Summer time is perfect for a trip to the beach. My favorite spot is a little unfinished beach just beside Horseback Beach in Westport, MA. Not only did this couple go with my favorite beach, they also incorporated their son, and family engagements are my favorite engagements!!
While quite a few things go into planning your beach engagement photos, the most important is time of day. All that sand is super bright. Combined with the sun reflecting off the water, the beach can make for a photographer’s nightmare! Going at sunrise or sunset is KEY to great engagement photos by the sea.
Next, choose your beach! Will it be busy? Is there parking? Are there options for backgrounds aside from open ocean? All very important for a great, well rounded engagement session. As much as I love photoshop (sarcasm), I don’t want to edit out the hairy back guy lounging in the background of your photos. Secluded beaches are ideal. Some grass, dunes, or even a jetty can add variety to the stark contrast of sand and water.
PLEASE dress comfortably. Clothing should be light and summery. Don’t forget, if you won’t be wearing shoes, get a pedi (guys too)! For the men, khaki sorts and a polo or short sleeved button up is ideal. Wear a T-shirt underneath for sweat! Ladies, a cute summer dress and sandals would be perfect.
Most of you know my weekends from April to November are pretty packed, however, if you can get in your beach engagement photos during off season, you have a great chance of empty beach. May and September are perfect!
Send me a message and we’ll get you scheduled!
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Horseback Beach in Westport, MA is so pretty! My favorite photos are of their son when he’s holding up his shorts from the waves. HA! So cute. Great job!
What great advice for planning a beach engagement session! Especially wardrobe advice for beach engagements. Great and helpful blog, Danyel!
Love all this advice for beach engagement sessions. So much fabulous advice from Danyel Stapleton Photography
Yes! Great tips and ideas for a beach session! Horseback Beach in Westport, MA looks like a great beach for an engagement session since it looks so versatile and not overly crowded.
Not only is this a really fun engagement shoot, I love the tips you give about beach engagement shoots for couples looking for fabulous beach engagement shoots! These are fun and natural, the lighting is soft and pretty. Lovely work!
Great tips for having a beach engagement shoot. These are fun, natural and so pretty!
These are such great tips for a beach engagement shoot! Horseback Beach in Westport, MA looks amazing!
What a great way to diversify an engagement session! With a modern family it’s important to not stick to the old school traditions and make your own. Such beautiful beach engagement photographs!