I had another really nice couple for engagement portraits at the Myrtle Beach State Park this past week. I’ve got their wedding coming up later this year. This couple brought along their baby for the moment, their little dog. I can’t remember what it was exactly, I know it was a poodle mix of some kind. I have two poodles myself, they are very sweet dogs as long as they are used to being around people. My dogs both love when clients are coming by to discuss a wedding, I tell them people are coming and they will wait by the window.
You have to be a little careful when a couple is mixed race like this one and have extremely different skin tones. His skin was very dark, and she was completely the opposite with very fair light skin. If you were to have a camera on spot metering and only metered for his face, hers would be overexposed. Or the opposite if you metered the camera on her face. Of course this isn’t really much of an issue anymore, modern cameras have so much dynamic range you really can’t mess up. A little shadows or highlights slider adjustments in Lightroom will balance out the dark and light skin a bit. Really a camera like the D800 is pretty much idiot proof even on full auto. The camera amazes me with it’s auto exposure and flash TTL.
Even as good as modern cameras are, I usually shoot on manual and just check every few shots on the screen, you really can’t go wrong doing it this way. Especially bright backlit sunlight is always going to trick up a camera on auto exposure, and you get a lot more consistency on manual which helps for a quicker workflow later when doing adjustments. This was a very cloudy overcast day which made things easier. There is no harsh sunlight or shadows to deal with, of course you also don’t get the nice look of the sunset, but it can be good in it’s own way. I hope you enjoy the pictures below, please comment if you do.
During the summer when I’m doing lots of family pictures I don’t have time to blog about them, most of my posts are about weddings and the occasional engagement session. But since it’s my slow time now I thought I would put up a post about a couple of recent family sessions.
The first was a family session I did up in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach. They had the idea to bring out a bench which made for some cute shots. It wasn’t the greatest weather that day, but the happy family made the pictures work great anyway. It’s nice when brothers and sisters of that age will have fun with the pictures and not just act like their parents are forcing them. I do my best to make the pictures relaxed and easy, but if everyone in a family can just be positive it sure makes my job easier.
The second session was a cute large family I photographed at the Myrtle Beach State Park. We actually got about a 20 minute late start from when I wanted to begin, so I was in my rapid fire wedding mode where I’m shooting as fast as I can. But we pretty much got everything we needed, and it worked out so some of the last pictures were right at an amazing sunset. It was cold that evening, but this time of the year also brings really beautiful sunsets, you just don’t get anything that looks quite like this in the summer. Let me know if you enjoy the pictures below, getting likes or comments really makes it easier to go through the work of posting.
I haven’t posted anything to the blog in a while so I decided I better make a post so everyone doesn’t think I’ve stopped working. Actually, I’ve been extremely busy and it has made it hard to take the time to do this, and of course I’ve been playing with my new iPad 2 a bit as well :) Being a photographer is a good excuse to tell your wife you need an iPad. I’ve got some really great bridal portraits I’m going to be posting soon, I just have to wait a few weeks until after the wedding to make sure the groom doesn’t see what the dress looks like.
I thought I would put up some pictures from a recent pre-engagement session at the Myrtle Beach State Park. This is a young couple that is not actually engaged yet but wanted to do some pictures. They started out a bit shy and uncomfortable, the guy in the pictures was actually hearing impaired, but could read lips. I find it amazing that someone can do that, I just had to be careful to speak towards him. I try to be really easy going and make the pictures as fun as possible, I know it’s not easy trying to be romantic with someone pointing a camera at you. I thought the pictures ended up being really cute and fun, I hope you enjoy some of them below. And remember, many clients are nervous about getting pictures done, but it’s really not that bad. It can actually end up being pretty fun, I hear that from a lot of clients after their appointment.
Pre engagement pictures with a young couple – Myrtle Beach State Park
Sunset light coming through the trees – Myrtle Beach State Park
I had another nice engagement session at the Myrtle Beach State Park for a young couple that are not getting married for a couple of years yet. They are getting married back home so I won’t be doing their wedding. It was a cloudy day with just a little bit of color from the sunset showing through the clouds. Actually, when the sky is cloudy, it can be one of the best times to get shots that look more like in a studio. In a photo studio they use these big boxes over their flashes or lights called a soft box. Basically it’s like putting a sheet in front of a light, it makes it soft and kind of disperses the light around. That is similar to what an overcast sky does, instead of strong direct light you get a more soft and dispersed light without as harsh of shadows.
However, an overcast day can make for a pretty boring flat look to the images with eyes that are kind of dark and lifeless. Everything is kind of a trade off trying to work outdoors, you do the best you can with what you have to work with. One thing that helps, you will notice there is a little sparkle in the clients eyes. This is because I’m using a some fill flash. Flash is very important even when shooting in plenty of light outdoors. In the future I’m actually going to experiment with more off camera wireless flashes to see if I can get a more unique look to the images.
I was really happy with the way the shots turned about, I ended up with about 150 shots that I liked, so that was a really good session. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below. If you like this post, please try out my few Facebook comment system at the bottom of the post after the pictures.
Couple laying by the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park
Couple having fun on the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park