by Utah Wedding Photographers James Erick Photography Utah
Justine's Antelope Island Bridals had some of the most amazing backgrounds I have ever seen at Antelope island. I arrived earlier in the day to scout out new locations as I often do. Antelope Island is constantly changing depending on the water levels and the weather. I also wanted to make sure we weren't going to have a bug problem!
But today was perfect. Blue sky. No wind. Very few bugs. All the best conditions. So I found a new location I had never shot at before on the island. The main reason I had never shot there is that it is a kind of difficult walk to get there if you go across the rocks, or a long walk if you walk along the beach to get there. And since I am always working against the setting sun and don't have lots of time once the sun starts to go down to get anywhere, we chose the rock rout to get there.
Ok, to go back a minute, Justine (and her fiancé Chris) are good friends of mine, and I already knew that Justine is an avid hiker and has climbed some of the most difficult locations in Utah. I had wanted to take her pictures at Lake blanch, but somehow the thought of her hiking up a difficult 2 hour hike in a wedding dress did not seem to work, so we decided on Antelope island. And I am so glad we did!
I know Antelope island very well, and have been there many times. It has many shoot locations with views found nowhere else in Utah. Especially at sunset. And its at sunset where you have to be in the right place at the exact right time as the sun sets fast and you have to time everything just right. So to make this happen, I write out a schedule of how long to spend at each location to make sure, with walking time added, that we arrive just at the right time. This requires a lot of planning. You have to know and record previously how long it takes to walk to each location. Something I have doe over the years. You have to take into consideration if there is a delay, or how fast a girl in a dress can walk, tings like that.
So I had already calculated out everything and knew approximately how long we had at each location, with the end goal making it to the area I call "The Sholes" 20 minutes prior to sunset to get the best light. Anything and everything could have gone wrong, and we would have missed this sunset. But we made it perfectly on-time. And wow! No words can describe the view we got. Spectacular would be the closest I can think of. All shades of orange, pink, and red. And unique pictures I have never seen anybody take pictures before.
Many people think that getting great pictures at a great location is just luck, and sometimes it is. As my father used to say, a broke watch is right twice a day. But to get truly beautiful pictures, or at least to have the chance to, a lot of planning and experience has to go into being at the right place at the right time. And a little portion of luck doesn't hurt.
Justine was a joy to work with. I had to hide these pictures from her finance prior to the wedding day as she wanted Chris to be surprised.
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The pictures above are just a very few of my favorites from Justine's Antelope Island Bridals. Enjoy!