San Jose Maternity Photographer
Have you ever had a thought about having fun family photos on the beach? But then you thought: “nah”
- beach is too busy,
- beach is too sunny,
- beach is too windy,
- beach is too cold,
- beach is too dirty,
- beach is too sandy (well, I can’t overcome this argument!)
The list can go on and on. All those objectives are very valuable and true. However, let me tell you a secret:
– if done properly beach sessions can be amazing! You can turn all the objectives listed above into something positive that works for you. Not against you.
Wind is not always bad. It can make the images more artsy and romantic.
Wind also means NICE WAVES!
The right angle and a little bit of Photoshop and the crowds on the beach are the last problem you should be worrying about. Leave it to the pro!
Beach is sunny and sandy.
Those things shouldn’t stop you from having the most fun session possible. Normally sessions on the beach are done around sunset. However, I’ve done sessions at 8am with the fog as a background.
and at 11am with the sun raising higher and higher with every passing minute.
With all that being said, beach can be foggy even at 11am. But I can work with that:
Beach can be cold.
That’s why you do the session while the weather is PERFECT for it. It means summer and early Fall.
However, you can always bring sweaters, blankets and be ready to cuddle!
However, if it comes to working with me, be prepare to have a little work out during the session. That will definitely keep you nice and warm.
If you’ve had beach session with the right photographer, you know what I’m talking about it.
If you haven’t had the chance to experience fun family photos on the beach with a pro photographer, I can assure you, YOU ARE MISSING OUT on a wonderful experience that can result in magical memories. Period.
I’m always excited when I get a family interested in a beach session.
Because I don’t really have a portfolio that would include only beach sessions, and I’m often asked about it, I decided to write this post and include images from some of my past family sessions done on the beaches from San Francisco to Watsonville. And each year I’m broadening the portfolio into more and more beaches and I’m always open to any suggestion of great locations. So if you have any, I’m all ears.
If you’re interested in family photos on the beach, look no further.
In case if you’d like to consider some of the places I’m familiar with, let me list you all the beaches I’ve had family sessions on:
- Baker Beach,
- Moss Beach,
- Poplar Beach,
- Natural Bridges,
- Palm Beach (first session this upcoming Saturday. I’m soooo excited about it!!!)
If you’d like me to photograph your #magicalmemories on the beach let me know!!!
Even better, sign up for the membership to Ewa Samples Photography, so you won’t have to miss on any photo opportunities through the entire year!
Today I’d like to talk about something very important when it comes to planning your session. I feel like often people think the best season for family pictures is Fall. In this post I’ll show you how particular locations change with seasons.
How to plan your photo session based on the knowledge about the seasonal changes in nature (photo locations) in our area.
In California, the Spring starts early. When most of the country experiences their first blooms, our blooming trees are already in the next phase. Most of the country has longer lasting green grass. We start to loose it around May. Our grass turns brown pretty early. When it comes to Fall, it also doesn’t last long. The rain starts, and it’s hard to plan anything if you’re not willing to have fun in the rain, or your kids are too small for getting a little wet.
So, what is the best season for family pictures?
(This post is my personal opinion)
1. Locations look the best in Spring. (in my humble opinion)
In my opinion it’s Spring, which means right now. We are actually getting close to the blooming season. So, if you’d like session in beautiful orchards you better contact your favorite photographer and ask him/her to squeeze you for a session within the next 3 weeks.
Often, people don’t want to do their sessions in Spring because they think it’s too early in the year, and they want to wait. However, later in the year, it’s hard to find lush green hills and fields. The only green places are public parks, surrounded by suburban homes, and play structures, and crowded with people. With all that it’s hard to get beautiful images with nothing distracting in the background, without a heavy photoshop work (which in my case, and the case of other photographers costs extra).
As a professional I do know locations that have blooms all year long, or green grass for that matter. There isn’t many of those and they are most likely filled with other families and their photographers, which is not always the most relaxing and pleasant experience.
2. The weather is gorgeous in Spring.
In Spring the sunset is around 7 pm (before the daylight savings time it’s 6 pm and earlier), so if you have small kids who have an early “nigh nigh” schedule, the current season is the way to go.
It’s getting warm enough for lighter clothes. Still, not overwhelming hot for kids and parents, or grandparents.
3. Your favorite photographer is not crazy busy in Spring.
You might not know, but most photographers (as well as other business owners), call the time after Christmas a dry season.
People go on vacation.
People are recovering from all the Christmas expenses.
People think it’s too cold or there isn’t any good place to take photos in February (WRONG!)
Whatever the reason, choosing a session in February, March or April means you will have more dates to choose from (that’s my guess, of course, based on my own business).
The later in the year, the more busy photography business becomes. Fall is the worst! Often you will have to work around the photographer’s busy schedule not the other way around.
