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Night Portraits, Receptions and Low Lit weddings


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.


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… 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.


the oak room wedding calamigos ranch malibu wedding photographer casa del mar wedding photographerriverside mission inn wedding photographer… Again, we have used three different types of lighting techniques, each to create a little bit of a different look, with Sun & Sparrow charm.

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.


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… 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.

Erick & Amber // Vintage inspired Cree Estate wedding // Palm Springs wedding photographer

 WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //  I have always wanted to be a princess, so that was always in mind. From there we took an English Garden meets the desert feel. I wanted sweet, soft, and fun.



My favorite part of my wedding day was my first dance with my new husband. It was the first time we got to be together and enjoy being married.  Erick wanted to mention that he felt the most memorable moments were at our ceremony. Remembering such wonderful moments as I walked down the aisle to become his wife is something he will treasure for the rest of his life.


WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU & WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  We wanted spunky, fun photography that would represent our personalities. We felt sun and sparrow had fun modern photos. They were also local(ish), young, fun, different. Colorful!!
DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?  //  I made the programs, the favor boxes, the paper flowers, ran the bar specifically the cocktail was created by Erick.


WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE?  //   Something old was a turtle brooch that I wore in my hair that belonged to my Great Grandmother Louis. I also wear Erick’s Grandmother Betty’s engagement and wedding rings as my engagement ring.  //  Something new was my simulated diamond necklace and bracelet set.  //  Something borrowed was a pair of pink diamond drop earrings borrowed from Erick’s happily married Aunt Paige.  //  Something blue… MY SHOES!! Oh and a bow on my garter

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //  Get a planner and spend the money and test your hair
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  //  Knowing my best friend will forever be by my side.


VENDORS: //  Venue: Cree Estate  //   Caterer:  The Butler Did it  //  Florist:  Madison West  //  Invitations: My Big Day Designs //  Bridal Gown:  Cinderellies, Edmonds, WA  //   Bridesmaid dresses:  Coralie Beatrix &  Miss Branche  //    Groom and Groomsmen suits.  //   Photography:  Sun and Sparrow  //  Cake: Michelle’s Bakery/Tennessee gardens  //  Centerpieces:  My Grandmother Dorthey hand-created each one
©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography //  Vintage inspired Cree Estate Wedding //  A big thank you to our associate intern Claudia Navarette for helping with this wedding!
  • AmberJune 17, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful page!!ReplyCancel

  • DarcyJune 17, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Congrats you two. Looks like a beautiful weddingReplyCancel

  • LenaJune 17, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    I love all the details! The bridesmaid dresses seem so fun, and love the flowers, and definitely love the pictures with the dog!!ReplyCancel

  • Atoorina BeblaJune 17, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • rochelleJune 17, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Gorgeous!! These pictures capture the day so beautifully! Wonderful job – wonderful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • ArlenJune 18, 2013 - 1:37 am

    Looks like it was amazingReplyCancel

  • Steve grettonJune 18, 2013 - 3:12 am

    Amazing photos, captured what was truly a great dayReplyCancel

  • LoritaJune 18, 2013 - 6:29 am

    WOW! The photos came out great and Amber is so beautiful! What a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • SheriJune 18, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    It was magical, pictures are fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • ErickJune 18, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    I love the lighting in all of this. What a perfect dayReplyCancel

  • Linda gJune 19, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    I was very happy to be there,with my extended family. It all turned out so fairy- tale wonderful. All my best wishes for a long and fruitful marrige. Love auntie LindaReplyCancel

  • SerinaJune 20, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    Love the pictures!! So perfect and beautiful! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lauren bJune 20, 2013 - 10:43 pm

    Wow amazing photos! Amber you look soooo beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJune 20, 2013 - 10:45 pm

    Love all of the pics!ReplyCancel

  • DannyJune 20, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    amazing what a wedding… Congrats …. love the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Paris W.August 4, 2013 - 3:29 am

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Completely jealous of Amber’s planning. So many cute little thoughts to personally enhance the two of you as one. Erick – looks like you have done well for yourself and picked an amazing woman. Be good to her!ReplyCancel

A Sparkling Exit | Kyle and Molly’s Wedding | Palm Springs Wedding Photography

This wedding exit HAS to be my favorite yet because of their sparkling farewell. There is just something about sparklers that gives a wedding surreal exit. I don’t know how to explain it, but for me it just makes my heart melt. So, with all that said, I just wanted to share with you a few photos of how this fantastic couple, Kyle and Molly, chose to end their wedding.

When we were fist talking with Molly about her wedding photos, she was SO in love with a long exposure shot that wrapped the couple in a sparkling light. It was such a great shot of a bride and groom standing near a tree with sparkles circling the couple. At first I thought to myself “Wow, how on earth will I approach this??” I knew it would be a challenge, but at the same time I just couldn’t wait to try it out! I had done some long exposure shots before, but they can get tricky. It took some brainstorming, but it ended up working out perfectly. The trick was to talk Kyle and Molly through their job as models for the shot, which was standing still for the forever-long 30 seconds WITHOUT MOVING! Yikes… I know 30 seconds seems short to most people, but man, when it comes down to it, being completely still for that long takes patience. Kyle and molly were troopers and ended up cooperating incredibly. I’m so happy with the way these turned out! I couldn’t believe myself seeing them for the first time. They were just gorgeous!

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  • MollyJune 15, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    wonderful! i love them- thank you so much for being willing to work with us and try new things 🙂 y’all are great!ReplyCancel