How to Photograph your Kids at the Beach
Tips for How to Photograph Your Kids on the Beach
With summer in full-swing, kids out of school and trips to the beach happening every weekend, I though it was time for a few quick tips on how to photograph your own kids on the beach!
1. GEAR– any gear you have will work. honestly! Don’t be afraid to bring it out in the air, on the sand and close to water, just hang on tight! I like wider angle lenses for beach photography, especially of my own children. The wider angle lets you really capture the entire scene and multiple children running around and playing. Fisheyes are super fun, or my go-to’s, my 24 1.4L or 35 1.4.
If your gear gets sandy or splashed a bit, just wipe off any sand and water droplets with a lens cleaning cloth and brush. Or better yet, get one of these awesome camera dry-bags like this one!
2. TIMING– You really can shoot on the beach at any time of the day, but it’s best to be early or late. As a portrait photographer, I choose to photograph my clients in the best light of the day, an hour or so before the sunset, aka the golden hour. The light is softer, creamier and the colors here in Panama City Beach are some of the best I’ve ever seen.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t shoot with my kids in full open sun at noon, either! You’re on vacation, try new things and have fun with what you capture.
3. COMPOSITION– Composition truly is an important part of photography, even when it’s just your own kiddos. There are lots of “rules” in the photography world (rule of 1/3’s, horizons, leading lines, don’t cut off limbs, etc) and although I tend to follow most of them, sometimes the best photos break the rules. It’s best to be mindful of them but don’t let them keep you in a box! Test your limits, break some rules and see what you come up with.
4. DETAILS– These little fleeting moments are just that, gone in a flash. Think sandy toes, salty hair blowing in the breeze, your baby’s footprints in the sand… just look around and you’ll be sure to find loads of little details.
5. FUN– Don’t forget that the main point of all of this is to just have FUN! Your kiddos are splashing around, sand everywhere, watermelon dripping from their red, juicy lips…. drink it all in! Your kids won’t always be this age, this small, this excited, this clingy, this happy and full of pure joy and excitement. Take it all in, enjoy every second and don’t forget to put the camera down and join in on the fun <3