Bridal portraits: the window light effect | helpful hints series

Ahhhh, window light. Second only to 'magic hour' on a perfect spring or fall day, window light is one of the most beautiful lighting setups in my arsenal as a wedding photographer!

What's so great about window light, and why should you look for a space to get ready that has lots of windows? Window light is soft, directional, and diffuse... and that makes it FLATTERING! The bigger the window, the better!

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Wedding planners and coordinators are often surprised to see that I ask for photography to begin 3-3.5 hours before the ceremony. This is in part so that we can carve out time for the bride to feel serene and unrushed when she's stepping into her dress; assuming we're not running behind the timeline, I also use 10-15 minutes of this time for window light portraits! (And my second shooters do the same with your partner!)

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fine art documentary Washington DC wedding photography
fine art documentary Washington DC wedding photography

So, if you can -- the takeaway here is, try to choose a getting-ready location with lots of great windows and natural light! Your makeup artist and your photographer will love you for it! 

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