Party time during weddings can be filled with vibrancy, energy, and those one-off expressions and poses that can only be achieved when guests let their hair down. But, how should you go about capturing them? Take a look.
No doubt, if you photograph weddings, you may already have experienced the occasional crazy antics that may occur during the night time when glasses are getting emptier, high heels get taken off in favor of bare feet, and the upbeat music even gets the grandma joining in for a round of dances. Bearing in mind that no wedding will ever be the same and the evening energy levels will greatly vary between couples and how their guests react to the music and activities, you still have the opportunity to make the most of it, even if just a couple of kids are occupying the dance floor.
To help you figure out the approach to this type of coverage, photographer and videographer Eric Floberg demonstrates a brief video tutorial on how to use your flash and camera to achieve this colorful and fun look. You don't need an expensive setup, so as long as you have a camera and a flash you can follow this technique and start experimenting.
Don't have any weddings to try this method during? Not a problem! Grab a few of your friends, turn on some party lighting in the background, get the music going and start shooting. Why wait until your next wedding when you can start practicing at home already?
Settings and techniques aside, I also find that feeling comfortable in your own skin to get in the middle of the wedding party can be just as important for you to achieve these shots. Having the confidence to get among all the wedding guests is something that depends on your personality, and if you're feeling a little shy, take time aside to work on this during your quiet season by perhaps photographing night club events and parties. Don't let your fear keep you from creating unrepeatable moments.
Do you enjoy shooting the night time activities during weddings?