beach photo shoot tipsIf you’re like everyone else, warmer weather has you dreaming about beautiful family photos with a beach background! If you want to have the best photo shoot ever, then check out these beach photo shoot tips and tricks to make your next session amazing!

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Beach Photo Shoot Tips

Timing Is Everything

The lighting can get super harsh at the beach and makes for unflattering pictures (and nobody likes squinty eyes). So choosing to have a session first thing in the morning or as the sun is setting will always be my suggestion. Not only will the lighting be better, it won’t be as hot, and there are usually less people at those times.

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During the Session

We will still have our normal hour of photography time at a beach session, but if it’s especially hot (hello August!), then the kiddos might not last that long. I always start by getting a really good family photo, then take pictures of just the kids, then give them a break and photograph just mom and dad, then mom and dad with the kids (separately) and ending with one last family photo. But usually anything with kids involved should be gotten out of the way first… just in case 😉

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Bright and Colorful

I always send out sample photo shoot locations and ideas for what to wear to my clients, but if they ever ask for direction as to what colors to go with, I always recommend something bright and colorful! Pinks, teals, purples, blues, greens… these colors all look AWESOME set against the sand! And nothing says that you have to be matchy matchy with what you wear. To borrow a line from “What Not to Wear“, your outfits have to go together, they don’t have to match.

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Variety is the Spice of Life

While yes, the beach is beautiful on it’s own, having some variety in your photos is always nice! Your photographer should be able to suggest a place that not only has a beautiful ocean view, but can also include things like pylons under the pier, beach grass, dunes, steps to sit on, etc.

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Best Way to Get Kids to Cooperate

Why, bribery of course! I say that a little tongue in cheek, but sometimes a little bribery goes a long way. After playing on the beach during the photoshoot, it is very refreshing to get some ice cream or a slurpee (my kids preferred after-beach treat) to cool down. You could also bring a towel and change of clothes and let the kiddos play in the water for a few minutes. For during the session, fruit snacks or teddy grahams are also a great option to keep kiddos happy!

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Have Fun!

Too often people want to capture that “picture perfect” shot of their family (you know, the one that’s gonna be hanging on Grandma’s wall), but is that really your family? When was the last time everyone was perfectly pressed and dressed to the nines, without a smidge of dirt, and looking and smiling. It’s way more real (and FUN!) to be authentic and genuine and have fun during your photo shoot. Don’t be afraid to be silly together!!!

Ready to Schedule Your Beach Photo Shoot?!

If you’ve finished looking at these beach photo shoot tips and are thinking to yourself – I wanna do that too! Awesome!!! We would LOVE to create a custom photo session for you and the ones you love! Feel free to message me by hitting the { CONTACT ME } button or by giving me a call at 757-749-5350. I can’t wait to create some magic for you!