The First Dance is usually one of the most romantic moments on the wedding day, and I think it’s important to capture it as so.
Here are 3 tips to create a dreamy, romantic feel for the First Dance photos.
1. Do not use direct or even bounced flash.
It’s too harsh. If the room is dark, I use ambient back light (many times weddings have special lighting set up in the reception hall), or if it’s still too dark, I follow the videographer and mooch off his/her video light. You can also purchase your own video light panel and have someone help hold it.
2. Slow your shutter.
Photos are more romantic when they are slightly blurry. It shows movement.
When shooting film, this is called “pushing.” When you underexpose, you can lift the exposure in post processing. As a result, the photos will look more grainy. Some people like it, some don’t. In the case of the first dance, I like it. It creates texture. 🙂