I shoot using natural light as much as possible (with exception to dancing/party photos)! This means instead of setting up artificial lighting during your reception, I’d prefer using the available light already in the space. I do this not only so the photos look more natural, but also because I strive to capture every part of your day not only by the way it looks, but also how it feels.
If you’re having an outdoor reception with beautifully strung lights through the trees and candles everywhere, you want to remember how your reception felt and the mood of the evening. I believe using flash detracts from that so I recommend providing enough light so I can capture your reception naturally!
Adequate lighting: Having a few candles around may feel moody and cozy, but will likely not be enough light for me to capture your reception without using flash! I recommend using Edison bulbs or similar string lights. I can work with any space or lighting condition, but for outdoor, open air receptions, the more lights the better!
Save money on the tent: I know, thinking of not having a tent can be terrifying! The reason I suggest going tentless for your reception is because tents often detract from the beauty of your reception! Instead of watching the sun set, giving way to a star filled sky in a beautiful location, you’re often subjected to metal poles and dirty white plastic walls with a tent. This is, of course, 100% up to you, but your photos will be unhindered if you choose to forgo the tent and let your reception space breathe under an open sky! If you’re still concerned about the weather, having a backup tent set up in a cocktail area is another option.
As a quick note, I AM 100% comfortable using flash if the need arises! While I prefer to shoot without it to preserve the feel and vibe of your evening, I always have my lighting setup with me just in case! If you have any questions on your reception lighting setup, don’t hesitate to reach out!
TIMELINE: dinner 45-60 minutes, toasts 15 minutes (you can start these while dinner is still being served!), dances 15 minutes, party 15+ minutes