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(How To) Wedding Photography Lighting (Part 1- Natural Light Photography)| Adelaide Wedding Photographer


(How To) Wedding Photography Lighting (Part 1- Natural Light Photography)| Adelaide Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography Lighting (Part 1 - Natural Light Photography)

I am a Professional Wedding Photographer in Adelaide, SA. The purpose of this post is to answer our Facebook friend Wang Brooks's question: "I wish that if you can share information about light and visual angle." Part 1 and 2 will focus on the Light aspect of the question. Part 3 work on the Angle on how I see things. wedding photography lighting

Personal Disclaimer: These blog posts are what I do and how I feel about Wedding Photography Lighting. It is subjective and there is no right and wrong way of doing it.

Part 1 - Natural Light Photography

Part 2 - Wedding Photography Lighting (Using Flash)

Part 3 - Working with Angle (TBA)

Photographing in a wedding is not all about MY PHOTOGRAPHY that takes priority over everything. I do not centre myself as "Scott is the photographer and he wants this and that". I have to meet schedule, live to my expectation (to perform), to ensure that I am able to produce the best with what is going on (in terms of wedding photography lighting).

Now, Light!

Wedding Photography Lighting can be as simple as Natural light to complicating multiple Flash lights. I use a combination of natural and flash lighting in different situations.

Natural Light Photography

Why natural light? It's easy, less equipment (flash) to buy and carry quick. Often a photojournalistic way of capturing moments without being discovered.

When is natural light not suitable? Here's some reasons I can think of.

  • Ambient lights is brighter than subject, this means that you have a darker subject in a well exposed photo.
  • Some dark wedding venues when you can't even see clearly.
  • When you want to use artificial light to create a more dramatic photo.
  • Save you some $ by not buying more lights.
  • Fill flash to clean shadows - portrait. Especially in afternoon sun.
  • You need to freeze fast subject in motion.
wedding photography lighting
wedding photography lighting

Below is an example of using natural light during pretty dim wedding reception venue in Windy Point, South Australia. Light source is the heater light just above the bride.

1:Gears: Often not a must, but this helps a lot in low light condition wedding reception venue. You might just have to use a camera body with good high ISO capability paired with a "fast" lens. Lens that can go wide like f/1.4 such as a prime lens. Here is a link to my gear list. Here's an article on what lens should you use for wedding photography. I will try to update my gear list to include my wedding photography lighting gears use.

2: The first light source and often the main light is the Sun. Most photographers will begin their journey as a natural light photographer who don't supplement additional lights in a wedding. I am one. Know where the sun is coming from.

3: Observe the Shadows. This is the key. Apply to indoor and outdoor. When there is light, there will be shadow. Watch the shadow on the face. In an outdoor portrait for example, your couple might be under the tree, watch how the tree branches are creating shadows on their face. If so, move them around or use fill flash. When I start at my groom or bride's place for their prep, I like to walk around the house and observe the lights. Is there direct sun light coming in from the window/sliding door?

4: Make use of Any Available Light such as the videographer's video light. This can be a good substitute for off camera flash light. Some photographers dislike to work with videographers video light but i love it. Likewise, in a reception. I love to use the DJ lights as well. This creates a really good ambient lights even if it's bright green light on someone's face. It's the mood. Lights from bedside lamp, torches etc can be useful too. Just look around.

wedding photography lighting
wedding photography lighting

Image below: Videographer is standing on my right. I am borrowing his light in this portrait. Way too easy! wedding photography lighting

5: Mobile phone light, YES! Use it! You do have a light source with you everywhere you go. I use my iPhone light to lit up the details when i need them.

6: Should I overexpose or underexpose? In general, I expose for the skin of my bride and groom. Take the photos in RAW format and this save you lots of overexpose or underexpose of the skin. wedding photography lighting

7: Avoid Afternoon Sun. As a natural light photographer, if you are not using any flash for fill, try to avoid afternoon sun as it will cause harsh shadow just below the eyes.

