I’m sure everyone has heard about the severe flooding we had in SC about a month ago. Myrtle Beach wasn’t hit as hard as some areas, but we still had flooding in many locations. You might have heard me complain that in the Myrtle Beach state park they are extremely particular about photographers getting anywhere near the dunes. I guess they don’t have to worry about it anymore because the front slope of many of the dunes are completely gone. The dunes are now just cliffs with the roots of sea oats sticking out of the sides. The water must have come up so high that it washed half of them away. I was really shocked when I went for my first engagement session below and saw the condition of the park. All my favorite spots by the dunes are gone and I imagine the beach is like this in most locations. After looking around a while I’ve realized there are still a few areas in the park where the dunes are intact, I just need to take clients down further away from the pier, so it’s just going to involve a lot more walking. I’m hoping they will do some beach renourishment soon and repair the dunes, if they don’t I will find some new favorite spots, it’s just going to be a little more difficult.
As you can see from the two engagement sessions below, we still found plenty of locations to get some great shots. The couples just had to walk around with me a bit and be a little more patient. Something nice about the fall, when it starts to cool down, is the sky just seems clearer. I guess the lower humidity make the air less hazy. By the way, for photographers, Lightroom has a new de-haze control. If you haven’t played around with it yet it can make some amazing improvements to hazy images. Some of my favorite sunsets are when it starts to get colder. It’s also so much less crowded at the park. The second couple below I even did pictures of them lying together on the pier with almost no one in the background, that is impossible in the summer. I know it’s silly, but there is also an oversized chair now on the pier at the park. I’ve been standing up on a nearby bench and getting some cute pictures of the couple sitting in the chair together. I hope you enjoy the pictures below, let me know in the comments if you do!