Here are some selected photos from a wedding that I shot back in the summer of 2008. This particular day allowed me to really cultivate my skills in natural lighting. This particular day had it all; a combination of clouds, pouring rain, and absolutely gorgeous sunshine. Everything came together the way that the man upstairs had intended it to. It’s funny how many people think that sunshine is perfect weather for shooting a wedding. The truth is, it can be your friend or enemy. With sunshine, you can easily get harsh shadows that are unflattering to your subjects. So you have to find ways to work around that. On the opposite side of the scale, a cloudy day produces nice soft light. However, the light has no direction. So us photographers have to find ways to create a direction of light in order to produce interesting images.
The important thing that I want you to note here is the fact that no lighting gear was used to achieve the results of any of these images. Every shot that I took for this wedding was outdoors and I used only natural light. The image of the bride and groom kissing was taken under a gazebo as clouds hovered overhead. The gazebo actually helped shape the light that wraps around these two subjects. Heres what I mean; the gazebo was blocking light from from the top, yet the available light spilled through all sides of the gazebo, wrapping the subjects in light.
The wedding ring was actually shot under a tent at the reception. At that point in the day it was really sunny out, so that tent really softened the light and gave me a really beautifully lit image. This shot was 1 of series of 20 shots. I tried different set ups, but the one that I chose just screams “unity.” Enjoy