With our wedding photography style, we mix romance and cinema. To bring romance into our images, we focus on highlighting the connection between the bride and groom. Small things such as that moment he looks into your eyes and eases closer for a kiss while the sun sets behind define romance for us. To create a cinema look, we use professional lighting to highlight beauty and shadows to conceal distractions. Photographing after sunset is perfect for this, even more so in the city as it can achieve a Hollywood aesthetic. Off-camera flash is something that scares many wedding photographers due to lack of knowledge, this is unfortunate because it is essential for wedding photography and we have yet to encounter a wedding when flash was not needed at some time during the day.
However, when all is said and done, what matters most is not the style, but rather the moments captures. In 20 years when the bride and groom are looking through their wedding album, they won’t be saying “Wow! This photo is so contrasty!” They will be saying “Look how in love we were!”
Focusing on not just the bride and groom, but also the family and friends at the wedding can vastly improve the wedding story. These photos allow a more well-rounded story and remind the bride and groom of who was in attendance on the wedding day. Family portraits offer a great opportunity to focus on the bride and groom’s family while usually taking place before or after their wedding ceremony. The wedding reception provides an opportunity to focus on couples’ friends, this time is ideal for candid and group photos of friends.
Paying attention to the small details is just as important as the big details. Items that one may think are insignificant, actually, can be of sentimental value to the couple. When it comes to wedding details, we love to get super creative. Details can include wedding bands, bridal jewelry, handwritten letters to each other, sentimental items from family and more. These items are important to the storytelling of a wedding. We prefer to have all of the groom’s details at the grooms getting ready location, this allows us to be more efficient and not hunt for missing items. For the bride, all of her details should be with her as well, including both of the wedding bands.
Having the proper equipment is an expensive investment, but it truly can make a break wedding day photos. Technology has advanced so far since the film days and cameras literally have the capability to track the eye of the bride as she walks down the aisle while taking 20 frames A SECOND! But with that being said, if one doesn't have the technical skill to capture a photo, the equipment does not matter.
As wedding photographers, we all love to talk shop about the newest gear, gadgets, lighting, and software. But at the end of the day, the experience provided to the couple is what matters most. Making the couple feel comfortable in front of the camera, guiding and advising the couple when it comes to stylized photos. These are super important if you want to provide a good experience.
In order to provide a great experience for the couple, you have to have a great system or workflow in place. It is important to add a human touch, of course, so we don't recommend going fully automated unless you want the couple to think they are talking to a robot.
In this age of hiding behind computer screens, everyone truly values a real and authentic relationship and connection. We always meet with our wedding couples either in person or by video call, this allows us to begin with a personable foundation that can grow. By the time the wedding day comes around, we are all comfortable with each other.
Location: Knoxville, TN.
Knoxville Wedding Photographers Golightly Studios, 8373 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919