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Why it's okay if I haven't been to your venue

October 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hi Readers,

I want to clear up a few things about my thought process where it pertains to venues and locations for wedding days. First things first, the Greater Cincinnati Tri-state area has hundreds of existing venues and new venues popping up just about every month (Slight exaggeration, but it seems that way).  Don’t get me wrong I love the new venues and the opportunity to go to a new location is always exciting to me!

However, because we have so many locations to choose, claiming I have been to a majority or most of them is virtually/physically impossible (I’m just not old enough to have made it happen, yet!). 

So, this takes me to the two most asked questions I hear after, "how much does it all cost"?

  1. Have you been to my venue?
  2. Do you go and scout out the location before my wedding day?

No matter what the answer is to number 1, whether it’s yes or no, it doesn’t affect how I will photograph YOUR wedding on YOUR wedding day.  Even though there are SO many venues out there, I have been to many multiple times, but, when I return to a venue I go in as if I’ve never been before.

Let me explain this better.

When I arrive to a location I start scouting areas of interest.  An area that looks AWESOME today or at this very moment could be awful tomorrow or in 20 minutes, this is all based on the light. 

Bride and groom in front of Roebling Bridge Cincinnati, Ohio

This image was captured during the golden hour. A time of day where the sun is low in the sky and casts a beautiful yellow orange glow.  This only last for about an hour, hence the name “Golden Hour”. 

Now, if I would have tried to create this image 2 hours earlier this couple would most likely have been in the shadow of the bridge and the gorgeous light on their faces would have been nonexistent. 

If it would have been an over cast day, the results would also be different.  Here is an example of basically the same pose in almost the same location on an over cast day.

Bride and groom in front of Roebling Bridge Cincinnati OHIO

Instead of using the available light from the sun and surrounding area like in the first image, I decided to use a flash and create a moodier image.  The dramatic clouds begged to be exaggerated!

Again, if the sun would have been shining and it would have been a cloudless sky the results would have been much different.

I mentioned earlier:

“When I arrive to a location I start scouting areas of interest.”  Sometimes I will see a perfect location as we are walking from one spot to another.

For example:

We started here:   

Bride and groom with Cincinnati Skyline in backgroundRuby-508

This is 5-10 feet from the first spot:

Bride and groom with columnsRuby-527

 

Two images created in practically the same spot but are totally different. 

But this takes us back to question number 2.  If I would have scouted this location prior to the wedding day, even at the same time of day, it would have looked different.  I would have had a preconceived idea of what to do, which could possibly distract from what’s in front of me. 

The spontaneity of seeing the area in the moment helps me create the best image for that moment in time and I always bring the proper equipment to create a beautiful image in those unpredictable situations.

I hope this clears some things up for you and I hope you don’t fret if my answer to either of the questions above is “no”.

~Molly


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