Extended Family Photos at the Beach
New year, new location. Well, new location for Hamilton Creek Photography anyway. I loved, loved, loved shooting at one of America’s best beaches, Siesta Key! Usually, every time I visit Siesta Key there are more people at the beach than I would care for at a family photo session. That is why I never recommend it. However, this particular time of year, being the coldest winter I can ever remember in Florida, it was the perfect beach location for family photos! Check out this blog post about Siesta Key family pictures.
The travel fee for this beach is the same as the beaches in Pinellas County. So, if you live south of Tampa, definitely keep me in mind for your own family beach pictures on Siesta. The sand was so soft, white, and exapansive. Siesta Key Beach made the perfect backdrop for this fun extended family photo session.
Cold, did I already mention the cold? Well, you can probably tell from their hair and the sand blowing that it was also quite windy. That being said, this is definitely one of my favorite sessions. Unfortunately, the cold meant much of the family didn’t want to stay for the whole session. I get that, especially since one of the families lives near Siesta. Beach photos are old hat to them, so why freeze and get tossed by the sand and wind! They can do it again when it isn’t quite as bitterly cold. However, the other family unit was visiting from where they live a bit furhter north where the beach and water doesn’t quite look the same! They were complete troopers and were much like me in that they didn’t want to leave when they saw the sky that night! The sky was magical.
The family who stayed with me until the end, the mom and I went to the same high school. Small world! All the way up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I love that she is also a photographer and values the stories and moments in between at sessions. I know she will treasure these extended family pictures for always. Especially treasuring the snuggly shots of her family, too.
What also makes this session stand out, in my opinion, is the color pallette they picked out. The soft pink, soft army green and grays just works perfectly. It reminds me of a session I did a few years back with pinks and greens at the beach, but they incorporated more blues, too, and that worked lovely as well (click HERE to see more). This family didn’t bring any patterns into play, but the reason their extended family photos work is they brought in a ton of texture and stuck to three main colors. Gray, green, and pink, and then they broke those up with khaki and brown and creams.
So, here is to oversharing their session and a little video fusion slideshow of the fun, too. It is great to see how windy the day really was in the film clips. Now if I could start videoing straight horizon’s. Ha, something to work on for 2018 I suppose!