Night Portraits, receptions, and low lit weddings // © Sun & Sparrow wedding photography & films
Recently I’ve had quite a few inquiries where brides have asked me about our photography skills in dark situations, night portraits, receptions, and low lit weddings. As a photographer who has been shooting weddings for many years, I am very quick to say, “Of course, I’ve been doing that for years. It’s so easy!” But I do realize that much of our night portraiture, reception lighting, or low light situations are shrouded with artificial lighting, to make our images look light and bright, to be in sync with our branded style. It’s important for every bride and groom to know that all photography is about capturing light. Cameras are built to capture light in either pixels or grain. In low lighting situations grain is inevitable, but often can be absolutely beautiful.
For our Sun & Sparrow wedding team, we have decided that we want every image to have a very clear consistency. This includes all of our details, portraits (day and night) as well as our reception images. One of the most difficult things about being a consistent photographer, is to make every type of lighting situation feel the same.
For example, TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEXT THREE IMAGES, THEN READ ON…
… All of these images were taken in very low lighting situations. The best part about these three images is that we have used three different artificial lighting techniques to achieve our signature Sun & Sparrow photography style. All of these images were from different weddings and were taken at different times of the day by different photographers. I love that there is a great consistency in the style of shot, the style of lighting, and the style of editing.
You might also want to know how and if we are open to “Night Portraits.” We absolutely are. Sometimes night time portraits are necessary because we have run out of light. Other times, we have a specific request for night portraits because of a beautifully lit environment or because a couple really wants to use sparklers. We love to use our external or artificial lighting to make epic images.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEXT THREE IMAGES AND THEN READ ON…
Lastly, I want to address how we light our receptions. It’s very important to Sun & Sparrow to not only capture your wedding in the most pure form possible, but to also capture your connection and love in motion. All of this is really difficult to do. Capturing people standing still is one thing, but capturing your friends and family in the middle of beautiful moments all while still looking their best is one of the most difficult techniques that we have to use while capturing your wedding. Some moments are special, some moments are radical and fun; but all moments deserve to be documented.
… When we approach a wedding, I always remind my team that we want to tell a story of the day, but we want to be very thoughtful about how we tell the story AND be very purposeful on how we approach our lighting and our photography style. If you are considering Sun & Sparrow as your wedding photographers, or if you are looking into night time or low light situation photography, it’s very important that you find someone who you trust to have a consistent product. There are many photographers out there that can shoot a great portrait in the day time, but only have one flash on top of their camera for reception lighting.
My greatest desire is that your wedding can be it’s best AND that you can have an amazing photo team behind you whom you can trust fully.