It’s almost spring y’all!   Spring makes me think of spring break and spring break makes me think of the BEACH!    This is baby Milo’s first spring, spring break, and first beach season.  Beach baby memories are my favorites.    I’m a professional beach photographer, so I’d love to give you some tips for capturing these sweet spring memories!  I also have a fun way to capture those first beach steps without your camera!

My Top Beach Photography Tips –

1. Golden Hour is the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset, it’s a photographer’s favorite time to photograph.  This is the softest easiest light to photograph your child.   Those big baby eyes won’t squint in the golden hour sunshine.    Go to the beach during the day, wear sunscreen, snap a few cute photos with your phone, have fun and leave your expensive camera at home.  Then after your beach day, go home get a shower and take a nap.   Go out to dinner and then head back to the beach to enjoy the sunset on the beach with your family and your fancy camera.    You may just luck out and get the beach to yourselves!

2. Children are not going to look at you and smile perfectly at the beach.  TOO MUCH is going on.  There are new sounds, new textures, and new experiences.  You can get photos of your beautiful child’s face anytime.   But photos of those curious faces experiencing something for the first time are my favorites.  So simply sit and wait with your camera, don’t yell at them to smile.  Just document those first toe dips into the ocean or the face they make after they taste sand for the first time.      Later if you need a good headshot of your kid, take them to the ice cream shop.

3. Wardrobe!  I tell my beach photography clients to wear comfortable clothing that coordinates rather than matches.  Fit is key for photography wardrobe.   If you are anything like me, when shopping for kid’s clothing you size up a tad so the child can grow into it.  This is not the time to size up.  Clothing that is slightly too big for children can bunch and bubble when you sit the child down.  A shirt that bunches and blocks your cute child’s smile as they are building a sandcastle would be so sad to miss.   I have a coupon for you at the bottom of this blog for Carter’s.  Carter’s spring styles are fashionable and classic cool, featuring super soft indigo knits, dip-dyed fabrics, eyelet ruffles, and lemon and denim combos – Perfect for your beach photos.  As much as I love barefoot beach photos, I adore babies in sweet sandals and baby boat shoes – Carter’s totally has you covered for baby shoes too.

For a fun way to capture beach memories without a camera, try this fun Baby Footprint Keepsake!

Baby Footprint Keepsake

Baby Footprint Keepsake


  • Plaster of Paris
  • Photograph Frame
  • Spray on sealer
  • Seashells (optional)
  • Bottle of Water
  • Sand Bucket
  • Spoon
  • Soft Brush.


  1. Take the glass out of the frame and leave it at home.
  2. Smooth the sand with the frame and place it on the smooth sand.
  3. Take off your babies adorable Carter's Boat Shoe. Gently press your babies foot in the sand, add the optional seashells here too. This will take a few tries to get the perfect footprint.
  4. Mix the Plaster of Paris with the bottled water after you have the perfect footprint. It's two parts plaster to one part water. DO NOT USE SEAWATER. It will look too watery, but trust me, it's perfect. Start with pouring it into the footprint, then fill out the rest of the frame.
  5. Laugh and play with your baby as the frame dries in the sunshine, about 30 minutes.
  6. Then take it home and clean it off with a soft brush and spray with a sealant. Display.
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