How should I dress for Beach Pictures?-Pensacola Family Photographer

I get asked all the time how should I dress for my photo session? This is such a great question!! The beach is a place where traditionally families and friends join together to relax and unwind so my first answer is something comfortable and fun!

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Wearing White is great but with our white sand and sometimes our white skies it is best to mix in other colors so you do not blend into the sand! Avoid wearing any bright or neon colors as they will create a color cast on your face. Mixing solids and patterns work nicely when it comes to guys and boys. Colors that work best are navy, aqua, teal, coral, green, gray, pink. Bold colors work great too like red, yellow, burgundy, and green.

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Things you avoid wearing to your session

Trendy Clothing

Large and bold Jewelry

Big Bows on Children

Neon Colors (They add color casts to your face)

Clothing that is too short or too low cut

Shirts with logos or graphics of any sort this includes the nike swoosh and other athletic apparel

Lotion, do not apply lotion before a session, the sand will stick to your body

Sleeveless dresses, tank tops if you have tan lines

The main thing is you are at the beach so go and have some fun hanging with your family leave the rest to me. You can’t control the heat, or the wind or even the ocean so embrace the ocean in all its beauty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes and a towel in case you decide to frolic in the waves and don’t forget those flip flops.

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Lastly don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun with your style!! Long flowy skirts and dresses work nicely not only because they are gorgeous on everyone but because of the wind and movement we have at the beach. Mix and match prints with solid colors to add depth and lastly just have fun being you!! Here is a Pinterest Page I have created with a few more ideas.

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What is an Extended Family Session?

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Extended Family Sessions are when you have several families that are related come together for one photo session. As life gets busier and busier we find ourselves being apart more from the ones we love, sometimes only getting together at Holidays. When a family has taken the time to plan a vacation to have everyone gathered all together this is a very special event to document. Some families get together every year in the same location while others may get together only every few years. I have seen some families who have not been together in many years, so you can imagine how more special that would be for everyone to want to document their time together.

i love being apart of these sessions, I love to capture each families personality as well as the entire family as a whole, and even get some candids of the kids running, and jumping in the water! These sessions always make me laugh, they make me cry at times, and sometimes they surprise me with a baby announcement, a birthday, or even a wedding proposal. I feel so honored to be apart of each family as they travel here and enjoy the beach, which is the place I call Home!!

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Extended Family Beach Session- Pensacola Beach Family Photographer

One of the perks about living at the beach is having family come to visit, there is always so much to do here with our white beaches and warm weather!  I remember the first time someone contacted me about an extended family photo session, I was so nervous I thought to myself  how can I get everyone in focus and to smile at the same time.   With a bit of practice and some very patient families I now love extended family sessions.  It is a wonderful time for some great memories and since I have taken them on, I have had many families tell me that this would be the first time they have had photos in 5, or 10 years and sometimes even ever together and that makes my job all the more special!  

This family in particular is special to me because our children have known each other since Kindergarten, her husband has coached my son and  they are such sweet family and always makes me laugh.  And this session was no surprise when I met the sister who was just as funny.  I love families who can laugh and have fun!!