When I first visited this venue to take a look around I was a bit scared about the lighting, how dark it was, and the different colored lights that were going to have to be used. I also noticed it was kind of industrial looking. There was a lot of metal, concrete, steel, and an open ceiling with industrial lighting, much like you would see in a warehouse. There was a nice bar and lounging area where people could play games and hang out. In this lounge area there were very large garage door windows which let natural light flood in, this I liked. I knew I would most likely have to focus my photos in this area of the venue and maybe use an off-camera flash to help fill shadows or pop some light where I needed it.
As I met with the wonderful venue staff, they assured me all the walls and the office clutter would be hidden with black curtains surrounding the entirety of the venue. Again I thought to myself, “all those black curtains are going to absorb all my light and make what little light was available in the first place, harder to capture”.
When I went home I brainstormed, the amount of light and the color of the light was going to make this challenging. I decided to approach this wedding with black and white photography approach. I shot in color but I was making sure to compose and shoot for more of a black and white vibe. When I thought black and white for this wedding, and venue, I was thinking spotlights and focus lighting where the lighting was distracting or difficult.
I remember coming into the venue on the wedding day heading up to meet Mel while she was getting ready and my ideas started flowing. It was just how I envisioned it. Her getting ready in this office like venue screamed black and white. I shot the images in color which also came out great, but I couldn’t wait to see this wedding how I saw it while I was capturing it.