East Bay Beach Portraits

These East Bay beach portraits feature one of my best friend’s kids. This is the first time I photographed little, Nilah, and boy, I think these images truly capture her personality. I wanted to photograph the siblings on the beach because I really wanted Nilah in a bikini to celebrate her fabulous toddler rolls. What could be cuter? Rocco is a wonderful big brother and both gave her space to have her personal glamor shoot and was also helpful and interactive. I’m glad he wore a stylish fedora to create visual interest in the images. This sandy setting allowed for authentic moments to happen and allow us to capture a true Bay Area experience this family will remember fondly. We are so fortunate to have access to beachitul beaches near us: Baker Beach, Crissy Field, Pacifica, Santa Cruz and Alameda. Below you will find some tips to make your beach session a great one:

  • Timing is everything. I enjoy photographing at the beach in the hour or two before sunset. The lighting at this time is gorgeous and you don’t have to fight that harsh overhead lighting.  
  • Feel free to bring along any props that you feel may add to your portrait session, such as a giant seashell, toy sailboat, beach ball, etc. I love hats, retro bathing suits, shovels and bucketsas well as colorful beach balls.
  • As always, make sure everyone is well fed and hydrated prior to arrival. Consider bringing some animal crackers and juice to keep the kiddos happy.
  • Bring a small towel for brushing off sand or dirt.  Larger towel for wet children or dogs that can’t resist running into the waves!
  • Wind can be a factor, so come prepared – bring a hairbrush and hair ties in case long hair needs to be pulled back.
  • As long as everyone is snuggled up together and is happy, that’s a successful portrait! Interact as a family. Give cuddles and tickles, tell jokes, just have fun! It should not be stressful – it’s the beach!

I can’t wait to capture YOUR family making memories at the beach!

 

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer
East Bay Photographer

East Bay Photographer

 

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