Winter family pictures at the Atalaya Castle

Little boy laughing at family - Atalaya Castle
I thought I would make a quick post about one of my family portraits sessions over the Thanksgiving weekend. With the clients featured below, we didn’t pay to go inside the Atalaya Castle at all, but there are still a lot of nice exterior areas for pictures. The front lawn with the castle in the …

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Family portraits at North Beach Plantation with my previous wedding couple

Wedding couple from 5 years ago came back for family pictures - North Beach Plantation
I had to put up a quick post about this family of three because I also shot their wedding pictures back in 2011!  It was really fun getting to see a previous wedding couple again after so many years, this time with a new addition to the family. Their new baby girl was also a …

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Senior portraits at the Atalaya Castle in Huntington State Park

Senior portrait closeup of face - Atalaya Castle
The last couple of weeks I shot two senior portrait sessions at the Atalaya Castle in Huntington State Park Murrells Inlet that I think turned out really well. Both of these clients are really into sports. The first girl below is actually being coached to go to the Olympics for the hammer toss and the …

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Taking family pictures to the next level with all prime lenses like the Nikon 85mm f1.4G

Family of 4 in front of a beautiful sunset by the sea oats
For several years now I’ve used my Nikon 85mm f1.4 prime lens primarily for weddings and engagement pictures. My other workhorse lens was the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens. This is considered an excellent lens and it should be as much as it costs. It focuses very quickly, and it gives a fantastic range for family pictures. …

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Wonderful and fun older couple at their surprise 60th anniversary party – Springmaid Hotel

This was a really great senior couple that had a surprise 60th anniversary party at the Springmaid Beach hotel. I really wasn’t expecting such an elaborate event when I arrived. It really was like a small wedding reception. They had a small band, a wedding style cake, a dance floor and they even played that wedding game where they ask the couple questions and see how well they know each other. I think you can see in the pictures they were constantly smiling or tearing up, they just seemed to have the best time and really loved each other. I’m sure we all wish we could be like them someday. The only little problem I had was the room lighting was pretty bad. They had florescent lights and I didn’t know quite how to balance them with my flash, I normally would put a warm gel on the flash for typical reception type incandescent lighting. I wouldn’t think florescent would need a warm gel, but I think these did. It wasn’t a big deal, something more I would only notice, but in some of the pictures the background light doesn’t quite balance with the foreground that is lit with flash. Oh well, no matter how many times I do something, I’m always learning. I know you will enjoy some of the pictures below. Please comment if you do.

Senior couple arriving in limo 60th anniversary couple arriving at Springmaid Beach

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Fun large family with colorful outfits doing portraits at the Myrtle Beach State Park

I keep having some really great families for pictures recently. It’s so nice when everyone in the family is in a really good mood and ready to have fun with the pictures. The family I’m highlighting here was a larger size group I took to the Myrtle Beach State Park.  When I’m photographing a large group I usually don’t go to the oak trees, but just take them down to a more secluded area of the park on the far side of the pier.

This was a really cloudy, not very nice looking evening. When the sky is overcast like this you do get a really clean, less harsh lighting on the pictures. You will notice there are no harsh shadows and issues you might get with a clear sky.  Of course, that is why I like to go near sunset, so I can get better control over the shadows when the sky is clear.  Sometimes I have clients worry their pictures aren’t going to look good if the sky is overcast. But that isn’t true at all, you just get a different look.  I would say it’s more like what you get in a studio with softboxes and more controlled lighting. I hope you enjoy the pictures, please comment below if you do!