Janis and Inese decided on a low key Cornish wedding with just very close family and friends. The ceremony was held at Helston registry office and they chose to keep it a private affair with no photography. Instead, they had asked me as their Wedding Photographer if I would capture their post wedding celebrations.
Of course my answer was yes so Janis and Inese not knowing the area too well had asked for some ideas on interesting, scenic and beautiful picnic spots preferably near the beach. Well as we are in Cornwall, it wasn’t too difficult to come up with a few ideas. Helston is not too far away from many beautiful beaches where we could get some beautiful wedding photographs such as The Lizard with Kynance Cove, or Porthleven. The place we all decided upon was just a few miles from Helston at Gunwalloe. A beautiful set of beaches set in small coves.
One of the beaches is a mixture of sand as well as shale and pebble which is where they decided to set their picnic. While the picnic was being set, we took a stroll out by the waters edge for some portraits. They were an easy couple to photograph, both very relaxed in front of the camera with lots of spontaneity with Janis sweeping Inese literally off her feet.
We headed back to the picnic where Janis opened the champagne and they all toasted the newly weds. Whilst they were all eating, I had a look around for some potentially nice pictures I could get and saw a nice rockpool between some seaweed covered rocks and inspte of the bright warm sun, felt sure I could get a nice reflection. We gave it a go with a powerful studio strobe, I tried to darken the scene a little in camera to help the sky to stand out and to aid the reflection, then adding the strobe at full power onto both Janis and Inese was just enough to light them, helping them stand out a little and again helping the reflection POP just a little.
We moved back to the waters edge where I helped them pose a few pictures, so again using the strobe to help light them in the strong sunlight and darkening the scene as a whole which helps bring out the details in the sky and the waves splashing behind them. I also used a special technique called a long exposure which smooths the water and makes it look milky or misty. Happy with all of the pictures I asked if they would like a picture of them on the cliff above. They both jumped at the chance.
As they got in position high up on the cliff, I found a decent composition recording them as just a couple of tiny specks just recognisable, seperated by the blue sky.
After the portraits we headed over to the next beach for some formals with their families and friends and had some fun with the VW camper van they hired for the day. They really couldn’t have asked for better weather for their Cornwall wedding and the photography wasn’t to bad either.