We’ve got another light painted wedding photo! This time it’s Jeff and Lucía’s cool Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel light painting wedding photograph!
As it frequently is, deciding where to create a light painted wedding photo can be very difficult. After all, it’s all about highlighting both the couple and their wedding location. For a light painting photo to look great there should be lots of detail that we can highlight. Then I can bring out that detail out through the light painting process.
The biggest challenge of any light painting wedding photo is that it’s the last thing that we are creating that day. So, it’s always got to be created during the reception. Very few reception locations offer multiple options and Jeff and Lucía’s was no exception.
Location, Location, Location
While the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel is very nice, it’s location has limited outdoor options for a wedding photography light painting. The east side of the hotel is quite pretty with lots of trees. But it was still 90 degrees and the dewpoint was in the mid-seventies, even at 9 pm!
As I walked outside to check out an outdoor spot, my glasses and both camera lenses fogged up immediately. To top it off, there were flashes of lightning from more storms that were entering the area from the west. I don’t know about you, but I’m not too keen about holding a 20 foot light stand when there’s lightning around!
Inside Sounds Like A Good Idea!
Thankfully, the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel has an interesting atrium with several cool-looking wood features. So that’s where I decided to give it a go. We literally had our camera and tripod set-up at the edge of the front desk!
Because our set-up was front-and-center in the hotel lobby, Jeff and Lucía’s Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel wedding photography light painting was somewhat of an attention getter! Wedding and hotel guests kept stopping and asking what we were doing. Most of the time, since Jeff and Lucía were only there for a few minutes, Joannie appeared to be taking a photo of basically nothing!
What’s Going On?
I was running around the main floor and the second floor with the flash unit and Joannie was firing the camera. I’m sure it looked really weird if you were walking by. I’m sure it also looked pretty strange that I was walking around with a flash that was going off at random times with no camera around! Ah, the fun of being the “World’s Only Light Painting Wedding Photographers”!
Below is a link to a very short “how to” video that shows all of the steps that went into creating Jeff and Lucía’s Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel light painting wedding photo. Thanks for watching! – M&J