We have been so fortunate to have photographed this lovely couples wedding and to have taken pictures of this handsome little man. Daniel kept me smiling throughout the entire session. What a happy, fun and wonderful baby boy! I am so glad to have been able to spend time with this family! Truly a blessing!
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It was wonderful to meet Jennifer and her family. It had been quite a windy week when they were here. We were able to wait till the end of the week to get the pictures. It was such a windy day but we still had fun! I am thankful that we were able to shoot some great pictures at the lighthouse and then we went to the beach for a few more -in between gusts 😉 All in all it was a great day with a great family!
As a photographer we get a lot of questions about family portraits. What should we bring, wear, expect? We often say bring laughter and happiness, wear what’s comfortable and a smile and expect to have fun! Sometimes that isn’t enough of an answer. I have some great tips below to make your beach portrait experience amazing and fun!
What to wear:
Often khaki pants or blue jeans with a white or blue shirt look great. But you are not limited to this. It is ok to be creative. Keep the size of your group in mind when choosing what to wear.
Here are some ideas for what to wear:
-Have a different color for each family. This is great for group photos that involve more than one family.
-Females wear one color and the males wear another.
-Just coordinate the shirt color and wear the bottoms you would like.
-Coordinate the men in the family and allow the women to dress in dresses or outfits that compliment them.
-Wear a special family vacation shirt.
-Bring a change of clothes for the individual family portraits sessions. You can change after the group photo is taken. Make sure it is something that you can quick change into in case there are no places to change at the shoot and so you don’t lose a lot of time.
-Dress in your best casual wear (try to avoid competing patterns). Wear colors that look good on you. Choose colors from the same color palette. Example choose from blues or greens but don’t state a specific tone. Also choose something easy to pose in.
– Wear the same colors
-Not all the pictures need to be formal. Add some fun to your shots. Cowboy hats, sunglasses, feather boas and funny glasses are a few suggestions.
-Wear Santa hats for that Christmas card in the winter 🙂
-Bring props- football, musical instrument, surf boards, etc…
-Bring a change of clothes. Large groups should try to be as efficient as possible so you don’t lose a lot of time.
Babies and children:
Change of clothes- dressy and casual or a princess outfit, costumes, etc…
Blanket- for hot sand and those who don’t like sand as well as for infants.
Babies/infants- Cute baskets to sit in (large), sit on toys (rocking horse, etc…)
*Toys- shovel & bucket, dump truck, special toys, etc… Also bring a small toy for a family member or the photographer to shake for the small children so they will focus in the direction of the camera.
Favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal
Beach chair-kid size
Hat and sunglasses
A great use of whites and bluesThis family added the blue bow-ties for fun. They took them off and then took more images without the blue accents.This group works together. The shirts are from the company. They changed for their individual family portraits.This is a multi-family group. They wanted a group photo on the stairs of the house and a repeat on the beach. They were color coordinated per familyThis was a multi-family group. The colors show each family unit.Very fun and colorful.I love these super fun and beachy colors! Enough said! 🙂This family stuck to blues. Lighter blues for the men. Darker blue for the women and white with blue accents for the smaller children.This couple had their images done in the winter. They both enjoy the outdoors. They were able to coordinate colors very nicely.I love the color that the women wore. I also love that the girls wore accents of those colors on their dresses.This family had fun bringing hats 🙂A hat can change everything 🙂This family brought an Adirondack chair to the beach.
It was such a pleasure to work with such a great family! We were able to capture some great family moments and we even got a picture of the new Subway rep at the end of the photo shoot. 🙂
Look below for some wonderful kudos from our wonderful clients!
“OH MY GOSH MICHELLE!!!!!! These are absolutely FABULOUS!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! We may never be able to go on vacation again because I may just spend all the money I’ll ever have on pictures!!! I can’t imagine how I will ever decide which ones to get. I must say – we could not have had a better photographer – you definitely captured everything I was hoping for. Thank you – thank you – thank you.” The Parker family
Just wanted to let you know I received the rest of my picutres & they were fabulous! Matt said I was going to get tired of all my beach pictures but I don’t think that’s gonna happen!:-) Thank you again for everything.” -Suzie
Good morning Michelle,
I just want to thank you for the surprise box I received yesterday – I LOVE
the key rings!!! Thank you so much! It was a wonderful surprise and so
thoughtful of you to send us those. I will share one with Alicia – and mine
is already on my keys. You definitely have given us treasures to share from
our family vacation for years to come. Thank you again for everything you
did. I will keep your contact info and will definitely recommend Outer
Banks Productions to everyone I can! And hopefully someday when our family
is even larger I’ll be able to convince them to share my dream once again!
When I tracked the photos I should get them on Monday. I can hardly wait!
I’ll look through them and make sure everything is OK and will let you know
if it isn’t. My home and my office will look completely different with all
new family pictures!
Thank you again for everything.
Wishing you and your family a blessed day.
I had the pleasure of photographing a great family this summer on the Outer Banks, NC in Nags Head. We had so much fun! First we started out with some photos at Coquina Beach and then we moved over to the Bodie Island Lighthouse for an additional photo shoot. The photo session was a birthday gift for Mom. She had a blast!
Here is a letter that I received from the family:
We just got our photo disk in the mail and I wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for doing such an excellent job with our portraits! They are absolutely beautiful!! Having you as our photographer was such a fun experience!
Thanks so much again for everything!
Have a great day!
Don and Tammy Johnson