It’s the shortest day of the year this week which reminds me that I’ve been meaning to write a post on night wedding photography. These pictures are from Ana & Chema’s wedding in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain, and although they got married on a beautiful September evening, much of the celebrations at the village’s Echaurren hotel were after dark.
I love night photography as the light in a room – from table lamps, ceiling spots, candles etc - can create beautiful results. Just look at how the light reflected from the tablecloth falls across the girl’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. I’m normally aiming to capture detail in the face and something special, let’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 don’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 didn’t know I was there. I hope my quiet, patient approach results in images you not so much see as feel.