that will indicate the time of year, points that capture the character of the venue, what the weather was like and the overall feeling of the environment on that particular wedding day. Having ‘new eyes’ to a venue is never a bad thing. This is often how professional photographers operate when photographing unfamiliar destination weddings. However, if you’re the kind of photographer who likes to visit the location that you’re shooting for someone’s wedding before the big day, then that’s totally okay too! In fact, you may want to go look at the layout and let that inspiration soak in before their wedding day. Ultimately it comes down to the photographer and your experience with photographing weddings and the wedding venue as a profession, but regardless of how long you’ve been a photographer or how you like to work, never shy away from telling the couple what they need to do to get desired results on their wedding day.
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