Churches and temples can be poorly lit from a photographic stand point and this can have an impact on the images made. If your ceremony will take place in such a space, you should consider what strategies a photographer will utilize to compensate for the existing light. They may use a flash or multiple flashes, or increase their camera’s light sensitivity to obtain better images. Depending on the lighting tactic used to capture your ceremony the images may appear harsh, grainy and artificial. A professional photographer with experience in such situations can ensure that end result is natural looking images.
The below image was taken in a very dark church where flash was prohibited. The small image size makes it difficult to notice the gain that would be apparent in an enlargement. This does not mean the image is no longer good or usable; the low light simply affects the qualities of the photograph.
Time of day and the existence of sunlight have a large impact on the light available to a photographer at an indoor reception venue. For daytime weddings the size and location of windows has the most effect on the type of light that the photographer can use.
Photographers are drawn to the beauty and natural feeling of existing light and the amount of this kind of light at an indoor reception venue is largely dependent on windows. Large windows act like a big light spreader that takes the sunlight and makes it nice and soft. A venue with large windows will allows for a lot of beautiful natural light opportunities for photographs. If the windows are really small or there are not a lot of them, the photographer is limited to using a flash.
This image was taken with natural sunlight filtering in through a large window. Notice the soft quality of the light and how it lends to the mood of the photograph.
This image was lit by bouncing the flash off of the white wall behind me, allowing me provide a nice, even light for the entire image. Notice how there are no strong, dark shadows behind the groom as you are used to seeing from the flash on your point and shoot camera.