Elsie’s Bar Light Painted Wedding Photo
Here is the story behind Taran & Heather’s super-cool Elsie’s Bar light painted wedding photo. This is yet another light painting that was created at the couple’s bar during their wedding reception. My light painting photographer friends think I’m crazy and they actually might be right!
As we shared in the post about their fun-filled “Back to the 50’s” wedding at Elsie’s, the weather didn’t cooperate at all for their wedding day. Very cold and very windy conditions kept us all indoors for the entire wedding. That also meant that creating their light painted wedding photo would have to be done inside as well.
Besides the fact that the bar was being used while we photographed it, the age of Elsie’s and the actual building construction came into play as well.
Elsie’s is a well known Minneapolis establishment that’s been around for like forever. But because of her age, the beautiful wooden floors in Elsie’s banquet room actually move a little bit when you walk on them. That meant that the camera and tripod would actually move slightly whenever wedding guests walked by.
Camera movement is not a very welcome idea when you light paint. Movement means that each exposure won’t line up with the next. Not good.
Both Joannie and I realized that there was floor movement early on. Joannie did a great job of waiting for guests to walk by before firing the camera. Despite her efforts, there were some images that didn’t match up. Thankfully I was able to realine them so that I could complete Taran and Heathers’ one-of-a-kind light painted wedding photograph of Elsie’s Bar.
We’ve got a very short video on our YouTube channel that shows the steps that went into creating Taran & Heathers’ Elsie’s Bar light painted wedding photo. Please check it out and feel free to subscribe to our channel while you’re there. Thank you for reading our post and we hope you have a great one! – M&J