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.