What to Wear

Family Beach Portraits, What to Wear

 Trying to figure out what to wear for a family beach portraits can be stressful!  If you have any questions please call us at 850-226-5284

Coordinate Clothing

  • Wear solid neutral colors, stick to lighter tones and pastels.
  • A couple or group should be the same or complimentary in style and color clothing.
  • By selecting mid tone blues or mid tone greens clothing, you risk blending into your background.
  • Visit fashion boards/clothing boards on Pinterest for ideas.

Traditional Portraits  - Simple & Elegant, Easy to Pose.

Color Schemes

  • khaki & white
  • white on white

Trendy Portraits – The photographer will split everyone according to the colors chosen, consider the placement of each person when choosing a color scheme beforehand.

Balance each Color Scheme

  • light blues & light yellow
  • light blues with white
  • light turquoise, light khaki, & white
  • light turquoise, & light denim
  • light coral & light grey



Helpful Tip, layout your clothing as shown in these images on this page, consider placement of each person.

Dress appropriate for the season wear long sleeves & pants in the early spring, late fall, and winter. Short sleeves & shorts for the late spring, summer, & early fall.

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Beach Portrait Photographers

Northwest Florida’s  Panhandle, Premier Beach Portrait Photographers.beach-angel

Children’s Portraiture

We highly value special occasions such as a portrait of your child or children. My wife and I treasure capturing these milestones, sessions are shot with care and patience in this wonderful landscape. We try to build reassurance and confidence with your child during the session. We work quickly to achieve several good images that will produce a beautiful finished portrait. We have developed our own creative style of shooting beach portraits throughout the years. Sessions are uniquely artistic, and always fun.

We will have a bucket with assorted Starfish & Shells for the kids.

  • Blanket
  • Toy
  • Boat
  • Umbrella
  • Boots
  • Hat
  • Scarves
  • Angel Wings
  • Tutu


Feel free to bring props that you might help during the session.

On request, we will bring a Adirondack Chair for toddlers.




Proudly serving the beaches of the Emerald Coast

  • Seaside
  • Seagrove
  • Watercolor
  • Watersound
  • 30-A Sowal – South Walton
  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Grayton Beach
  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Seacrest Beach
  • Rosemary Beach
  • Alys Beach
  • Seacrest Beach
  • Seagrove Beach
  • Blue Mountain
  • Dune Allen
  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Carillon Beach
  • Sandestin
  • Destin

Absolutely Stunning Portraiture on the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Most of our client come from all over the Country!

Our expertise in natural and advanced camera lighting is why we are the areas most sought after beach portrait photographer.


Our Services are by APPOINTMENT ONLY and requires a deposit.

If you have any questions or would like to book your session, please call 850.226.5284

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Tips for Family Beach Portraits

Tips for Family Beach Portraits –  Session Times, Preparation, & Posing.

So what is the best time for a beach portrait?  The hour leading up to Sunset!

Simply called – The Golden Hour of Light, provides the most dramatic lighting of the day.

Remember -Your beach location & scenery is half of your picture!

We won’t ever shoot a sunrise or morning session! Be aware of other photographers trying to sell you a sunrise session, they simply don’t work.

1. Sunrise is around 6:00 AM in the summer, most people don’t do well at this time.

2. The sun is rising, therefore your eyes can not acclimate to the bright light. {OUCH}

3. Something to consider {with age} your body retains water at night, accumulation of an excessive amount of body fluid in the tissue A.K.A. droopy eye syndrome.

Choose a place with less people & away from buildings. Select an area favorable to wind conditions and the direction you will be facing in your portrait. Dunes in the background or foreground should be small in scale and pristine.

Start out with walking on the beach, kids playing with shells & starfish, and candid shots.

Focus on the interaction of people. It’s simply to bright out to look towards the camera. Follow up with portraits mid-session when the light is just right. Make sure you are not squinting in your photographs! ( Nothing forced, it takes time for your eyes to acclimate to the existing light.)


Ideas for Posing

Browse family pictures online for inspiration. Remember To: Get in Close, Pucker Up, Get Silly, Hold Hands, Hug It Out, Play it Up, Jump, Lie Down, Stack Them Up, Focus on the Kids, Focus on the Parents, Focus on the Grandparents, & Act Natural.

Looking good in front of the camera, who doesn’t want that!

If you put weight on your back leg, you’ll feel more comfortable and look natural instead of awkward. To look thinner, leave space between your arms and your body to show your waistline. Remember to push your shoulders back and don’t slouch. Avoid looking down to prevent a double chin. To avoid the totem pole look, bend whatever you can bend. Don’t leave your arms hanging straight down. Try touching the person next to you or resting your hand on a nearby object. To avoid shine, use lots of powder on your face and neck. Give the kids a break in between shots to stretch, run, and play. Let them play during the pictures! You’ll get great candid shots and capture your little ones the way they really are. Play peek-a-boo, tickle, and hold the baby up in the air for real, genuine smiles. Bribery, works very well! Remind them of the reward throughout the shoot.


What to Wear, Family Beach Portraits

Clothing, wear solid neutral colors, stick to lighter tones and pastels. Try to avoid prints, patterns, and stripes. A couple or group should be the same or complimentary in style and color clothing.

Clothing Ideas for Family Beach Portraits – What to Wear

No short skirts these are family portraits, please make sure the hemline on skirt or dress is just above the knee.
No shoes required, you will be barefoot on the beach. Bring sandals for walking to the beach.



Ladies: Wear your make-up as usual. Use a neutral toenail polish if any. Please do not wear any moisturizers or creams that are too oily or greasy- Avoid a sandy sticky mess! Men: Keep in mind that an evening portrait will benefit greatly from a fresh shave! Eye Glasses: If you wear glasses, try to get your optician to supply you with empty rims for the day of your appointment.

Florida Sea Breezes

The beach is a WINDY place {99.8%} of the time. It is generally a slight breeze around sunrise, by noon a slight to moderate breeze, just before sunset a moderate breeze.

Remember any type of clothing that can lift in a breeze, usually doesn’t work well in photographs.Wear dress shirt’s that has button’s on the collar corners or use heavy starch on the collars. Avoid ruffles on dresses, tops & skirts if possible. Remember any type of clothing that can lift in a breeze, usually doesn’t work well in photographs.

Use hair care products such as hair spray or heavy sculpting gel which has a great hold to keep your hair in check during your beach excursion. Consider using barrettes, bands, and hair ties.

Items of Necessity

Bring cold refreshments, especially during the summer months when it is extremely hot. If the temperature is above 90 degrees consider bringing a personal towel to remove perspiration. If you have infants & toddlers make sure to bring baby formula, wipes, diapers & facial tissues.

tips-for-family-beach-picturesAdditional Tips for Children

Don’t wait until after the session to eat. Please eat before you come to the session. At least have a small snack before you come. Bring water and snacks to avoid mid-shoot meltdowns.

Infants & Toddlers – Make sure they rest during the day. The session time may held around the time your infant or toddler usually goes to bed. Have them take a nap before you head to your portrait session.

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