I am so excited that you chose me to photograph your family for a sunrise beach session! I am humbled and thrilled to capture these precious memories for you. Please know that my approach is very unscripted, sometimes a bit of high energy, and usually a tad goofy. I like to capture posed images with everyone smiling at the camera, but I also love to capture walking, laughing, and some more interactive images as well.
PLEASE WEAR BUG SPRAY THAT IS SPECIFIC TO KEEPING NO-SEE-UMS AWAY. They are normally horrendous and have a painful bite. I put mine on before I leave and then also again as soon as I get out of my car.
These sunrise sessions take place in Ponce Inlet. There is a $10 parking fee ($20 for a 1 year pass). It's a beautiful place, you could even plan on staying and enjoy the beach after your session! The location is called Lighthouse Point Park, and the address is 5000 South Atlantic Ave. Ponce Inlet, FL. Please be sure to be early for your session, as the beautifully soft images I have in my gallery are all taken in a very small window of time. The light changes quickly, so we work very fast. Once the sun hits a certain point the pictures are no longer soft and colorful like the ones I share.
As for what to wear, I want you to feel comfortable and beautiful. Please choose a wardrobe that matches your style, as well as the scenery. For beach sessions, neutrals (gray, tan, white, cream) are perfect. Even a hint of color (blush, gold, pale blue, faded denim) look good, too. Don't get too matchy matchy (like Olan Mills style). Keep in mind that what you wear makes a huge impact on the look of your photos. Mom, wear something that makes you feel like a million bucks. If you get stuck with wardrobe, please send me an email/message, and I can help.
Flowy dresses and skirts are amazing. I love long dresses that have flowers, or that are a pastel ombre, even solid flowy dresses are perfect, too. Barefoot is perfect.
Click here for a Pinterest board with wardrobe inspiration.
Here are links to great dress sites:
For kids: Old Navy, Gap, H&M, and Zara are great.
Tips on your kid(s): Let kids be kids. I will try my best to get a good, traditional portrait, but there will be playing, laughing, and snuggling. No "cheese" smiles, please! Sometimes kids don't even smile, and it is okay! I am here to document your family on this day, just as they are. Snuggling images are some of my favorite! Sometimes more reserved children don't open up much, but that is perfect, because that is them.
Props: I am not a proppy person. If you are wanting to bring anything, please email/message me prior to your session.
Dads: Let your husband know that this will be quick and easy and just to relax and go with the flow.
Moms: please remember to keep good posture and your chin pulled out a bit to help make more flattering images.
Click here to see some images from sunrise beach sessions that I love! This will help prepare you for the way that I shoot. You will receive a good variety of images in your gallery. No two galleries are the same, but some pictures are similar.
If you need to contact me the morning of the session, my phone number is (352) 455-8015.
If at any time you have questions, please email or message me. I am here to help make this a great photo shoot for you!