The Unexpected Power Outage: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in Wedding Photography

There’s an old saying that a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, and it seems like this saying applies to wedding photographers too. Last year I had a unique experience while covering the wedding of Joanne & Declan. Their wedding venue lost power for over six hours, an occurrence that could have easily resulted in havoc. But instead of panicking or getting frustrated, we decided to make the most out of the situation. This unexpected turn of events presented an opportunity to try something new, something I’d like to share in this post.

The power outage meant that the timeline was going to change. But it also gave us a chance to experiment, and push the boundaries of what’s possible with wedding photography. One of the things that I’ve learned over the years is that creativity thrives in constraints. And boy, was this a constraint!

While Declan, the groom, took a wee snooze, on his new wife’s dress, we got the drone in the air to capture it all. With the #helenorfarquharsonphotography team, we’ve always been keen on experimenting with new techniques and technology to bring a unique perspective to our work. And this seemed like the perfect time to put our drone to use.

Drone photography offers an unparalleled perspective, capturing breathtaking aerial views that are impossible to achieve with traditional photography. But it’s not just about the grandeur – it’s also about the intimate moments, the emotions, and the connections that make a wedding day special. Despite the power outage, or maybe because of it, we were able to capture some truly remarkable moments.

The sunflower-themed wedding, the beautiful Scottish setting, and the radiant couple – everything looked even more stunning from the sky. The drone, in a way, allowed us to capture the essence of the day – the joy, the love, and the camaraderie that filled every corner of the venue, even without power.

Through this experience, I was reminded of the beauty of adaptability and resilience in the face of challenges, not just in photography but in life too. An unexpected power outage could have spoiled Joanne & Declan’s big day, but instead, it added a unique charm to it. It made their wedding not just memorable, but also story-worthy. It will also be a story to tell the grandkids.

Instead of the planned traditional wedding breakfast, they had their fill of Dominoes Pizzas, and the guests more than happily adapted to this, the couple still had their traditional speeches with a few electrician related jokes thrown in for good measure.

when the dj arrived he also had to adapt to this unique situation, luckily he had a battery operated speaker and we brought the first dance forward to have the couple waltzing just as the sun was setting. The glow from the sun setting and candles glistening was extremely romantic. The lights came on just a few dances in and the crowd was rapturous with applause. It also meant the planned silent disco could go ahead and thus crowd were more party ready than anyone I’ve ever seen before.

And that, dear readers, is the beauty of wedding photography. It’s not just about taking pictures – it’s about telling stories, capturing moments, and making memories. So, here’s to more adventures, more challenges, and more stories in the future. #droneweddingphotography #hiltonwedding #scottishweddingphotographer #edinburghweddingphotographer #fifeweddingphotographer