This Turks & Caicos honeymoon shoot was a real pleasure to photograph. A relaxed, happy couple, great weather, and the (official) best beach in the world to shoot on – couldn’t be better!
Dina and Joe got married back home in the US, but didn’t have an official photographer for their wedding. Instead they decided to have some photos taken on their honeymoon (no pressure then!). It was a bit like a destination wedding without the guests!
Honeymoon photo shoot at Amanyara, North-West Point, Providenciales
They stayed at the very elegant and relaxed Amanyara resort, located on Provo’s north-west tip.
When I arrived at Amanyara, a member of staff drove me in a golf buggy (obligatory island resort transport!) to meet Dina and Joe at their secluded villa in the grounds. The sun was still some way away from the horizon, so we started with a few photos in the area around their villa, and on the nearby rocks by the ocean. I often discard the first few photos on any shoot because it generally takes my subjects a while to relax and get comfortable in front of the camera, but Dina and Joe were into the whole experience straight away.
Next we jumped back into a golf buggy and drove the short distance to the main buildings of the resort. Amanyara blends the relaxed vibe of the Caribbean with the elegance and simplicity of Oriental style – its teak-clad buildings and reflecting pools make a great location for a portrait shoot.
Sunset on Malcolm’s Road beach, Grace Bay
Once we’d captured some images around the buildings, we walked down from the resort to the farthest west end of Grace Bay beach, known locally as Malcolm’s Road beach for sunset. Of course we had the beach to ourselves!
Sunset photos are of course what everybody wants, but the thirty minutes or so immediately after the sun has disappeared is one of my favourite times to shoot portraits. The light becomes very soft and diffused, with the whole sky still lit up by the sun’s afterglow. Once we had captured those iamges, we returned to the resort for a couple of shots using the infinity pool and a cabana as a backdrop, and an image by the replica Taino Indian canoe paddles that are mounted on the wall of the lounge area.
Thanks Dina and Joe for being such great subjects to photograph! Here are always are some of my favourite images from their Turks & Caicos honeymoon shoot.