Milky Way Engagement Photography + Wedding Astrophotography

Milky Way engagement photography

Wedding and engagement astrophotography with the Milk Way is a specialized subset of photography that requires a deep understanding of equipment and other factors. We specialize in capturing our couples in front of the stars and the Milky Way. Wedding photography and engagement photography examples can be seen below.

Wedding + Engagement Photography with the Milky Way

It takes a crazy yet technical photographer to attempt to capture a couple (especially since they are amateur models) in front of the Milky Way. Wide-field astrophotography is a side hobby of ours as a landscape photographer, which made it all the more amazing to incorporate that into our wedding photography. Milky Way captures require knowing your gear and equipment very well and is an interesting blend of technical and artistic experience.

Wide-field Astrophotography

To pull off wide-field astrophotography with a wedding couple, the photographer must have a deep and technical understanding of shooting in such strained and difficult settings.

  • First, the shoot has to be done only during a certain time of the year (otherwise the Milky Way core is not as visible).
  • Second, it can only be done during a certain time of the year.
  • Third, it requires shooting late at night in the darkest of conditions.
  • Fourth, it requires getting away from light pollution, which is a big problem when near metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and Orange County.
  • Fifth, it requires long exposures, during which so many things can go wrong to spoil an image.
  • Sixth, it requires an deep understanding of light and often light painting, which is sometimes more art than science with the wide range of variables that present themselves.
  • So when choosing a wedding or engagement photographer to capture the Milky Way with you in front of it, make sure that they have an answer for each and every point stated above. Otherwise you might waste your time driving out way too far away to get bad exposures. You can see our other page on specifically astrophotography here.