Family Photos at the Beach | A Typical Session

In the summer I spend most of my evenings photographing families on the beach in Charleston.  I wanted to give you an idea of what a typical family beach session is like.

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If a client is staying at a beach house on Folly or Isle of Palms I will typically meet them at the house and we go out onto the beach from there. If they are staying elsewhere we will choose a good meeting spot.  Beach sessions are done the hour before sunset unless the client requests a sunrise session.

We almost always start off with a nice posed family portrait near the house or out on the beach.

From there I generally photograph some smaller groups such as: individual families, grandparents, couples, dad with kids, mom with kids, grandparents with all the grand kids, siblings, family dogs, etc.  There is no limit to the number of groupings, so please don’t hesitate to ask!

Then I usually do some more photos with the entire group with a different background.  We usually make our way closer and closer to the water. Sometimes it will be a walking one.

If the client wants them, I will photograph kids individually.  By this point they are usually pretty warmed up and their personality shows through! Usually towards the end of the session the kids are kind of dictating what we do and I just go with the flow to get the best shots.

The best light is towards the end of the session – if we’re lucky we’ll be treated to a pretty pink or orange sky and then my favorite time of day – blue hour!

Once we are sure we have gotten all the groupings the family wants we’ll take some more casual, playful shots – sometimes sitting in the sand or even getting in the water!  This is always a fun reward for kids who are getting tired of posing and smiling on cue.

Here are my tips for a successful beach session:

  1. Leave your worries behind.  Don’t fret too much about that one family member who won’t wear what you want them to or a cranky kid who missed their nap.  This is going to be fun – I promise!
  2. Wear clothes you are comfortable in and are OK getting sandy… and possibly wet.
  3. Don’t punish kids during a session.  This is the time to let your parenting rules fly out the window – we only have a limited amount of time together and if a child starts crying sometimes they can’t come back from it.  This is the time to bribe bribe bribe!  I suggest the promise of ice cream or getting to play in the water afterwards.  I usually have little toys in my bag as a reward/bribe. 🙂
  4. Have perspective.  This is more than a photo session.  This is precious time with your family.  When you look at the photos years down the road you will remember that this was a special time with those you hold dear.

Once I get home and backup your photos I dig in to editing.  If you want a sneak peek I will post something to Instagram and Facebook while I’m editing.  Then within a week I deliver your edited photos via a private online gallery.  Typically there are 50-70 photos delivered. Clients can download the digital files from the gallery and also order archival-quality prints (4 x 6 to 11 x 14) too.

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Want to see more photos of Folly Beach?  Click HERE.  Isle of Palms more your jam? Click HERE.  I’m also available for sessions on Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Sullivans Island does not allow commercial photography, but there are plenty of other options!  I generally book up 2 weeks in advance, so CONTACT ME to schedule your family beach session soon.

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about family photos on the beach.  I hope to see you on the beach this summer!

 

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

 

 

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Family Beach Session Contest!

Summer is coming to a close, and we’re all thinking about school supplies and cooler weather. To mark the end of the season, I’m giving away a beach session to one lucky Charleston family!
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The session can take place at Folly Beach or Isle of Palms.  The winner will be chosen at random on August 18th and contacted via email. To enter the contest, fill out the form here:
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and Good Luck!

Charleston Babymoon | Diana + Adam

Diana and Adam came to Charleston for their BABYMOON.  Yes, this is a thing!  One last vacation sans baby.  Diana is due next month.  We did their maternity session at Folly Beach just after the sun rose in the East.  How beautiful is this mama?

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Sarah Goldman photographs maternity sessions at the beach in Charleston, SC.

 

Isle of Palms Beach Session | Sheaf Family

All Charlestonians know there is a major connection between Ohio and South Carolina.  (It’s the closest beach!) A friend from Columbus put me in touch with her friend Colleen who was meeting her siblings and their families at Wild Dunes this summer.  They all hadn’t been in one place together in years!

Some of my favorites from their family beach session!:

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