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The beauty of window light

Christian
Glen Allsop

Photographers need light, it’s what we work with. There can be too much of it, like harsh noon sunlight or too little—but it’s definitely the most important ingredient (a great subject is however equally important!). It takes a photographer years of training and hands-on experience to find, and recognize the best possible light sources. The right kind of light will make a big difference in how a couple looks in their wedding photos.

WINDOW LIGHT:

It’s no secret that some of the most beautiful light is window light—especially to photograph a face. Through a window is where natural light usually enters a room. Painters know it and great portrait photographers too.

The closer you are to a window, the more it acts like a soft source of light, particularly when there’s no direct sunlight hitting it. Conversely, it’s also a great light to photograph against as it enters the room. This will help create an almost ethereal look.

With window light we have the “the bigger, the better” scenario and it makes a huge difference! For a great bridal portrait, we’re not just talking about a regular window, but ideally we’d like a floor to ceiling window.
If you’re looking for incredible wedding photographs, select a room or suite with the largest windows, preferably ones that you can stand in front of. You won’t regret it!

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