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Beach Portraits – Fun in the Sun

Eleven days ago I had so much fun taking beach portraits for a small family. I am a member of Independent Networking Group (ING) that meets once a week and this beach portrait session was for the family of one of the other members. Each week everyone stands and gives a minute elevator pitch on what kind of referrals they are looking for in their business and one member stands up and gives a ten minute presentation on their business. It was the day that I gave my ten minute presentation that Chad gave me a referral to do his family’s beach portrait.

On the day of the shoot, Chad called me and left me a voicemail message telling me that something happened and they might need to reschedule the shoot. I called him and he told me that one of the girls had cold sores on the outside of her mouth. I told him that it was not a problem, getting rid of cold sores is a two minute fix in photoshop so we did not have to reschedule the shoot.

One of my favorite locations to shoot is Huntington Beach State Park because it has plenty of beach and an area in the dunes which is perfect to set up a small family to shoot with the dunes and the ocean in the background. The one problem with Huntington is that it is a State Park so you need either a pass to get in or pay for each person. I meet with my clients at a grocery store a few miles down the street. I usually have a pass for me and an extra pass for my clients but because the season hasn’t really started yet, I haven’t gotten my extra pass yet. But since I knew Chad personally, I rode with their family over to the park and I left my car at the grocery store.

We arrived at the state park and after the youngest had to take a potty break, we headed to the beach to take the photos. For the next hour, I took all kinds of photos. I took photos of the entire family, just the parents, just the kids and each kid individually. For the last group of photos, I had the kids lay on their stomachs in the sand bend their knees so that their sand clad feet could be seen behind them and had their hands framing their faces. Then I did that for each child as well and it was some of the best photos I’ve ever taken. Chad then commented that he and his wife could do the same thing. Sam’s response was, “Cathie, please tell him that it is mainly for the children and adults don’t do it.” Not realizing that she wanted me to agree with her, my response was “No, parents can pose like that as well.” So they ended up laying on the sand as well and the photos turned out great. However, I got sand everywhere including inside of my belly button.

It was a great photo shoot and the photographs turned out great.


April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Experiences | , , , ,

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