Plaid on the beach? Yes, please! This mini session turned out just perfectly!
Amy and I are jamming out with our photography sessions May through August every year. (I've probably said that before...or several times before...) Living in the Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, and 30a areas we have a lot of tourists visiting during the summer months. The gulf water is warm, the breeze keeps you feeling pleasant, and the sand is soft and perfect to play in. It's a delightful change in scenery for our friends from the north and midwest. It's also one of the loveliest areas in our country. It's absolutely no wonder why so many folks want their portraits taken on the beach here. Beach photography can be difficult to master and a selfie stick can't quite cut it. This is where we, the professionals, come in.
Over the past decade we've become increasingly busy during what we used to call our "off season." Destin and 30a haven't been slowing down as much after Labor Day like in years past. Amy and I both teach during the school year. I'm homeschooling my kids and Amy is in the ESE class at an elementary school in South Walton. We can't take on all of the sessions that come our way during the fall, but when we do, we are so excited to shoot! As we all know, the position of the sun on the horizon changes throughout the year. (And if you didn't know, well, hey I'm gad to have taught you something!)
There is a different glow along our gorgeous white beaches during the fall and winter. It's so bright and so cheery! We love the difference between winter and summer. Change is good! Especially after a long (and fun) summer of beach portraits.
As we are busier during the fall we are getting a lot of clients who want their Christmas and holiday card pictures featuring their families on the beach. How fun and different! No doubt, we all love the woodsy portrait sessions with the colorful leaves or the evergreens. But, a beach session from the 30a area is definitely unique and stands out!
Francia and her beautiful family are Amy's neighbors. What a treat to photograph a local family! Francia's boys were full of fun and energy. Dad kept the session going with fun tricks and games.
I absolutely love their wardrobe selection! Everyone is coordinating but no one is matching. It's cohesive and interesting. I always tell the ladies that white is flattering on the beach. Everyone is shocked to learn this. Isn't black slimming?! Yes, but in pictures, it shows a lot of contrast between the background and the subject. The white blends and creates a smooth and soft look.
Although being a beach photographer is the best job ever, it is something Amy and I have worked very hard at learning and perfecting! Do your research when choosing a beach portrait photographer. Call him or her. Ask questions! Get a feel of their attitude and professionalism. The clients we serve are usually in the Santa Rosa Beach,30A, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Inlet Beach, Destin, Seagrove Beach and Grayton Beach areas which means we serve a lot of vacationers. Your time is precious, so don't just hire any beach photographer for your portrait session! If Amy and I are both booked we always refer our clients to other trusted local professional photographers. Contact us if you'd like to book or if you have any questions. We love to help!
Caitie Beth Nelson
30a Beach Photographer