Wedding Reception at Harbour View in Virginia
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Wedding Reception at Harbour View in Virginia

When we photograph your wedding, we want to make you look as beautiful/handsome in your pictures as you feel during your marriage celebration. We know you will spend a lot of time making sure you look your best. For that reason, we want to give you images of yourself that are stunning and that make you look better than you have ever looked in your life. And that is regardless of whether the images are your couples portraits or candid shots from the course of the wedding day.

To ensure you look great in your wedding photos, we use a variety of specific photographic techniques. One in particular that we like to use at weddings is framing you and your intended with lights. What we mean by this is including some sort of lighting effects at the margin of the picture. It is a great way to turn good DC wedding photography into the kind that every you and your future spouse will love.

A Washington, DC, wedding photographer generally does this for two reasons. The first is to draw attention to the subjects of the photo: you and your beloved. Our optical systems are designed to notice things that stand out. When confronted with uniformity, our eye searches for anomalies. With this in mind, we compose an image dominated by a consistent and relatively uniform pattern that is generally out of focus. You and your future spouse appear in focus in a portion of the frame without that visual pattern. So partially or completely encircling you with lights immediately makes you the main focus of the photograph.

The other reason why DC wedding photographers frame you with lights is a bit more obvious. It helps create a beautiful image! It allows the photographer to get creative and to turn a normal wedding scene into a work of art.

Another critical part of our job is to photographically document the most meaningful moments of your Washington, DC, marriage celebration. Our responsibility to you and your intended, however, goes beyond just pointing a camera at everything that happens. We need to create unforgettable images — ones that are as beautiful as the moments will be in your memories. With that in mind, adding lighting around the edges of the frame is a great way to add artistry to any photograph. And the great thing about this technique is how versatile it is! Framing you and your beloved with lights works just as well in candid shots as it does in couples portraits.

A Washington, DC, wedding photographer does not even need to have lighting present in the scene to use the technique. We have a string of small lights that we often use to introduce visual effects into our photography. If there are no lights in the frame, we just use this tool to create some! There are numerous pictures on this website for which we have done this.

As it turns out, we did not need to introduce any lighting effects into this particular image. The wedding venue at which these newlyweds had their reception — Harbour View Events — was already helpfully decorated with Christmas lights! Most of the pillars in and around the dance floor area were festooned with these glowing orbs. So creating an image of the newlyweds’ first dance with the effects mentioned above was very easy. It required little more than positioning ourselves such that the lights occupied a significant portion of the frame. We also opened our cameras’ apertures so that everything away from the main focal point got blurry and hazy. The combined effect was the kind of shot that every couple wants. The focus was entirely on them and the overall look of the photo was beautiful.

The value of Harbour View Events as a wedding venue did not stop at the helpful lighting setup. Located in Woodbridge, Virginia, the facility is a fantastic place for a marriage celebration. It sits on the banks of the Occoquan River, just 30 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. That gives the venue a lovely rural feel, even though it is conveniently located in a major urban area. The bride and groom at this particular wedding really made great use of that particular feature of Harbour View Events. After the conclusion of their wedding reception, the newlyweds departed in a very unique way. Instead of waving goodbye to their wedding guests and hopping in a luxury car, the couple boarded a boat and headed down the river en route to their honeymoon.

Location: Harbour View, 13200 Marina Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191.

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