This was a really fun recent wedding at the Grande Dunes Marina Inn with a reception after at the Joe’s Crab Shack at Broadway at the Beach. I didn’t really ask, but I would imagine this was a second wedding for both the bride and groom. Those are always fun, because when it’s the second time it’s usually more about just having fun with the family. Especially when they have great kids with good personalities. Instead of my most important pictures being about the couple, it’s usually more about the family and having fun with the kids.
I’ve actually never been to Joe’s Crab Shack before, the couple said they just loved the food there and that is why they picked it for the reception. When they brought out the appetizers I actually thought it was the full meal. You know the food must be good when everyone has to wear a bib. It seemed like everyone was having a great time.
There is a shot below with the couple kissing with the kids being silly in the background, it’s probably one of my most popular pictures I’ve put on Facebook. There was some really strong overhead sun during the ceremony, I’ve gotten pretty good now about dealing with that, but it’s never ideal. I took the couple out around sunset time at Broadway to do a few more pictures which turned out nice. I hope you enjoy these below, please comment if you do!
I haven’t made a wedding specific blog post recently and I’ve been wanting to put up something new. I always get so busy in the summer. So I just decided to quickly pull out of my collection a few shots I liked from the last few weeks of August. These come from some family beach pictures at the Myrtle Beach State Park, the mother of a bride I had last year getting married at the Grande Dunes Member’s Club, a wedding for a military groom at Brunswick Plantation in NC, and a wedding reception in Florence, SC. There is a lot in this one post.
One thing I especially wanted to highlight can be seen in the last about 15 pictures in this post. They are from a wedding game I’ve heard called the Shoely Wed Game. It’s really important if you want to have a fun wedding reception that you get a fun DJ. I’ve been to many weddings where the DJ really got everyone having fun, laughing and having a good time. This is always great for me because I like to take lots of reaction shots of the audience like you see in my pictures below. Good DJ’s usually get everyone into the dancing as well, most of the time it takes some effort to get everyone on the dance floor.
Just like with wedding photographers, there are some really bad ones as well. I’ve seen some that barely do anything but play music, some where their lighting is so bad it causes me a lot of problems, and the worst was probably the one that actually had a CD collection for playing the music and couldn’t get the CD’s to play. In my opinion the DJ is the most important part of a fun wedding reception. It sure does make it better for me if I have lots of candid expressions to take pictures of. I hope you enjoy some of the shots below.
I’ve been meaning to put up a new blog post for a while. Myrtle Beach is just in it’s busiest time right now, and I’m always backed up with work, which is a good thing but it makes it hard to do extra things like posting to the blog. It also doesn’t help I got strep throat and now that I’m off my antibiotic it seems to be coming back, and I almost never get sick. So instead of trying to concentrate on one subject I decided to just put up a few random pictures I’ve really liked over the past month.
One new thing you will notice on the website, I’ve put up a new gallery called wedding documentary. The idea for this is to put up more candid pictures that I might not put in a gallery otherwise. I always have lots of pictures I really like, but I just don’t think they are suitable to put in as my main examples of my work. The idea for this gallery is a place for these more raw, less perfect and touched up images. I’m going to try to stick to pictures that are truly candid and unexpected, or sometimes perhaps a really silly picture even if the client knows I’m taking it that wouldn’t make it into the gallery otherwise.
I’ve also been experimenting with the new Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3 software. I used the bleach bypass filter for the first image below, it’s a cool effect. I’ve just got to get used to working this software into some images in my workflow and figuring out what I like. Below I’m going to put some examples that are in the new wedding documentary gallery, as well as just a few other random shots I liked. As always if you enjoy some of these pictures please click the like button below.
Groomsmen waiting on the second floor - Ocean Club - Grande Dunes
Bridal party in the sunset - Ocean Club - Grande Dunes
I like going back to a location multiple times, it’s just so much more relaxed going to an area I already know. This was my second wedding in the actual Ocean Club, that is at the very north end of Myrtle Beach. I’ve had a number of weddings in the Grande Dunes that had their ceremony on the beach behind the club as well. I don’t know how the pricing compares, but overall the Grande Dunes really is about the nicest place for a wedding and reception I’ve seen. This week everything went super smoothly. The videographers, AAA Photography, were great and the ceremony went off without any problems at all. The only thing about the veranda (I guess is what you call it), is for the amount of people they had at this ceremony it got to be a little tight. The videographers were really squeezed in and it was a little hard to get some angles and shots I like when I have a whole beach to move around on. Also, the groom was so much taller than the bride, it actually made some of my shots I normally do difficult. They were a great couple, and I thought almost all the pictures tuned out fantastic. My wife seem to think the groom was a little too good looking, I might have to hide the rest of the pictures :) I hope you enjoy some samples below.
The girls are going crazy in one room, and we see the guys busy getting ready here.