When families contact me about doing beach photos, I normally suggest golden hour (late afternoon or early evening depending on the time of year) for the best light but that timing doesn’t always work best, especially for families with little ones. Such was the case with the Berlas Family who wanted to do a shoot on the beach outside their hotel while visiting from Chicago, so I threw out the idea of doing a sunrise shoot. Having a little one of my own, getting up before dawn is something I have become accustom to, so I was game… and so were they! It was a great option and I love the photos that we got in that early morning, hazy light. It was 100% worth it and I would 100% do it again!
One other note about these photos is really the more important aspect of the photos… what the family hoped to capture in the photos. Before every family shoot I do, I ask my clients some questions to get to know the family more and to help me create photos that will be meaningful to them. When I asked Cory what she wanted to remember about her son Beau at that age, she said he could be kind of reserved and that she would love to capture the “funny faces” he would make when they tried to make him laugh as if he was saying “not impressed” or “try harder.” As you will see, I think these photos do a pretty good job of capturing his many and hilarious facial expressions!