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Light and Airy Wedding Photography

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

When someone says light and airy photography they're usually referring to a style of photography that conveys the use of soft diffused lighting which displays an ethereal quality.

This type of photography in many cases incorporates natural light such as sunlight through a window to create a dreamy atmosphere. As a result, the images captured are light and airy in tone with a focus on showcasing the beauty and delicacy of the subject.

This style is often very popular with weddings, portrait fashion, and fine art photography.

Light and airy wedding photography

An alternative to Light and airy photography is Dark and moody. The dark and moody effect can be achieved through the use of black and white or sepia-toned photos. Please see my example below. These types of photos can be used to convey a more serious or stylistic tone, especially if you are using them for wedding day coverage.

Dark and Moody Photography

What to wear

Although photo editing has advanced a considerable amount over the years there are still some misconceptions when trying to achieve a light and airy look. Unfortunately it can’t be achieved entirely via the magic of photoshop. Having said that, here are a few other things to take into consideration when looking to achieve light and airy photos for your event. First, it helps to use light colours when planning your big day, colours such as whites or pastels.

These colours are typically associated with springtime or summer weddings and can help to make your big day feel light and airy. However, if you are planning a fall or winter wedding, darker colours such as deep reds or navy blues can be used instead.

The second thing to take into consideration when looking at achieving the light and airy style of photography is by using lighter fabrics like chiffon and organza. These materials will allow more light to pass through them and create a more ethereal effect in your photos. Now I know what you’re thinking. Am I going to have to re think my entire wardrobe to get the look that I want? These are just suggestions to help improve the final outcome. You’ll be surprise at the length people go to achieve a specific look so it’s best to be aware of these.

Light and airy wedding photography


Artificial lighting can be used in a dimly lit environment, however it is essential to use natural light whenever possible to further enhance the light and airy look of your wedding photos.

Light and airy wedding photography

In addition to the amount of light and space available, the time of day can also play a role in the success of a light and airy photo shoot. Photographers may opt to shoot during the "golden hour" - the hour before sunset or after sunrise - when the light is softer and more diffuse, which can help create the desired light and airy look. This will allow your photographer to capture soft shadows and beautiful highlights in your images that can be used as accents throughout your photographs.


When it comes to light and airy photography, location is key. The environment can make a huge difference in the overall feel and look of the photos. Just imagine, a photo taken in an open field with lots of natural light will have a completely different vibe compared to one taken in a small, poorly lit room.

Photographers often seek out locations that have plenty of natural light and an open, spacious feel. This could be outdoor spaces like fields, gardens, or parks or indoor spaces with big windows and a minimal amount of clutter.

In the end, the location plays a vital role in capturing that light and airy feel in photography. It's important to give thoughtful consideration to the environment where the photos will be taken.

And, when it comes to light and airy wedding photography, it's a timeless and popular aesthetic that can add a touch of romance and ethereal quality to your special day. By using natural light, open spaces, and the right time of day, photographers can create stunning and dreamy images that you will cherish for years to come. Whether you're going for a classic and elegant look or a more modern, bohemian vibe, light and airy photography is a versatile style that can be tailored to suit your unique vision for your wedding day.


If you liked reading this article, then you'll love taking a look at our wedding photography portfolio! It's full of beautiful light and airy photography examples that you won't want to miss. If you have any questions or need help then don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're always happy to help you in any way we can!

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