The best things about summer weddings are the crisp sunlight, outdoor venues, and temperature that inspire us to play Katy Perry songs. These are actually the same factors that threaten to ruin your photographs. To ensure your photos are absolutely picture perfect, Grand Lens Photography would like to share a few tips with you for a no-fail summer wedding shots and on-site photo fixes.
Choose the wedding ceremony time wisely
Schedule your ceremony after 4 p.m. During "the golden hour", sunlight will be less harsh and guests will not be blinded; plus this is the sweet spot if your vision is to be backlit. If you choose to have your ceremony in the shade under a large tree, ensure to set up in a way where the sun is behind the tree and facing the wedding guests so you and the groom do not receive dappled light on their faces. This will also help shade the guests as the sun begins to set. Some venues have designated ceremony locations (typically with the best view). For others that give you the option to choose your spot within the venue's parameters, choose a shaded spot if your ceremony is in the early afternoon when the sun is directly overhead and casts unflattering shadows on your faces. This is especially important for your first look because it happens before your ceremony. However, on overcast days, you can choose any area of your choice because the light will be even and soft.
IT'S OKAY TO THROW SHADE ON THIS DAY
When the time for portraits come around, do not assume your photographer wants you in an open, sunny field. Shade softens the sunlight and is friendly to both the subject and the photographer. We do not enjoy sweating any more than you do. As with the ceremony, time of day is also essential. Absolutely try to do all portraits anytime in the one-and-a-half hour window before sunset. Having the sunlight perform as side light instead of directly overhead allows for much faster and flattering photos. In the case that the summer heat is too much to bear, indoor space near windows is an excellent alternative. Inform your photographer that you are too hot. The sooner you discuss this with them the more time they will have to scout things out on the wedding day and tell you if there are indeed viable indoor options.
DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT...
Wedding day photo essentials for summer beauty emergency kits should contain tissues for blotting shiny skin, a makeup fixative, stain remover pen, and a battery charged fan. In previous experience, we have found that baby powder is one of the best bridal emergency tools to have with you. When capturing photos outdoors, we all know it is difficult to keep a big white dress clean. Baby powder can be applied to hide any blemishes that may have happened during a rugged portrait shoot. If a dreaded sweat stain seeps through during picture time, make a shortcut for indoor shelter. Plug in a hair dryer or use a bathroom hand dryer to remove the stain even faster.