Brenda Anderson Photography | Sunrise Beach Session Prep Info

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 am not a huge fan of too posed images. Yes, I will try to get a few good smiling at the camera shots, but I love to also capture emotion, laughter, details, snuggling, and playing (depending on the child, of course).

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. The light changes quickly, so we might move around a bit to take full advantage of the beach and beautiful sunrise.

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. I also have a studio wardrobe. If you'd like to use something from my studio, just let me know.

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. I don't even bring a blanket/quilt unless requested by my client. So if you want me to bring something, please let me know. And, if you are bringing anything, please let me know as well.

Lovey dovey: Yes, I make mom and dad take lovey dovey images, but only if you want to. Please let me know if you don't want to. I can take just the "normal" look at me and smile pose.

Dads: Dads don't have to look at me unless I tell him to. There's nothing sweeter than a dad looking at his wife or child in a photo. I leave dads alone for the most part, so tell hubby 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, plus wardrobe ideas. You will receive a good variety of images in your gallery. No two galleries are the same, but some pictures are very 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!