I love this family and these little girls so much! I photographed Charlotte’s big sister Isabelle’s first year as well. It’s wonderful getting to watch this family grow. And these two girls are such a treat. Isabelle is funny, sassy, and so sweet. And Charlotte has her own sassy and sweet personality as well. I am filled with joy whenever I get to see them. I am so lucky to get to capture them as they grow, I hope to be their photographer for life.
When Mo, my friend and tattoo artist, told me she was pregnant I was thrilled. I’ve wanted to photograph her for awhile and her maternity session was the perfect opportunity! We headed to Leo Carillo Beach in Malibu to photograph these stunning maternity portraits.
When we arrived I was a little disappointed. Instead of a beautiful golden sunset we were met with drab grey skies. Definitely not my favorite. But when we got onto the beach, I looked at Mo, in her beautiful mauve gown, standing against the dark water and grey sky and it looked absolutely perfect! And when a little bit of light came out and the clouds started to show just enough sky, I knew that I would love these images.
And just 16 hours after I took my last shot, their little girl was born. It turns out those uncomfortable little cramps she was feeling on the ride, were not from the bumps in the road. I believe this was the least amount of time I’ve ever had between one Mama’s maternity and newborn session. I’ll be sharing her newborn photos soon.
Now that we’re busy booking our Beach Mini Sessions I’m getting questions about what to wear to your family portraits at the beach! So I thought I’d put together a handy little guide on how to prepare for your summer beach portraits!
How to Prepare for your Beach Session
I know that preparing for family portraits can be a little stressful, so to help you reduce that stress a bit, I’ve put together some of my best tips for preparing for your family portrait session as well as a couple looks to give you some inspiration while you’re deciding what your family will wear!
What to Wear
1. Make sure that your outfits don’t distract from your faces – You want your faces to be the star of the image. So choose tops that are either solid or have a small pattern, and anything with texture looks great! Large prints and patterns can be distracting in photos, even when they look great in person.
2. Please don’t wear the exact same outfits – In the 90s the “white shirts and khakis or black shirts and jeans” look became very popular. You saw it in everyone’s family portraits. But it’s 2016 and you can do better than that! You can still go well together without matching exactly. Try to complement each other without being identical. Choose two to three complementary colors and then wear different combinations of those colors, with each person wearing one or two of the colors to tie them in with the rest of the group.
3. Reflect your personal style – Don’t go out and buy outfits that you would never otherwise wear. Match your outfits with the style and personality of your family. You want your portraits to reflect who you really are as a family. I like to tell my clients to go with a slightly prettier, slightly dressier version of their everyday style. I’ve put together a few outfit ideas to inspire you as you choose your own family’s outfits. Because the beach is a completely neutral backdrop you have a lot of flexibility in your color pallets.
What to Bring
Here’s a quick list of stuff you’ll want to remember to bring with you to your beach session.
1. Sunblock – Don’t forget to protect the kiddos skin!
2. Towels – We will be getting wet! Be prepared!
3. A Change of Clothes – Although we’ll mostly just be getting our feet wet, inevitably a big wave will surprise us all.
4. Water & Snacks – But keep them hidden until after your session, the kiddos will no doubt work up an appetite while they run and play with me!
5. Baby Powder – the quickest easiest way to get sand off of everyone’s feet before you get in the car!
Preparing the Kids (and the Parents)
When it comes to kids it is important for parents to downplay the photo session so that I am able to capture their unique personalities. Please don’t tell them they have to cooperate or be on their best behavior. I want them to feel free to be themselves. Just tell them you’re going to see your friend Maggie at the beach, and she’s going to take some photos with her camera while we play! My sessions are very casual and minimally posed. I’ll just be directing you in some actions and capturing you as your family plays together in the waves.
See You Soon!
I look forward to seeing you for your summer beach session! I absolutely love shooting at the beach! Oh, and remember, having your photo taken should be fun! So, please don’t stress too much. Do your best to get everyone ready and then be ready to have some fun with me! And even when it seems like things aren’t going as you’d hoped, I promise I’ll be getting great images for you! Trust me, you are in good hands!