Relaxed and creative wedding photography Yorkshire

I love natural and relaxed weddings and am personally not a big fan of overdoing it with editing or interfering with the mood of a day. However, I absolute love to have a play with a few easy, creative ideas on how to make your wedding photographs even more special. For instance I often find these tricks useful if for example the weather is bad (oh, wondrous fairy lights with their warm glow) or if the venue has not got to many photo options or difficult lighting and you find it hard to get these extra special portraits of the wedding day.

Here are six super easy and awesome tools to enhance your photography and make it more interesting and creative

Some of my wonderful colleagues have chipped in ideas and let me share their creative wedding photography tips and tricks. Therefore I am learning as I am writing 🙂 and can’t wait to try some new ideas.

1. Prism or phone

Anything capable of reflecting your surroundings can be a brilliant tool to make your photography more creative. For instance you can just hold the prism in front of your lens and see what it does. After that, you can reflect the ceiling lights, candles, fairy lights, anything shiny really will make it look magical. I have a prism that I rarely use as it is quite heavy and I am therefore afraid to break it. It is therefore an easier option is to use your phone screen or a prism filter or even a CD.

For this pictures Lianne held a prism filter in front of her lens:

Happy bride and groom dancing first dance smiling surrounded by lights


Photo credit: Lianne Gray Photography

Here Andy used a combination of holding his phone under the lens to reflect the lamps in addition to an off camera flash to the left of the wedding couple in order to light them.

Dark haired bride smiling at groom behind yellow big ceiling lights


Photo credit: Andy Hudson

2. Fairy lights

This is one of my favourite tools as it is so easy to implement and nearly always looks pretty. Just wrap the light around your lens or simply hold them in place where you want them. It takes a few shots to get them where you want them to be but then the photos can look magical even on a grey and drizzly day. In other worlds it’s like having lots of little rays of sunshine in your bag 😉 I use firefly lights as the string and lights are small and they back away easily but there is no right ones. My friend recently just picked some of a wedding table quickly before shooting the first dance and got a great pictures. By they way the smaller your aperture the smaller and neater are the lights.


Wide aperture.


Same lights, smaller aperture.

3. The ring of fire. A copper pipe

Simple but effective. You can buy a copper pipe in any hardware store. All you need to do is hold it in front of your lens and let the light to it’s magic. It can actually be quite hard to get it right. To get the light reflect in the right way and the wedding couple in the right position. I always use these tools as an add on or bonus and see if I can make it happen. If not, nothing is lost. For these images it is best until you wait for the sun to be really low on the horizon.


Photo credit: Andy Hudson

4. In camera multiple exposure

Not all camera can do this but most of the better ones can. Just have a look at your manual or flick through the menu buttons and if you come across a button called multiple exposure, that’s the one. You are basically combining different images within one frame. In analogue photography that means you wouldn’t wind up the film before taking another photo over the top of the first one. If you camera has live view built in, even better as you can see exactly what you are shooting over and how the end result is going to look.

Cat says: “I first took a shot of the couple against a black background with a light to light them, then triple exposed it with the chinese lanterns on the ceiling of their reception, but thew off the focus for some bokeh. All done using live view and very little editing afterwards.”


Photo credit: Wild connections photography

Cat says: “This one is In-camera using live view. After that in Lightroom I took up the exposure around them to create cleaner silhouettes.”


Photo credit: Wild connections photography

Another double exposure


Photo credit: Lianne Gray

5. Look around you

I often find that I am more creative when I am working as a second photographer as I have more time to play and try new things. Quite often you will find table decorations, shooting through a curtain or bending down to shoot through plants can make a pictures look great.

For this photo I was holding the brides bouquet and thought the green of the leaves would go really well with the red door. Again, I just held the flowers in front of my lens and I love this pictures.

6. Flash

This is probably the most difficult and expensive one out of all of the ideas but once you know how it works it is so easy to transform dark wedding pictures into something amazing. Plus it doesn’t always have to be a flash. Find a strong lamp in the room, place it behind the couple pointing at them at about chest hight and see what happens.

For this image I used two off camera flashes. One to the right of me and one behind the couple to light up the brides wonderful wintery headdress in addition to the couple. After that, I lowered the shadows in Lightroom and here we are.

In this picture you can see Lianne’s off camera flash shining through the two grooms. So beautiful.


Photo credit: Lianne Gray

I hope you got some new ideas from my blog today and please send me all your ideas on what you have done to make your wedding portraits more creative. I would love to get even more ideas to pull out my magic hat at my 2019 weddings. To see some more of my more natural and relaxed approach have a look at some more wedding pictures here.

Alice x