If this reaches ONE of my future clients, I’ll be so happy! πŸ™‚

So, I’m starting a LITTLE section of my blog with these little thoughts that pop up along the way– mostly out of nowhere, but things I’ve learned over the past 40+ weddings that could be VERY helpful little hints and tricks that CHANGE your wedding photos for the better on your wedding day!!!!!!!

The first I want to throw out there is the rooms that the bride and groom (but mostly the bride!) get ready in totally look best with natural lighting. All getting ready shots can be pretty in their own way, but WINDOW LIGHT IS KEY to beautiful, vibrant and romantic images! It’s the most natural and flattering to you, trust me! You can edit something all day long but oh natural window light changes the feeling of a bride preparing to walk down that aisle. It’s such a must to achieve that gorgeous glowy look! If at all possible, choose a room with window light and try to avoid florescent lighting and dark rooms at all cost. Now, I’ve heard wedding parties say that they needed to keep the curtains shut so no one walks by and sees her getting ready– but try to think of how that can be avoided ahead of time! Even if you have to get ready in a pretty hotel room that’s off location from the ceremony site, trust me..it’s much better than a room with drab walls and unflattering artificial light!

Remember– wherever you choose to get ready, have your ceremony, have your portraits, have your reception…those are all your SETTINGS. Your backdrops. And another important note, wedding portraits can NOT take place after the sun has set! I’m a natural light photographer because I LOVE images that look real– I’m not heavy on lighting at night because to me, not many people stand around at night with a light randomly shining on them so it’s not my “thing” (but to each their own, of COURSE! artificial lighting can be totally gorgeous!), so be absolutely sure that you have at least one full hour AFTER your ceremony has ended set aside for wedding portraits unless you are doing a “first look”!

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Posted by:amandahedgepeth

Hey there! We're a husband and wife team who has the honor to document inspiring wedding days for the most cheerful couples around. We have three daughters lovingly referred to as the mermaid mafia and we love nothing more than salty beach days, laughing as much as possible and living the simple, good life.

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