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Maybe I’m the only photographer who thinks like this…. but I get a LITTLE nervous about big city weddings. When I’m shooting in the heart of a downtown area it can be HARD to find locations that I love. You’re dodging pedestrians, road work, weird reflections, cars, stop lights, etc! The list goes on and on! If you’ve ever photographed a wedding in a city location without a park across the street, you understand what I’m talking about! It can be stressful!!!

So what do you do? How do you create a gallery of images and gorgeous portraits that you love when you don’t have ANY space to create them?!

Recently, I shot a wedding in the heart of DC at the Mayflower Hotel! It’s a gorgeous hotel and I love it, but talk about limited portrait locations! Vendors and hotel staff said that I should just take their portraits in some of the ballrooms and in the foyer (with no windows). Well, I wish that was an option, but if my clients want images like what they’ve seen on my website, they are going to need to have some portraits with natural light!

If you’ve struggled with this before, you’re not alone. Here’s some advice that will put your mind at ease…..


However, what you do need is the ability to take ONE TINY LOCATION and create a A LOT OF VARIETY!!!

We recently photographed Nick and Rebecca’s wedding and had to put this idea into practice. We took ALL of their portraits (including bridal party) in one small corner of the hotel that was off of the main street, and it worked out just fine!!

So the next time that you are worried because you can’t find multiple locations, just remember that you only need ONE. Here are some tips for shooting in ONE location and creating tons of variety!!! :

  1. Shoot verticals and tight horizontals!
  2. Use a wide lens for a WIDE vertical and a LONGER lens for a tighter vertical with a more compressed background!
  3. Use the veil to create variety! 
  4. Create a foreground by using a high compression lens! 
  5. Alternate portrait images on your blog post to make it look like more variety than it really is!! 

This is an iPhone photo of the location where we shot EVERY portrait!!! You can view the full wedding post HERE! 


xoxo, Katelyn
6 Comments Ask Anything, Blog
  1. Marquette Mower reply

    Holy cow! That’s amazing and so helpful to see! No one would guess this was all the one location. Beautiful shots, as always!!

  2. Sara reply

    This is very impressive!!! And that third to last photo of the groom looking at his bride is one of my all time favorite photos of yours. Beyond gorgeous!!!

  3. Kristina W. reply

    Wow, this post definitely shows what an amazing photographer you are!!!! You got beautiful images from one rather uninspiring space. Awesome job!

  4. Ryan & Rach reply

    Great tips and gorgeous photos!!!

  5. Kayla M reply

    So beautiful and classy! We had a situation like this recently and we were forced to create more variety with the veil, angles, etc.! Great, educational post and GORGEOUS photos!!

  6. Wild Connections Photography reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this post! A few weeks ago I totally freaked out when we had 15 minutes for portraits on one very restricted location. Great to see all of the variety that you can get from one location when you get creative!

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