Getting the Best Shots for Beach Weddings

Beaches are beautiful. The sway of the tide
hitting the sand, seagulls in flight, the smell of salt in the air. It is truly
a breathtaking and romantic location for a wedding.

Beaches are beautiful, but they are also harsh
environments. Here are a few tips to make your beach wedding the best it can be.

1)  Be sure to use the bathroom before arrival. This might not top everyone’s idea for a first topic, but – it’s important nonetheless.
Beaches often don’t have bathrooms accessible and if they do, I don’t imagine
you’d want to be walking in your glorious wedding dress in there. Now, to topic 2.

2)  Drink Water! Keeping hydrated is very important
on the beach. Regardless of breeze, the heat and sun can dehydrate you more quickly than you’d expect. To guarantee you’ll be up for the night of partying, be sure
to keep hydrated.

3)  Wear Sunscreen! The sun’s rays are much
stronger then people think. Make sure to wear a sunscreen formulated for the
face. These are often less shiny and sticky. Use a loose powder to cover the
shine after application.

4)  Shoes or no shoes, that is the question. The
decision is really up to you, but those cute white pumps with the fringe – they
will not work on the beach. Opt for nice sandals or a beautiful ankle bracelet.
Consider setting up a shoe station for guests, with a mat, baby powder, and
brushes so they can clean off their feet before getting back into their shoes.

5)  Consider buying or renting a sound system so
that your guests can hear you recite your vows over the loud roar of the ocean. It’s
often not thought of, but it will make a huge difference.

We’ve gone through how to prepare for your beach wedding before, and
during the ceremony. Now onto preparing for the best beach wedding PHOTOS!

1)  Use waterproof makeup and setting spray for
your face. You’ll be crying and sweating, and all of that is not good for
makeup. Powder can help in a pinch, but once that bead of sweat rolls down your
cheek – you’ll be able to see it. Setting spray is a great type of product to
help keep your makeup in place for hours. If no spray or powder are handy, in a
last ditch effort – lightly, while holding your breath, use hairspray. Be
careful. Eyes closed. All that jazz. It helps; but it’s an assault on your
senses when applying.

2)  Your cheeks will hurt after smiling so much. If
you need a moment – just tell your photographer. Relax your face and back at
it. (This is especially important if you have a large family, with a lot of
different group shots).

3)  Consider having an updo versus long and wavy
hair. The direction of the wind and how it relates to the sunset is out of our
control. Having an updo can help avoid parts of your hair flying in front of
your face during photos.

4)  Your photographer, hopefully me, but your
photographer will have ideas as they’re working. They’ll see something, and work
towards ‘trying it out’. This is a process; an exploration of light or posing.
Those unique, one of a kind shots come from those moments of inspiration. Go
with the flow.

5)  We are here for you! It is your big day. As a photographer,
I aim to not only capture your beautiful day, but I am here to be an asset to
your Big Day! I want these images to make you cry in joy. I care just as you
care. I respect you, and am so happy for you. 

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