Photographing into the night creates very different style and mood in wedding pictures. The first noticeable thing you will see with night photography (low light photography) is the color spectrum will change. Think of how you see light with your eyes. In daytime you see more colors and ranges of those colors. At night, you see less color and range of color. It is really that simple.
I find some of the most powerful and romantic wedding pictures come by night. Low light photography is often considered the most difficult for event photography. Without proper planning, equipment, knowledge of your equipment and it’s capabilities, missing those one chance moments increases. I believe low light photography is not necessarily the most difficult but it is the most technical. So many factors go into low light photography. Some of the factors that impact low light photography is the color of the light. Different colors or light (temperatures) will all impact pictures especially if the picture is in color. Light temperature actually changes throughout the day with the sun but there are more contributing factors at night. These factors include the temperature of the artificial lighting and even the color of the light such as a DJ’s lights. This is one reason many photographers default a lot of their nighttime images to black and white because all the different colors of light can be quite distracting especially taking skin tones into account.
While many consider the night limiting in nature, I think there is it is brilliant in depth. Making pictures at night demands that I understand the light and create the light that I need to make great wedding pictures. I spent many years working from dusk to dawn under the moon and city lights. I began to understand the beauty and creativity of light & shadows. Creating image at night that our eyes naturally see takes a real knowledge of making pictures with a camera. It is understanding the types of light. the amount of light, light angles, light fall off and focus of light. Mastering ambient and off camera lighting is an individual craft. Photographers have very different ways in how they accomplish this but one thing you should consider when looking to hire a professional wedding photographer is to make sure they are comfortable photographing in low light situations.
As light changes throughout the day, so will the color, style and emotion of your pictures. Check out my gallery pages where I share in a simple non-technical way about 3 distinct types of lighting conditions and show how it changes the style of your wedding pictures.
Are you looking for your wedding venue in Wilmington or Eastern NC? I often get asked from brides planning their destination weddings about wedding venues in our area. So I started putting together a list of some popular wedding venues and great places for wedding and engagement photography. This is also a great way to see some of my photography of real weddings in some of Wilmington’s popular wedding venues. These are just a few and this list will grow over time so feel free to check back often or even share the page as wedding ideas on your facebook or Pinterest page.
River Landing Weddings is one of the most amazing clubhouse facilities I have been in. Visit our River Landing Wedding Photographer images to see this incredible wedding venue.
St. Thomas Preservation Hall may be the perfect place for your wedding and reception in the Downtown Wilmington area. Check out our St. Thomas Preservation Hall Photographers images to see the wedding venue.
Fort Fisher is about as unique a backdrop there is for coastal North Carolina. Perfect for both wedding and engagement photography. See our Fort Fisher Wedding & Engagement photographers images to get an idea of this beautiful area of Eastern North Carolina.
The Southport Community Center puts you in the heart of Southport if you are looking for a venue in the area. With scenic backdrops of the Inter coastal waterway the Southport Community Building has rich history and host to some popular movies.
Brooklyn Arts Center is a premier Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Photographers images and see why this is one of the more popular wedding venues.
Bellamy Mansion is a “Southern Classic” wedding and reception venue. Located in the Downtown Wilmington area this Mansion can do it all. View our Bellamy Mansion Wedding Photographers images and see why this Mansion might be the perfect place for your wedding.
128 South is another popular wedding and reception venue Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our 128 South Wedding Photographers images to see this staple Wilmington venue.
The City Club is another Downtown Wilmington Wedding and Reception venue that can offer several accommodations from a bridal party getting ready lounge to smaller weddings and receptions. View our City Club Wedding Photographers images to see this one of a kind venue.
Poplar Grove Plantation is becoming a classic outdoor wedding and reception venue. View our Poplar Grove Plantation Wedding Photographers images and see why this wedding venue is no longer a secret.
The Country Club of Landfall is another great clubhouse wedding and reception venue. Located in the gated community of Landfall, this wedding venue can host both your wedding and reception. View our Country Club of Landfall Wedding Photographers images to see this exquisite country club.
Wrightsville Beach offers a wide range of wedding options from the beach to hotel accommodations. Wrightsville Beach is also located close to Wilmington for easy travel to any other reception venue including Downtown Wilmington.
Topsail Island has a personality all its own. From hotel accommodations to private beach house weddings, Topsail Island is a laid back beach island sure to entertain any beach wedding.
For something really unique, check out the Battleship NC might be that special place to have either for both your wedding and reception. With incredible views of the Cape Fear River and Historic Downtown Wilmington as part of your wedding day back drop.
The Shell Island Resort is a popular destination wedding location in Wrightsville Beach. Capable of accommodating both wedding and receptions and makes for a great all inclusive beach wedding venue.
The Wilmington Hilton Riverside is perfectly located in Downtown Wilmington on the River Front. A very popular place for both wedding and reception. It has all the the facilities to be an all inclusive wedding venue and host to any of your out of town wedding guests.
Brunswick Town - Fort Anderson in Winnabow NC, is a great outdoor wedding and reception option. The historic burned down church on the grounds makes for a unique open air wedding ceremony. The landscape with the oak trees and view of the Cape Fear River make this possibly a perfect option for you wedding.
The Shoals Club on Bald Head Island is a classic east coast beach club. With elevated view of the Atlantic Ocean and a fort class club this makes for a incredible destination wedding venue.
The River Room in Downtown Wilmington North Carolina sits along the Cape Fear River. Capable of providing an outside wedding on the river deck and hosting your reception inside the River Room make this wedding venue a downtown gem.
Wrightsville Manor in Wilmington North Carolina is just minutes from Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Manor is capable of providing an outside wedding with Southern charm and hosting your reception inside the Wrightsville Manor. The grounds provide a lush and private feel and the inside is both beautiful for both a wedding and or reception.
Bluewater grill in Wrightsville Beach North Carolina is located on the intercostal waterway. Bluewater Grill is capable of providing space for both weddings and wedding receptions. One of the highlights of Bluewater Grill is the amazing views of the marina and intercostal waterway. It provides one of the best sunset opportunities over the intercostal waterway.