Location, Location, Location....
With a background in both family lifestyle portraits & landscape photography I believe we live in one of the most photogenic locations in the world, I love to explore our wee part of it. The North Antrim Coast is a spectacular and captivating photography destination for any wedding with loads of popular locations for wedding photographs like The Dark Hedges or Dunluce Castle. In this blog I'm going to suggest 5 locations that are a bit more unusual and different to the normal locations used every day.
The village of Ballintoy is one of the locations used in Game of Thrones. The harbour, situated just off the causeway coastal route, has hardly changed in hundreds of years and is an attractive draw for tourists all year round.
Both the harbour and surrounding coastline are extremely photogenic – the cliff paths offer ever-changing sea views. The picturesque cove is usually dotted with fishing boats and birds, and is one of those places that looks equally as good in a storm as it does on a bright sunny day. there is also the secret beach which is one of the best places I've ever watched the sun rise.
Murlough Bay is the first place I would recommend visiting. It is a bit of a drive and a wee bit out of the way but well worth it for the amazing scenery, with each turn the view over the sea becomes even more spectacular. Across the ocean, Rathlin Island is within reach and on clear sunny days Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre is visible in the distance.
Situated between Fair Head and Torr Head, it is considered to be one of the most attractive bays in the area, and is known for its outstanding natural beauty and remote location. The bay is very secluded with great photographic potential, from ancient trees to interesting rock formations.
The village of Dunseverick just outside Bushmills, hosts Dunseverick Falls is an amazing location. Its picturesque, cascading waters flow straight into the open sea, providing a unique and wonderful scene. You have the option to capture photographs of the waterfall from the rocks above or beside it, while admiring the ocean views. You do have to take care when photographing from the rocks and keep an eye out for any large and unexpected waves or you can end up with wet feet.
There is also the nearby Dunseverick Castle, and the peninsula on which it stands, which have belonged to the National Trust since the 1960's so a fee is payable if using it for your wedding photographs. The castle ruins and the Causeway Cliff Path both present good photography spots in addition to the falls.
The Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway one of the most extraordinarily beauty places in the world. It to is owned and managed by the National Trust so a fee would be charged for getting wedding photos took.
The Causeway is tone of the greatest natural wonders in the UK. Access to the area is free, it’s about a 15-minute walk to the stones car park or there i a small bus that charges a small fee each way in peak times, The wide-open seascapes are great to shoot, with the rocks and open sea. It can be visited all year round and looks good in all types of weather. I especially love to shoot here at sunset.
The White Rocks
The beach offers incredible views of the headlands eastwards towards the Giant’s Causeway and back to Portrush and Donegal. because of its location it makes an ideal location for both sunrise and sunset, you also have so much choice with the beach, dunes, the rocsk and the sea you can get a varied range of images from the one location.