A good beach photo is easy to love. But, when is a good time to do a beach photo? And by time, I mean the age of your child. The first bit of advice I have is that in order to take a good photo, you have to love the beach. I know it sounds redundant, but if you don’t love spending time at the beach, you won’t love hanging out there for pictures. Your hair will get wind-blown and you might walk away with the soggy jeans.
If you do love the beach, YAY! I do too. A successful beach shoot involves a walking child. Yes, it’s possibly to take a baby to the beach and get good photos. But, if we’re talking best case scenario, it’s a child that can walk. Why? Because sitting and crawling babies are so tiny that even if you set them on a blanket, I have to zoom so far out to capture the landscape that the baby is super tiny in the photo. If I zoom in to crop appropriately, you lose the essence of where you are.
And there’s the sand. Sand that gets everywhere. Sand that’s shoveled by the handful into the mouths of babes. Crawling babies are just curious. They want to crawl right off that blanket and into the sand to taste it.
So, of course you can always book a beach session with a baby of any age, but my best advice is to wait just a little until they are walking to get the most out of your session!
Moms! It’s your special day. And I know you’re always the one behind the camera. Take this opportunity to document this stage with a mini-session.
*If you want some photos with just the kids or you want a family photo too…that’s okay!
Here are the details:
April 26 11:00-1:00 at a park in Long Beach (pretty light filtered in through lots of greenery)
May 2 10:30-12:00 and 2:30-4:00 at my studio in Long Beach (white walls, light floors, very clean and neutral)
Sessions are $100 for the 20 minute session fee and an additional $250 for all your digital images. This is a huge discount from my normal pricing!
To sign up, you can either email me to see what’s available OR click here to pay for the session fee with a credit card and write the time you’d like in the notes.
Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions
I recently photographed a family just before they moved back to NYC. It was extra special because I was able to photograph their baby as a newborn last summer. We got the most perfect overcast lighting that makes everything bright and vibrant. It was chilly, but maybe it was the sky’s way of getting them ready to move back to the cold. Either way, it was a great morning and I’m so thankful I was able to document their time in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Baby Photographer // Good-bye for Now