How to Prepare for a Beach Day Photo Session

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Summer is such a fun season with lots of time spent outdoors…especially at the beach! And minus the sometimes hot walk through the thick sand juggling more bags and toys than you can carry…the beach is a happy place filled with fun, laughter and family time! Guaranteed, in one of those bags is something to document the day, a camera or even your phone. When you hand over capturing the day to me, you get to just be present and enjoy the sun, sand and surf. How do you prepare for a beach day photo session or any beach day? Here are 3 things I recommend.

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1. What to Wear

Being in a bathing suit for photos is super scary for a lot of moms (I know it is for me!). Comfort is important when you’re getting your photo taken. When you’re uncomfortable or self conscious it will show in the pictures. I definitely suggest finding a suit that doesn’t only look great but one you will feel comfortable moving and playing in too. Not comfortable wearing a suit, there are some really cute cover ups that would look beautiful in photos.

As for the kids and Dad, try to avoid bright neon swim shirts / suits or swim shirts with a big logo on it. When thinking about what to wear, envision if you would want that color / design / logo displayed in your home.

To help my families look their best, I created a Pinterest board specifically for beach day photo sessions. Click here to check it out for some inspiration!

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Nancy Elizabeth Photography, South Jersey Photographer, Mom and Daughter in Ocean

2. What to Bring

When you’re going to the beach for a few hours, what do you normally bring with you? That’s what you’re going to want to bring for a beach day session; a chair or two or three, sand toys like buckets, shovels, and watering cans, towels, sun hats, sun glasses, suntan lotion, snacks and drinks if you think they’re needed, a boogie board.

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Nancy Elizabeth Photography | Jersey Shore Documentary Beach Photographer | Dad and Kids playing soccer by Ocean

3. What to Do

Here’s the awesome thing about a beach day session, you don’t have to do anything except show up. No stress about your kids to following posing direction, smiling or getting them to wear something they don’t want to. You go the beach to just be present and play with your family. No need to take out phones for photos and then get distracted by social media. It’s quality time with your family and I’m there to document all the fun being had and memories being made.

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Nancy Elizabeth Photography Beach Session, South Jersey Photographer, Dad and Daughter in Ocean

Nancy Elizabeth Photography Beach Session, South Jersey Photographer, Mom With Open Arms Waiting for Son

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