As is often the case when I sit down with new wedding photography clients I often receive gasps of adoration when I show some of the light painting shots I can take when it starts to get dark. Usually I’m only able to do this when I’m commissioned to cover a full day wedding using my hugely flexible daily coverage option due to the fact it doesn’t usually get dark in Adelaide until the time when most people are starting their wedding reception. As a result, I’m more often than not getting requests from clients to recreate some of these shots I’ve been producing at previous weddings.
The Process usually involves myself with a tripod setting up a long exposure of a scene involving the newly wedded couple. The couple needs to stay stock still, or as close to it as possible for 30-60 seconds while friends of theirs, usually groomsmen, run around them with either torches, sparklers or my camera’s strobe lights to ‘paint’ in light to create a ‘light painting’ image. ‘Painting’ with light comes from the idea that photography as an artform is the act of capturing light as it’s presented on some sort of photo sensitive medium. In today’s case it’s usually a digital sensor. The ‘painting’ aspect comes into it when you are directly responsible for some of the light that reaches this photosensitive medium, such as having someone run around with a light source, thereby ‘painting’ with the light they create while running around.
Light Painting Wedding Photography
The following are a collection of Light Painting Wedding Photographs I have captured over the last few years. The locations range from beaches to waterfalls and zoos. Wherever it gets dark I’m able to put on my light painting hat and produce some magical photographs for your wedding album.