Magical Ripley’s Aquarium Bridal Session in Myrtle Beach, SC



It was torrentially down-pouring during Charlotte’s bridal session. We had to come up with a quick alternative somewhere in Myrtle Beach, SC that wouldn’t cost a bloody fortune so I took a shot in the dark and called Ripley’s Aquarium and told them of our woes. They totally stepped up, invited us in free of charge, and let us have full run of the joint! This is absolutely one of my favorite images. Charlotte was crouching on the other side of the seahorse tank. I had my assistant lighting her from the left with a Lumecube. The seahorses, of course, followed instructions so well and all gathered on the front left of the tank so I had almost no distortion. I think I must have shot 50-60 images until everything was just how I wanted it. But I do adore the color, the balance, the reflections and the unusual quality of the image… we got so lucky and Char was absolutely up for the work required to get this puppy created! I love my job!

This is my kind of shoe shot! Charlotte looking gorgeous at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach! Lit from stage left with 2 Lumecubes.

When we went into the facility, I knew I wanted something like this with the jellyfish. I tried the image several different ways including lighting her but the simplicity of the silhouette really was the statement maker. Jennifer and Evin were there to continually chuck Charlotte’s up in the air so it looks like the jellyfish are her attendants. It took a few good goes to get the perfect image and we definitely had an audience but that is what this whole art thing is all about!

And this final favorite of Charlotte under the stars on the beach late in the evening.


Traci Arney

I am an overly passionate, slightly obsessive fine art photographer who just happened to fall in love with photographing weddings. Recently I was named one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States. I love telling stories so I dig pretty deep into your personal story. We have a blast together and you will be blown away by my images, your prints, and your album!

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