How to have unique wedding portraits: Wedding Night Portraits
1. Be willing to go out after your reception for a 1/2 hour to an hour
2. Have interesting places to serve as a background - they frame you and give context
3. Be able to stay still during long exposures (you will see that couples are often anchored to each other in these portraits)
4. Find a photographer who can a) make night portraits and b) be ready/willing to meet you at 1 or 2 a.m. to make your portraits.
Similarly, I like construction areas at night too. Symbolic, maybe, but there is drama in capturing things being built. Rhian and William (below, on Bank Street) are dramatically shown off among the combination of vertical, diagonal and horizontal lines.
Rhian, William and I took an hour long walk through downtown Ottawa that night all the way from The National Hotel and Suites to the Rideau Canal and back along Sparks Street. The picture above can never be replicated, while others (as is the one below the War Memorial) can be modified to suit couples personal taste.
The other beautiful aspect about night portraits is that you can make them anywhere, even in parking garages (the one below is at Rideau Centre with Amanda and Jeff).
The rewards are great for couples who are willing to meet me at the end of the reception for a quick 30 to 60 minute session - the results are never your typical wedding photographs.
Frank Fenn - Ottawa Photographer