1. Be sure to schedule session toward the beginning of your vacation or at your earliest availability.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be at the beach frequently during your vacation. You're off of work and on vacation, you should enjoy yourself, relax and do as you please. But if you're interested in doing a portrait beach session you should consider booking your shoot at the beginning of your vacation, or at earliest convenience. This is because tan lines and sun burns are not optimal for pictures. Another reason to book in the beginning is in case of rescheduling, for instance if there is rain and the weather isn't cooperating, you'll want time to make sure you can do it another day.
2. Schedule session in the morning or in the evening.
if you've ever had professional pictures taken, I'm sure you've heard that the best time of day to photograph pictures at the beach is an hour before sunrise, or an hour before sunset. The sun isn't as harsh at these hours of the day and is more flattering for people. And at WetSilver we always cater to the clientele and want to make sure that YOU are happy.
3. Decide what you want to do with your outfits
We recommend planning your outfits ahead of time and picking out a color scheme for all of you to wear and make the colors complimentary to each other. For instance ladies could wear different shades of coral or pink and the guys could wear shades of teal. Ladies, things to keep in mind when deciding your outfit is to not wear thin maxi dresses or puffy blouses or sweaters. The maxi dresses can cling to the body and shape you in an unflattering way. Another thing to put in your brain space is when it is the day of the pictures, you and your family will have to decide if you want to go with or without shoes. Some people with shoes, and some people without does not look good in pictures.
4. What to do with your hair
In corpus Christi its common that it is windy and humid. So ladies, to avoid trying o fix your hair the whole time during photos you should bring hair ties, clips, bobby pins etc.. Keep in mind to put too much hairspray in as well. If you want the perfect wind blown hair and look like you just came out of a magazine, avoid hairspray. It will make your locks look stiff which is not promising for beach photos.
5. Think ahead when it comes to the little's
If you have little kids you'll probably realize that they might be out of sorts when it comes to having their picture taken and being directed by someone they don't even know. Kids may not be willing to cooperate when having their picture taken, but that's why you should consider bringing snacks; like jelly beans. This is so that it gives the little's an incentive to behave appropriately. The next thing to highly considerate is taking your pictures in the morning before sunrise with little kids. You will want to do this because kids naturally wake up early, and in the evenings is their bedtime, so if you were to try and take pictures at that hour, they will be more unlikely to behave and be cranky and tired in all of their pictures. and no one wants a crying baby in their photos, which why we suggest scheduling your session an hour before sunrise.
6. Be prepared to have a great experience
Remember to not be overwhelmed or anxious before hand, just be yourself and have fun. The session at most will last an hour and it's guaranteed that everyone will have a positive experience. We will want to move quickly and strategically and get all of the group pictures, individual families, couple photos, siblings, and and any other groupings you can think of. At the end if there is still time, is when you can jump in to say if there are any other pictures or candids you may want.
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"Lori is an exceptional photographer, and was my first choice for capturing images of my son for his senior pictures!! She made him feel at ease immediately, traveled to the locations he was interested in, and captured who he is perfectly!" ~ Tonia R.
Lori Stead is a fine art portrait photographer in Corpus Christi, TX. She enjoys creating maternity, newborn, seniors, couples, family, children, and boudoir portraits. She is also a wife, mother of four, and adventurer.