"Night is purer than day: it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true."
Framed in darkness, a story only partially revealed, ethereal figures emerging from the shadows, backlit, softly cloaked in inky light or strikingly spotlit to dramatic effect…we're looking to the hauntingly beautiful night portraits of fashion photography and the world of fine art, inspired by moodily lit stories told in near total darkness, drawing down the mysteriousness of the sky and the secretive glamour offered by nightfall.
With sequences of cinematic like composition, told in dramatic light and shadows, stories unfolding frame by frame, night portraits feel somehow heightened, emotively, expressively, texturally, with the darkness and light throwing everything into 'a more intense, more true' incarnation of itself. Fabrics look more luminous and ethereal, light more inky, moments more fleeting and framing more intriguing, captured only partially, intimately close.
For evening brides whose ceremony or reception will unfold into the night, this style of photography will immortalise that feeling of almost otherworldly euphoria, that heightened sense of standing on the worlds edge, spinning slowly, hoping for the night to never end. Consider carefully the style of different photographers and their approach to storytelling in darkness (which is just as nuanced and dramatically different in style, as daylit photography). Find a photographer whose work resonates and whose imagery conveys a sense of your having been there, in that moment, a night infinite with possibilities.
Find a selection below of some of our favourite inspiration and emotive night portraits, featuring imagery by some of our hand selected LANE photographers, from all over the globe.