Understanding the Basics of Natural Light Wedding Photography


If you’re someone who wants your wedding photos to look as natural and organic as possible, you may be considering natural light photography for your wedding day. If you’re new to photography styles (most people are!) and want to learn more about this particular approach, this is what you need to know.

As the name suggests, natural light photography uses natural, ambient light to capture wedding day moments. Think of a photo you’ve seen that was taken near a window – that’s what you can expect. Natural light photos are soft, moody, and glowing.

Many couples who have a garden or ranch-style wedding opt for this type of photography. Not only is the natural light easy to come by, but it suits the theme of the wedding too.

The Pros and Cons

With the help of an experienced photographer, natural light photography can be very flattering. Thanks to the smoothing effects of the light, brides have a natural glow and sometimes, a more youthful appearance too. Basically, it gives you a natural and approachable look.

The only real problem comes in during the evenings. Without the help of an external lighting source, evening photos can sometimes come out grainy. If you don’t mind softer, moodier images during the evenings, natural light photography will work for you.

If you are concerned about the evening photos, ask your photographer about their experience with combining background lighting with artificial camera lighting.

Choosing a Natural Light Photographer

As with choosing any type of photographer, research and patience is key – these are your wedding photos after all. Take the time to browse through the galleries of wedding photographers and don’t be shy to ask them about their experience with natural light.

If you aren’t sure which of their photos were shot using natural light, just ask. If you’re certain you want most of your wedding photos to be shot using natural light, ask them to take you through those photos specifically to ensure you make the best choice.

Photo by Chris Lang Weddings

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