Market Common - Myrtle Beach Engagement Photos

This engagement session couldn’t have been more wonderful as we walked the scenic Market Commons here in Myrtle Beach. Preston and Carleigh wanted a quick session so that they could have a photo to share with all their friends and family to announce their joyful news. To help them share the engagement photos even quicker, I provided an on-the-spot edit for them to share!

Atalaya Castle Bridal Portraits

One of the most romantic locations on the Grand Strand would have to be Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in the Murrells Inlet and Pawley’s Island area. With the help of this beautiful scenery these bridal portraits with the stunning Trisha Allen came out marvelously. Her jewelry, gorgeous dress and lovely bouquet all just made the magical qualities of this venue shine that much more! If you are looking for a fun traditional location in the Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet or Pawley’s Island areas make sure to check out Huntington Beach State Park!

North Myrtle Beach Bridal Portraiture

This North Myrtle Beach bridal portrait session was simply magical! The beautiful scenery at The Surf Club made for an amazing evening as golden hour set in.

 

Heather found her dress at David’s Bridal and her grandmother made the beautiful flower arrangement for her bouquet. Heather and her fiancé Chris were also married at the Surf Club months later for a gorgeous spring ceremony over looking the golf course and ponds.

 

If you are looking for an amazing location in the North Myrtle Beach area, I highly suggest this wonderful venue!


Myrtle Beach Destination Wedding

This Myrtle Beach destination wedding at Breakers Resort created a magical day for Albert and Cheryl Rosa. In fact, Cheryl’s unique personality showed through with her handcrafted bouquet and use of a vintage car. It doesn’t stop there, as it is also sure to put a smile on your face when you realize their dog plays an important role in their bridal party.

 

North Myrtle Beach Vow Renewal

It was a beautiful day in North Myrtle Beach as the Wojcik couple renewed their vows with their son as their lead the ceremony for his parents. They couldn’t have chosen a more stunning location then North Beach Plantation. It was a simple yet lovely ceremony that will forever mean the world to them as they continue their lives together!

If you are looking for a luxurious venue for a wedding of any size, look no further than 21 Main and North Beach Plantation!

Brookgreen Gardens Wedding in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Now I could sit here and list everything I think is so perfect about Brookgreen Gardens, but looking at these photos, I doubt I will have to explain what is so special about the once rice plantation. The trees, the foliage, everything makes this place the perfect wedding venue in any season.

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Pawleys Plantation Wedding in Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Lowcountry weddings are always special to me. Don't really know why I am so encapsulated by it, but there is something about the mixture between the inlet, beach life and southern hospitality that makes me feel at home. One place that is a wonderful example of what the lowcountry has to offer, is Pawleys Plantation. With a wonderfully appointed reception hall and accompanying rooms, it's perfect for almost any size wedding.

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Gaff Tape - A Street Photographer's Tool

One of the biggest things I get asked when shooting street photography is if people are ok with me shoving a camera in their face. Many people don't understand the concept of candid yet non creepy photography. Once I try to explain that I'm not always trying to get my subjects attention but am more interested in the activity of their lives, many people find it funny to paint a word picture making me look like a total creep in a trench coat taking photos of people looking some private eye or worse depending on how crude they decide to describe the act. Though I usually laugh it off, I most always have to explain that street photography (at least to me) is more about daily life and capturing life that has nothing to do with celebrities or a major current event. 

In fact many people don't even realize there are street photographers around when they are capturing images the way I do, I find it best to blend in and not disrupt the routines or activities that you are trying to tell a story of. That's why I usually dress very simple and camouflage my cameras in a specific way. 

Gaff tape is used in the photo, film and stage industries because it has the holding power of duct tape: but it provides very little to no adhesive residue when removed. Another added bonus is that gaff tape is known for its not reflective surface so it attracts very little attention. 

I use gaff tape to cover my cameras for a few reasons, here's why:

#1 It makes my camera less noticeable 

By covering up all the logos and shiny bits of the camera, it makes the camera stand out much less. Not saying that it becomes invisible but it does cut down on the high contrast Nikon, Canon, or whatever else logo right near your forehead. 


#2 It protects the camera body

When shooting street, I don't like to carry much equipment, many times I don't even carry a bag; that means that that if I decide to rest for a moment my camera is now exposed to the elements it was set down on. Many of my vintage cameras are brass or some other type of metal covered either in enamel or in anodized coating, that are likely to be scratched or damaged when placed on a rough surface such as brick concrete or even wood tables. Gaff tape allows me to maintain as little damage to the camera body as possible while also protecting it from other elements such as sand water or any number of other things. 


#3 The tape protects me

No I have never been a thief, but I know that being a thief really counts on finding valuable things that can then be sold especially when pickpocketing. If I was going to steal from someone it would be from the person that I perceived had more valuable goods for me to steal. Covering up an expensive camera with Kate really makes the value of the camera visibly go down. Can always be removed it's important to not look too flashy when photographing on the street because you don't want to be targeted as someone with an item of value that is begging to be taken. Because of the small size that comes with my Fujifilm mirrorless  camera, taping up all the important real estate that is visible from the outside world, makes it look like nothing more than a very inexpensive point and shoot or beat up film camera. I'm much more likely to walk freely then to get beat up for something hanging around my neck if it looks like junk. 


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