Friday, August 7, 2009

Beach Wedding - Destin Florida

We arrived yesterday in Destin FL to prepare for Jason & Mary Helen's beach wedding this Saturday at Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island, FL. Before we had even checked into the hotel we popped by the public beach location of the wedding and took a look around. Our early arrival was planned as open time to strategize where we want to have our cameras, and what selection of lens we will use- and, of course, how to keep the white beach sand of Destin off our equipment. We've decided on tripods, fanny packs and pillow cases to store equipment between locations and keep the sand to a minimum. Welcome PackageWhen we arrived to our motel - we were greeted by a "Welcome to our Wedding Package" from Mary Helen and Jason. Tonight before our casual beach cottage get together with wedding party and families we will do a wedding trial run around 6:00 (close to the same time as the wedding the next day) to fine tune lighting, where we will stand, etc... One unique angle we will shoot for is to mount our 11-16mm wide angle lens and camera on a 12-20 foot pole, then trip the shutter with a hand held remote for Mary Helen's entrance to the beach. After our bride passes Raymond, he will then follow sightly from behind and to the side to photograph the arrival from a high unique advantage point - walking with the bride. This should lead to some nice birds eye, ocean background images as the bride approaches the groom and wedding party. Debra plans to capture the moment from the beach level. After our trial run we will meet with the Wedding Party for light cocktails and updates.... and of course a few photos. In the morning, Ray starts out with the guys at the golf course while Debra will be with the ladies for nails and hair starting the preparation. A short break around noon - then off we go to the actual wedding. Beach Sand Heart