Winter weddings are special.......cosy fires, brisk air, maybe even festive decorations but they have a little bit of a downside compared to a Summer wedding - little or no late afternoon/evening light for outside photos.
I have shot quite a few Winter weddings, and a few that have started at 3pm or 4pm (so no daylight what-so-ever!)
This shouldn't be seen as a negative though, you can still get great shots!
One way of doing this is by looking around your venue beforehand with your photographer to scope out areas that would be suitable for any group/couple shots your may want (alot of the time inside maybe best for group shots as I am not overlooking the fact of weather/temperature - especially for Nan and Grandad)
For couples shots inside the venue maybe great but don't let that stop you from exploring outside in the dark! I love being creative with light! Available light (building or sunset), flash or a light stick (like a light sabre!)
I thought I would put together a little collection of shots I have taken during wedding evenings. Now some of these are taken during other seasons but this post is about portraits in the dark so they are still valid for this discussion :)
We had a little family camping trip down to St Ives this weekend as I had a photo booth booking in Carbis Bay on Saturday evening. When I arrived back to the campsite at about 9.15pm my 2 boys were still awake so we decided to take a walk down to Gwithian dunes to catch the sunset over the ocean (living on the south coast I don't see a sunset over the ocean!)
I had left my camera in the camper but had my trusty Xperia phone on me, I am always surprised how well it performs for little candid snaps :)
We didn't quite have the picture perfect sunset but I think we had better, just the right amount of dramatic clouds to really make it special.
I know I am a few days late with this. If I'm honest I have only just found my computer under a mountain of wrapping paper, empty cardboard boxes and Quality Street wrappers (kids and Christmas is a messy mix!)
I have been so lucky to photograph so many amazing weddings during 2015. A HUGE thank you to all the Brides/Grooms, venues (and caterers! ;-) ) I have worked with this year.
2016 is looking super busy already and along with a host of amazing South West weddings booked I also have 2 trips to shoot weddings abroad which I am super excited about!
I wish you all a successful and happy 2016!