Today, we would love to share Chris and Becky’s cool Minneapolis City Hall light painting. This was a cool indoor location to create a light painting in. Lots of marble, staircases, and interesting architecture that could be included in one of these images.
One unique factor sets this light painting apart from all of the others we’ve done at weddings so far. Over the past two and a half years, we’ve created dozens of light painted wedding photographs for our couples. But this one was different in that it was the first photograph we created that day, instead of the last. We’ve never done that before.
Hit The Ground Running
Once we had the photography part of their light painting “in the can”, we set out to photograph our newlyweds and their wedding party just prior to their intimate wedding ceremony in the historic Minneapolis City Hall & Courthouse.
Following the ceremony, Joannie & I capture “just a few” family photographs. Then we took our newlyweds outside for some really pretty photographs right outside the building at the park across the street. It was a great way to finish the photography part of their wedding day.
Lots Of Marble
I chose the location for Chris and Becky’s light painting because of all the details in and around the staircase. The railings, in particular, look pretty cool light painted. I also really like the stained glass windows too. I let Mother Nature light those, everything else Joannie and I lit with our high-powered strobes.
The starting image (above) shows the multi-light-system we used to light Chris and Becky. Our 48″ softbox on them, and two “kicker lights” to separate them from the background (one is hidden behind the stairs).
The post-production on this one-of-a-kind took a bit longer than expected because of all of the weddings we’ve had over the last month. That, and several cool automobile light paintings too. Well, it was worth the wait!
We’ve got a short movie on our YouTube Channel with many of the images we used to create Chris and Becky’s Minneapolis City Hall light painting. You can see the whole before-to-after process. Please click on the link below to watch it. Thank you for reading our post and have a great one! – M&J