Summer is here and that means more time spent at the beach. If you’re lucky enough to live by the beach, or even visit one this summer, you’ll probably want to tap the opportunity to take some dance photos while you’re there. The air, the ebb and flow of the ocean and the beauty of a sunset over the water all add to the magic of the beach. Here are a few tips for how to nail your next photo shoot at the beach:
Time of Day
The best time to take photos is when the sun is about to set. This is what is commonly referred to as The Golden Hour. Schedule your photo shoot 1-2 hours before sunset for the best, most golden light. If the evening isn’t an option, consider the morning hours, vs. the hot, bright light of the mid day or afternoon.
Hair and Makeup
The salty sea air seems to have a mind of it’s own and can do all sorts of things to our hair and makeup. Arrive at your shoot prepared to handle the elements. If you’re wearing your hair down, consider styling it wavy! Keep your makeup simple and dewy because it’s likely to end up a little all over the place and you want to look fresh.
What to wear
You can’t really go wrong at a beach photo shoot, but it’s a good idea to wear something bright and colorful so you stand out from the natural landscape. Here are a few of our recommendations from J+J:
You may just be getting a few shots, but remember to warm your body up before doing any leaps, jumps or leg extensions. It’s easy to feel cooler down by the water, so make sure you’re fully stretched before trying any tricks for the camera. You want to have fun and not get hurt, so stretch out and warm up to ensure you’re safe and ready.
Hire a photographer
If your goal is portfolio images, consider hiring a professional photographer to take them. A pro is going to know a lot more about lighting, posing, framing and directional cues than your friend with a smart phone. If your shoot is simply for fun, then any device will do!
We all know that a beautifully done extension looks amazing on camera, but consider different shapes, forms and lines you can make with your body to make your photos unique. There can be great beauty in simple movements, gestures and poses.
Have you ever done a photo shoot at the beach? Let us know in the comments!