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Good Light and You

Summary: While this is just a an overview of good vs. bad light and why it affects you, your photographer should have a working knowledge of how light is the most valuable tool they have, where to find good light, and how to solve bad lighting problems (gyms, old churches, noon sun, etc.)  so that you look amazing. 


Light: Good vs. Bad

Light is to photography what bacon is to a BLT. It’s part of a bigger scenario where every ingredient is vital but without it, you just don’t have a BLT. 

Good light tends to be:

  • natural light from the sun

  • either dynamic or soft

  • flattering


Bad light tends to be:

  • man made

  • harsh without being artistic

  • unflattering


The best time to photograph tends to be when the sun is low on the horizon. Fewer unflattering shadows underneath your eyes, chin, etc. and a lot less squinting.

Good: For me, truly amazing light is found in natural locations an hour before sunset. It’s soft but still dynamic light that I can be creative with. It’s perfect all year round. 

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Mediocre: Okay light is a VERY cloudy day. While it is technically easier to shoot on days like that, the results are automatically less artistic because the sun isn’t as interesting. (This is ALWAYS preferred at outdoor wedding ceremonies when the alternative is: someone squinting into the sun)


Bad: Bad light is man made lighting or basically anytime the light is overhead, including at midday when the sun is high. 


Why You Care:

When it comes to the technical stuff, my favorite photos include:

  • beautiful skin (like a princess not an airbrushed barbie)

  • glow-y hair

  • soft but interesting backgrounds

  • golden light


They’re probably your favorite too if you look through all your selfies, iphone shots, and professional photos. The ones where you have raccoon eyes, while sentimental, just aren’t as pretty. 

How I get this: AMAZING light.

There are plenty of ways to simulate good light and I’ll pull out every trick I know to give you amazing photos but when it comes down to it, good light like bacon just can’t be beat. 

Want to Know More?

Bokeh- the circles and soft watercolor look in the background. My all time fav is tree bokeh when the sun is shining through the leaves and creating patterns that are even more amazing in camera


Noon Shoot- just because we are shooting at noon doesn’t mean we can’t get good light. Usually I find a massive area of shade and park us there to avoid raccoon eyes


Tone Casts- when the surroundings reflect their color back onto the subject. (e.g. a red wall reflects red back onto the bride and groom :/) There’s usually nothing I can do about that even in post. #PickYourWeddingVenuesWisely

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