I’ve talked before about that perfect in-between lighting. Not quite overcast, not quite sunny. This was another strike of luck in the beach photography business. Not to mention the fact that I’ve been photographing these girls for the last 6 years and their mom happens to have impeccable taste. I’m always excited to see what they are wearing. It’s like that friend you have who seems to throw her outfits together, yet when you take a second look you notice all the details where thoroughly planned.
Another thing I love about shooting at the beach (especially with tide pools) is how it gives families something to do. It’s hard to sit and smile over and over again. It’s fun to explore the area and discover new things you’ve never seen before.
In Southern CA we sort of skipped ‘June Gloom’ this year and it went straight to July Gloom. June was bright and sunny and wonderful. July is full of overcast days. Who knew!? To be honest, I don’t really mind overcast at the beach. It makes the photos take on a water color feel. I do love bright beach photos as well.
The mini-sessions I had near Laguna Beach this year were one of those overcast days. It was beautiful, but chilly to say the least. I had brought a few blankets for sitting on and they ended up taking on a life of their own as super hero capes and blankets for snuggling. I love the way they add to this photo session in a way I would never have anticipated.
This is a perfect example of letting the situations guide the photo sessions. Ultimately as the photographer, I’m in control, but sometimes what I plan doesn’t work out how I was thinking it would. Not being ‘stuck’ to my ideas lets me take advantage of a chilly day and some extra blankets.