We recently shared our favorite ring shots from our past wedding. Today in our Favsies series, we are sharing some of our favorite wedding photographs with knockout lighting. When you are searching for a wedding photographer for your big day, consider which of these lighting styles appeals to you—but regardless, ensure that it’s apparent that the photographer of your choice has a portfolio that demonstrates a mastery of manipulating and capturing different lighting styles. Below are several categories that really highlight (sorry, unintentional bad pun) the areas to evaluate, along with examples from past events of each—along with a great gallery of even more to wrap things up and inspire!
These shots are. just. gorgeous. There is no other way to describe the soft, glowing halo of light that streams through these shots. When done by a photographer that really understands how to capitalize on sunset lighting, these simply take our breath away. The light both highlights and surrounds the subjects with a golden warmth. Here are some of our favorite sunset photos:
Natural Light + Window Shots
Natural lighting from a window gives a lot of great contrast. It has a quality that accents the details, pulling them into focus. One of the best things about natural window lighting is the way it highlights the subtle expressions and features of people’s faces. Photos in this lighting have a distinct intimate feeling, like these:
Nighttime + Outdoors
Nothing says “romance” quite like a dimly lit outdoor shot at night. The silhouette effect of the scant lighting is movie star-esque. Photographers have to be creative with lighting sources to make sure that their photographs are dramatic, not just dark. Check out a few of our favorites (for reference, these photographers used a variety of exposures and backlighting methods to create these lovely images):
Nighttime + Indoors
Last but not least, we love a great indoor nighttime photo. Soft fuzzy cafe lights, twinkling in front or behind, create an effect that is just magical. And of course, indoor night shots are NOT complete without the fun “crazy light” shot! What better way to add instant ambiance of fun than by capturing the moment in a blur of light?!
We hope you have enjoyed these images as much as we do. Keep reading for more photos with fantastic lighting in our gallery below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @upstateido so you don’t miss the next installment of our Favsies series!