How to Schedule Your Wedding Photography to Take Advantage of the Best Light, by Indianapolis Photographer Stuart Meyer

Aside from composition, lighting ranks as a close second in obtaining great wedding pictures. Indoor photography can be done anytime because it can be controlled with artificial light. Thus, it's timing is not an issue. Outdoor photography, on the other hand, is best done when the sun is not directly overhead because this will cast harsh shadows in the eyes and wash out high facial features due to several stops of light difference between the light and dark areas. Early morning and late afternoon sunlight work well, and your wedding photographer will face the subjects away from the sun, using either a reflector or powerful fill flash to illuminate the front. Shade and cloudy outdoor light work anytime and your photographers might use a reflector or fill flash to add light. Sunset within 1.5 hours of darkness gives the best outdoor light for wedding photography because it is diffuse, yet directional. Subjects can face nearly into the sunlight (as long as they are not squinting) and still obtain warm skin tones. Within this window of time, there will be one half hour of rapidly fading light. This fading light makes photography challenging, but it is truly some of the best light for creative, fun, and artistic pictures. Try not to schedule formal group images within this last half hour, but rather creative images of just the two of you.


I hope this article on The Best Light for Wedding Photography helped with your wedding plans. If you're a budding photographer, or if you enjoy getting into the details, here is an intro to photographic lighting from Popular Photography. Of all the photography skills, good lighting technique is the most coveted by top wedding photographers because for an image to look stunning and professionally photographed, light should both make the subjects look good and sufficiently separate them from their surroundings.  And, this must be done within the time constraints of the wedding day. The photograph on this page is an example of applying light to separate the bride from her surroundings.

Author: Stuart Meyer