Itâ€™s the shortest day of the year this week which reminds me that Iâ€™ve been meaning to write a post on night wedding photography. These pictures are from Ana & Chemaâ€™s wedding in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain, and although they got married on a beautiful September evening, much of the celebrations at the villageâ€™s Echaurren hotel were after dark.
I love night photography as the light in a room – from table lamps, ceiling spots, candles etc -Â can create beautiful results. Just look at how the light reflected from the tablecloth falls across the girlâ€™s face in the image below. The trick is to work out where the light is coming from and adjust your position and your camera settings accordingly. Iâ€™m normally aiming to capture detail in the face and something special, letâ€™s call it elegance, in how the light and the shadows fall across the rest of the image.
No matter how dark the room I only use flash very rarely. I donâ€™t want to draw attention to myself. I prefer to wait until something interesting happens in a pool of light. Areas of darkness add drama and style to the overall image. In most of these photos the people didnâ€™t know I was there. I hope my quiet, patient approach results in images you not so much see as feel.