8: Do not to place people facing the sun. Pretty self explanatory.

photography lighting
photography lighting

Image below: I took the photo of the bridal party facing the sun. Why? The wind from the sea will not mess up their hair when they are facing the sea & sun. I did turn around and take another photos of them back-face the sun/sea. Their eyes are better as they are not looking at the harsh sun but their hairs are flying in front of their face.

Thank you for reading our article on wedding photography lighting and hope you will find these wedding photography lighting tips useful as a natural light photographer.

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Washing Machine Baby | Concept Photography Adelaide


Washing Machine Baby | Concept Photography Adelaide

Washing Machine Baby | Concept Photography

Concept Photography is one of my favourite. It has no limitations, and it allows my imagination to go wild. Concept Photography has become even more creative since the introduction of digital cameras and Photoshop.

This series is inspired by my little boy's daily activity. I will share how did I get the idea of having him in the washing machine.


Same as all other little boys, the word messy is not uncommon in our house!

Not chocolate, but vegemite. "Please don't come near my camera" LOL.

Funny enough, he doesn't like being dirty too:)

Now, apart from being messy, we have a lot of 2) LAUNDRY to catch up! Especially, when I'm getting busier with photography. The other thing about him that inspired me to produce this photo is the fact that he is always 3) CURIOUS about the washing machine. He loves to see what's in it whether it was turned on or not. This has always been prohibited in this house as it can be dangerous. Therefore, I thought it will be a good idea to use my work to raise awareness among parents:)

Behind the scene Photos

For those who are curious about how this photo was produced, here are some behind the scene photos.

First of all, I need a photo of my washing machine on Baby Care mode without my own reflections in it- I did take 2 different images and combined them into 1 to remove my own reflections. To create a better image (I think), I have pilled all the laundry next to it.


Then I need a photo of him in it. I need a photo of him crying, because no one would still be laughing/smiling if they are in a washing machine, I imagine.

I tried to think how am I going to get a photo of him crying without deliberately making him cry. The photo below was taken while he was taking his bath/shower. Sometimes he does refuse to have showers and tries to escape. (Hence, I did not put him into the washing machine LOL)

So I use this photo of him having his shower. The shower screen is just perfect to mimic the glass of the washing machine door!

We are all clean and happy!

We are working on more of these Concept Photography images and will be posting them in the near future. So stay tuned....

If you have a concept or an idea that you would like us to help you with, please fell free to contact us at for a quote. "Concept Photography"

Here's the link to the Facebook photo post.

A link to Solomon's 18 months photo shoot 


Wedding Photography Checklist - A Journalistic Approach


Wedding Photography Checklist - A Journalistic Approach

Wedding Photography Checklist A Journalist Approach

A Detailed Wedding Photography Checklist - A Journalistic Approach

There are lots of Wedding Photography Checklist that photographers new into the wedding industry use. Our menthod adds a journalist approach to the photos taken.

I always ask my clients if there's any things that they want me to capture. Sometimes, they want me to photograph them with their pet.

Groom Prep

  1. The Groom's place
  2. Rings
  3. Suit
  4. Prep Shots – Groom alone
  5. Prep Shots - Groom and Mum, Dad, Best man, Groomsmen
  6. Mum fixing boutonnière/button hole for Groom
  7. Groom and Family
  8. Groom and Bridal party
wedding photography checklist
wedding photography checklist

Bride Prep

  1. The Bride's place
  2. The Dress – Hanging or Draped
  3. Flowers
  4. Shoes
  5. Bride with dress
  6. Prep Shot - Maid of Honor & Brides Mom – Zipping/Tidying Dress
  7. Prep Shot - Bride Applying Make Up / Hair
  8. Bride fixing boutonnière/button hole for Dad
wedding photography checklist get ready
wedding photography checklist get ready


