I’ve been doing a lot of family pictures recently, it was nice to have some engagement portraits instead. This was a fun couple that seemed to be really having a good time. From what I remember it was a really windy evening, but actually this couple made it pretty easy. I only had to worry about the hair in one direction :) It’s been windy almost every evening recently, but as long as you turn people into the wind so the hair is blowing back it’s not a big deal. The only time it really gets bad is if the wind is blowing so much that it causes the sand to blow across the surface. If sand is blowing in people eyes there isn’t very much you can do. So far this week has been pretty good as far as the weather and the wind. I hope you enjoy the pictures below, if you do please remember to let me know if the comments.
I had a lot of fun after the wedding reception with this couple. They planned it so that they could go to the reception for a couple of hours, then do a trash the dress session at sunset before leaving for the evening. I’ve never had a bride and groom get completely in the ocean like they did. The only problem we had, we were getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, but I don’t let anything stop me when I shooting. The poor bride in the first picture below had scratches that I had to Photoshop out on her arms because of getting bitten. I think the results were worth the bit of suffering, I really love all of these, it was hard to pick just a few for the blog.
I’ve thought recently about selling my Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens because I never use it anymore. It’s really heavy and bulky to keep in my bag all the time. However, I’m glad I had it. You might notice if you look closely, about half way through the pictures I switch lenses from my 85mm f1.4 to the 70-200 f2.8. Using the 70-200 is how I get those really close up shots when the couple are deep in the ocean. It looks like I’m on top of them even though I’m back on the beach. Even if it’s heavy, I realize it’s good to carry around everything because you never know what you will need. I hope you enjoy the pictures below, let me know in the comments if you like them!
This is my first time visiting the Magnolia Plantation. It’s a very nice area, it reminds me a lot of Brookgreen Gardens. Unlike Brookgreen though we were allowed to go wherever we wanted to do the pictures and spend as much time as well. I had a lot of fun walking around for an hour or so with the couple and finding places to do shots. The first time to an area takes a bit of experimenting and exploring around.
We had some pretty strong early afternoon sunlight which can be difficult at the beach or in an open area, but being in a nice area with plenty of trees and shade it’s not really a problem. In fact the strong sun gives some nice Bokeh from the pinpoints of light reflecting off the trees, you can see this especially on the first image. You can tell if someone has a really good lens not by looking at what is in focus, but by looking at the quality of the out of focus areas.
I really liked the old fence where the horses were as well, you can see a number of shots from that spot below. The bamboo was really cool as well, but what I really wanted was evening sun showing through the Bamboo, and I couldn’t really get that, I’ll try again at this couple’s wedding in December. It should be very nice and will be later in the day so things should go even better. Let me know in the comments if you like the pictures.
Now that things have slowed down some I’m going to try and go back and blog about some of my previous weddings and events. This couple was married the day before, and just wanted to do some portraits of the two of them. The Myrtle Beach State Park is really a great place for pictures because of the options like the oak trees, the pier and the really nice dunes, all in the same location. Also, it’s out of the Myrtle Beach city limits, so you don’t get in trouble for doing picture there. The only thing is, you have to be really careful about getting on the dunes. I still see other photographers getting in trouble with the park rangers sometimes. I saw this one photographer recently not only up on top of the dunes and getting talked to by a park ranger, but also waist deep in the swash trying to photograph a model, which is highly contaminated with bacteria.
Back to this couple, the evening turned out to be great with some really nice colors in the sky. I was even able to catch some of the seagulls flying by in a few shots, which is really cool of you happen to get it. This is a good example of how you can get some really nice pictures no matter how big your wedding is, I just did this like I would do any set of family or engagement pictures and got a lot of nice shots. I hope you enjoy some of them below.