Updated: May 30, 2022
As a Halifax Family Photographer, I get a lot of inquiries for beach family photo sessions. Nova Scotia has some iconic beaches that provide a beautiful backdrop for family photos, not to mention they are a ton of fun to play at!
Below are my 5 top tips for a family beach session that is not only beautiful, but fun too!
Tip #1: Comfort is Key!
Definitely choose outfits for the whole family that allow for movement. The last thing that you want is an outfit that is restrictive and you look uncomfortable in! Beaches are for running, jumping and playing and my family sessions include a whole lot of that! Choose wrinkle resistant and breathable fabrics. Also plan to be in your bare feet... and it's likely that you will all be a little wet by the end of the session!
Tip #2: Bring a few towels.
Like I mentioned above, you will likely need to dry off a bit after our session!
Tip #3: Schedule the session at golden hour.
Scheduling the session close to sunset is key to having beautiful light. I realize it can be tricky for little kids but can usually be worked around by having a quiet day and perhaps a nap. Alternatively, sessions in September can be scheduled a bit earlier, as the sun sets earlier!
Tip #4: Bring Snacks
It's always a good idea to have some snacks on hand in case the kids get hungry!
Tip #5: Plan to Move & Have Fun!
We typically start off a session with formal portraits. Once those are done, the focus of the session will be playing on the beach, jumping in the waves and capturing those amazing candid interactions between your family members. Come with the mindset that you will be playing with your family, having a good time and making cherished memories.