This week, in my Before and After Monday, I’m sharing an intimate moment after a wedding ceremony on the beach. The weather and the location was breathtakingly beautiful and intimate for everyone who attended the wedding. After capturing the family portraits, I stole the bride and groom away for a quick session along the seashore. The ceremony took place on a public beach in Port Aransas Texas, where there many families were enjoying themselves around us, so naturally there was some public noise in the background that was unavoidable.
The first thing I needed to focus on in this image, was that public noise in the background. I imported the image into Photoshop where I eliminated the clutter and the random spectators. There also was quite a bit of seaweed along the shoreline that needed to be addressed as well. Once that background was fix I could import the image into Lightroom were I typically do most of my editing. The image was a little underexposed so in Lightroom I was able to lighten the image up, and add a color effect that gave the image a soft ethereal feeling. I was trying to create a mood with the colors that I chose while keeping the focus on the new husband-and-wife. Once I was happy with the exposure and the color, I then darkened the area around the couple, in order to direct the attention to the two subjects.
This couple was very easy to photograph, followed direction, and I was able to just stand back and capture the moment as they were in it. It was almost as if I wasn’t even there, I liked it that way. The whole ceremony was very intimate and was all about them as a couple all away down to their wardrobe. The bride wore a very simple flowing dress, the accent color was pink which the groom wore along with a pair of khaki shorts, and they both were barefoot. I was able to have a brief session, about 20 minutes, with just the bride and groom before we went inside for their reception.