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.


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 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 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.