Avila Beach Wedding Photography
I had the chance to shoot Courtney and Craig’s small wedding in Avila Beach, which is very near San Luis Obispo, last month. It
was one of those odd fall days where it’s 80 degrees with 40mph offshore winds blowing to keep it interesting! Everyone always assumes that rain or snow would be the most difficult conditions to photograph in but wind is actually the most challenging photographically. Snow is gorgeous and allows for all sorts of creativity in my photography. Rain makes for beautiful blurs and amazing wet reflections that can really add to a photo. Wind is just hard because eyes are watering, hair is blowing in your face and my lighting is getting tossed all over! It was actually so windy before the beach wedding ceremony that I had sand in my mouth! Good thing I remembered to wear sunglasses.
The secret to successfully wedding photography in very windy conditions is an awesome and mellow couple, something I had in spades at this wedding! Courtney and Craig and all their families were super relaxed about everything and just enjoyed their wedding day. The kids were excited and the bride and groom were way more concerned with the joining of their lives than with the wind so it all came off great! I love shooting these intimate destination weddings.
On a side note, wow, I’ve been traveling a LOT! In the past 3 months I have photographed weddings Sonoma, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Hawaii, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Santa Margarita, Paso Robles and Chico. This takes me back to the pre-’09 wedding seasons when I used to shoot destination weddings much more often. Next year’s bookings already include Palm Springs weddings, San Luis Obispo weddings, Sonoma weddings and San Francisco weddings so I’m feeling like the economy must be improving as brides are stepping up their game now and splurging for the extra shoots like the day-after shoots and boudoir sessions. Seeing as it’s the only thing you keep other than the memories I’m sure glad people are able to afford the things they really want again!