Making Wedding Night Portraits in Ottawa

December 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

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.

I received a survey recently which asked me what kinds of wedding pictures I like to make the most. 
While I may be starting at 11 a.m. and will make photographs all day, getting everything and everyone in pictures so that your stories are told clearly, but I like the post wedding day hours the best. Night Portrait Sessions are part of some Wedding Photography Packages (Wedding Price List please click here ) . A Night Portrait Session can be ordered separately for nights when I don't have a wedding booked, the Intimate Package in the a la Carte menu applies to this.
 
For the picture above with Melissa and Nick I met them at the Lord Elgin Hotel at 2 a.m., they had had a long day, but were willing to walk around the block and pose for portraits. This portrait was made around 20 minutes into the session in front of Ottawa's Hotel Indigo. The fluttering of the flags, the mixture of artificial lights, the dampness of the road and sidewalk combined with Melissa and Nick at the core to create a timeless image without distraction and with a lot of warmth and relaxation - it is the type of picture that is meant to be made into a 24" x 36" canvas and hanging above a fireplace.

 

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.

Carp wedding portrait at night Picton Wedding

Almonte Wedding Fairgrounds

Wedding Price List please click here 

 

Frank Fenn - Ottawa Photographer

 

 


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