wedding photographers

Reception Lighting Tips for Photographers: 4 Scenarios to Practice

reception lighting

During the wedding day, capturing unforgettable images during the reception can be challenging. This part of the wedding day is fast-paced and often features unfavorable reception lighting scenarios. When you are faced with difficult lighting scenarios, it can be valuable to learn different ways to overcome the issue and produce the best light possible for your images.

In her final post of the series, ShootDotEdit Wedding Pro, Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers, shares reception lighting tips for photographers. She will share 4 wedding reception lighting setup scenarios you can practice. If you haven’t read the other 5 posts in this series, see them below:

1. Bridal Prep and Details
2. Family Formals
3. Wedding Party
4. Reception Details
5. Cold, Rainy, and Snowy Portraits

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Pro Photo Supply Companies of 2017: Our Thanks to These Awesome Partners

pro photo supply companies of 2017

Here at ShootDotEdit, we’re fortunate enough to work with pro wedding photographers throughout the world. We’ve also built awesome connections with industry-leading pro photo supply companies to bring you valuable and relevant resources. Before the end of the year nears, we wanted to say a big thank you to those companies who partnered with us and supported us throughout 2017! Read on to learn more about each of these amazing companies in the photography industry.


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Wedding Photography Lighting for the Bridal Prep and Details

wedding photography lighting

Here at ShootDotEdit, we understand the various lighting scenarios you face during the wedding day. And, not only are we a wedding photography editing service, we also love to provide you with tips and tricks from pro photographers in the industry. To walk you through how to light during various parts of the wedding day, we reached out to Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers to discover her personal lighting techniques.

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Wedding Photographers Reveal their Source of Inspiration


Take a moment and think back to when you first decided you wanted to become a photographer. What was the first thing that made you decide to do this for a living? One of the biggest reasons may be the passion you have for capturing stunning photos of your couple’s special day. Even if you also love the business owner portion of your job, running a photography business is not always the easiest task. So you can continue to grow and improve your business, even when you feel discouraged, we reached out to a few industry pros to find out what inspires them to create the best photography business possible.

Discover Your Value

With the multiple tasks constantly on your plate, how do you maintain your happiness and take care of the tasks which will contribute to your overall goals? Rachel Rossetti, Pittsburgh wedding and portrait photographer, finds inspiration through understanding what is valuable in her life.

“Real inspiration to grow my photography business did not happen until I realized that my time is valuable. My personal relationships are valuable. My health is valuable.  I am valuable. Real inspiration was discovering what I loved about photography, and separating that from the menial tasks that stood in the way of me getting better at those parts.” – Rachel Rossetti


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How to Keep your Gear Safe in Dangerous Conditions

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As a wedding photographer, your photography gear is part of the reason you have the ability to take gorgeous photos. Regardless of how expensive or new your equipment is, keeping your gear safe is crucial. When you shoot the engagement session or wedding day, there is always a chance you may be working in conditions which are not ideal, especially for the safety of your gear. Purchasing gear can become quite the expense for your business, so replacing it every time you shoot in unpleasant weather may not necessarily be feasible for your bottom line.


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4 Quick Tips to Booking Destination Weddings


As a wedding photographer, do you have a specialty which is recognizable to your ideal clients? Your specialty can range from shooting indoor or outdoor weddings, or specific scenarios you prefer to work in. A bride and groom looking for a wedding photographer most likely have an idea of where they would like their wedding day to take place. If you shoot only locally, your ideal clients will hire you to shoot in your current location. If you prefer to shoot outside of your area, you are a destination wedding photographer who has a wider range of clients to reach out to.

Booking destination weddings gives you the opportunity to travel, meet new people from different parts of the world, and photograph beautiful images of unique locations for your couples. Since the booking process differs slightly based on the fact that you may shoot in a different location for every single wedding, we wanted to share 4 quick tips with you to speed up the process.

1. Target Your Market on Facebook

When a couple searches for a wedding photographer, one of the places they look to find out more about you is social media, specifically Facebook. Since your Facebook page should reflect your brand (who you are as a photographer and business owner), the message you send clients should be one that is trustworthy. After all, couples looking for a destination wedding photographer may not be anywhere near you to meet you in person. Your Facebook page should send clients a message which assists them in trusting you for their big day.


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6 Strategies for Gorgeous First Look Imagery

6 strategies to gorgeous first look imagery

Before the wedding day, the bride and groom spend months planning and making decisions to ensure everything is as they envisioned. Now that the wedding is finally here, you have the ability to capture some of the most crucial parts of the day. From getting ready, to the ceremony, to the reception, you document the details that matter.

In addition to photographing these important moments, you can also include a first look with the bride and groom. This moment is just for them, with no distractions or interruptions. During this time, you have another unique opportunity to capture the most genuine expressions and reactions from your couple. Here are 6 ways for you to shoot gorgeous first look imagery during your next wedding shoot.


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Posing Deep Dive: The Key to Successful Posing


Posing is no easy task. Even harder than posing one subject is making sure that multiple subjects look their best in an image. Along with mastering the pose, it is crucial that you examine their expressions as well! Sometimes, the most challenging of part of posing is ensuring that the expressions match with the pose. You may have a great pose, and in order for it to be a stunning image, you need a strong expression as well.

In our Posing Critique Webinar with Roberto Valenzuela, photographers from all over the world submitted images to be reviewed by the posing guru. Taking time to learn how to properly pose is important, and you can free up some of your time by outsourcing your images to a wedding photography editing company. Today, we’re continuing our Posing Deep Dive series, which is geared to help photographers create the best wedding images possible. If you have missed the first 3 installments of the series, you can access them here:

#1: Why Body Language Matters

#2: Contrasting Colors can Make or Break Images

#3: Can Lighting Dictate the Pose you use?

This week, Roberto shares a key to successful posing that will improve every photo you take!


Today’s image was submitted from KDalton Photography, located in Cincinatti, Ohio. Overall, it is a beautiful black and white photo that captures an intimate moment between the couple.

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