Jersey shore Beach sessions
Which beach should you choose for you jersey shore beach session?
Jersey shore beach sessions are the best. One of my favorite places to do photo sessions, any kind of session, is at the shore! When you live in New Jersey you must call it the shore, but it is also known as the beach!
The shore is my happy place and it is for so many people as well! Families spend all year waiting to visit the shore for a week or two! So when they have their feet in the sand, ocean breezes is blowing their hair…they are happy!
It makes for happy memories and the perfect time to get photos done!
I travel up and down the Jersey shore from Long Beach Island down to exit 0, Cape May!
Every beach offers a little something different. Most want to be where they have a sentimental attachment and others want to have different scenery in their photos.
In this blog are highlights of the different areas of the Jersey shore. I will also feature the different types sessions you can do while you are at the different locations. Jersey shore beach sessions can take place at so many different locations!
Lets start with some of the beaches along the shore that are great for sessions!
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Long Beach Island is a long thin island north of Atlantic City. This is a shore town with no boardwalk or casinos. It is a quiet island full of beach homes, great restaurants and trendy shops. At the north end of the island is the Barnegat Lighthouse and a nice park area. The south end of the island has high dunes and a narrow beach area. It is a pretty beach!
Brigantine Beach, New Jersey
Brigantine Beach is just over the bridge from Atlantic City, Nj. This is a wide beach which has views of the casinos on the south end. It is a big, pretty beach with dunes and sea grass. I have done sessions on the south end which is a quiet end. In the middle, where some hotels and beach restaurants are, it is a little busier. This area has dunes, light house stands and pretty trails that lead down to the beach area. At the north end of the island is a seawall and has more action. Vehicles can drive right onto the beach at this end of the island.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City is about 57 miles from Philadelphia, south on the Atlantic city expressway. This city has a boardwalk, amusement rides, and casinos. The beach runs along the whole stretch of the boardwalk. There are many places to do sessions in AC. The boardwalk is fun with the lights, games and people.
The Casinos have fun spots that make great backdrops for photos. The beach area around the steel pier has dunes and paths with fences and sea grass. The Steel Pier makes for a fun backdrop with all the amusement rides and new Ferris wheel. It also is neat to catch the waves roll in underneath the pier. Atlantic City also has a lighthouse which is a spot to do a session away from the beach. On the north end of the island is the bay. There is an aquarium, restaurants, boat rides, and piers with boats.
Ocean City, New Jersey
Ocean city, New Jersey is one of my favorite beaches. I have been all over the island and this area has a lot of different back drops! The north end of the beach is quiet and has rock jetty’s that make a nice prop in photos. The middle of the island has the boardwalk and the famous Music Pier. The boardwalk is fun for sessions with the games and amusement rides. At 14th street is the fishing pier which I love to use. It is a popular spot in the summer for photos. The rest of the island is a mix of dunes, sea grass, paths to the beach, lifeguard stands and boats. The shore changes every season so I am always finding a sweet spot each year that is different from the year before!
Sea Isle City, New Jersey
Sea Isle city beach is very quiet . The beach in sea isle changes every time I am there. Unfortunately, this area gets a lot of beach erosion when there are storms or rough surf. The beach can be nice, wide and has lot of dunes. The paths leading to the beach are pretty. In the center of town there is a gazebo and boardwalk which offers a different look to photos. Wednesdays is a free beach day so that is a day I would avoid for sessions, especially in the late afternoon.
Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Avalon and Stone Harbor beaches are beautiful. These two towns share one island. They are full of beautiful expensive homes, good restaurants and trendy shops. I wish I had more sessions on these beaches. The beaches are wide and have dunes with sea grass. The south end of the island near Stone harbor has a nature center which has some neat views of the shore line. You can catch some pretty sunsets at the southern end as there are no buildings that block the view.
Wildwood, New Jersey
I have a love/hate relationship with Wildwood, NJ! I love the light house in North Wildwood, The Hereford lighthouse. It is one of my favorite places to do a family and engagement sessions! The gardens at the lighthouse are beautiful. It also is right near the beach so we can do photos in the gardens then walk down the seawall and take photos on the beach. The middle of the island is where the famous boardwalk is. This boardwalk has lots of games and a huge amusement park. It is fun to use that as a backdrop in the photos. There are also very big dunes with sea grass near the north end of the boardwalk that I like to use.
Now the part I don’t like…the wind!!! It is always super windy in Wildwood. Not so much at the lighthouse but in the middle of the island it is crazy. And the beach is very busy and very wide! For those reasons I recommend early in the morning or as close to sunset as possible so that the beach isn’t as crowded and sometimes the winds aren’t as strong.
Capy May, New Jersey
Cape May beaches are tied with Ocean city as my favorite places. I have loved Cape May for many years and always enjoy visiting the area. Cape May has so many locations to use for family, engagement and weddings. Cape May Point state park at the south end of the downtown which has the lighthouse and nature reserve. This is one of my favorite spots on the island. At the very end of the island is Sunset beach. This beach is pretty with pebbles and dunes. The sunset is gorgeous at the most southern end of New Jersey.
In the center of town are all the old Victorian houses and beach resorts. Walking and/or biking through the town with the old homes in the background is always fun. Cape May has a brewery, a few winery’s which I have used for engagement sessions and there is also the Cape May Zoo. The zoo is a fun family place which also has a park with trails and is totally free. There is is also Cold stone village which is a historic village.
What kind of sessions can you do at the shore?
These sessions are by far the most popular Jersey shore beach sessions.
I love doing engagement sessions on the beach. I have done engagement sessions on all the beaches I listed above.
Such a beautiful place to celebrate this special time. A jersey shore beach session.
Seniors love to have their sessions at the shore!!
These sessions are fun! They can take some planning to avoid crowds. Ocean City, Atlantic city and Wildwood all have amusement parks!
See you at the shore!
That is the why, the where and the what of doing sessions at the shore!
These sessions are very popular and the summer season books up very quickly. But…don’t think shore sessions are just in the summer time! I love October, November and December at the shore! We can make any time of the year work!