Five Photography tips for your Winter Wedding

Photographer Jamie Dunn explains why he loves shooting a winter wedding, and shares his top 5 tips to get the best out of your shots…

There is something incredibly romantic about a Winter wedding and lots of couples seem to agree – I am now just as busy in December as I am in July!  Here are some ideas to get the best out of your Winter wedding photography:

Timing of the Ceremony 
It sounds so obvious, but do remember in Winter it will probably be dark outside by 4pm.  If you would like couples portraits in natural light it is best to hold the ceremony at 2pm at the latest.  If this is not possible, you could consider a first-look ahead of the ceremony that can be documented by your photographer.

All about light
For a Winter wedding the ambient lighting will play a prominent role, so consider how this will match your theme. For amazing images, talk to your wedding coordinator and their recommended lighting suppliers about how to add different feels (and if you are DIY’ing a mixture of lanterns and candlelight always looks amazing). Lighting can also help to define the extra details you choose to include. Take a look at pinspotting, which uses narrow beams of light to highlight and accentuate certain details.


There is no getting away from it, your photographer will need to be an adept user of flash to be able to capture your wedding as it deserves to be captured.  Before booking your photographer, ask them about their use of flash, and ask to see a full wedding captured using flash to ensure they are going to be able to provide the coverage you need. If used sympathetically, flash needn’t change the character of your photos.

Spend time at the venue with your photographer ahead of your wedding  
Hey, it might rain, and if you have planned for this possibility you will still have an amazing day and get amazing images.  I visit all venues ahead of each wedding (even if I have photographed there before) to provide the best possible photography plan for each wedding day.  This plan will always include contingency for bad weather, whether that is an amazing staircase for confetti, the perfect place inside for the bouquet toss or a quiet spot for couples portraits.  If I was getting married again, I would want to be part of those considerations with the photographer, so do get involved in the contingency planning and go with your photographer on their recce.  This is part of your wedding prep and you should not be charged extra by your photographer for this.

If this is your thing you should definitely go for it, even if it is just sparklers – it is a great way to end the evening (and also is a handy way to get everyone to leave the venue together in a fun way if you have to leave by a certain time).  Make sure you book a photographer who will stay to the end of the evening and capture these moments for you.


Jamie Dunn Photography will be exhibiting on stand D61 and will be offering a show discount of £100 off any photography package booked before 3 March 2017.