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family beach portrait
It had been awhile since I had a sunset family beach portrait session on Madeira Beach, so it was good to meet Paula and family there recently, although once facing the Gulf of Mexico, pretty much every beach on the Pinellas peninsula looks the same! The family-in-a-row was a new style photograph for me. I am always looking for new ways to photograph families on the beach and adding as much variety to a family's set of shots as possible. I like this in-a-row composition and will definitely be adding it to my already existing set of shots.
All three sisters stacked themselves up and were bookended by their parents. I encourage families to physically interact as much as possible to add a natural and fun look to shots. The more you come into physical contact, the better the results is typically how it goes. Just standing stiffly side-by-side is something I try to avoid at all costs.
I wonder if in 20 years these sisters will remember what they were laughing about in this moment. I hope they can. That is the potential power of a still photograph.
I think these three sisters jumped the highest I have ever seen for a jumping photograph of this nature. Madeira Beach and mother nature provided a very nice backdrop for this family beach sunset portrait session.
Visiting Florida from South Dakota, Sarah and family had to brave an unusually chilly and windy evening on Sunset Beach Treasure Island for our candid family beach portrait session. At least Mother Nature provided clear skies and a bright sunset for a background.
Everyone was pretty tough and still put on a smile, except for the youngest who was not impressed at all by the beauty of the beach! She was crying the whole time, but in mom's arms tried out the water. When she's older I wonder what she will think of these photos?
The family chose color over the usual white and blue jeans. I think it was a great choice and I will suggest such attire to future clients. I think colorful clothing pulls the color out of the sky even more.
One smile out of two is not bad! As you can see the wind was blowing pretty strong from the west.
A little break for romance letting the kids play on the sand behind camera for Sarah and Matt to have the frame to themselves.
The weather was fine all day as I made my way to the beach at John's Pass to meet a 12-person family all from Canada for family beach portraits. However, once on the beach there were storm clouds everywhere to the south, west and north, but none passed over until the shoot was finished. Lucky again! In this shoot I really tried to stress avoiding just having people line up side by side (the picket fence look) and asked for more hands on interaction, like in the above shot. I placed the man in the pink shirt on the sand first, and then had everyone else stack on top of him.
Only the guys in this shot and the best way to keep two active boys under somewhat control is to have them under wraps!
The whole 12-person family walking down the beach. Overlap by someone walking too fast is a concern in these shots, so I instructed everyone to walk at the same pace and not get in front of each other. By the second take they had gotten it down.
Nothing like a small stack of cousins as the kids when on their own in front of the lens seemed to be more willing to smile and stay put.
This was actually the first shot of the evening, everyone together in a large group shot by the sea grass. Even in this type of shot I encouraged some overlap getting everyone to sit as close to each other as possible to show more emotional connection between the family.
Visiting from Ohio, I got a call about a beach portrait session from Jill who wanted portraits on Sunset Beach on Treasure Island Florida of all of her family, which included 8 kids and 12 people total! As you can see, all the kids were thankfully about the same age and they all got along so it was much easier than I thought to get all 8 kids in multiple shots over our nearly 90-minutues of actual shooting time.
The family wanted the kids to be the focus of the shoot, so most shots only featured the children. The kids themselves had plenty of ideas for shots and were willing to get down on the sand, which meant I also had to get on the sand to get to their eye level for the above shot.
He and I were both thinking the same thing when I suggested he give his sister a piggy-back ride for their portrait with the tall sea grass as a background.
When mom is willing to get on the sand and let her kids sandwich her, that is making a sacrifice for the photograph! I was on the sand too and was glad to have a chance to try this more dynamic beach pose.
My idea for this shot of a father with his three daughters I wanted to show all the girls surrounding their dad and being as close to him as possible. Dad was set first as the anchor of the group and then each daughter wedged in next to him.
It was a quick return to Sunset Beach on Treasure Island Florida for me since my last visit on Thursday for another candid family beach portrait session. I never know what the sunset will be like for any particular shoot, and it is surprising to me about how different they always turn out to be from each other. This evening was a mix of pure sun followed by dramatic clouds. The youngest member of this family was not impressed with anything though and as you can see by his damp eyes, was crying almost the entire time being up a bit past his usual bedtime. I know I get cranky too without enough sleep, but that usually is about waking up too early in the morning.
One last shot before the sun disappeared below the horizon bringing the end to another day on Sunset Beach on Treasure Island. Just after we finished a few raindrops started to fall. Another lucky weather evening out on the beach!
Now getting sand poured on your head by your older brother is enough to make anyone cranky, that's for sure!
Lately I have been photographing rather large families on Florida's beaches. This time it was a family of four and I was reminded of the benefits of photographing such a small number of people, and also with children not out of control. We were also at my favorite beach, Sunset Beach on Treasure Island. This was an opportunity for me to try new shots and take my time. The shot above was a candid between setup shots of mother and daughter. Converting to black & white had a dramatic effect on the overall look of the photo and it may end up being one of my personal favorites of 2013.
The family requested a jumping shot, one that is not on my normal shot list, so another chance at a new type of shot. It took quite a few tries to get everyone to jump in a semi-coordinated effort and not have faces blocked, etc.
As you can see it was not a clear sunset that evening, but more a dramatic backdrop of clouds backlit by the setting sun. The family liked this background, and for me it provided another differentiating factor for this series of images.
This photo was my idea, earlier on in the shoot. The dad mentioned how he did not mind if he was not in some shots, so I placed him furthest back and using a 50mm lens at f/2 let shallow depth of field create interest in the framing. I do not often get to use my 50mm lens during beach portrait sessions due to lack of time.
This last shot is one I often make of a family walking down the shore using my long lens (Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D). It was a windy day and it kicked up waves making the Gulf of Mexico look more like a proper ocean background.