4. The late morning or mid-day sessions have prettier results (Spring vs Summer).
Knowing how hard it is to work around the schedule of my clients’ Little Ones, I am always available to do sessions in mid-day. Many photographers don’t do that because they do not work with mid-day light. (won’t go into the reasons, as each photographer has different).
Of course, the results of a late morning or mid-day sessions are different from sunset sessions (so called golden hour sessions). But because the sun is not so overwhelming and often the sky is covered with clouds in Spring, the mid-day sessions seems to be very pretty. (in my opinion!)
5. Occasional rain means you have to be ready to be spontaneous with the date of your session.
If you’re one of those people who have to have everything planned 2 months ahead, session in Spring might not be the best way to go. Since we’re still getting some rain now and then, scheduled dates are never certain. As much as doing sessions in the rain is adventurous and fun, I know that not everybody enjoys it as much as I do.
Here is a visual calendar for whole year of locations
January – Rain, and cold (mostly in home sessions)
That doesn’t mean they have to be gloomy and boring 😉
and the same tree several moths later:
Let’s go back to March/April
June / July / August
September / October
November / December
Now, most of the locations I’ve shown you in this post are secluded from public and crowds. I do like, and always highly recommend picking locations that don’t have anything that would distract kids (like the playground). If your goal is to have SUPER LIFESTYLE session with playtime documented, then the playground is definitely okey.
As one of my clients pointed out to me when I told her about the idea of this post, I was able to find a lush, green location for her in July. However, this was a public park, and during our session, we had people with their kids approaching us to play with our bubbles until we had to tell them to stop doing it.
So, this is why I try to avoid public parks as often as I can. With suburban homes and bathrooms and playground structures, it’s pretty hard to create a beautiful image without distracting things in the background.
This is why I spend countless hours on locations scouting. This is why I carefully pick my locations I recommend to my clients.
In my opinion best season for family pictures is Spring. As you might have noticed scrolling through the Spring locations provided in this post, the possibilities are amazing, colorful, and so vibrant. However, I know that each season has it’s own unique beauty.
The important thing is to be aware of what you want and what you like. It is also very important to communicate to your photographer the vision you have for your session. During all the years of my work I’ve found out that people who clearly state what they want, what is their vision for the session are more likely to be very happy with what I create for them.
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The location is just gorgeous right now. Check it out here!!
If you still don’t believe me, go to my FB and check out the last several sneak-peeks from my very recent sessions. It just couldn’t be any greener. The sessions right now, are simply stunning! FUN for the kids, because they can run barefoot! Roll in the grass. With the light being so gorgeous in Spring, it really doesn’t what time of the day you have your session done.
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Before we started this session, I was able to spent a wonderful time watching deer. Deer everywhere. And as the sun was setting down, lower and lower, I was getting happier and happier. Weird right? But I’ll explain.
That probably wasn’t the feeling my clients had. Considering they were driving from Redwood City in the very worst traffic hours. They were simply running late. The sun was getting pretty low, and we were on the phone once, and then twice.
Wouldn’t you be getting anxious if you were in their shoes? Now, as everybody in photography business know, golden hour is the time when the sun is super easy to work with. Also, with that light, you can create beautiful warm pictures everybody loves so much, without much effort 😉 The thing with me is, that I rarely care about it. Probably too little.
Normally, I schedule my sessions with enough time for being late… Ups… now that I said it out loud, I hope you guys won’t start coming later and later to my sessions… then we will be in trouble. 😉
So, don’t stress if you’re running late to a session with me. Probably you still have plenty of time. It’s a little different if you’re a participant in my mini-sessions; If you 15 minutes late, then you’re probably 20 minutes too late.
I’m normally done with my sessions before the sunset really starts, so even if I try to stretch the time to get the golden hour light, the kids, well, parents mostly, are ready to go home and put the kids to their well deserve nigh-nigh, while they can enjoy even more deserved glass of wine.
This time, not only I was able to do the entire session during the golden hour, but I also had the time to shoot a short movie. That makes me super happy, as sometimes my sessions get so crazy busy and fast, that I don’t have the time to switch from pictures to movie mode… During this session, I felt like the time stopped for us. I was loving it!!!
Enjoy the movie, guys, and the photographs.
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For some reason, I think I have been one lucky photographer. While I constantly learn new things about how to pose my clients, how to engage kids more, how to make dads more involved in the session, more often than not I do not have to use this knowledge with my clients. Why? Because my clients are awesome! As soon as I take my camera out they do what they are best at – they are themselves.
This maternity session was amazing. While I was preparing my gear and thinking what I want to begin with, I wasn’t paying much attention to what was going on behind me. Then I turned to get the session started and what I saw was a family already striking an awesomely funny pose. They were more ready then I was because they took me by surprise. lol
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