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What is the main ingredient to creating amazing wedding photos other than a gorgeous couple? Lighting. When choosing a location for wedding photos, consider how pretty the spot is AND what kind of lighting it produces as well.

A professional photographer will always, always look for the best lighting situation to place their clients in.  99% of the time wedding photos take place after the ceremony, at an outdoor location, in the harshest light of the day.  When I shoot weddings, I will immediately look for shaded areas that will diffuse this light.  That will eliminate squinting and shadows on faces.  Any of my past clients will tell you, I never place them in direct sun.  The photos below were taken in the middle of the afternoon in harsh light, by placing them in the shade the light is consistent (especially on faces) and also much more flattering.

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I know what you are thinking!   I want photos looking over the water, or in middle of that gorgeous field and you can still get that – I promise!  The trick is to shoot those photos at the correct time of day – the “golden hour.”  In other words, when the sun is low in the sky.  When my couples have finished their meal and their guests are having a break between dinner and dessert, I steal them for 15 or so mins so we can get those dreamy light, on the dock or the beach, in the middle of a field, gorgeous shots.  As you can see below, in the mid-afternoon light, I placed my lovely couple in the shaded woods but after dinner we got stunning shots of them dipping their toes in the water.

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So when you are considering locations for your photos, pick a spot that you love and reflects you as a couple but can provide some great lighting for your photographer. If your photographer doesn’t know the location, they should go see it prior to your wedding date to make sure they can work with it. I scout a location before I shoot at it, that way there are no surprises on wedding day. If you get stuck picking a location, ask your photographers advice. Most photographers have some great spots they love that you might not be aware of.

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Happy Planning!

Claire xo

Rebecca & Tyler were married on Saturday by candlelight at the Best Western in Pembroke. It was a lovely ceremony, complete with laughter and personal touches.

I loved the pretty gold accents and soft pinks in this wedding, they complimented each other perfectly. I also LOVED Rebecca’s dress, the open back and lace details were stunning!

Rebecca & Tyler absolutely adore each other and it shows in just about everything they do. The also love to have fun! These two surprised their guests with a lip syncing battle that was pretty awesome and I am sure they had a blast with their family and friends at their reception.

Thank you for including me in your day Rebecca & Tyler! I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Claire xo

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Amanda & James were married on Saturday at a lovely church in Renfrew. After the ceremony, we headed into Arnprior to Gilles Grove for photos. I had never been there before so I was thrilled when we arrived and the forest was bright with Fall colours. Mother Nature wasn’t feeling particularly cooperative for James and Amanda but I have to say, this couple laughed and smiled ALL day. They were amazing!!

The colours in this wedding were so gorgeous and the navy blue really popped against the Fall backdrop. And Amanda’s dress! It was custom made just for her and it was PERFECT.

James and Amanda are so wonderful together, they are a perfect match. They are both kind, generous and love to laugh.

Thank you so much for including me in your big day and I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Claire xo

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  • October 28, 2016 - 8:42 pm

    Edith & Carl - We want to thank you for the beautiful pictures you took of our daughter’s wedding. They told us they only hired the best and it shows. If anyone is considering getting you to take their pics, seriously, they better book you on the spot so that their special day is a memorable one. Thank you.ReplyCancel

Natalie & Jason were married on Saturday at their home in Renfrew. It was an intimate, backyard ceremony with just family and close friends.

These two have a stunning home at the end of a long road. It is set back in the trees, so it was vibrant with Fall colours. They even built a gazebo just for the wedding. Their ceremony was relaxed, free from tradition and matched this couples laid back personalities perfectly.

And did you see that dress! Such a perfect choice and Natalie looked amazing in it!

Thank you for having me on your special day Natalie and Jason, I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Claire xo

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Brittany & Corey were married on Saturday at the always beautiful Northfork. It was the perfect Fall day, the trees were vibrant with colour and the temperature was just right.

I had lots of favourites at this wedding. The barn looked spectacular with the palette Brittany and Corey chose. Golds, navies and pinks – so gorgeous! It looked so elegant and I loved it. The vintage tea cups were amazing and the dessert bar was to DIE for! The best part had to be the Model T that drove Brittany to her groom and whisked the couple away after the ceremony.

Thank you Brittany and Corey for a wonderful day! These highschool sweethearts will have a lifetime of love and happiness – I know it!

Claire xo

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