Melissa contacted me last fall in preparation for this shoot. She wanted to do family portraits on Wingaersheek beach and since it was the extended family (and we were officially past beach season) we decided to book it for June. This session made me smile the whole time. Being able to photograph 3 generations of a family really makes me happy and is absolutely special.
The day we met up was perfect! Maybe slightly chilly for a beach session but the light was amazing and the beach was not crowded (which is ideal for beach portraits). Their outfits were very nicely coordinated, which is something I always suggest when photographing families. You want to coordinate but you do not exactly want to match. Speaking of matching, does anyone remember the beach portraits from the 90’s where everyone was in jeans and white shirts? Yes I know that 90’s fashion is coming back but let’s definitely leave that particular trend behind us. ;) In this session everyone was in shades of blue and white and coordinated very well.
During larger extended family sessions I often break out into smaller groups so everyone has photos they want. I always ask what you request, because every family has different needs and dynamics. For this session we did the whole family, separate smaller family photos, ones of just the kids, and you’ll see a few other mixes. I love mixing up big groups though because getting 8-15 people to all smile at the same time and create different images tends to get really tiring for everyone involved. The kids were running in between the smaller photo sessions—I promise I always build in a little run time. Okay, let’s get to the photos!
If you want to have your family portraits on Wingaersheek Beach I would LOVE to set up a session with you. Feel free to reach out and we can discuss availability!