  1. Church Wide Shot (with & without guests)
  2. Bride walking down aisle ( Side Profile & Front )
  3. Father giving away bride
  4. Groom over the shoulder shot of bride ( & Vis Versa)
  5. Holding hands – Bride and Groom
  6. Bride & Groom Kiss
  7. Bride & Groom Leaving Church ( Receiving Line)
  8. Bride & Groom – Inside Limo Shot
wedding photography checklist ceremony
wedding photography checklist ceremony

Bridal Portrait (Skipped as these are portrait shoots of bridal party)

  1. B&G (full body, half body)
  2. Bride alone
  3. Groom alone
  4. Full bridal party
  5. Bride & GM
  6. Bride & BM
  7. Groom & GM
  8. Groom & BM
wedding photography checklist portrait
wedding photography checklist portrait

Reception wedding photography checklist

  1. Reception/Banquet Hall Outside shot
  2. Food Shots (Cocktail Hour, Drinks, etc.)
  3. First Dance
  4. Bride & Father Dance
  5. Groom & Mother Dance
  6. Bouquet Toss
  7. Guarder Belt Toss
  8. Cake Cutting, Bride and Groom Feeding each other
  9. Misc. Guests Dancing
  10. Speeches
  11. Centerpieces & Flower/Decorations
  12. Guestbook Signatures
  13. Gifts
  14. Small Children Dancing with Bride & Groom
  15. Bride & Groom’s Parents Dancing (Plus Grandparents)
  16. Smiles and laughers

Here's a link to our other wedding tip blog post - tips for wedding second shooters


Tips for Wedding Second Shooters | Adelaide Wedding Photographer


Tips for Wedding Second Shooters | Adelaide Wedding Photographer

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Tips for Wedding Second Shooters / Photographers - Dos and Donts

I’ve worked with a lot of wedding second shooters over the years and have started second shooting. Here's some basic principles that should help you to become a solid wedding second shooter. wedding second shooter

(1) Do sync your camera time with the primary photographer. Helps putting all photos together from different camera in good timely manner.

(2) Do use higher capacity cards like 16 or 32 gig cards. It is easier to work with less cards than more to prevent lost of cards.

backup for wedding cards wedding second shooter


(3) Do remember to always keep it relax and fun. Often your manner reflects the business of the main photographer. Behave well, respect and have fun. This will lighten the mood while shooting. wedding second shooter

(5) Do not shoot over the primary photographer’s shoulder. You’ll end up with duplicate images and you will have the eyes of the bride looking at your camera while the groom's look at the other photographer. Big NO NO here.

(6) Do not control nor position the bride/groom/bridal party to the way you want while the primary photographer is shooting.  Ask the primary photographer if he/she allows and if so, do it after he is done.

(7) Do help organize the groupings during the family formals. This is your primary responsibility during the formals.

(8) Do take detail shots in case the primary photographer might miss any. Have a list of the detail shots if you can't remember them.

(9) Do make sure that you’re always shooting from a different angle than the primary. Link to point 10.

(10) Do try to avoid being in the primary photographer's view. You can always duck down and use the  B&G to block you out of the primary photographer's view. This takes practise.

(11) Do not make direct contact with the B&G before or after the wedding. They are not your client. wedding second shooter

(12) Do not pass out your business cards during the wedding. If asked, hand out the primary photographer's card.

(13) Do take photos of the primary photographer interacting with the wedding party and guests. These interactions were part of the day, so go ahead and document it.

(14) Do take all you can to keep yourself safe and watch for the safety of all others. Bring your own water. Keep your water level high. Do not attempt shots from dangerous level and places. Before you move into any bushes, take a stick and brush around it before you step into the tall bush (in case there's any snake in there).

(15) Do keep an eye on the equipment while the main might be in another room/location where the equipment is out of sight. wedding second shooter

That’s is it. Being a second shooter should be fun without the stress and pressure as the main shooter! Stay professional even as a second shooter and use your common sense.



