Spending time at the beach should be more then just a pretty picture. The sand is gritty and the waves are salty. Let’s remember how it felt to wipe that grainy sand off those baby’s feet. Keep in your memories how it was to worry over your littles as they played in the waves. Don’t let your pictures on the beach just be about the sunset and smiles.
As a documentary family photographer I aim to get pictures of your real family. I don’t want the dress up “cheese smiles” versions of yourselves. I want the play in the sand and waves family. Maybe you come in swimsuits or maybe you come in plain clothes but at least you play. We can still have wonderful frameable portraits even if the focus of your family photography session is play.
Take this family of 6 for example. We met at a park type location in St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, FL. After getting those beautiful portraits I asked them to meet me on the beach. It was around 10 am and that is not typically an ideal time of day for most photographers. For me though any time of day is a good time to take pictures. I care more about the action and interaction going on in the picture more then the time of day. In fact I would prefer it not be the “golden hour” during our session. The “golden hour” is an hour before sunset and the light is a golden hue due to the setting sun. I would prefer the harsh light of the sun during the day. It offers more contrast and emotion in our portraits.
I also prefer the realness of a session during the day. You are more likely to go about your normal activities. If you are on the beach you will have a normal beach day: play in the sand, fly a kite, make a sandcastle, splash in the waves, use a snorkel, get on a boogie board, lay under an umbrella or chase kids. This is what I want to capture for your family.
Here is a beautiful example of a 1 hour Snapshot session from Adria Peaden Photography.