The art of being creative indoors.
Often when wedding couples are thinking of their venue and their photos they are envisioning the best weather conditions and perfect blue skies. This is Scotland, so contingency plans need to be made..
Just because it rains though, doesn’t mean you have to make do with mediocre photographs. This is a chance for you and your photographer to show a little imagination and make use of the features of the location you find yourself in.
Window light provides a soft light that can provide a nice way to highlight the bride and the details in her dress, it can also provide an opportunity to use silhouettes against the light, which can be a nice creative touch.
Using nooks, corners and seating that might seem fairly ordinary at first glance can provide a dramatic background for the shoot, once again allowing the bride to shine. Similarly simple grey shades can provide a backdrop to the shot and allow the focus to be on the bride, instead of her surroundings.
Sometimes a little chance to play with the props that an indoor location provides can be a great way to break the ice and relax into getting your photos taken. These shots should that feel natural and be a good reflection of your personality and humour. A setup that takes too long to arrange or is too forced can result in some awkward looking photos.
If you’re having some photos taken at your hotel, don’t be afraid to take the photographer up to the bridal suite and get some photos there. This takes you away from the main wedding party and can give you a chance to decompress and relax a little. It can also be a chance for the photographer to capture some more personal moments or go for those really arty shots that work better without distractions. Or it can be a chance to pile everyone into a bath and take a picture.
An indoor wedding can prevent you from getting the shot of the whole wedding party, especially with larger weddings or smaller venues. So once again, this is a chance to be creative with smaller groups of guests or even the introduction of a photo booth. Now some photo booths are just that, but many photographers can set up a temporary studio, space allowing, permitting pictures of small groups of friends, families or couples.
It’s also a great situation in which to get some nice close-ups of the guests, the couple and some candid shots of everybody having fun. Kids often have ways of entertaining themselves at a wedding, so when they get free of adult restrictions it can make for some great candid moments.
All in all, no reason to cry on a rainy, windy, sleety, snowy, foggy day, just think outside the box and find a photographer who doesn't mind improvising.
And if all else fails, grab some umbrellas and mess about in the puddles, just bring your wellies so as not to spoil your high heels.