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some people mention “professional lighting” before my wedding but I never paid any attention to what it was. It didn’t seem like a necessity at the time.  And then as I continued looking at magazines and reception images, the shots that caught my eye were so COLORFUL and evenly lit and VIBRANT.  I slowly began to realize that the “look” I loved involved something more than just overhead lighting. I think so often this is a part of the wedding planning process that is overlooked because it doesn’t seem necessary. However, there aren’t many things that can make THIS much of an impact on the overall “look” of an event.  If you’re planning a

ballroom wedding or a large tent reception… this is something to consider!!  I’ve blogged about reception lighting a while back but this is the first time that I have been able to show some “before” and “after” images. I shot some of the reception details last weekend BEFORE the lighting was setup. My bad. I thought it was a waste of time but it ended up making for a pretty interesting blog post. So here are some shots that show the dramatic difference professional lighting can make on an event!! Enjoy!  ps. Huge shout out to Big Top Entertainment who lit our reception AND Joe and Kathleen’s ballroom!

 

The first example is actually from OUR WEDDING! (I still love scrolling through our images… BEST. DAY. EVER.) So this is BEFORE the sun went down and the party started… Thank you Jasmine Star for that shot.. one of my FAVORITES from the whole day! 
 

And after!!! oooh lala!

And here are a few from Joe and Kathleen’s big day! 

Crazy right?!

It just adds so much! 

bam!

And the best part is that the LED lights change colors!!!

xoxo, Katelyn
5 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. Alicia reply

    I could not agree more! Lighting makes such a big difference and I don’t think brides realize this oftentimes. It can take a reception setup from lovely to AMAZING and it definitely shows in the photos! Great post and as always beautiful photos:)

  2. Shalese reply

    I agree! I got to photograph the JMU Alumni Conference this summer and it had professional lighting. It made such a huge difference in the photographs and the overall feel of the event.

  3. Mallory reply

    LOVE these before & afters! I sat here and “oooed” and “ahhed” at all of these!

  4. You’re probably | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Katelyn James Photography reply

    […] is important on a wedding day!” and I can see how you would think that. I JUST blogged about reception lighting and how it’s so great to have and I’ve blogged about details and the importance of […]

  5. Cathy reply

    Yes! IM agree that the decor looks very good under the led lights, it makes a big difference; but i still wonder how u get that ” special lighting in the bride and the groom , i think is my favorite part :)

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