Over the years of photographing weddings, we’ve found that a really great time that works not only for us as photographers in terms of light, but also for the couple and the guests of the day is to take the couple for their shoot just before dinner. Sometimes, if the dinner set up is ready, we even take them to go experience it for the first time privately – and while we’re there, we start our shoot.
The indoor lighting can bring out some incredible results, especially if you have light to play with. However, in our case – we did lack quite a bit of natural light as this was a barn that was converted to the dinner area specifically for this wedding. There really wasn’t much light to work with besides the table lights and spots on the wall (and, quite clearly – the neon sign in the background).
We took a few shots as we would normally do, and while our couple was in this moment together – we spotted the sign in the background and its message. We really quite liked it in combination with the couple passionately in their moment so we chose to very simply move our focus point over the neon sign so we would throw our couple out of focus yet still visible in the frame to have context.