Beach Wedding Photo Advice

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

californiabride2013:  I’m a beach wedding photographer, what kind of advice are you looking for? I would probably just default to your photographer on this, provided she’s expereinced in working on the beach? I do the same stuff with my brides/grooms on the beach that I do with them when I’m shooting in different locations.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

californiabride2013:  

  1. sunrise or sunset in terms of getting the better photos? This depends totally on which coast you are getting married. Is your wedding East Coast or West Coast? Most people feel that sunset is the better lighting, and it generally is. Sunrise lighting is beautiful, but for a VERY short period of time (then it gets very bright). Sunrise weddings are also really really annoying for guests. 😉 Keep in mind, if you are getting married on the East Coast you will not get a sunset over the ocean. However, the lighting is still soft and beautiful. However, you want to plan your ceremony for 1.5-2 hours before sunset to allow enough time after the ceremony for family formals as  well as bride/groom photos.
  2. For the groom…. do you think short sleeves or long sleeves look better in photos? (Bride is wearing a knee length lace dress).  The groom will be wearing a white shirt and kakhi pants. I personally feel like a long sleeve button down, with the sleeves rolled up, is the way to go. It has a more polished look, even though it’s a beach wedding.
  3. Is there anything we should avoid wearing? Not really. I tend to prefer light colors on the beach as opposed to dark colors, but it’s really personal preference. It’s about comfort (espeically temps) and personal style. Linen is a great option for guys (pants and/or shirts) because it’s light and airy.
  4. Any poses that we should avoid? This is more of a general photography related thing and less of a “beach photography” thing, and is more tailored to the individual couple as to what is flattering and appropriate. In general you should avoid poses where one of you is “half lit”, meaning one of you in sun and one in shade. Again, this is something your photographer should be taking care of.

My best piece of advice is to hire a photographer who is proficient and expereienced with beach weddings. As a beach photographer, I see a lot of photogs come here and choke on the beach. It’s a harsh and unforgiving environment, and typically there is no shade which means they need to comfortable in full sun and lighting. Photographers who primarily shoot in churches and venues are used to seeking out open shade and more controlled lighting environments – and that’s not usually something that is available on the beach.

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