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Senior Beach Session Tips

Sessions at the beach are always a great idea – especially if it is at a meaningful place and will fit your home decor. If you are planning on doing a senior beach session in the near future, here are a few beach session tips to help things run smoother.

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Timing is everything.

I would recommend holding your session on the first day if possible. This will make it so that you can relax for the rest of your vacation, but you also don’t have to worry about tan/burn lines. Sunrise or sunset sessions are the best time in terms of lighting – but this is going to depend on where you are. Some beaches are best at sunrise and some are better at sunset. Talk to your photographer and heed their advice on this. For this particular session, we could have done sunrise or sunset due to where the sun is in relation to the beach. We settled on a sunset session so this senior could sleep in, but also dodge morning rain.

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Beach hair tips.

Wind and humid are a thing for beach sessions. Plan accordingly when styling your hair. If your hair tends to frizz, style your hair in a way where it won’t be as much of an issue and use products to help cut down the frizz. Beachy hair is beautiful. For girls, try an updo, braids, barrettes, hats or other accessories that will work with the elements. As your photographer, I will try to find a some areas before we get on the beach for some portraits where the wind will be a bit more blocked. This will ensure that your hair is looking its best before the wind and humidity take over. I will also try to position you in ways where the wind blows your hair in the most flattering way possible.

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Make up tips.

For make up, don’t go too heavy. You don’t want your makeup to melt. Waterproof mascara is always a good idea. A polished, more natural look is always fitting for the beach. Think dewey skin, flushed cheeks and a pretty pop of color on your lips. Make sure that your lip gloss doesn’t make your hair stick to your lips. Wind and sticky lips/makeup aren’t a good combination. Consider a gel manicure and pedicure before your beach portrait session. Salt water and sand tend to make nail polish come off.

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What to wear for your beach session.

A soft color palette in natural and flowing fabrics is always a win. Think of fabrics that breathe and move. Natural linens, tulle and cotton are all great ideas. Comfort is key. For the ladies, make sure your dress or skirt isn’t too short as you don’t want to risk showing too much when you move and when the wind picks up your garment. Textures are great to add some more interest and can even mimic the waves and sand beautifully too. Go bare foot and enjoy the natural pedicure you will get from the sand. Wear clothes that allow you to get your feet wet!

If you are doing a family portrait session on the beach with your senior, I suggest your graduate picks their outfit first and then have everyone coordinate to them. You don’t have to be matchy matchy. Use some of the color palettes listed below for inspiration. I am always here to help you with your selection too!

Beach wardrobe color palettes.

For color palettes, I suggest softer hues. White, cream and sandy taupes are popular options. Variations of colors found at the beach are also great options blues, greens, taupes and white. Pastels also work wonderfully for a beach photo session.

Go with the flow.

Snuggle, explore and have fun. If you are doing a senior session or a beach photo session by yourself, get ready to walk, run, kick and wade in the water. If you have family and/or friends joining you, then you will do all of those things, but there will also be a lot of snuggling, laughing and playing too. Just have fun with it and go with the flow. Don’t worry so much about your hair and things out of your control. Trust that I will do my best to capture the most flattering images of yourself and of your family.

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Items to bring to your senior beach session.

I will bring a little kit of essentials, such as hair spray, nail polish remover, bug spray, brush, hair pins, wipes. I recommend that you bring some items as well to help you before, during and after your session.

  • Drinking water
  • Facial blotting papers
  • Lip balm and/or lipstick
  • Flip flops
  • Towel
  • Change of outfit (in case yours gets wet or sandy and you have plans to go somewhere afterwards)

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Ready to book your beach session? Hope these tips help you prepare. Contact me for details on being added to the Yvonne Niemann Photography travel calendar. Currently booking Spring and Summer portrait sessions. I am located in the Athens, GA area, but travel for commissioned work across the United States. Don’t hesitate to reach out for your next beach portraits!  |  706.713.0676

30A – OCHS Senior Portraits

Graduation is just around the corner! There is still time to get your senior portraits done if you haven’t checked that off your “to do” list already. This senior had her portraits taken at Grayton Beach. Nothing like 30A. Great way to remember your vacation and your senior year!

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Position of the sun really matters when it comes to the look and feel of portraits. These senior portraits are aa great example. The images above were taken with the sun setting behind her. Gives really pretty pastel hues and a light and airy look. In contrast, the images below were taken with the sun in front of her and behind me, just as the sun was going below the horizon. Gives such pretty blues in the sky and the ocean. I adore both looks and it is great when we can get variety like this at a beach session.

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If you are traveling to the beach and would like senior portraits and/or family photos while you are there, give me a holler. Would love to discuss details with you regarding travel sessions and to add you to my calendar.  |  706.713.0676

Oconee County High School Senior Portraits At Alys Beach

Oconee County High School is about a month away from their Spring Break! With that comes a lot of beach vacations. One popular spot is 30A. This young lady did her senior portraits at Alys Beach last year during her Spring Break. Such a great place for her graduation photos – especially because 30A holds a special place in her heart. She has been vacationing here since she was a baby. Sort of her second home, so it made sense that she would want her senior portrait taken here.

Oconee County High School Senior Portraits Alys Beach 30A

The architecture is just beautiful at Alys Beach. Great place for portraits with such variety in a small area. We did her portraits in the late morning, which worked out great since we buildings shielded us from the harsh sun and then natural reflectors gave us clean, beautiful light.

OCHS Senior Portraits Alys Beach 30A

She chose this dress for this particular location to complement the buildings and give it a beauty feel. Her mom bought her the beautiful pearl necklace at one of the many boutique stores a couple days before. Being just a short distance from the beach made all the difference in the wind and humidity. This was great for her hair, which did not hold its curl as she had hoped for her beach photos.

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If you are vacationing this Spring break (or anytime for that matter) and would like to document your family and/or children, let me know. I would be happy to add you to my calendar and discuss all the details.  |  706.713.0676

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