Tip 2 – Made in the Shade
The worst light of the day is high noon, when the sun is highest in the sky. Both quantity and quality of light are just wrong for making dreamy romantic photos. If you’re getting married outside, and mid day is the time that works best for your wedding, talk to your venue and coordinator and see if there is some shade for you and your intended and your bridal party to get some relief from the sun! If the spot you want to get married is completely open sun, consider getting a chuppah, an arch, or another thing that will provide shade. This will help not only with light, but with you and your bridal party getting sweaty and shiny! Just make sure you and your intended are both fully in shade! The only thing worse for photos in full high noon sun is when you have one person in shadow, and the other in light. If you’re getting married under some trees, try to pick a spot that has deep shade. If you have spots of light coming through the trees, it may create a romantic feel, but that spot of bright light on your forehead is not going to look ideallyic in photos.
Family formals will also be comfortable and convenient in the shade. I always scout out my venue before shoot date and find an appropriate location, so your photographer can lead the way on this! Just be aware that if you want photos at high noon, out by the beautiful lake where there is not a lick of shade, there will be making compromises. And maybe makeup melted. 🙂
The below photographs are taken within a few minutes of each other in midday, you’ll see big differences between the contrast, color and quality between the two.