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Black & White vs Colour Wedding Photos

Debating between black & white vs colour wedding photos? We’ll we’ve done some research and found this great article by Emilie Baltz (from The Knot website) which will help you decide (and we have added in contact details/links for local Northern NSW suppliers)….  Read on…

Black & White vs Colour Wedding Photos

Black & White vs Colour Wedding Photos

No doubt you’ll want to capture the rich hues of your centrepieces, vibrant blooms between cake tiers (try out locals Cakes by the Moon at Kingscliff) and the rich red of chocolate-covered strawberries in colour. But when it comes to capturing the unscripted seconds that live in your mind forever — the anxiety and joy of getting ready or the adoring glance your future husband casts your way — black and white shots can be the way to go. In short, both colour and black and white images are essential to document the planning (we recommend locals – Casuarina Weddings or I Do Perfection) that went into your day and the moments that define it.

Black and White Basics

Plain and simple, black and white photography (Figtree Pictures would be our choice) is preferred for documenting emotional moments. The fewer colours your eyes have to process, the cleaner and easier an image is to absorb when viewing. The result? The subject shines through! Black and white images help you focus on the features of a subject and bring the mood into focus. Use it to capture important, intimate moments such as the kiss and the first dance. To intensify the purity of such sacred moments, Philippe Cheng, an established New York wedding photographer, recommends that your photographer zoom in to cut out visual clutter and focus on the look in the groom’s eyes or the happy tears streaming down the bride’s cheeks, for example.

Advantages of Black and White Film

Black and white pictures can help mask skin imperfections because shades of grey can’t record the blotchy red irritations that inevitably pop up on this stressful day. Put this knowledge to use and ask for black and white coverage as you get ready. You’ll be able to look back and remember all the great details of the day — Mum buttoning your dress, a stolen glance in the mirror, the silent sweep of a makeup brush — without remembering that red bloch on your face! Save the colour for the final moment when the gown, the hair and the makeup are all perfect.

Another advantage of black and white images is their duration. Printing black and white images on special archival fibre paper is more expensive than printing colour but can last hundreds of years. Think of your grandparents’ wedding albums — faces of ancestors still peek out, brimming with the same joy they felt that day. These are “archival prints.” Colour photos fade and degenerate faster. Film advances are being made, but the fact remains that, on average, colour prints will start to fade after about 50 years.

When to Use Colour Film

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Black & White vs Colour Wedding Photos

Once the attendants are dressed and assembled and the reception site is unveiled, let those colour photos begin! Flowers, food, favours — all of these elements you discussed endlessly and selected lovingly can only be recorded on colour film. It might not seem as artistic but, trust us, you’ll want to remember exactly what colour your centrepieces were 40 years from now!

Likewise, remember to ask for colour during your formal portrait session — these are the photos for which you’ll most likely order multiple prints. Shoot as much as you can outside, too. Colour film does not need to be restricted to daylight. It can work very well at night or even indoors to capture a soft, romantic mood. By placing a camera on a tripod, for example, a photographer can use a slower, better colour exposure and no flash to shoot a beautiful, dimly lit room or centerpiece. “Colour is at its best when most subtle,” affirms Cheng. Ask your photographer to look for these soft, quiet details and record them with care.

Putting Two and Two Together

So, what should you do for your wedding? Work the advantages of black and white and colour shots: request both to satisfy your artistic and documentary needs. An extra photographer may be required and overall it may eat up more of the budget, but you’ll love the results. From an intimate black and white portrait of you and your loved ones to a vibrant, colourful shot of the bridal party, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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Black & White vs Colour Wedding Photos 2


Are you inspired?  Well, at La Maison Pacifique, our recent bride Beth (pictured left), took some amazing photos (and video below) of her beautiful day. 

Josh & Beth – NSW from Joseph Willis on Vimeo. (La Maison Pacifique features from 1:23)

I think you will agree that Josh and Beth’s day was magical.  It was a real treat for us to be able to host Beth and her girls, then Josh and Beth, and we do sincerely wish them all the best for a wonderful married life together.  A really lovely couple.

Oh – and other suppliers that could make your day extra special include:

….Have we convinced you yet that your Casuarina NSW holiday and/or wedding could be your best ever at any time of the year?  All you have to do now is book your beach holiday!  Northern Rivers area NSW (including Kingscliff, Casuarina, Pottsville and Cabarita Beach) is the perfect spot – and its location is ideal – 1/2 way between the Gold Coast and Byron BayPatrolled beaches line the coast.  We even have CarlaLisa and Pete’s top tips on things to do in Kingscliff! You can even book a picnic or high tea with Teaspoon High Tea Events!  Check out our blog and news, location and attractions and what’s on and markets for more great tips and things to do on your Northern Rivers summer holidays!

Happy holidays (and wedding!) – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

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