Within Sodo Wedding Photography of Casey and Jesse's Winter Wedding • rebeccaellison.com
Within Sodo Wedding Photography of Casey and Jesse’s Winter Wedding

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What Casey and Jesse had to say:

“My husband and I hired Becca to take our engagement photos as well as our wedding photos after meeting her at the Seattle Wedding Show. She made us feel so comfortable having our photos taken (which is not something either of us was used to doing). She was laid-back, funny, helpful, responsive, and very knowledgeable. We could not be happier with our entire experience as well as how beautifully the photos turned out! She worked with us to create a wedding package that fit our budget and was also able to give some great advice on wedding planning in general. I can not recommend Becca enough if you are looking for a photographer!! She’s amazing!

Casey and Jesse were married this past winter at Within Sodo in Seattle. It was a typical November in Seattle, drizzly gray and a bit chilly, but the energy inside Within Sodo was bubbling in anticipation of these two’s union.

I loved photographing this wedding for a multitude of reasons, one being how sweet and fun Casey and Jesse are, but also because it was a winter wedding in a dark venue where we wouldn’t have the luxury of being just a “natural light photographer” but truly would have to create beautiful images when the lighting in the venue was darker than what my camera typically likes. But that is why I love lighting and using off camera flash (OCF)

I love trying to blend the use of flash into the images so you don’t necessarily even notice its use, like I did for the portraits on the roof of Within Sodo. Each and everyone of those images is flash lit, but not in a way you’d notice right away. The natural light would have given dark smudges under the eyes of Casey, Jesse and their wedding party, and the mix of the natural light and the super orange lights on the roof, would have been disastrous without flash accompanying the images. Images which I feel are beautiful and natural and make them look amazing!

The ceremony was another fun spot as it was very dark, and, while I usually try to not use flash during a ceremony, sometimes it is needed. And when the clients are fine with the idea of the flash going off, then you know it will be better images in the end. I set up two flashes on each side of the ceremony to aim at bride and groom in a way that would light them and give definition, and we did the same thing during the reception and toasts. Taking my flash off of camera, it gives a consistency and also depth to the images that regular natural light or flash on camera doesn’t always provide.

If you are considering Within Sodo for your wedding, it isa beautiful venue in Seattle with a fun mix of industrial and somewhat modern look, but it is a tough venue for photography. This is a venue that you will want to make sure your photographer knows how to use flash in a way that adds to the photos and doesn’t make them bland. 

This wedding was a perfect end to my 2016 wedding season as it let me play with creating beautiful light when the natural light wasn’t provided,  as well as let me hang out with a group of some of the sweetest people celebrating Jesse and Casey’s marriage!


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