What to Wear For Beach Photo Shoot

August 10, 2017 – 08:59 pm
Nantucket family beach portrait. Dress in blues for a beach

In the Planning Stages of your family, children, or couples beach portrait photo shoot in
San Diego (or whatever beach town you choose!):

  • Do look at your home decor and visualize where your portraits are likely to be placed in your home & consider how your clothing color palette fits in with both your home and your photo shoot location (in both mood/style and colors). San Diego portrait photographer Monica at 15th Street Photography can help you with this if you'd like.
  • Do wear clothes that you love and that make you feel beautiful (even if that means breaking some of the 'rules' found on the Internet).
  • Do decide if you are going for Timeless or Trendy, and be ok with your decision
  • Do accessorize to complete the outfit, but not to compete with or overshadow your face & body. Textures, layers, jewelry, hats, scarves, boots are all good as long as they're not the main event or covering up your face and body shape.
  • Do coordinate, but don't be 'matchy matchy' (no 'uniforms'). Here's an example of coordinating and accessorizing nicely.

  • Do research on the web and then instead of stressing on trying to follow one of the style guides perfectly, it's better to see photos of real families and how they pulled off their look, as well as consulting some color palettes that you can create your own unique style from. For example, here's a real family :) who coordinated their look nicely for their Del Mar, San Diego photo shoot:
  • Do explore a wide range of color palettes to see what colors go nicely together for your beach photo shoot HERE.
  • Do wear something you're comfortable in and that is 'you' to the max! It's all about capturing who you are, your style, and your personality! You'll want to feel comfortable and look comfortable in your chosen style for your San Diego family beach photo shoot.
  • Do dress for your body type / body shape.
  • Do wear fitted clothes that define your shape instead of hiding in oversized clothing which will actually make you appear larger than you are
  • Do check that blouse buttons are not bulging / revealing sneak peak of bras
  • Do check that clothes / cotton shirts are not wrinkly (we're speaking from experience, and it aint pretty!)
  • Do check that no buttons are missing, no holes in shirts, etc. You don't want to be surprised by having something that is so easily fixable show later when it's too late to do anything about it.
  • Do check how your clothing will look with movement. Many things are visible when moving & playing around (especially with families & children at the beach!) which you didn't anticipate when checking your look standing straight in front of the mirror.
  • Do double check for {bra straps showing, baby bib overalls which push up covering the chin, tummies showing under too-short of cropped tops, waist buttons/zippers which are stressed out, bulges from improperly fitted under garments, hair ribbons which decide to flop into faces, etc.} and change plans accordingly!
  • Do check that your fingernails and toenails are as cute as you want them to show up in your photos, because they will show! Especially at a beach photo shoot!
  • Do moisturize your skin and lips in the days before your photo shoot so you don't have chapped lips in close ups.
  • Do plan for getting wet: Bring changes of clothes & diapers for little ones who very likely WILL get wet & dirty at the beach. Have a plan for how clothing will transition from dry areas to wet areas when playing & standing by the surf (do your pants look good when rolled up? etc.) Plan for your after-shoot attire & activities (going to brunch in Del Mar or La Jolla or Newport Beach? maybe you'll need a fresh pair of shorts in the car for after your family beach photo shoot.
  • Do bring wet wipes for your child's face to use during your beach photo shoot
  • Do bring any treats / snacks that you think will help your child 'last' longer and enjoy his/her experience more
  • Do bring any lovies, a football, your dog! These are the meaningful 'props' that you'll love to capture along with your loved ones, and that will make for a happier San Diego photo shoot experience, too!
  • Do wear clothing, shoes, accessories that can withstand strong wind, scratchy sand, sea water, and fun horseplay!
  • Don'twear super awesome expensive shoes on the beach or any other clothing that you don't want to be affected by sand and possible encounters with water. You don't want to spend time worrying about this during your San Diego photo shoot.
  • Don't wear "uniforms" (everyone wears the same exact color & style, boys all wearing the same exact polo shirt, etc.) In other words, you don't want to look like a car wash team having a corporate photo!

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