To say that the weather was a concern for Kristen and Jason's wedding on Hilton Head was an understatement. Eight months before their wedding, a hurricane hit Hilton Head and downed several hundred thousand trees. These trees were then piled at their original venue. Consequently, their original venue had no choice but to cancel on them. Plan two was to have their wedding at Sea Pines, on the south end of Hilton Head.
I had a conversation with the bride a few days before the wedding, who was watching the wether report for her wedding day with great concern. I tried to reassure her that of the 350 or so weddings I've done, only about three have ever been just completely rained out. Then the day of the wedding came, and it was absolutely pouring. Was I worried about it? No. You see, I've seen enough days like this to know that the pictures are still going to turn out beautiful. Rainy days give beautiful, even lighting. There are always sheltered places to shoot. And eventually, it's going to stop raining, and when that happens, the sky is going to be dramatic. All of that happened. Even though they ended up needing to have the ceremony indoors rather than on the 18th green, their couples pictures turned out awesome. Here are just of few of their pictures, finishing with a shot with the receding storm in the background.
As someone who leans toward photojournalism when it comes to wedding photography, I tend to focus more on anticipation of moments between people and capturing expressions. This can sometimes cause me to be a bit weak when it comes to detail shots. This was not the case though for Page and John's wedding recently at Palmetto Bluff near Hilton Head, South Carolina. This wedding truly was about the details, and they were all in place. From the ruins decorated in flowers to the antique china to the gospel choir, everything was thought out thoroughly. It made for a truly dramatic day full of eye candy for the bride, the groom, the guests, and especially me. Here are some details and moments of the day.
This month I had the honor of having the cover image for Beaufort Lifestyle Magazine, and it looks great. But it's funny to me the difference in perspectives between different people for what images should be chosen. The subject of this month's issue is Sarah Sanford Rauch, sister of congressman Mark Sanford. The cover image looks great, but often what I think are the best images are not chosen at all. The same goes for photo contests. Which goes to show that photography is not a science, but an art, and as such it's subject to the opinions and emotions of the viewer. So here are a couple images that are my favorites from the shoot, but nevertheless didn't make the cut.
Jessica and William got married yesterday at the Summerville Presbyterian Church in Summerville, South Carolina. Originally the plan was to get married at Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, but between the possibility of thunderstorms and the 95 degree heat, the venue was changed last minute. It was definitely for the best. The location was great, and everything came together. I've done some trash the dress sessions before, but I've never done a trash the bouquet (I think we might have invented that yesterday). Jess beat Will over the head with the bouquet for some truly hilarious shots. Here's a couple shots from the wedding, one serious, the other fun. Enjoy.
The great thing about summer here in South Carolina is that, unlike most of the country, weddings slow down due to the heat, and I can focus more on doing engagement pictures. Now, I love shooting weddings, but sometimes it's great to be able to spend time with a couple and just have a good time. There is no pressure of family and friends around, and we can all just have a good time and be creative. We can pick great locations, and there are not time constraints of getting the pictures done before dinner is served and toasts start. I've been able to do a number of engagement shoots in the past few weeks in some very different locations, from the ruins of an 18th century church north of Beaufort, South Carolina to a pre-dawn shoot in downtown Savannah, Georgia. Here are just a few of the ones I like from recent shoots.