Overcast sky, soft light engagement pictures

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 laying by the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park
Couple having fun on the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park
Couple having fun on the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park

Walking hand in hand through the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park
Walking hand in hand through the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park
Overcast day - Myrtle Beach State Park
Overcast day - Myrtle Beach State Park
Smiles by the pier - Myrtle Beach State Park
Smiles by the pier - Myrtle Beach State Park
Happy smiles by the dunes - Myrtle Beach State Park
Happy smiles by the dunes - Myrtle Beach State Park
Fun engagement portrait by the pier - Myrtle Beach State Park
Fun engagement portrait by the pier - Myrtle Beach State Park
Proposal reenactment - Myrtle Beach State Park
Proposal reenactment - Myrtle Beach State Park

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