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Kelly Benton Photography

Erinn & Shane

  • Ceremony: Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, IN
  • Reception: Wunderkammer Company in Fort Wayne, IN
  • Portraits: Downtown Fort Wayne & Wunderkammer Company
  • Month: October
  • Style: Modern



Erinn and Shane's wedding is a fantastic example of why it's good to hire a photographer who knows how to use artificial light.

While I love shooting in natural light as much as the next photographer, there are some situations that call for additional light to enhance the scene, or artificial light to construct a scene from scratch.

It was raining off-and-on during Erinn and Shane's wedding day. The couple wanted to have a few photos taken before the ceremony, but the church they got ready in didn't offer much in the way of good natural light. Which a quick off-camera flash setup, I was ready to shoot some unique portraits using the church's beautiful stained glass windows.

Later that day, when the rain still hadn't let up, I used a softbox to get a well-lit image of Erinn and Shane in front of the Embassy Theater sign, all without having to step foot outside. During the reception, I used a flash to add some mood lighting during the first dance, and add dimension to the Bride's face as she stared lovingly at her new husband. Before leaving for the evening, I created one last shot of Erinn and Shane in the courtyard at Wunderkammer, embracing under the string lights.

Knowing how to shoot both on- and off-camera flash wedding photography allows me to not only produce unique and personal images for my clients, but also allows me to proceed with confidence when forced to shoot indoors or in dark locations.

Click here to view more photos from Erinn and Shane's wedding!