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Let the Shoreline Call Your Name: 3 Tips for Beach Photography

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Our local beaches provide striking backgrounds for portraits of any kind, from teenagers and friends to couples and families. The possibilities for gorgeous shots are endless, including walking or running on the sand, stepping into the water, or sitting together on the beach or sand dunes. If you are considering the beach as the location for your photo shoot, here are three tips to keep in mind:

  1. Full Sunlight is Not Your Friend

You may think that the best time to schedule a photo shoot on the beach is during a summer day when the sun is on full display in a cloudless sky. In reality, these conditions are not the best background for capturing portraits and candid shots. Full afternoon sun can be harsh, as opposed to the soft and gentle light about an hour before sunset. Plus, standing in the sun makes most people squint, and cloudless skies do not photograph well. Some of the best times to book a photo shoot are just before sunset or right before a storm moves in and the sky is cloudy and colourful.

  1. Let Your Children Play

Photography TipsEven if your oldest child understands how to sit for a portrait, the chances are that all of your kids will simply want to play the minute you arrive on the beach for a shoot. Trying to corral them into a shot immediately may cause tantrums and tears. Instead, providing them with several minutes of play gives me the opportunity to capture candid, stunning shots. After a bit of time playing with the sand or beach toys, we may transition to some moving shots, such as walking or running down the beach. After that, it will be easier to collect the entire family for some seated or standing group shots if the children have had the chance to play for a while.

  1. Embrace Beach-Worthy Hair

Professional headshots are typically shot in studios, where the environment and lighting are completely controllable. If you are planning a photo shoot on the beach, you should understand that the outdoor environment is much more casual and variable than a studio setting. This is not the time to worry about your haircut or fringe, but rather to embrace all aspects of the beach – including the wind! In fact, I refer to free-flowing, naturally wind-blown hair as mermaid hair, which is quite gorgeous for moms and daughters alike. Plus, the less you worry about your hair, the more likely you will be to enjoy yourself on set and enable me to capture carefree, happy portraits of you and your family.

Is Beach Photography Right for You?

Beaches can be the perfect background for any photo shoot. However, if you like the idea of outdoor photography but are not sure if a waterside location is right for you, feel free to give me a call. We can chat about the possibilities for your session and plan a fun outing that can be captured on camera and treasured for years to come.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Keep Your Cool During Outdoor Summer Photography

family-photo-beachSummer is the perfect time for outdoor photography. The blue skies and radiant sunshine allow you to capture gorgeous photographs; however, there is one down side to outdoor summer photography: the heat. But if you prepare and plan accordingly, the heat doesn’t have to ruin your photo shoot.

How to Stay Cool During Outdoor Summer Photography

Want to know what you can do to stay cool during you summer photo shoot? Read on…

Dress Accordingly

If you are planning an outdoor photo shoot, it is best not to wear heavy pants and long sleeves. Opt for light, airy materials. Silk, cotton organdy, chiffon, and linen are all fabrics that breathe, which will help keep you cool while you pose outside. Darker colors attract the sun, so stick with lighter hues. Luckily lighter colors and fabrics are the fashion during summer, so you will look brilliant as you pose under the afternoon sun.

Stay Hydrated

The number one tip for staying cool is water, water, and more water. Start drinking before the photo shoot and continue drinking the whole time you are shooting. The last thing you want is to get dehydrated halfway through. Drinking cool water or a low-in-sugar sports drink is your number one defense against sweat and dehydration.

Another pro tip is to put cold bottles of water or ice packs on your pulse points. Keep them there for a minute or two to lower your body temperature.

Be Smart with Your Make Up 

Ladies, I know you want to look your best, but don’t cover your face in liquid foundation before spending an hour or so standing under the sun. Powder make up tends to withstand sweat and heat much better. If you want to go all out, consider having you make up airbrushed by a professional. Airbrush make up is sweat proof, water proof, and long lasting, so you won’t have to worry about wiping it off half way through the day. 

Speaking of, it is handy to have a handkerchief during your photo shoot so that you can keep the sweat at bay. 

Pick Your Time and Location Carefully

If you are going to shoot at 1pm on the beach, that’s fine, but be ready to sweat. One way to avoid looking sweaty and over-heated in your photographs is to shoot earlier in the day. The soft light of early morning creates beautiful photographs, but it is ideal for outdoor summer photography. It is also a good idea to pick a location near the shade. While you wont necessarily want to shoot in the shade, you can take breaks to cool off between photos.

