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!
Bride standing in front of the sunset - Ocean Isle
Couple standing in front of the sunset - Ocean Isle
Sorry I haven’t posted to the blog in over a month. The idea was I wanted to put up a blog post after weddings to show pictures from different location and events. What I realized is in the summer I just don’t have time. What I’m thinking I will do is during my slower months, I’m going to go back through all my spring and summer weddings, and put up some post about them. So it should get more regular soon. Also, sorry about the delays in getting proofs up and orders done, I’ll be getting caught up here in the next few weeks.
I always like doing weddings up at Ocean Isle, it’s such a pretty location. It’s a lot like the Garden City area where you have the ocean on one side and the marsh area on the other. The sun was still pretty bright and harsh during the wedding itself, but it turned out fine. Later I was able to get some pictures of the couple a little while before sunset that I just loved. I actually tried to get them to go out right when the sun was actually setting, but they were too tired by that point to do it. I ran out and took just a sunset picture without them because it was so pretty. I’ll post a few of the pictures below, actually there are lots of pictures from this wedding I loved in addition to these few, but I just don’t have time to post them. Remember you can always see a lot more if you stop by my home office to talk about a wedding.
Almost ready for the ceremony - Ocean Isle Beach, NC
I had a very nice small wedding up in Ocean Isle Beach, NC this past weekend. There was only about 40 guests and a small wedding party. Small weddings can be nice because everyone is generally more relaxed. You can’t tell how large a wedding is anyway in my favorite type of pictures, the expressions on people’s faces are the important thing. Ocean Isle is a bit of a drive from my usual area around Myrtle Beach, I don’t make it up there very often, but it is a really pretty area and it’s a lot less crowded then down here at the beach.
This wedding was held at a pretty difficult time of day for pictures, right around early afternoon. Thankfully the sun wasn’t directly overhead, but it was still pretty high in the sky. I’m getting quite good at being able to look at the light even in difficult conditions and get nicely exposed shots without any more harsh shadows than can be helped. I was actually really happy with the way the family pictures turned out even though the sun was so bright, final adjustments in Lightroom always help as well. I did some shots of the couple right after the ceremony, then we went out right before sunset to do some more pictures of just the two of them. By then it had become very cloudy but at least the rain held off until the evening. You can’t control what the natural light is going to do outdoors, you just have to learn to work with it. But if you do have the choice when planning for pictures, evenings right before sunset are best. The next best is earlier in the day but cloudy or in some shade, then finally the worst is full sun at noontime. Think about this when doing your own photography. I hope you enjoy some of the shots below.
I had another really nice wedding this past weekend. It was the most beautiful spot up past Ocean Isle in NC. I’ll put a few of my favorite pictures below, but I really liked almost all of them. This is the first time I’ve seen a groom really shove the cake in a brides face, I just barely got a picture of it I was having to move fast. Enjoy the pictures.
Bridal Party Jumping in the air, ocean isle beach
Bridesmaid smiling at the camera, short depth of field, ocean isle beach