Adam + Marnie I Adelaide Wedding Venue - Utopia Waterfall Gully


Adam + Marnie I Adelaide Wedding Venue - Utopia Waterfall Gully

Adam + Marnie I Adelaide Wedding Venue

Adam and Marnie got married on a very special and meaningful day for both of them. Marnie and the girls were getting ready at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide. This hotel is located on Waymouth St, Adelaide. It's location is very centralised and easy to get to. Surprisingly, I did not have any problems with looking for a park! Certainly a good option for those who wants a nice, no fuss place for getting ready.

adelaide wedding venue
adelaide wedding venue
wedding slippers
wedding slippers

These thongs are just perfect.. The things I love about them are the fact that they are all labelled, so that I won't get the people mixed up.. LOL(just joking). Seriously, they have to be more comfortable than those high heels:) Adelaide wedding venue

wedding rings
wedding rings

This is one of the ring shots that I love most. I used the mother of bride's handbag to produce this elegant image.

Let's have some photos of the groom and the boys getting ready too. Traditionally, these aren't that popular but they are becoming more in demand.

wedding boys
wedding boys
getting ready
getting ready
groom cuff links
groom cuff links

Love the smile on the bride's face.

bride getting ready
bride getting ready

Weddings can be one of the most emotional day ever!

mother's look
mother's look

The beautiful bride... Marnie...

bride portrait
bride portrait

Wedding Ceremony - Utopia Waterfall Gully

They have chosen Utopia as their wedding venue. This Adelaide wedding venue is located at Waterfall Gully Road. It is one of the best Adelaide wedding venue. It also provides both ceremony and reception services.

down the isle
down the isle
sand ceremony
sand ceremony

Marnie's idea of having her family in a "heart shape."

I just love the scenery here and of course the waterfall for bridal portraits.

Hahaha... I remember this...

Look at this beautiful wedding venue.

One of my photography style during the reception is to capture the guests while they are having a great time.

Games such as this one certainly had brought joy and laughter to the fun crowd.

For those who have a sweet tooth...The mouthwatering desserts at this amazing wedding venue.

Just have to love the lights... They create a romantic ambience, just perfect for a wedding venue.

For any enquires, please contact us at:

To view some of their wedding photos in our Facebook page, click here

To view our previous wedding blog in Boxi and Yue, click here


Solomon's 18 months Photo shoot | Adelaide Children Photography

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Solomon's 18 months Photo shoot | Adelaide Children Photography

Solomon's 18 months Photo shoot | Professional Adelaide Children Photography

I LOVE Children Photography. It has been a while since I last taken some indoor photo shoot for my son. I enjoy children photography very much. It is very different from other photo shoot because you have to take every opportunity that you have as "they don't stay still". LOL Or they stay still but either not looking at the camera or not smiling... worse case scenario crying or refused to be photographed....

Over the years, I have developed a few techniques to aid this photo shoot. One of the most important principles for Children Photography is "Do not expect kids to look at the camera and smile" If a child looks at the camera and smile, that's a bonus. "Wait for surprises."

I love to photograph children playing or enjoying themselves playing with my props. This allow them to feel comfortable and smile or even laugh naturally.

Another tip is always have some of their favourite toys during the photo shoot. This helps them to familiarise with their surroundings.

Below are some of the photos taken from my home studio.... enjoy:)

Solomon and his cheeky faces as usual...

Never expect them to still look clean till the end of the photo shoot. I deliberately left the dirt on his tights unPhotoshopped, as I thought it looks pretty cool.

A little break in the garden. This definitely helps as children's attention span is usually not that long.


Returned with more actions....

One of our problems with Solomon during this photo shoot was that he was more interested with his boots than his car. This is because he has "owned" this car for 2 months and only wore this pair of boots for less than a day.. LOL... But my wife and I thought these photos of him being fascinated by his boots more than his car were rather CUTE... agree? And as I previously mentioned, Wait for surprises.

All 3 of us had lots and lots of FUN as you can imagine.. Stay tuned for more of Solomon's cheeky faces...

Contact us at for any enquiry for Children, Family Photography.


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