Use Kiss Photography for Gorgeous Summer Photographs

While you worry about what to wear and how to keep the sweat at bay, let me worry about taking stunning photographs of you. Contact me today and we will pick a place and a time that is ideal for outdoor summer photography. Then, I will capture beautiful photographs that you will treasure forever.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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3 Gorgeous Reasons to Get Family Beach Photography This Year

Sept041Looking for great ideas for family photography doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many great things you can do from having photos taken in your own backyard to going to parks or having family beach photography. All of these are excellent, but I absolutely adore family beach photography because it is perfect for relaxed, gorgeous images. I want to take a look at just why you should consider getting beach photography for your family portraits and how much you will love them!

3 Perfect Reasons to Get Family Beach Photography

Are family photos on the beach a good idea? I think so! In case you need a bit more convincing than just my word, let me show you a few excellent reasons.

  1. There is Nothing Quite Like the Sand and Ocean 

When you go out to the beach, you will realize that there is no way you could have had a similar experience anywhere else. There is nothing like the sand between your toes and the sounds of the ocean in the background. Every aspect of getting family beach photography will be immensely relaxing and adds an amazing flair to your photographs. When you head to the beach for your portraits, you can fully expect to get images in return that you will be proud to display in your home and show to family and friends. 

  1. You Can Feel Gorgeous With the Wind Blowing Through Your Hair 

Feeling gorgeous in your photographs is incredible and something many people look for when it comes to family portraits. You don’t want to feel all stuffy in a session, which is why family beach photography is an excellent idea. When you go to the beach, women and girls with long hair can wear their hair down. In fact, you can style it in gorgeous beach waves, which will look simply stunning as the wind blows through your hair. I love this and call it mermaid hair – it looks absolutely lovely. 

  1. You and Your Family Will Be Amazingly Relaxed 

The absolute best reason to get family beach photography is because you and your family will all be immensely relaxed. The beach always has a relaxing element to it that is perfect for family photos. It also gives you the chance to run around and play with your children, laughing and giggling about everything that happens. This will help make your photographs look gorgeous and natural, providing you with images you will cherish for many years. You can even bring your family dog, which will add yet another fun aspect to the photos, giving you the chance to have such an amazing time with your family. 

Let’s Go to the Beach! 

As you can see, family beach photography is a perfect idea for your next family portrait session. If you would like to get photography on the beach, don’t hesitate to call me. Let’s have a chat about your session and plan something that will be both epic and fun for your whole family!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)
 
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The Pros And Cons Of Beach Photography

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You’ve seen them all around and are probably wondering if beach photography is something you and your family should do. I love beach photography and I think the photographs are absolutely stunning in the end. However, I always make sure that my clients understand that beach photography not only has some great pros, but there are also a few cons to consider. I am going to take a look at some of these to help you make your decision for your next session!

Pro: Gorgeous Lighting With Beach Photography

One of the best things about beach photography is the lighting. I love to take photos before sunset to capture a gorgeous light that will look simply magical in the end. Usually, the best time to do this is about an hour to an hour and a half before sunset, and I am able to capture some gorgeous shots. It looks stunning with the pre-sunset light, the waves rolling in the background, and your happy, relaxed smiles. 

Con: Summer Might Not Work For Young Kids

Taking the lighting into consideration does have one con; young kids might not be able to do this so late in the evening in the summer. The sun sets quite late, making it difficult for families with young children to get beach portraits at the late time because the kids are getting tired. This is why I suggest winter photographs for people with young families, and also because you won’t be sweating in a winter portrait like you might in the summer! 

Pro: Easy, Relaxed, Happy Portraits

The great thing about going to the beach is that you are always happy and relaxed. The beach seems to wave a magic wand over everyone, making you all joyful and peaceful. You’ll hear the waves in the background and just laugh and laugh, with the wind blowing through your hair and playing in the sand with your children. In fact, if your children happen to be tired and cranky, the beach does seem to work magic on them, as well. When they’re at the beach, they get to play in the sand and just have fun, which is what many kids love. 

Con: Temperamental Weather

A con that many people face with beach photography is that the weather can be temperamental or they don’t want the wind to mess up their hair. If you are someone who likes your fringe a certain way, then beach photography might not be for you. In addition, there is always a chance of rain. Many people think we have to cancel, but the dark, stormy clouds can be perfect for photography if we get in the perfect gap. I never photograph people in direct sunlight because they will squint and not look happy, and rain clouds give a gorgeous coverage, adding a fairy tale light to your portraits. 

Until Next Time

If you are considering beach photography for your next family portrait session, then contact me and we can chat together about it. I can help you with some great ideas and help you find perfect locations along the Gold Coast to make your portraits absolutely stunning and something you will have immense pride in! If you have any questions about beach photography, don’t hesitate to ask me.

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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