Winter Weddings - Getting those portraits when there is no light!

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 :)

Iceland......The Land of Fire & Ice!!

Iceland......The Land of Fire & Ice!!

This country sure didn't disappoint, infact I am already planning my next trip back (this time with the family!)

I didn't come to Iceland on my own, this was actually a 'working' trip (I promise!)

Back last September I photographed Tracia and Graham's wedding. I have known these guys for a few years now. Just before the wedding Graham messaged me 'I have an idea about our pre-shoot.....can we make it a post-shoot instead?' I thought, ok, no problem, I wonder what his idea is?! He starts 'Well, myself and Tracia got engaged out in Iceland 2 years ago and we would love to go back and wondered if you fancied coming with us to get some better photos in slightly drier (but way colder!) weather?' Cue my responce..........Ummm, YES PLEASE!!

Tracia and Graham's friend Fi came along to. Graham is a keen photographer and had planned a day for us to go on a little photographers roadtrip so Fi and Tracia could go off and do their own thing for a day!

Fast forward a few months and the trip was on! We arrived into Keflavik Airport after an amazing 2.45hr flight running away from the sunrise (that was surreal!) It was chucking it down with snow when we landed, what a welcome, I bloody love snow! (I really do!)

Not 20mins after that snow at the airport the skies cleared completely and we were blessed with these clear skies almost the entire 4 days!

Now these guys had been to Iceland twice before but one thing they had not been lucky enough to see was the Northern Lights so we had done a good amount of research on how to keep and eye on the forecasts etc before we went. I highly recommend this Facebook group if you ever go:

To see the lights you not only need the aurora activity but obviously clear skies to see it (and a non existent moon to get the best pics) Well we couldn't have been more lucky with the weather the whole trip.

Without making this sound like a diary entry (and I'm not one for words!) Here's what we got upto!

The Blue Lagoon, Reynisfjara Black Beach and Lighthouse, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogarfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and the Northern Lights from Grotta Lighthouse in Reykjavik plus a million little stops here and there for photo ops and exploring!

I will let the pictures do the talking (I did through in a handful of my camera pics in there to as I didn't always have my big camera on me)

Oh, and here is a super short film I made with the drone. I did have a few issues with it out there due to interference with the GPS and compass - something to do with the magnetic properties of the (once lava) rock that the island is largely made from! I am prob best to go back out and try this again ;-)

Also, do click on the pics to scroll through, this was a biggish blog post so I have hosted them slightly differently.