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South Jersey Family Beach Sessions | Family Beach Photographer | 2021 Beach Sessions

South Jersey Family Photographer. Wow! What a year I had in 2021. With so much uncertainty surrounding families and couples this past year, I was highly nervous about how my year would be. Well, I didn’t need to worry because I had the best year ever! I photographed over 150 beach sessions. There were so many great families and couples I photographed this past year.

I always feel honored to photograph families I have seen before; some of those families I have photographed every year for the past five years. I enjoy seeing them, and I am so thankful they trust me with their family memories. I am also very fortunate that I met so many new families and couples this past year.

South Jersey Beaches

I traveled from the beaches in LBI down to the beautiful historic seaside resort, Cape May. This past summer, most of my sessions were in one of my favorite beach areas, Ocean City, NJ. Other beaches I photographed families and couples this summer were Brigantine, Atlantic City, Sea Isle, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood, and the beaches near the Delaware River.

Most of my sessions are usually families updating their yearly photos or extended families vacationing at the shore. This past year families were also looking to have fun family candid photos captured at the beach. I had many romantic surprise proposals, which I adore photographing. I also photographed many engagement sessions. Couples love to have their sessions on the beaches, and the photos are always so beautiful.


Morning Light and Golden hour light

Over half of my beach sessions start one or two hours before sunset. Clients love the golden hour and choose to have their sessions while the sun is setting. I had more families discover the beautiful morning light that I enjoy. The morning light, which is one or two hours after sunrise, is incredibly soft and is more of a cool light. So, if you love blue, pink, and purple tones, you will like this light.

Having your sessions at the beach is so much fun. Kids love being on the beach, making for happy smiles most of the time. Everyone wants beautiful sunny days, but unfortunately, mother nature does not let that happen for every session. Sometimes we have cloudy days, which is great for beautiful, filtered light, and sometimes get ocean breezes that are not the best for everyone’s hair. I had a couple of sessions where tiny bugs attacked us, and in two sessions, we were chased off the beach by approaching storms. Even having these slight setbacks, which you cannot control when you are outside at the beach, I always get great shots!

South Jersey Family Photographer

Thank you all so much for trusting me with your family memories. I love seeing familiar faces and always enjoy meeting new families and couples. I hope to see everyone at the shore again this year. My camera is ready, and I even have a new prop that I will be offering to bring to sessions. I cannot wait to put my feet in the warm sand and say, “1..2..3…smile!”

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