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Capturing a Romantic Elopement..

Christopher and Bethany eloped at Moonlight Beach, in Encinitas California in October of 2016.  Christopher had connected with Alan and stated he was looking for a wedding photographer to capture his ceremony.  He told Alan it was an elopement. He was surprising his future bride with the photographer.   Bethany and Christopher are both in the Coast Guard.  Christopher was stationed up in SFO and Bethany was arriving near Oceanside. They had just a few days together.

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They planned their ceremony at Moonlight Beach at 2:00 with just the Justice of the Peace as their witness. The ceremony was on the bluff in a small park above the beach.

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Bethany glowed with happiness and love as well as Christopher.  None of their family knew.  After they read their hearfelt vows Alan suggested we go down to the beach to take some additonal photographs.

 

 

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Photography Shoot Challenges:  There was a fence on the bluff that Alan had to manuveour around. It was a very bright day without any clouds; very difficult lighting conditions.  Alan worked his magic and captured the emotion of their eleopement and some beautiful photos on the beach.

 

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Photographers are often handed difficult lighting situations and they to make the best of it.  This is some best practices:

  1.  Use a 3 stop filter
  2. Place the couple in a location where the sun won’t cause them to squint
  3. Use a strong flash (that seems ironic with the bright light, but the flash actually takes away some shadows.
  4. Alan USED a HD Range on some of the shots to contrast the hight and low lights

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Delta Collins, 90, has been everything from a WWII nurse to a teacher, contractor, accountant, businesswoman, and even did some work for the FBI in Russia.

When Sophia hired Sechrestphotos to photography Delta’s birthday party we didn’t realize what an amazing women were were going to meet.

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At 90 years old, Delta has been to 102 countries and even shipped 300 gifts this year to friends she has met over the years in those countries including places like Nepal and Kenya.

Delta’s house in Carlsbad is filled with artifacts from her travels and takes her two hours to give a musuem quality tour of her home.

Delta’s gracious personality and life experience were apparent at the start of our shoot.  Over 150 people came to the “The Green Dragon Museum, where Delta’s party was held; as they approached her to say hello and capture a picture with her, we could see the genuine affection, love, and respect.DSC02189

Delta’s beauty at 90 years old was resplendent.  We provided pictures at the event for her guests to take  away with them as mementos,  _DSC8186

We have printed pictures at events before but never had I seen a clamor to make sure they had their picture taken with Delta and to also take home the proof of their friendship or association.

Thank you for reading,

Ina Sechrest

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