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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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Cute family pictures at the Myrtle Beach State Park

I really liked some pictures of a 2 year old boy from the MB State Park.  Like usual at that age it was difficult to get him to cooperate, but I took enough pictures I eventually got some really good ones.  Here are a few below, I hope you like them.

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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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Love the 70-200 f2.8 Short Depth of Field

I’ve included some images below from last weekend’s wedding up in North Myrtle Beach that feature use of the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens.  The Nikon 24-70 f2.8 that I probably do 90% of my photography with is one of the best lenses ever made, however there is just something special about the 70-200 f2.8, when I’m in a location that I can use it.  Because of the focal length, I have to be typically outdoors with plenty of room to maneuver and typically for closeups, that is why it doesn’t get used all that much.  I hope you enjoy the images.

Conway River Walk Portraits

I did a Photoshoot for the first time down at the Conway River Walk area. I know this is a popular photography spot, but since most of my clients are looking for beach portraits I don’t get an opportunity to do portraits away from the beach very often. It was exciting to be in a different location. I really liked the old train tracks that you see here, I think this would be a great spot for Bridal portraits as well. I’ll have to start giving it as a recommendation to clients.

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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Traditional Indian Wedding at the Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach

I did my first traditional Indian wedding at the Grande Dunes Members Club in Myrtle Beach.  It was an experience I’ll always remember and a really beautiful event. It’s amazing how intricate and heavy an Indian wedding dress is.  I loved how many colors there were during the ceremony with the bride’s dress and the flowers. I think my favorite shot was the bride walking down the aisle and the groom still hidden from her view. My new Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens really makes this picture pop. I also loved the picture of the bride from overhead where you can see all the details …

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