SnapKnot’s Favorite Beach Wedding & Engagement Photos

SnapKnot’s Favorite Beach Wedding & Engagement Photos

Photographers are always seeking ways to land that one awesome wedding shot. The unique setting, timing, and location of each photo opportunity is what makes the final product so special. In order to share some brilliant inspiration, we had our friends at SnapKnot send five of their favorite beach wedding and engagement photos from their expert photographers. Better yet, they shared the secrets behind their incredible shots.

SnapKnot’s Favorite Beach Wedding & Engagement Photos


Emily Lapish Photography, Pawley’s Island, South Carolina

This portrait was taken at sunrise just after a short ceremony with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 24-70 f/2.8L. Only natural lighting was used for this at ISO 320, f/2.8, and 1/1000th of a second.


Marcia Campbell Photography, La’ie, Honolulu, Hawaii

This well-timed candid was taken in the late afternoon after a heavy rain with a Canon 5D and a 24-105mm f/4L using only available light. Taken at ISO 400, f/5.6, and 1/250th of a second.

Shaun King Photography - Trash the Dress Photograph-1

Shaun King Photography, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This trash-the-dress shot was taken early in the morning with a Canon 5D Mark III and 135mm f/2L. No flash was used; instead, King captured the moment by taking super quick, multiple shots. Taken at ISO 800, f/6.3, and 1/1000th of a second.


Vanessa Joy Photography, Clark’s Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant, New Jersey

This scenic portrait was taken at sunset with a Canon 1D Mark IV and a 16-35mm f/2.8. To light the scene, Joy used 2 Canon 580EX II flashes triggered in ETTL mode with remotes. Final settings: ISO 200, f/2.8, and 1/1600th of a second. White balance was manually set. To learn more about triggering flashes at high shutter speeds, see Syl Arena’s tutorial on using high speed sync with Canon flash.


Cherished Photography, Makapu’u Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

This romantic silhouette was taken at sunrise with a Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. Only natural lighting was used.

Visit SnapKnot’s blog for more inspiring wedding images and share your favorite wedding/engagement shots (especially from some of you Nikon/Sony/Olympus shooters) in the comments below!

Banner image, “Female pro wedding photographer on Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA”, by Mike Baird, CC.

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Alexandria Huff's photography and lighting tutorials can be found on 500px and her blog. She is a Marketing Coordinator for and also writes for SmugMug. She learned about lighting and teaching while modeling for photographers such as Joe McNally and has since gone on to teach lighting workshops of her own in San Francisco. See her chiaroscuro-style painterly portraits on her website.

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