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Video Light and Wedding Photography

Wedding photographers have been using video light for a while in the USA and Australia;  and it use is gradually becoming more popular the UK. But video light is not always deployed to its maximum potential at weddings.

I have taught some photographers who initially viewed video light in the way it is used for videography (straightforward illumination in low light) and have tended to focus on the technical advantages and disadvantages against a flash gun alternative.

Video Light Wedding Image

At weddings I deploy video light to produce a romantic and tender mood in the photograph. I am frequently in stately homes in very low-light conditions, but with lovely, subtle ambient tungsten lighting. The benefit of video light is that in can balance with the tungsten light in terms of colour temperature and intensity. It is mainly impossible to create such a soft fall-off in light with an off-camera flash gun (even with diffusing modifiers).  Another advantage of using video light for wedding photographers is that you are essentially ‘painting with light’.  In contrast to flash, you can readily see beforehand what image and light you are capturing.

There are two aspects to emphasise about video light. First, do not be hesitant about using high ISO (I frequently use ISO 3200, and I am surprised by the number of wedding photographers who unduly worry about this). The advantages of capturing the ambient light offered in low-light settings easily outweigh any disadvantages concerning noise. Second, direct the couple in a way so that their faces offer a simple surface to the  video light. When you are creating a smaller source of (directional) light, I always look to avoid ugly eye socket shadows because it can often destroy the subtle, editorial feel of the photo.

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London Photo Shoot – Yoke and Edmund

On Sunday we were commissioned for a London photo shoot. Yoke and Edmund are from Singapore, but in London for a short holiday to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Luckily, after a long run of heavy rain, the weekend was blessed with diffused sunshine.

We started in the early evening at Hyde Park. This is naturally a popular park, but it is worth persevering with the crowds because the area does offer beautiful versatility – especially in early Spring. The advantage of starting with Hyde park is that we were able to shoot some more natural shots to contrast with some of the later shooting, which needs to be more stylised. The 3rd shot in the gallery – using off-camera flash for a more fashion-like feel – was one of my favourites photographs of the London shoot.

We then moved on to Trafalgar Square (where it is impossible to avoid people in the background of the photographs!) and then Harrods. Yoke then changed into her second outfit – a stunning white dress.

The next destination for the photography was St Pauls Cathedral – where the light was beginning to get more dusky, and then Leadenhall Market (Sunday is a good day to catch the market empty; and we like the high ceiling, arches and tungsten lighting). Finally, after a another outfit change (a lovely gold dress), we finished at Albert Embankment to photograph the Houses of Parliament in the background.

We are often commissioned by couples from Singapore to do London photography shoots. Some couples are in London celebrating anniversaries, but many are looking to enjoy an extension to their wedding photography (either as a pre-shoot or during the honeymoon).  You can view details about Gary’s photography awards here.

If you are interested in a photography shoot around London, please contact us. We can also arrange the itinerary, make-up, transport – and even flowers if necessary!

Great Fosters Wedding Photography – Nahid and Andrew

As recommended suppliers, wedding photography at Great Fosters is always a pleasure. This time – unusually on a Monday – we were photographing Nahid and Andrew’s big day. After first dropping by Nahid’s parents’ house in Hounslow, we arrived ahead of the ceremony in the Orangery to grab some photographs in the gardens with Andrew and his groomsmen. We stayed through until the first dances in the 14th century tithe barn – and finished the coverage with a final night photograph of the couple in front of the nicely-lit hotel.

Wedding photograph with couple and car outside the front of Great Fosters hotel.

Great Fosters is an historic, grade one listed building set in beautiful parkland and gardens near Egham in Surrey (it says on the venue’s website that it was originally built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550 AD). The venue describes itself as a romantic, luxury hotel – and it is hard to disagree with that description. Certainly, as Great Fosters wedding photographers, we never get tired of the venue, simply because there are so many varied photographic opportunities, both inside and out.

This time, one of our favourite photographs is on the staircase. It requires a good, wide angle lens in a tight position; and the contrast from the window through to the dark panelled wood is very strong. But the final outcome offers an artistic and romantic feel to the image. We also really like the emphasis the image gives to the bride’s dress.

In addition to the pretty rose garden and bridge, the fountain also offers a natural draw to wedding photographers. Image 9 in the gallery uses off-camera flash to pull out a little drama; and also allows the image to capture the detail in the bright sky and water alongside the darker foreground.

More details about wedding photography at Great Fosters and the venue itself can be found on their website here.  The flowers for the wedding were supplied by The Fine Flowers Company.

Featured on Wedding Photographers Gallery

Last week Gary was the featured photographer on the Wedding Photographers Gallery.  He was interviewed about his background, photography style and his general approach to wedding photography and designing albums.  You can read the interview here.

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