HOW TO PICK A WEDDING VENUE WITH PHOTOS IN MIND
While you are on the hunt to find that perfect wedding venue, keep in mind that some venues may appear to be a great fit but they may have characteristics that may or may not show up well in your photos. Simply put, some venues are easier to shoot in than others. Below is a list of characteristics to consider for both inside and outside your venue that will affect how your wedding photos come out.
5 THINGS THAT AFFECT HOW A WEDDING VENUE LOOKS IN PHOTOS:
# 1: THE CEILING
The ceiling is one of the most important things in determining the look of your reception photos because bouncing light from your the flash can provide much more an effect then any filter you can add afterwards. A filter can diffuse and soften the light from the flash, but there is nothing like a natural effect. You’ve probably been to a wedding before and seen the lights set up towards the cling. Now you know why! However, the ceiling needs to be light or ideally white. The darker the ceiling, the lower the amount of light that will actually reach the subject. (Black absorbs light, white reflects light.) This means that it will be harder for the photographer to get a good exposure. (The photos will be dark unless they use more light, and a flash only has so much power.)
#2: LIGHTING ON THE WALLS
Many venues will offer uplighting, which provides colored light pointing up the wall. This makes a really big difference in photos because the light provides dimension and color to the background of your reception photos. This is great in all spaces, but it is especially good in dark or cavernous spaces, like in the photo above.
#3: SHADED AREAS
Outdoor photos at weddings are ideal because of the natural lighting. The light is beautiful and your photographer will not need to spend time setting up lights for portraits. However, photographers always seek out shade when they are shooting. People are able to keep their eyes open comfortably and the light is very flattering. So, if your venue has lots of trees and interesting walls, these can be great places to take pictures.
#4: WALLS OF WINDOWS
Receptions that have a great view are awesome, but your photographer should be on the lookout for issues with their flash reflecting in the windows or glass. This is another scenario which requires an experienced professional that can quickly adjust the angle of their flash to reduce reflection.
#5: YOUR GUESTS
While an experienced photographer can prepare for all the things noted above and can apply all the filters there are in photoshop a fun energetic crowd always provide the best pictures.