The wedding I’m featuring this week was from the Litchfield Country Club in Pawleys Island. It’s actually been a couple of years since I have done a wedding at this location. I was a little worried about the pictures because they wanted to do a first look and then do all the family and couple pictures before the ceremony. This means that we had to start the pictures around 2 pm when the sun was still very much overhead in the sky. If this would have been at an open sky location like the beach, not only is everyone going to be squinting, but it’s almost impossible to avoid harsh shadows and raccoon eyes.
Thankfully, at a location with lots of large trees, you can usually find plenty of shade to do family pictures. I still have to be careful to make sure in the shade pictures look good, but that will have to be for another post. Actually you can get a pretty cool look, like you see in some of the pictures below, if you have the subject in the shade but the sun hitting foliage in the background. For the ceremony itself it was at the ideal time of day. It was just beautiful with the sunset going down behind the trees during the ceremony. You really can’t get better light than that.
You might notice I’ve made a couple of changes to the blog. The blog is now super wide, however if you are viewing on a narrower browser window or smaller device it will just scale to whatever you have. I’m trying out a new storyboard layout for pictures this time, I got this pretty expensive Photoshop plugin called Storyboard that makes it easy to put together all the pictures automatically. Let me know if you like the pictures and the new layout!
This is the first wedding I’ve done at Litchfield Plantation. It’s a very beautiful area, I always like the Litchfield / Pawleys Island area with all the moss covered Oak trees. It’s so pretty if you can get the light coming through the trees just right in the evening. One of my favorite bridal portraits ever was down in this area. Just in case you are not familiar, Litchfield is about 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach down business 17. A lot of the best spots, with the beautiful trees, are away from the beach near the intracoastal waterway. I’m going to post some extra pictures below of the carriage ride and some shots of the location that you won’t see in my galleries or on Facebook. I hope you enjoy them.
It sounds like this will be my first and last wedding at this location. I had a client telling me they are turning this into a housing development or something and no longer booking events. I guess they had financial problems. Oh well, it was a pretty spot.
A couple of weeks ago I was able to do some very pretty bridal portraits for a bride getting married this weekend. We set everything up on just a few weeks notice but I had the weekend open and was glad I was able to fit them in. This is a pretty unique location in a private home area a bit south of Pawleys Island, SC which is about 30 minutes south of the Myrtle Beach area. The wedding planner knew one of the residents in the area and they allowed us to do some pictures around their home as well as down near the Intracoastal Waterway. I thought they all turned out really beautifully and wanted to share some below. I especially liked some of the sunset pictures down near the water with the sun spilling through the oak trees. If properly exposed, shots backlit by the sun can be very beautiful. I hope you enjoy these below.
Last week’s wedding was at such a pretty spot. It was a private home right on the waterway in the Litchfield, Pawleys Island area, about 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. It’s too bad this isn’t a regular spot for weddings, although the homeowner did say he has had about 20 weddings there, various family and friends. I can certainly see why. Everything went really nice as well, there was the most beautiful sunset over the waterway, you can see below many of my favorite pictures feature that sunset. The only slight problem was during the ceremony, the brides face was in complete shade, and the grooms was in bright sun. Thankfully after a few minutes either he or the sun moved enough that it worked out fine. This however is a good thing to keep in mind when planning your wedding location. If one person’s face is in the sun, and one in the shade, either one face has to be really dark, or one really blown out and bright. It’s just the way a camera works. I can adjust for it some. But you need to make sure the bride and groom are both in the shade or both in the sun for the best results. It’s usually best not to have partial sun as well, for example the head in the shade and body in the sun. Some things to keep in mind. Of course nothing can be planned perfectly, that is why you’ve got to have a photographer that is used to dealing with this type of thing, if you let a camera decide everything itself you can really have a mess. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below.
I thought this picture didn’t work at the time, but seeing it now I think it’s cute