Wedding Photographer East London, South Africa. Kevin And Paula Adams shares a wedding photography technique.

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We are a wife and husband team with more than 15 years in the wedding photography industry. We started out with semi-auto film cameras, this lay a great foundation of discipline and technical know-how. At first we were hesitant to move over to digital as the quality was not quite the same, but as digital improved we made the progression.

We have worked very hard to get anywhere that we have in life and have both been through a number of difficult circumstances. These only served to give us a deep appreciation that every day is precious.
We love people and their epic moments in life, being able to document a few of those moments is a wonderful privilege and honor. We love to capture un-posed, candid moments of authentic emotion and interaction.

About the Image
This couples' wedding ceremony took place on the beach on the Eastern coast of South Africa. They had decided on a simple, casual wedding, this was not to simply follow a trend, but it was truly part of who they are. They were keen to do anything we suggested which was great. Just around the corner from where they held their ceremony were some spectacular sand-stone cliffs, parts of which break off over time and lie at the base on the beach.

By the time this shot was taken is was midday sun and not easy to work with, but the cliff provided an outstanding backdrop. It took a few minutes for the couple to get up onto the rock we identified, but they made it and the groom kept his balance well enough to dip his new bride - just to tease her, at this moment I took the shot.

The mid-day sun's rays created the lens flare from the top as well as illuminating the couple as if a stage light was shining on them, separating them nicely from the dark shaded cliff. The challenge was to not overexpose the couple as well as keeping the stunning texture of the cliff viable, so a few exposures were taken in quick succession. In addition, a smaller aperture was used to preserve the texture in the background.

The was very little post processing besides increasing the contrast.

We were very happy with the result, especially since we had the challenge of midday sun, it was mostly thanks to the couple were very relaxed on their day and keen to climb up the sharp rocks and trust our vision. They were thrilled with the result. After this shot we had them in the waves, dress and all.

Equipment Canon 5D MKII, Canon 24-70 f2.8 L, ISO 200, F8, 1/400, 36mm

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