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Wedding at the Hilton at Kingston Plantation

This was probably one of my favorite weddings this month so far.  It was a really nice location behind the Hilton and the weather and everything worked out really good.  It’s always better when the ceremony is closer to sunset like this one was, the only problem is we really had to rush to get everything in before dark. Everything in a wedding takes a little longer than planned. I put a few of the pictures from that day below, I really liked how emotional the bride and groom got during the ceremony.  I snapped even more shots than usual …

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Wedding at the Breakers Resort in Myrtle Beach

Below are some samples from the first of my 3 weddings this past weekend, this one was at the Breakers Resort Palms Tower.  This constant heat we have been having is very exhausting.  All the weddings turned out really nice, so that is what is important.  Plus I can’t complain about having plenty of work right now, that is certainly a good thing.  I took a lot of really good shots of the bride getting tearful dancing with her father at the reception, I posted one below. Shots that capture emotion are of course the ones that really stand out. That is why I take pictures almost constantly, I’m always afraid I might miss something good.  I hope you enjoy these and I will put up more from the weekend once I get them ready.

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Wedding at Marriott Resort and Spa, Myrtle Beach

Here are a few of the pictures from my wedding this past Sunday at the Marriott Resort and Spa at The Grande Dunes near the ocean in Myrtle Beach, that’s a long name for a location. The weather actually turned out to be perfect for the wedding. This couple was very easy to work with, I did engagement portraits with them previously that turned out really great as well.  There were actually a ton of pictures I liked, I tried to pick out a few to post on the blog.  I normally like my pictures really clean without a lot of silly Photoshop effects, the kind that I’ve noticed some photographers use to draw attention away from bad pictures.  If you see a short depth of field (blurry out of focus background) it’s being done in camera.  However one of the pictures below I used the Totally Rad Actions F-Zero action for a tilt shift lens effect.  It looks like something you might get from a Lens Baby without the trouble of using one, and I thought it really worked for that picture.  I hope you like the pictures, if you do don’t forget to click the Facebook like button above.

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Fun reception in the rain

Last weekend I had two weddings both outdoors.  The weather has been extremely hot, two weddings in the heat is really a killer.  I don’t have time to post many pictures, but I picked out some that I liked from my Sunday wedding in North Myrtle Beach.  I’m already loading into my computer more wedding pictures from today, in June things are kind of non stop.  The wedding shown below was quite a party, they really had some fun.  I’ve never seen a first dance quite like they did, but I like it when things are just fun and everyone is more relaxed.

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Busy time of the year

I haven’t posted to the blog in a while, I’ve just been really busy.  I’ve got two weddings this weekend and have been working on albums and things.  I just thought I would quickly put up some of my favorites from the last week or so.  I’ve had some pretty grumpy kids recently but it seems like if I just give them enough time I can always get some good shots.  I always try to tell parents not to get upset with the kids when we first start, it seems like in a large group someone is going to be acting up.  But usually if you let the kids just play some you can at least get some nice candid pictures.  And usually they will eventually sit still for some more posed shots.  Every once in a while nothing you do will work, but that is just going to happen.  I just think you have a much better chance of getting good pictures on the beach then in a studio, it’s just a lot more fun and relaxed.

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Wedding at Ocean Isle Beach

I had another really nice wedding this past weekend. It was the most beautiful spot up past Ocean Isle in NC. I’ll put a few of my favorite pictures below, but I really liked almost all of them. This is the first time I’ve seen a groom really shove the cake in a brides face, I just barely got a picture of it I was having to move fast. Enjoy the pictures.

Bridal Party Jumping in the air, ocean isle beach

Bridesmaid smiling at the camera, short depth of field, ocean isle beach

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Wedding in Kingston Plantation, North Myrtle Beach

I loved almost all the pictures from last weekend’s wedding at Kingston Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. They had to move the wedding inside because of the rain, but with really nice light coming in the windows I thought it turned out really nice.  The Nikon D700 is almost noiseless at the iso800 I was shooting at, that way the beautiful ambient light coming in the windows lit the scene, I just used the flash to put a little sparkle in the eyes.  I’m putting a few of the images below, if I upload any more shots they can be seen in my live photo stream at .

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Wedding at Brookgreen Gardens

I did my first wedding at Brookgreen Gardens, it’s such a great location for a wedding. We were kind of short on time for the couple portraits, but it didn’t take long to get some fantastic shots. I seemed to have made a good impression on the wedding coordinator for the gardens, she is putting me on her vendor list. I’m beginning to think my photography is starting to rival a lot of the other big guys in the area.

Bridal Portraits, Members Club at the Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

I did some beautiful bridal portraits after my Indian wedding at the Grande Dunes.  The members club is a great spot with the golf course out back. It was a little different to do the bridal portraits after the wedding, but it worked out well.  I’m learning how to use fill flash more effectively for example in the shot of the bride looking out over the golf course.  It was very dark in the area where she was standing compared to the background in the bright sun.  If I had just exposed for her, the background would be blown out and white.  However, exposing somewhat for the background and filling in the bride with some flash, gives very nice results. Of course you can never beat the light coming in from a big window.  I hope you enjoy some of them below.

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