A Winter Wedding Photographer? As I finish editing last years wedding work it’s interesting the number of winter weddings I have completed in recent years. December is as popular as a May or June for weddings today. I tend to see it as a wonderful time of the year for a wedding. The winter light can have its own charms. A December wedding always contains its own brisk feel. I enjoy this. While it is far from easy it’s a time of year that can be demanding and yet rewarding.
It brings its own rewards.
I would have to say that it is vital that any couple getting married during the winter months consider the photographic work they want for their wedding. Quite rapidly, the light will fade away in the early evening. And how do you see your wedding panning out? You have the option of having your wedding day photographed in a natural free flowing way. For me it is a case of going with it. Look for the magic it brings despite the challenge.
What is important to me whether it is a June wedding or a December wedding is that my overall way of working will not change. The method of capturing your wedding pictures should not change and so consistency remains.
Credibility is something I put my reputation on. And as far as I am concerned if you are getting married in the height of summer or darkest winter then all that should change is the tone of the images. While one set should feel like summer and the other should certainly feel like it is winter. And yet the consistency in the work should have the mark of the same photographer. That identity in the work that ties in a philosophy and a way of working. Knowing your photographing will stick to his principles should inspire confidence.
There was one wedding where I recall in vivid detail the day panning out, late December wedding in Borris House, Co. Carlow. There was a delay given some guests got lost (on a bus!). Once it got going it was considerably dark, and mainly when it came to the drinks reception.
The house itself is lowly lit. Beautifully lit but certainly low. I remember at one point thinking that I was completely snookered. At points I wondered where I was going to go and get about it. I work with the available light and for a moment or two this was crossing my mind and was too bloody dark!
How was I going to attack the rest of the evening? Light seemed non existent. Then in a split second an image presented itself and so I was off. I started to find images. It started to gather pace. I got into a groove.
Finding gaps with the potential for a good image and therefore getting the confidence to find some good pictures. Being decisive and getting creative. It worked out very well.
So for me it is a case of embracing the mood and tone. A winter wedding can certainly be a very atmospheric one. Your wedding pictures should also capture this mood.
You can not under estimate the importance of getting the right photographer for your winter wedding. One who will continue with the same approach. That to me is vital. Opting for a winter wedding phootgrapher is a good idea.