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The importance of light & time of day

Light and time of day are the two things that will have the greatest impact on how your wedding photos look. And not just for the portrait session, it impacts all parts of the day.

 

Getting ready

There are quite a few things to consider when choosing a place to get ready, form convenience, emotional importance and appearance. I’d always recommend getting ready as close to the ceremony venue as possible to reduce stress and travel time. Another factor to consider is the light.

A lovely house flooded with natural light and ample space for everyone is ideal for photographs. With amazing places available on Air b’n’b and other similar sites it’s never been easier (and cheaper) to ditch the cramped hotel room and go with a lovely airy and light house.

Ceremony:

Obviously if you’re getting married inside a church there isn’t really much to think about with the lighting, generally, they can be a little bit on the dark side- which just means the photographs will be a little bit grainy, but that can look beautiful with nice black and white emotional images.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding it’s really something to consider. Contrary to popular belief- a cloudy wedding day is absolutely perfect for photos. It diffuses the sun so there’s a nice soft light across the whole scene. However, cloudy skies aren’t always there when we want them.

Between 11am-3pm is the trickiest time of day for outdoor photography- with the sun high in the sky casting harsh shadows and causing squinty eyes. To counteract this- consider getting married in the shade if at all possible; otherwise if you absolutely do want to get married in the bright sun, try to ensure the light is behind you both at the time of your ceremony- rather than right on your face.

Ultimately- where ever and whenever you choose to get married we’ll make it work to get some fantastic photographs.

 

Portrait Session:

In a perfect world- the portrait session would be held one hour before sunset time. Often this works really well for winter weddings but is not always a possibility otherwise. Alternatives are once again so find some stunning shaded spots underneath trees or in the cover of buildings.

It’s a great ideal to check what time sunset will be on your day here https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/australia/melbourne and try to allow 10-15 mins to pop out of the reception- take a breather and relax with your new husband/wife, we can guarantee they’ll be your favourite photos of the day. Click here to see more wedding portrait examples

 

Reception:

 

Reception lighting basically works like this: The more lit the reception- the less flash I have to use it get a good exposure. I highly recommend hanging some festoon lights or fairy lights to add to the atmosphere of the venue- it can also make for some pretty fun dancefloor shots.

If you have any lighting or timing related questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch- I’m absolutely here to help out with any advice or tips I can give, light and time of day are incredibly important to the look and feel of your photos at the end of the day.

Toast weddings garden editorial

Quite a while ago I had the pleasure of working with Toast Magazine to create an ethereal styled shoot at one of the most beautiful ceremony locations on the Peninsula. It was fantastic to work with such a talented group of suppliers down on the Mornington Peninsula. It was a fairly chilly winters day when we all banded together to pull off this shoot- luckily we were rewarded with a perfect sunset at the end of it all. Massive thanks to everyone who teamed together to make this possible and of course to Toast for organising and styling the shoot. The flowers and set up in the beautiful chapel at Dalywaters looked incredible. The full wedding editorial is available to view here

“Take your cues from our enchanted styled shoot and create your very own fairytale wedding on the Mornington Peninsula.

A wedding day peppered with enchantment and beauty in a love-filled garden wonderland at the beautiful garden wedding venue Dalywaters Rose Garden and Chapel.  Our inspirational photos were captured in golden sunlight, by the super talented wedding photographer Georgia Wiggs Wedding Photography. Also featured are absolutely stunning wedding flowers – including wedding bouquet, ceremony backdrop and garden chair adornments – by the fabulous Herbaceous Flowers, a flawless bridal look with wedding hair and makeup by Makeup By Sophie Knox, a divine wedding gown by Anna Campbell, engagement ring by Marlene Miller Antiques, wedding suit jacket by Mickey Blue and the queen of them all – a gorgeous Rolls Royce by Silver Wings Chauffeured Limousines.

We think you’ll fall in love with the mood created – a truly timeless and magical fairytale garden wedding – right here on the Mornington Peninsula with talented TOAST Wedding vendors.”

Photography: Georgia Wiggs Wedding Photography
Hair: Makeup By Sophie Knox
Makeup: Makeup By Sophie Knox
Florist: Herbaceous Flowers
Venue: Dalywaters Garden Chapel
Car: Silver Wings Chauffeured Limousines
Jewellery: Marlene Miller Antiques
Car Wreath: Mint Green Blue
Wedding Gown: Anna Campbell
Wedding Suit: Mickey Blue
Styling: TOAST Weddings
Model: Siohban from Brazen Models

Garden Wedding

Breaking traditions: The First Look

Since we’re now in 2017 there are a few less hard and fast rules and traditions that simply must be followed. Excluding the legal jargon in the ceremony, there’s really not much that you ‘have’ to do on your wedding day. From cutting the cake to exchanging rings everything is optional. Why not take some time to consider what rules and traditions you’d like to keep and what is less important to you.

One of those rules that is often being broken now is not seeing your partner before the wedding day. Sometimes this is purely done for timing sake- for instance with a winter wedding that may be taking place at 4pm, there’s probably only going to be 30 or so mins of light after the ceremony. It can be a little bit stressful to try and fit in family photos, bridal party shots and couple shots in that timeframe.

Alternatively, some couple would prefer to see each other prior to the ceremony to reduce stress and have a beautiful private moment. This can be less intense than having every single one of your family and friends watching you when you see your bride/groom for the first time on your wedding day. Some also want to spend as much time together as they can on the day, which makes a lot of sense to me!

Don’t be too worried that this will ruin the surprise. After all- there’s many ways we can do the first look that builds tension and excitement! It’s a moment where you can grip each other, shed a few tears and honestly say hello for the first time in your bridal gear.

A first look is a big decision and it may not be a right fit for every couple. If you’d like to have a chat please don’t hesitate to contact me