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How To Make The Best Use Of Light For Your Wedding

On your wedding day, you won’t need to worry about capturing the big moment. When you hire a professional photographer you should be confident that they’re going to provide you with all the desired shots you want. Your photographer will accomplish this because of their experience, and hopefully because you two have had good communication about what you want to see. So one of the big aspects to consider if you want to ensure your wedding photos turn out great is to plan for good lighting! I’m here to help you plan for how to make the best use of light for your wedding!

Lights! Camera! Action!

Let’s start with the easiest and best way to make the best use of light on your wedding day. Honour the code of photography; golden hour is the best for stellar shots! Make sure that you and your partner have made time in your wedding schedule for pictures to be taken at that magical hour. When the sun starts to set your photos really begin to glow and illuminate the beauty of your special day! So let’s remember to make a plan ahead of time to coordinate the setting sun with a lot of your shots. We can look online ahead of time to see when the sun sets that day, and then plan backward for a timetable.

Location, Location, Location!

If you want to make the best use of light for your wedding photos golden hour is your surest way to achieve that goal. But don’t forget to book a venue that has a lot of open space, gardens, and windows. Don’t let the light get trapped, blocked, or reflected. Just like the love you two share, LET IT ALL IN! I recently shot a wedding at Fantasy Farm wedding venue, and their space is perfect for capturing that all-encompassing light! Fantasy Farm has been a popular location for couples to get married in Toronto since 1943! I mean with a name like Fantasy Farm, who doesn’t want to get married there!? Throw in their incredibly beautiful gardens and their fairy tale-like venue space and you’re in heaven! With ample garden space and big windows in the venue, you have an opportunity to plan a spectacular golden hour photo session during your wedding. Want proof? Check out the wedding I shot for Maisie and Cam below. You can just feel the magical light pouring into every one of their wedding photos!

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Let The Light In

Light is going to be your best friend on your wedding day, so let it shine through as much as possible! Make sure your venue has plenty of outdoor space so we can harness that natural lighting. It’s also important to make sure you make time to capture some magical shots at the golden/sunset hour. And if you can make sure you find a venue space with lots of big windows, the issue of light will be no sweat for you guys! If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Vendor Team

Venue: Fantasy Farm
Florist: Blooming Flower Design Studio
Hair & Make-up: Judy Lim
Videographer: Life’s Reel  
Cake: Dolce Vita Cakes
Musician: Sean Stealth
Officiant: Robb McDonald, All Seasons Weddings
Invites and lettering: Blush Letters Co 
Dress: Jolie Bridal
Suit: Spier & Mackay

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