So you're getting married and opted for a beach wedding. Great! As I've stated many times before, beach weddings can be as simple or elegant as you want. From board shorts and Hawaiian shirts with a Ukulele player, to tuxedos and an orchestra in the background. But you have to check the tides. Tides in NC are semidiurnal. You have two high tides and two low tides within every 24 hours and fifty minutes. If you opt to have your beach wedding during high tide you might get something like this...
I have to admit, I cringe every time I see a wedding or portrait photographer advertise that they are a "natural light photographer. " It's as if they have transcended every other photographer and they don't need to use artificial light, they are purer and more attuned to the natural world, but what I'm really thinking, is that they don't know how to use flash. I get it, if you're shooting natural light, you can lighten your kit, not having any big bulky speed-lights or mono-lights to contend with, no softboxes, no assistants, just you, a camera and a couple of lenses. But, are you really giving the client what they think they're paying for? C'mon you can do a lot with even an on-camera mounted flash. If the conditions are right...natural light, if not flash goes a long way to making an image pop. Read More
Over the weekend I had a wonderful small wedding on Wrightsville Beach, NC. The plan was a good one, get married on the beach in February when the beach isn't crowded, might be a little cold, but at least they'd have the beach to themselves. Unfortunately, it didn't quite turn out that way. Read More
I frequently get asked how to become a wedding photographer. Most aspiring photographers who want to get into weddings think that trailing or (2nd shooting) a wedding is the way to learn. I guess that could be valuable but I never second shot a wedding... I got into shooting weddings by another route, sports! Wedding photography is multi-faceted. In a span of a couple of hours your shooting architectural, macro, candids, large groups, action, you can't have a bad day and you've got to be "up" and ready to perform. Read More
"She said "Yes!" A wedding proposal in downtown Wilmington, NC on the Riverwalk. Read More