Photographing a beach sunset wedding is literally a race against the clock. For Teri & Aaron's wedding on Sunset Beach, Treasure Island in St. Petersburg, we were extremely lucky to have about as perfect a cloudless sunset as you could have. The weather prior to that day had been cold, windy and not entirely that sunny. We had a warm evening, no wind and a perfectly sunny sky.
The wedding ceremony itself was brief, but emotional. This allowed time to for a few candid portraits in addition to standard wedding formals. The mother and mother-in-law of the bride were open to my suggestion of a double kiss. I framed this shot so that the pole blocked the sun allowing me to get an acceptable exposure of the ladies while still having a water background.
Challenges abound when holding a wedding on a public beach. I cannot tell you how many onlookers wondered/ambled into the shots. Then there are the random blue trash cans all over the place. In the above sand ceremony shot, I had to make one of those blue trash cans "disappear" as it was very distracting in the background.
The clock in the case of a sunset beach wedding, is of course the setting sun. It provides the great colors, but also a very finite amount of time to work with. It is key to have your camera and strobe settings dialed in with only a few tweaks needed as the sun dips further in the sky. That way you can focus on composition.
I had a lot of fun photographing Aaron and Teri as I had them jump in the air, run down the beach and sit semi-perilously on some jetties. Everything came together to allow as nearly ideal sunset wedding photography conditions as one could ask for. Thanks Teri & Aaron!
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