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5 Great Tips for Planning your Beach Photo Shoot | Knysna | Brenton-on-Sea


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.

moi du toi photographing a family session on brenton on sea beach

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Moira is a Lifestyle Photographer based in Sedgefield, South Africa.

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2 thoughts on “5 Great Tips for Planning your Beach Photo Shoot | Knysna | Brenton-on-Sea”

  1. I’m planning to do a beach photo shoot with my husband on our honeymoon and It is so cool that you shared such practical recommendations because, from my point of view, it is really important to provide for all nuances in order not to be disappointed afterwards. I think that avoiding the most popular beach location is a really significant point because a lot of people can become an obstacle for the perfect photo shoot and mess it up. I think that privacy is an important factor in this process because it will help you to concentrate on the process and feel at ease. Also, I think that you need not to neglect the importance of the right time of the day because lighting plays a global role for a successful photo shoot and it can both play tricks on you and make a frame with a high-quality, harmonious pattern.



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