A few tips for your Beach Session -{Jekyll and St Simons Island Beach Photographer}

Below are a few tips to creating that “Perfect” beach photo session…

# 1 – Colors. Most families choose to have everyone in the group wearing coordinating colors that have a relaxed, casual look. This is usually the best way to go because emphasis should be on the people in the photos, not the clothing. Great color choices for these sessions are normally white or pastel tops and khaki/denim bottoms.

# 2 – Style. Another great idea would be to add some pizzazz simply by having the women and/or girls of the group wear free-flowing white dresses. This takes candid pictures to another level altogether. Beach style hats add that last minute styling cue for the girls as well. For the boys, keep it simple by having them wear denim coveralls without the shirt underneath. Men of the group should then go with the traditional white shirts and khaki/denim bottoms!

# 3 – Choices. It’s not uncommon to have second thoughts about a particular item of clothing. Avoid sleeveless tops, shorts and skirts. Capri’s and long pants are usually the best choice for bottoms and short/long sleeve shirts or blouses for tops. Keep in mind that this is a beach session, long sleeves may not be desirable and may make some members of the group uncomfortable due to the heat.

# 4 – Go Barefoot! Especially for summer portraits. Who wears shoes to the beach anyway? This creates the most natural, relaxed and fun images of all plus I highly recommend it!  Also, hold back on the lotion.  Lotion on the legs and arms makes the sand stick and will not brush off.

# 5 – Makeup. Keep the makeup toned down. A more natural appearance looks better. Emphasizing the eyes and lips are fine but don’t over do it. A bad sunburn or over done tan is not the best look either although a smooth and even tan does make a warm image.

# 6– Hair products. Although you may not use these items on a regular basis it may be a good idea to use hair spray, gel or any other products to keep hair at bay. Beach sessions normally involve a slight breeze or gusts of wind. To keep hands and arms from constantly moving hair out of the face, I recommend using these products. Another alternative would be scrunchies or hair bands. Bring these items along with you as well. You may need or want it.

# 7 – Personality. Being a mother myself, I know how difficult it is to catch great portraits of children especially younger ones. Children may be uncomfortable or just plain ansy about being in front of the camera. So to ease them through the process have them pick out their favorite beach toy and bring it with them. Being able to hold on to it may be the only way we can get them to sit still for a shot and we may catch a wonderful image while they hold it. Also make sure that they are well-rested and fed before you arrive. If you are bringing older children, add some personality by adding a skim or surf board to the mix!


# 8 – RELAX. Keep it simple and have fun! Isn’t this what vacationing is about?

So there you have it! Simple and easy ways to bring out the best images for a beach session.




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