As someone who doesn't love getting their photo taken, I'm always looking for ways to make the process and photos as natural and organic looking as possible.
Read on for everything I learned and all of the details about this incredibly romantic style of shooting.
What is natural light photography?
Natural light utilizes ambient light instead of artificial light, like a flash to capture moments. Often described as soft, indirect, moody black and whites, bright, and glowing—think shooting next to a window with natural, bright light as opposed to artificial.
"The soft lighting technique works especially well in garden and ranch environments," Sara said. "Brides who like film and black and white imagery generally love natural light."
What are the benefits to this style of shooting?
"When handled correctly, natural light is very flattering when it's soft and indirect," Sara said. Think "golden hour, in the shade, and near large windows and doors that flood indirect light."
One major benefit is that it can actually make you look more attractive thanks to the light smoothing imperfections on your face. "Natural light is warmer and more approachable for the laid-back couple," Sara shared.
Brides, if this sounds like you have no fear—natural light photography does not cost more!
What are the cons to this style of shooting?
Evening photos can be a tad moody or even grainy. "If you prefer very crisp and sharp images with flash, then you may not want to hire a natural light photographer as there will be a variety of moody and softer images captured," Sara said.
How about evening photos?
It's a true misconception that natural light photographers never use flash. To capture the glowing twinkle lights at your evening reception, a natural light photographer will combine background lighting with artificial camera lighting. "It takes a lot of training and experience with a professional flash to know how to do this and create a look that feels like it did when you were at the event," Sara said.
How can you know a natural light photographer is skilled in the style?
Like any photographer you book, looking at plenty of their galleries is key. With natural light photographers, pay extra attention to photos that are similar to your venue, wedding environment, and evening photos.
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Briana Charlotte is a freelance writer residing in Brooklyn, New York. When she isn't writing about all things bridal, she can be found on the dance floor at a wedding or bachelorette party or finally learning how to dance for her own upcoming nuptials.