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Dan Eitreim
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January 22, 2015

Video & photography favor morning weddings for better ‘subject’ lighting with an ocean view in the background at west-facing beaches.

A common oversight in beach wedding planning is the desire to have an awesome ocean view background and stunning sunset views. The ceremony starts about 30 to 45 minutes before sunset which is plenty bright to completely overwhelm the wedding party which will now naturally appear as dark silhouettes in contrast to a completely overblown & over saturated whited out background. You don’t get that awesome off shore ocean view that you would see in the morning.

At this point in the program, the best photography and video will be, of course, with the all-powerful sun behind the camera; all other camera angles will be fighting the sun. By the time the sun has set, the nice colorful sky & ocean view can then make a nice background to the wedding party using a good flash.

When scouting out sunset beach locations on west facing beaches, take into consideration the ideal ‘East facing’ camera angle. Will this camera angle give you a reasonable background view or a view of un-wanted “ticky- tacky condos” or excessive foot traffic? Since this East facing view is not the view that comes to mind when considering a sunset beach wedding location, it is best to look into this before the wedding.

After the ceremony photography, you’ll want to have all the certificate & license signing done before the sun sets; this allows the details to still be illuminated by the natural sun’s rays that by this time are beginning to add a golden glow. As the sun is setting plenty of poses & candid shots can be taken with the famous west-facing beaches in their full glory as your background.

If that ‘secondary background view’ is not that impressive & knowing the ocean view pictures will need lots of shadow/highlight work to get any detail from the otherwise silhouetted wedding party, you should consider a morning wedding.

The early morning sun rises, lights up & clearly illuminates the wedding party and offers ocean & off shore Island views that have naturally optimized contrast & vivid beauty. Plan to start the wedding just as the first sun’s rays fully cover the bride & groom.

Before your wedding, check out the location at the start time to confirm when the sun fully shines on the wedding site. Here on Maui, our west-facing, South side beaches have to mercifully wait for the sun to clear the top of Haleakala’s 10,000 ft. volcano, so with our morning weddings you can sleep in about 1.5 hours longer than an east ocean facing beach location with the sun rising on a flat horizon like the ocean.

By arriving at the beach location while the sun has not yet spread it’s heating rays, everyone in the wedding party can chill a bit before the sun does come out in full force & be “cool under fire”; starting out calm & cool is a good way to go, so work that into your wedding planning.

With the first rays of sun shinning nearly horizontally, your wedding party will be illuminated optimally for nice contrast, pop & vividness. As the sun rises, the sun will begin to shine down on the subjects. The high eyebrows we all have will cast a shadow over our eyes, darkening them like “Frankenstein Eyes.” Remember the scary moments at the campfire when someone first placed a flashlight under the chin? The shadows formed created a hideously scary sight, not so different from a light source shining down in the late morning to early afternoon sun.

Don’t become a “Bridezilla!” Have a delightfully enchanting morning wedding, then saunter back to your “Honey-noon love nest.” You would be just like a “Honeymooner,” but a wee bit sooner. After your Honey-noon & a long luxurious nap, then you can meander up to a romantic, secluded ‘get-away’ to welcome your close friends & family to your ocean view reception. We’ve found that harp music is especially soothing and non-intrusive during your cocktail hour and dinner celebrations. After talking story with the magical ambiance of Maui surrounding you, then you say goodbye, “a hui hou” and off to your Honeymoon you go! That is to say, albeit, the second one!

Maui Photography by Roger CurleyHeartfelt Maui Wedding Ceremonies by Bobbie Jo the Maui Marrying Musehttp://www.mauimarryingmuse.com/maui-beach-weddingsFor the best beach wedding planning go to site prior to the wedding to confirm the earliest sunrise wedding time. For a sunset beach wedding, on a west facing beach the pre-sunset pix will be best taken with the sun Behind the camera so be sure this ‘east facing-non ocean view background will still be desirable… otherwise opt for the morning ceremony.On Tropical Island Beach Weddings the cool early morning’s first light is best, avoid the later morning to early afternoon’s ‘Frankenstein eyes’!Why compromise with morning or sunset wedding photography… Get the Best of Both – Go for a morning Wedding AND Sunset reception with photography!mauimarryingmuse.com/maui-wedding-packages

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