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Beautiful evening for bridal portraits at Atalaya Castle in Murrells Inlet, SC

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I was able to work with a really pretty bride the other evening doing bridal portraits at Atalaya Castle in the Huntington State Park. The evening was great except for being a bit cold. Because of the 5:00pm closing time of the Atalaya Castle, we had to stay outside the castle to be able to catch the sunset. The poor bride almost froze to death by the end of the session, but I think it will be worth it to her when she sees the pictures. She did a pretty good job of not looking cold, at least as long as you don't zoom in on the 36mp Nikon D800 images and see all the goose bumps.

I've been trying to get better at posing hands, with bridal portraits you have a lot more time than at the wedding for trying different hand positions. You will notice below I have the bride doing a lot of different things with her hands, not everything worked that we tried, but that is how you get better at it. Another thing I'm working more with is off camera speedlights. I put a Gary Fong Power Snoot on my second flash behind and to the left of the bride on a lightstand. The power snoot creates a more concentrated light that pretty much just hits where you aim it. You will notice it in a number of shots where you see a separation light on the brides hair and her side a bit. It just gives the pictures an extra pop when you can do that. Something a lot of beginning photographers don't realize, taking a picture isn't just having a good eye and being able to aim a camera and push a button. You have to get more technical and pull out some real equipment if you want to take something that really stands out. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below, please like and comment on the post if you do!

Quick edit - I was playing around with some new Nik Software plugins. Google is now giving the complete collection free to anyone that purchased individual plugins before! I've never used some of the plugins like HDR Efex. I usually stay away from any strong effects, but after playing around I thought the first image below looked cool! So I added it here. I'm still mostly keeping away from strong effects though, they tend to look dated quickly.

Experimenting with Nik Software effect for bridal portrait at the Atalaya Castle
Bride Posing on the walkway to the Atalaya Castle Bride walking down the walkway to the Atalaya Castle Bridal portrait posing against the trees in front of the Atalaya Castle Bride posing her hands near the Atalaya Castle outside wall Beautiful shallow depth of field portrait of bride leaning against a moss covered wall Bride posing in the sunlight in front of the Atalaya Castle in Huntington State Park Bride posing in the sunlight in front of the Atalaya Castle in Huntington State Park Bride leaning against the left wall of the castle in Huntington State Park, Murrells Inlet Bride leaning against the left wall of the castle in Huntington State Park, Murrells Inlet Bridal portrait sitting behind the Atalaya Castle looking at her flowers Posing on the back patio of the Atalaya Castle Beautiful portrait of bride laying down leaning back on one arm using Gary Fong Power Snoot for hair light Closeup of bride sitting with off camera hair light behind the Atalaya Castle Bride sitting and posing with hands Bride using the Atalaya Castle window bars for posing against Bride using the Atalaya Castle window bars for posing against Bridal portraits posing in the harsh backlit sunlight in front of the dunes at the Huntington State Park Bridal portraits posing in the harsh backlit sunlight in front of the dunes at the Huntington State Park Bride posing on the beach and walking at Huntington State Park Bride posing near the dunes Bride posing near the dunes

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