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YFFUK – Wedding Photography by Phil Endicott
YFFUK Phil Endicott Wedding Photographer - Be My Friend

Nighttime & Lighting – Fun and Frolics

So by now I’m sure you’ve gathered I’m a complete geek – sorry about that! You’ve probably also worked out I like to mix it up a little, try new things and give images a certain extra something.

 

 

One of the very best ways to do that is with light.  As humans we rely on light to guide us, let us live our lives and stay safe.  The most powerful light of all is the sun: twice a day as long as the skies are clear the sun gives us a fantastic show at sunset and sunrise.

Most of us don’t see sunrise, but on a wedding day sunset is a vital time.  It gives us the chance to get some iconic photographs with amazing colours in the sky, and probably most importantly gives the two of you a chance to have some “you” time reflecting on the amazing day that has unfolded.  There are two articles that discuss this a little more:  I’ve put links to both below for you.

But other sources of light also give us some really interesting chances to try something new.  Whether it is a chandelier in the ballroom, the fire pit outside the venue, the front of the venue lit up or even something as simple as light pouring through a window.

Often though, it’s that couple of notches better if we apply a little bit of what I call “helper light”.  All the images here have some form of helper light, be it an extra lighting panel, a flash or even opening the curtains to let some more light in.  In some cases it’s obvious, in others you can barely tell.  But actually that’s the thing:  if it’s not obvious then that’s a good thing as it won’t overpower what is trying to be achieved.

This can be in the form of either flashes, or more frequently for me LED lights.  The beauty of LED lights is that they are consistent and you can visualise more easily the final result as you’re putting the shot together.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Broadbent Stanwick Lakes Stanwick Northamptonshire bride makeup
YFFUK Phil Endicott Line Isham Road Kettering kissing in the fields blue skies smiles
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rosam Stanwick Hotel Courtyard Northamptonshire groom waiting for his bride to serve him a pint wedding humour
YFFUK Phil Endicott Lovegrove Oakley Court Windsor bride and groom kissing upstairs with a reflection in the mirror bride jokes beauty and beast
YFFUK Phil Endicott Lovegrove Oakley Court Windsor bridal makeup under the chandelier
YFFUK Phil Endicott Flinders Whittlebury Hall Northamptonshire ring detail on the bridal shoes
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rogenmoser Rushton Hall Kettering Northamptonshire bridal makeup with flowers in foreground
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rogenmoser Rushton Hall Kettering Northamptonshire bride groom first kiss man wife
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rogenmoser Rushton Hall Kettering Northamptonshire groomsmen preparing for the ceremony
YFFUK Phil Endicott Flinders Whittlebury Hall Northamptonshire bridal makeup rim lighting
YFFUK Phil Endicott Mwasuku Norton Fields Atherstone bride and groom playing with orange purple smoke bombs at sunset
YFFUK Phil Endicott Deeney Woughton House MGallery Woughton on the Green Milton Keynes bride drinking from a wine glass looking thoughtful out the window

However, LED lights that are small enough to be with you on a wedding day aren’t the most powerful and that’s where flash comes in.  Flash is super powerful: frankly it is controlling the power of the flash guns that sets the amateurs and semi-pros apart from the professionals.  Flash is powerful enough to be colour gelled, shaped into patterns and bounced off surfaces to enhance its effect.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Hodkin Talbot Hotel Oundle Northamptonshire bride and groom outside sheltering from the rain under an umbrella building flash lit purple
YFFUK Phil Endicott Deeney Woughton House MGallery Woughton on the Green Milton Keynes daughter cake smashing her father after cake cutting
YFFUK Phil Endicott Hutchinson Allerton Castle Knaresborough fireworks outside the venue royal wedding
YFFUK Phil Endicott Deeney Woughton House MGallery Woughton on the Green Milton Keynes first dance backlit
YFFUK Phil Endicott Smith Bonham Stanwick Courtyard Hotel Stanwick Northamptonshire bride on the dancefloor
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rogenmoser mehndi celebration
YFFUK Phil Endicott Smith Bonham Stanwick Hotel Courtyard Stanwick Northamptonshire bride and groom during first dance
YFFUK Phil Endicott Flinders Whittlebury Hall Northamptonshire night lighting couple under an umbrella whole photo lit blue and purple
YFFUK Phil Endicott Broadbent Stanwick Lakes Stanwick Northamptonshire bride and groom at sunset releasing mr mrs balloons
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rosam Stanwick Hotel Courtyard Northamptonshire bride and groom playing silly at cake cutting
YFFUK Phil Endicott Smith Bonham Stanwick Hotel Courtyard Stanwick Northamptonshire saxaphone player in front of love letters
YFFUK Phil Endicott Hodkin Talbot Hotel Oundle Northamptonshire groom smoking a cigar rim lighting night work
YFFUK Phil Endicott Powell Grovefield House Hotel Burnham Slough married couple reflected in a glass globe lens ball
YFFUK Phil Endicott Hodkin Tap and Kitchen Oundle Northamptonshire bride and groom at the bar having a drink
YFFUK Phil Endicott Mwasuku Norton Fields Atherstone bridal party making a sparkler circle and bride drinking from the champagne bottle
YFFUK Phil Endicott Hutchinson Allerton Castle Knaresborough grooms under the chandelier
YFFUK Phil Endicott Lockwood The Waterfront Market Harborough Leicestershire bride groom and son during first dance
YFFUK Phil Endicott Deeney Woughton House MGallery Woughton on the Green Milton Keynes night shot outside with couple and their children pink lighting
YFFUK Phil Endicott Wooten The Barns Hotel Bedford Bedfordshire balloon popping confetti falling to the floor
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rogenmoser Rushton Hall Kettering Northamptonshire DJ mixing
YFFUK Phil Endicott Lovegrove Oakley Court Windsor bride and groom kissing upstairs with a reflection in the mirror bride jokes beauty and beast

To do this, I use a family of products by MagMod.  As you’ll see from the picture below, they’re super easy, super clever and frankly an amazing addition to my arsenal.  Ultimately it’s with these little babies I can make a good image that little more amazing.  If for whatever reason you’d like to know more, the image is a link through to them as well.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things magmod lighting kit for night photos

Of course, as always, if you like what you see, and want to know how I made one of the images on this page,and ultimately do the same for you, please reach out to me!

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Lighting - Powerfully Fantastic

Light is super powerful: used incorrectly it totally sucks.  But used correctly and with care it can truly enhance a series of photos and make them sing that little bit more.