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.
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!