You have spent days, weeks and years planning your ceremony, so why leave ceremony position to chance when it can impact so much on your photos?
I talk to all my couples extensively before their wedding and one of the key elements I speak about is how to ensure that the positioning of the ceremony is perfect for photos.Photography is all about light and if you ask a photographer to take photos in a bad lighting situation, they can be taken, but they will never be perfect. Yes, we can work with certain elements both in camera and post to improve the result of the harsh sun, but frankly it is never the same.
Do this all before you plan where you want your ceremony to be in your venue. Take a look when you are at the venue during the ceremony time. Whilst it is not always possible (although any wedding venue should make it possible), the right positioning of your ceremony will really bring to life your photos. So always ask your photography to guide you and/or the persons setting up your ceremony to ensure that all this planning will result in the most magical photos.
So, what do I mean? If you position your ceremony so that the light falls directly on both of you as a couple, the colours and the photos will be amazing. This is because you just cannot beat the sun. If the light falls on you directly, you are not trying to expose for the faces in order to get the background – it is all similar exposure. Why do you care? Well take a look at this couple with the light just right. It is not side light so that one couple is in harsh light and one couple in shadow and it is not backlit. It is perfect. I can clearly see the background and the colours are rich and pure.
Worried about squinting? You, or at least one of you will squint a whole lot less than with side lighting. You will to a large degree be facing each other during ceremony and frankly to busy enjoying yourselves getting married to even notice the sun!
This is an example of what backlit will look like (it is the walking down the aisle for the same ceremony which obviously is the other way!). Yes, I can fill flash, but flash during ceremony is very off putting to many. The backlit shot is still very pretty, but defeats the purpose as to why you chose that ceremony venue in the first place.
Because I just rock at drawing diagrams (!) I have provide a few simple examples to use when trying to set up your ceremony for the best light possible. These are very simplistic, but I think they really give you an idea of what will look the best on the day. If you are every in doubt, set it up and then use your iphone to take a picture! It will give you some idea of the huge difference in light!