A Photographers Perspective: The Sparkler Send Off…
The ‘Sparkler Send Off’ is more popular than ever. It’s a great way to end the evening, after all, you made a grand entrance, so why not make a grand exit!?
Organising 100+ guests to operate a sparkler at the correct moment isn’t always straight forward! There’s a few things to consider if you want to make it as successful as possible. Some are fairly common sense, others you might not think about, but they can make a big difference to the final result.
So here are my tips on capturing some amazing sparkler-filled images.
Tell your Venue.
Most important of all, check with your venue that they’re happy for you to use sparklers. Older venues with listed buildings may not be insured for this. There also needs to be enough outdoor space for all your guests to wave their sparklers away from anything potentially flammable, for obvious reasons.
Make an Announcement
Have a blackboard with a schedule for the day painted on it, and when its about to happen, have your ushers or master of ceremonies announce it.
Buy Enough Sparklers
If you can, buy enough sparklers so that each guest has two. The reason for this is sparklers give off a lot of light, so there more there are, the better your photographs are likely to be. Your photographer shouldn’t even need to use flash if there are many guests close enough to you. The result is much more natural looking images.
Buy Enough Lighters
This is one that always gets forgotten! I can’t count how many times I’ve been running around 5 minutes before a sparkler send off, asking people to donate their lighters. Make sure you buy lots, so that everyone can get their sparklers lit as quickly as possible. This will give your photographer more time to get the perfect shot. Avoid matches, they’re too fiddly, especially when most of your guests will have had a lot to drink by this point!
Buy Extra Long Sparklers
Again, the longer your sparklers last, the more fun you can have, and the longer your photographer has to nail the perfect shot. Have somewhere to dispose of sparklers. Obviously throwing hot sparklers in a bin isn’t a great idea. Have a metal bucket full of sand ready for this.
Keep Some to One Side
Keep half a dozen sparklers on one side, then you can have some posed shots of just you two with some sparklers.
Discuss with your Photographer
Finally, discuss what you’re doing with your photographer. They may have some suggestions on how to organise people for the best effect. You could have two long lines of guests, and walk down the middle, or have everyone crowd around while you stay in one spot. Personally I prefer the second option, as there’s less movement and more light (and a better chance of getting a perfect photo).
If you have any tips that you would like to share, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below.