Most people would think that photographing on a sunny day is a heaven for photographers. Sunshine definitely looks gorgeous on photographs but there re a few things to keep in mind.
Let’s get started then with a little lighting crash-course! 🙂
Direct sunshine aiming right down on person creates a harsh light. In general light coming directly from above in the least flattering. It creates a shade below nose and upper lip and around neck area. This is something we want to avoid, especially when photographing close up portraits.
So the easiest solution is to find a shady spot and use that area. It is also usually more comfortable for the couple.
Another option is to bring a large diffuser with you and have someone hold the diffuser above the couple and block the light that way. As diffusers come usually automatically with reflectors, you can also use the reflector similarly as you would use flash and point the light it collects from the back-light at faces. But diffusers and reflectors (especially the large ones which are the most powerful) are hard to carry (enough that you have millions of other things with you)
So you can do another trick, place the wedding couple in a sunny area and make sure the sun is behind them. Making them look in the sun will make them squirt their eyes… Then use your flash and fill in the light in the faces with the flash. Without the flash, the camera could get tricked out by the harsh light and automatically try to expose for the very bright background which makes the couple look underexposed. (This can be also taken as and advantage and you can underexpose in order to create an effect of silhouette)
If you don’t want to use flash and still want to expose right, expose on the face (if you are not sure, use a light-meter)
Shot at Thornton Manor.