Are you considering having your senior portraits taken at the beach? It’s a popular choice among many of my clients, and I want to share some valuable insights if you’re thinking about doing the same. In this article, we’ll explore how to choose the perfect beach location, the best time of day for a session, and some essential tips to make your beach senior portraits a remarkable experience.
1. Choosing the Right Beach Location
While most beaches are naturally beautiful, some are better suited for a memorable photo session. One of my personal favorites is Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester. The beach offers a diverse range of backgrounds, from beach grass and trees to striking rock formations. You’ll also catch magnificent ocean views and even glimpse some scenic houses and a lighthouse in the distance. Another fantastic option is a spectacular spot in York Harbor, renowned for its beauty and versatility.
2. Choose the Right Day
When planning your beach senior portraits, it’s crucial to select the right day, taking into account the season and avoiding peak crowds. Late spring or early fall is an ideal time, providing a quieter atmosphere before the beaches become crowded. Weekends and holidays should be avoided as they often attract a larger number of people. Even on weekdays, it’s best to schedule your session when the beach is less crowded, ensuring you have the freedom to capture your best shots without any distractions. Additionally, be mindful of heat waves, as they can contribute to crowded beach conditions.
3. Choose the Right Time of Day
Since beach locations usually lack shade and have highly reflective surfaces, it’s essential to schedule your session close to sunrise or sunset. These times of day offer the most flattering lighting conditions, with soft and warm hues. Aim to start the session no more than an hour before sunset, unless it’s a cloudy day. Don’t worry if some clouds appear, as they can actually enhance the natural beauty of the beach and create a unique atmosphere for your photos.
4. Come Prepared for the Beach
To make the most of your beach senior portrait session, it’s important to come prepared. Bringing a brush is always recommended, especially as the beach can be quite windy. Additionally, consider carrying bug spray and a small towel to brush off any sand. It’s best to be barefoot at the beach, so choose footwear that’s easy to kick off and bring along a bag to store your shoes (I can take care of it, or you can rely on a trusted friend or family member to hold onto them).
I absolutely love capturing senior portraits at the beach. The relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking views make for an unforgettable experience. If you’re interested in having your beach session, it’s best to secure your spot on the calendar now. I already have a few beach sessions scheduled for later this spring and early summer, and I don’t want you to miss out!
Remember, I’m Cristen Farrell, a Boston Senior Portrait Photographer, specializing in natural and authentic photography styles. Whether you’re seeking senior photos in Boston or North Shore or senior portraits at the beach, I’ve got you covered. Feel free to reach out by clicking on the contact form on this page. And don’t forget to follow Ambassadeur Hotel on Instagram for more inspiration!
*Note: This article is written in the voice of a friendly and reliable friend, providing helpful advice and sharing personal expertise.