I don't know how many of you are like me.. but I literally hibernate in the winter. I don't feel like going outside - even to check the mail. But as soon as the glimpse of warmth starts to head my way, I get over eager to do something outdoors. Today is one of those days.. it is sunny and 65! I can not wait to fish, swim, kayak, snorkel, and ski!!!
Since the weather is starting to warm up we have started to receive calls regarding family beach portraits. The peak season is summer: late May to Labor Day. When is the best time to book? NOW!!! Most of the photographers who are easy to find online will be booked up before your vacation date. I would book as soon as possible in order to secure your date. Here are a few additional things to consider when booking:
1. Book your photography session as early in the week as possible.
Please don't be the clients who want to "be there a few days to get a tan first". Chances are, you'll end up bright red and miserable. Sunburn is very hard to hide naturally in photographs and most photographers will charge you extra for the editing. Please please please wear sunscreen. I promise you will be much happier and will end the week with a nice, healthy glow instead of being at an additional risk for skin cancer!
In addition to the possibility of being sunburned the weather could decide not to cooperate. I ask all of my clients to choose the earlier date out of my available dates. That way, assuming I don't book up completely, we have some flexibility if the weather is bad. Having an extra day to fall back on is so valuable that sometimes I intentionally leave a day open to help out my clients.
2. The best light is an hour prior to sunset or the hour after sunrise.
I basically offer my clients two options, sunrise or sunset. If you want the best lighting in your photos, it happens within an hour of sunrise or an hour of sunset. Not ideal timing most of the time but to get the best possible images, these are the best times. The beach lighting is especially difficult because there is nothing to block the sun - no trees etc.. take my advice and aim for that session about an hour before sunset. If you aren't having photographs on the beach, there is a little flexibility in those times. Parks are nice because they provide cover to the sun (trees, buildings, etc) and that creates nice light throughout the day. Also, if it is overcast some people think that produces boring images but with the right gear an overcast day is one of the best to shoot on!
3. Plan your outfits now.
Most of the time I get really lucky and have clients who have strategically planned out their outfits for the photo shoot. Beiges and muted blues were really popular last summer. I would go ahead and start thinking of what your family can wear now! Look at other photographers sites to get ideas and plan it all the way down to the jewelry. Most of the time I ask my clients to stick to a color palette and NOT to wear neon colors or reds. White sand = reflects colors on to your face! If you have questions about what to wear, I am happy to help and I am sure other photographers are as well! We want you to look your best!
4. Adjust nap time to fit the photo shoot.
If you are bringing little ones to a photo session, I would work extra hard to make sure they were at their happiest for the photographs. Plan the day so they get an ample nap - and are well rested for the pictures. Everyone will be in a better place if the children aren't miserable!
5. PLAN FOR WIND!!!
I can't emphasize this enough. Please plan for wind. At least have a backup plan (bobby pin, braid, etc) if you decide to wear your hair down. The photographer will do his/her best to position you facing in to the wind.. but it's still going to be windy. Just know, its going to be windy... and plan for it.
Thanks for reading. Be sure to book your family beach portraits as soon as possible in order to secure a date when you are going to be vacationing at the beach! I travel from Destin, Florida to Panama City Beach and schedule sessions most days of the week. Click the link to view my Family Beach Portrait Packages. To contact me regarding availability, call or text (850) 307-8402 or email me!
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