At last, I conclude my lighting tips for wedding couples with...
The Biggest Challenge about Receptions
Most of the weddings that I am a part of have indoor receptions. Why? It has to do with geography (I'm hail from Wichita, KS). The summers are too hot, winters too cold, while the spring and fall are very unpredictable. If only we could all live in Southern California… Anyway, due to the indoor receptions there is one big challenge.
Receptions are dark.
There it is. Receptions are dark. Yes, there will be light - uplighting, track lighting, candles, etc… Yes, they are beautiful. However, this doesn’t change the fact that they leave the room dark. I went into detail in earlier posts expressing the importance of light in all situations. The reception is no different. So, what is the solution?
Lights are the easiest and most practical way to light up a reception (not to mention the finished product is beautiful!). And, I don’t mean just turn on the overheard lighting. I mean bright, powerful, video lights, that are intended to look good on film. Not all Wedding Cinematographers (Videographers) have the same light set up. Some will use 3 lights, others will use 1 - it all depends on what the Cinematographer (Videographer) prefers.
These lights are bright. They are intended to be bright. Why? To make you look great!
Keep in mind that the purpose of using these types of lights is to give you the highest quality of footage for your finished product. There is a reason that they are being used! I promise we don’t lug these things around just for the fun of it! :) Also, don't be surprised if you are asked to stand in a certain place during the major events (toasts, dances, tosses, cake cutting). We want you to be where the great light is!
What I (Nick) prefer is to have the lights on during the toasts, major dances, cake cutting, and the garder/bouquet tosses. I then have them on intermittently throughout the evening to get some fantastic dancing shots. Again, this is just what I prefer - other cinematographers (videographers) might do it differently.
Ultimately we want you to look great, and have the best looking footage that we can. So extra lighting during the reception is a necessity.