Fall in love my family beach portraits. Documenting the smiles, laughter, and fun of the summer, is a must.
Every Summer I return to the east end of Long Island with my kids, nieces and nephews, to the place I call home.
I grew up on these beaches. As a kid I body surf, boogie boarding, build sand castles, jump off the life guard chairs. When I got older, I waited tables in town at local restaurants, worked at the local clothing store all the while making beach portraits, this is my hood and I wait all year for summer to return.
So as an adult it is such a delight to make beach portraits for families in my favorite place.
Hillary is from Michigan and spent several years living in New York city and summering in Southampton. She, her husband, Scott and two kids recently moved to back to the midwest, but continue to spend their summer vacation in the Hamptons. Every summer they go to Flying Point Beach and to have their family beach portraits taken. This year, Hillary wanted to add a little spice to her beach portraits, she still wanted the traditional posed beach portrait but was excited to have pictures of her family interacting with one another.
During this one hour family session, we allotted 15 minutes to posed family portraits, and the rest of the time, the kids were running around doing their thing, parents running after them, trying to get them to behave, and I was able to capture the family in action. My favorite thing about these documentary sessions is that everyone can be themselves, I like to think of it as letting the kids loose; anything goes. Often I find myself telling parents, “its OK they don’t need to look at me.” Scott was the more nervous of the two parents. He worried that 21 month old Walker would fall on the sand and Hillary just kept saying “Relax”
It was a fun session full of lots of smiles and I am very happy with the results.
I hope you enjoy a glimpse of their one hour documentary beach portraits.