Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. She has spent months maybe longer looking for the perfect dress. All she needs is the perfect makeup artist to compliment the perfect dress. What about the video? Why don’t you look as great in your video as you do to your guest in person?
The answer to that question can vary from person to person. Maybe you are self-conscious, or the video just didn’t get your good side. It can be many reasons but I want to educate brides on probably the main reason and it’s because of bad lighting!
I have filmed many weddings and during the bridal prep one thing is always the same…bad lighting. This isn’t anyone’s fault. It’s not the job of the bride or the bridesmaids or event the makeup artist to find the best lit area in the room. That’s the job of the videographer. Makeup artist generally come in and bring lights to do their work. So because of that they don’t have to worry about where they set up which usually results in crowded areas with several sources of lights that produce many different colors on video.
As you can see from the picture above you have a blue and yellow light. You also have light bouncing off the walls to create a different light. The result is a non-flattering shot. Makeup artist have a difficult task and figuring out how to get the best shots is not one of them. One of the first things I do when I arrive at a bridal prep session is I analyze the room and determine where do I get my best natural light? Typically that will be a clean room with large windows and nice surroundings. I then turn off all the lights and use only the natural light as my source light. This will create one balance color on video that will make the bride really stand out and look beautiful.
The image above shows you another example of how artificial room light can create different shadows and colors. It creates overexposed spots on the face.
If the room requires me to move furniture or open curtains then I ask permission first then I make the adjustments. I then go and speak to the makeup artist. Preventing the professionals from doing their job is never the goal. All I want is to be given an opportunity to film the makeup process under the best lighting possible to produce the best results. The key to this is coordinating with the other professionals there doing a job. When we communicate and explain what we are trying to do then it becomes much easier to get results. After all we are all there to make the bride look her best.
As you can see in the image above, when we have the ability to control the light in the room by turning off the yellow lights and using only natural light you get one balanced color with a nice shadow to give the image some contrast. This will give the image a cinematic look.
The above image is in the same room using only natural light. The skin tones look natural and the colors pop! It’s hard to believe this is the same bride! Simple uses of lighting techniques can make or break the image.
So to all the brides planning their special day, don’t forget to speak to your video and photo teams. Schedule into your sessions the times to get creative shots. Sometimes it requires picking up and moving to a different room and other times it can be as easy and just turning off some lights and opening some windows. Remember the key is coordinating and allowing the professionals to do their job! Its what you pay them to do.