Finding ways to create images that mimic the look and feel of natural light photos is no easy task when throwing an indoor wedding. Dark spaces, insufficient sunlight, and unexpected shadows can make for a wedding album that’s less-than-appealing. Not to derail the idea of hosting your big day at a number of stunning indoor wedding locations—there are so many amazing benefits like protection from unexpected weather conditions, optimal shade during warmer months, and exceptional backdrops—we sought advice from some of the industry’s top photographers for the secrets to capturing breathtaking indoor photos.
Keeping the focus equally distributed between you, your spouse, your guests, and your wedding party is a tip we were surprised to learn makes for a collection of noteworthy photos. Finding prime window lighting, and playing with silhouettes, is another way you can better define your wedding album of indoor shots. From highlighting your day-of style to staying emotionally present, these photographers lend their best advice to making your day an experience that’s as great as your photos.
Here are 10 must-have photography tips for any bride or groom having an indoor wedding.
Voice your vision
Jeanann Wilkinson, owner of J Wilkinson Co, always encourages her couples to speak up when it comes to generating their day-of vision. “Don’t be afraid to ask if we move furniture around to better capture the venue space, or to really get the photo you desire,” she says, adding, “I love to show the venue space that my clients choose to be in.”
Focus on people
The magic that occurs when all of your loved ones are placed together in the same setting is an opportunity that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Charlotte Jenks Lewis, owner of Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography, makes sure to capture candid moments of guests throughout the event to preserve both the memory and the uniqueness of the occasion.
Spotlight noteworthy moments
“Nothing says ‘newly married’ like the kiss after a couple has exchanged vows!” says Brittany Waddell, owner of BrittRene Photography. Placing quintessential moments like these throughout your wedding album will add character and sentiment to the overall celebration.
Seek out windows
“A great window is everything!” says Liz Banfield, owner of Liz Banfield, who emphasizes the endless photo possibilities associated with indoor windows. “Even in silhouette, the atmospheric opportunities are endless,” she says. Whether used for framing or as a source of natural light, you can’t go wrong with a stunning window photo.
Emphasize detail shots
When getting ready to walk down the aisle, detailed shots—especially photos that show off a bride or groom’s personal wedding style—are a must for couples who want to document every special moment of their big day. Erich Mcvey, owner of Erich McVey, captures a quiet moment pre-I’dos that highlights elements of this elegant ensemble.
Capture the candid moments
“When I want to photograph a candid moment of a wedding party, I get them situated where I want them, then say I’m working on my exposure, and to just talk amongst themselves,” says Carla Ten Eyck, owner of Carla Ten Eyck Photography, when divulging the secret to motivating candid wedding party moments. “Then I just click away and catch them chatting!” she adds.
Find the most striking light for portraits
A great way to capture the mood of the day—and the unspoken anticipation before the walk down the aisle—portraits make for a striking addition to your wedding album. Genevieve de Manio, owner of Genevieve de Manio Photography, agrees, adding, “Personal and intimate, portraits are an optimal way to convey special meaning through your photos.”
Let yourself stand out from the darker lighting
When capturing photos that highlight your bridal style, or unique day-of accessories, Julia Krylovskiy, assistant to Anthony Vazquez at Anthony Vazquez, believes that indoor photos provide one of the best opportunities to make the best of those gorgeous bridal details, like a bouquet or a veil shot.
Embrace the moody vibe created by indoor lighting
Almost as photographed as the bride and groom, your venue is a representation of your day and your design. Felix Feygin, a photographer at Fred Marcus Studio, wants to highlight the importance of taking captivating images of your venue space. “Sneak away before the party starts to take some shots of the decor and setup,” he says.
Opt for black and white photography
Unexpected moments captured in black and white is part of what makes a one-of-a-kind photo so unique. Ashley Kelemen, owner of Ashley Kelemen, doesn’t underestimate the power of a simple moment turned statement-making image. Whether caught getting ready with your bridal party, or during the first look with your soon-to-be spouse, there’s magic in the unexpected.