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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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!!

Christmas Family Session-Pensacola Family Photographer

When we first moved to Pensacola my kiddos used to ride thier tricycles in the cul-de-sac of these boys neigborhood, they were all so little.  Since that time we have all moved from each other but I have enjoyed being able to photograph this family each year to be able to stay connected.  They are so handsome and just so funny, I look forward to my time with them because their is never a dull moment!!

Williams Beach Family Session- Pensacola Beach Lifestyle Family Photographer

I have known Micah for several years now, and I was so excited when she contacted me to photograph her family on the beach.  Their wish was to be photographed on the beach before their big move to Italy.  For several years now they have considered this their home but in a few short months their family will start on a new adventure out of the country.  

The beach had been so calm leading up to our session but the few days before it became cold and a bit windy.  Do you think it stopped these active kids from having a little beach fun,  NOT at all!! The water temperature was actually warmer than the air.  Oh how I love Pensacola Beach in the Winter!!

Gillinov Family Session-Pensacola Beach Family Lifestyle Photographer

Corey and Kim are just the two sweetest people I know always full of energy and smiles and I was so excited to photograph them with their sweet baby Matthew who I just adore.  I think you can see that this family is very close and there is much love that surrounds them and at the end of our session they let me in on a little surprise that they are expecting baby #2!!  

Simpson Family- Milton Lifestyle Family Photographer

This mom contacted me to say she wanted a session for her newborn twins but it almost did not happen.  This babies were born early and had to stay in the hospital for a bit, then life of course gets in the way and then what do you know a hurricane comes to town.  But that did not stop us, I came to visit this sweet family on the Saturday before Hurricane Nate came and we just had a bit of fun reading and playing with the twins. 

Brubaker Family-Pensacola Beach Family Photographer

When this Pensacola family contacted me they had just welcomed a new baby and had family  down from Massachusetts to visit the new baby.  When I asked them to tell me a little about what they wanted, Sherry wrote "We really want to capture the beauty of the beaches with happy and relaxed poses."   This whole session was nothing but laughs and fun!!