WHAT TO WEAR
Choose comfortable outfits you can move in but that also make you look fabulous. Especially children, they need to be able to run around having fun unrestricted by tight clothing or fussy buttons and bows. Also think about choosing breathable fabrics like cotton and linen.
To avoid looking like a boiled lobster in your images, start wearing sunblock the moment you reach your holiday destination and try to book your shoot in the middle of your holiday, that way you should have a little bit of a summer glow to your skin.
PICK THE RIGHT BEACH
Beaches that have soft smooth sand instead of rocks or pebbles are fabulous for capturing reflections in a photograph. The sand and water act as natural reflectors bouncing light up into your face, opening shadows and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. Who doesn’t want that right?
LOOK FOR VARIETY
Try to find a beach that offers a little more than just sand and ocean. Look for a beach with some interesting rock formations, paths, jetties, sand dunes, long reeds or grasses, even trees, a patch of lawn, or interesting buildings nearby. This adds variety to your portfolio and prevents all your images looking the same.
AVOID THE MOST POPULAR BEACH LOCATION
While I’m not suggesting you choose a secluded location for your beach shoot, sometimes picking a less popular beach location is a good idea.
For starters, although you won’t be the only people on the beach, you’ll avoid the crowds and may even be fortunate enough to find patches of beach that aren’t churned up by footprints. Smooth beaches always look prettier in photographs.
CHOOSE THE BEST TIME OF DAY
Most beaches offer little to no shade and although trying to book a photo-shoot for mid-morning or early afternoon may seem more convenient, especially for families with young children, the light does not produce flattering images during these times.
The sun is too way too high in the sky which results in harsh shadows and hard looking images. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with these types of images but for a photoshoot most people want pleasing images taken in soft light.
The ideal time to book a photoshoot to ensure the most favourable light is at Golden Hour, close to sunrise and sunset. Another advantage of those times is it won’t be as hot and there’ll definitely be less people around.
“The ideal time to book a photo shoot to ensure the most favourable light is at Golden Hour close to sunrise or sunset.”
There you have it! 5 tips to help make your photo shoot fabulous and keep you looking your best. Let me know in the comments below if you have any other great tips to add to the ones I’ve listed.
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Moira is a Lifestyle Photographer based in Sedgefield, South Africa.
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