My Best Wedding Photography from Grosse Ile's Sacred Heart
Catholic Church Wedding with Wedding Reception Photos
from "The Henry" in Dearborn, Michigan.
Danielle and Mark's wedding and their featuring up lighting at this Michigan wedding reception in Michigan and their needs were a bit different from most of the weddings I photograph in Michigan. For one thing, I try to be very clear and up front about how I feel that showing me photos from Sacred Heart Catholic Church pretty much set me up for failure and the couple up for disappointment. Why you might ask? Most brides pull photos for their pinned wedding photo off of Sacred Heart Catholic Church from many different weddings, with different wedding budgets, different venues and different photographers. It's GREAT for planning and to get ideas for decorating and themes for a wedding. Danielle hired me because she loved the photos she saw online, loved the moments, but mainly, I think she loved that I was a great bargain for budget conscious brides! She and Mark's wedding was much further into Michigan than I normally travel and they were blessed with a warm, but not too hot wedding day.
My Best Wedding Photography From a Grosse Ile, Michigan Wedding with Wedding
Reception Photography from Dearborn, Michigan's "The Henry" Featuring a Lot of Uplighting.
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While Grosse Ile, Michigan is quite far away from Troy, Michigan, I do end up photographing weddings at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church fairly regularly and one of the nice things about photographing weddings in Grosse Ile, Michigan is that there isn't a lot of competition for the nice, water front areas to shoot wedding photos. Most of the areas featuring waterfronts in Detroit have lots of other wedding couples waiting for them or it's very hard to park and Grosse Ile has none of those restrictions.
After leaving Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grosse Ile, Michigan in lovely weather with blue skies, it was stormy and threatening by the time we reached the wedding reception venue (the Henry) in Dearborn Michigan. I see a lot of uplighting at wedding receptions lately and I wanted to highlight this album since Danielle and Mark had obviously worked really hard to get the ambiance of the room to their tastes. I don't know if you can tell from these photos, but they used A LOT of uplighting. Usually I see a few lights placed every 12 or 15 feet and while there might be a slight color cast on the walls in the spots where the lights are placed, it doesn't actually change the color of the room. Usually my lighting somewhat overrides the look of uplighting and if it's subtle at all, it really doesn't show up as uplighting in the wedding photography. But in this case, it did because they really went to town and added a LOT of uplighting. I truly didn't know it would make such a difference in the photography, but clearly it did! I also wanted to point out that this is a fairly typical color for wedding reception halls bathed in uplighting. Notice, however, that when I color correct for the hot pink color on the bride's dress (she's wearing a white dress and it should look white, right?), you can see a slight color shift to look almost purple in some of the photos. There will always be a slight shift in the colors as wedding reception halls dim their overhead lighting. In order to showcase uplighting at wedding receptions, photographers have to slow their shutter speeds down so we can pick up that dim ambient light. It's a tricky thing to do to find the balance between showcasing uplighting and not blurring your dancing guests. So as "The Henry" turned down their overhead lights, the hall went from looking pink to looking purple. Just keep that in mind. This year I'm photographing a wedding that's going to feature yellow uplighting. I've never seen it, so I'll be curious how those lighting situations can balance out. Stay tuned...
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