Having your family session on Avalon Beach is a wise decision for a few major reasons! I am going to list them below, and you should totally trust me, because, well, I’m a professional!
1. A Family Session on Avalon Beach is perfect because the beaches are clean, and the sand is soft!
I know, I know! You’re probably asking yourself, “wait a minute, aren’t ALL beaches clean and soft?” Well, yes, the answer is definitely yes, but, not all sand feels the same. It’s hard to explain really, but there is something just so nice about walking on the Avalon beaches. The sand is finer, and well, that means softer. There aren’t as many shells here. Yes, there are shells, but not like you would find in North Atlantic City, which is near the inlet, and you can see Brigantine just over the water. The shells get stuck there! So, If you are looking for shells, maybe N. Atlantic City is the spot for you, but if you’re looking for soft sand, I recommend Avalon for sure!
2. The dunes are pretty.
Silly right? I mean, not if you’re looking for a beautiful location for your portraits! I try to scope out ALLLL of the gorgeous locations solely based on beach grass! Not only is it an opportunity to educate your children on our natural eco system, and how the beach grass thrives and helps animals have shelter, and help keep the dunes solid with their roots… it also looks really nice in pictures! I say YES to Avalon’s beach grass. It’s just picture perfect!
3. Avalon Beaches have amazing beach paths!
Seriously! They go on for what feels like forever! But it’s a good forever, almost like you’re on an adventure to get to some magical location… THE BEACH of course! And the walk back isn’t that bad either. The vegetation is pretty high, so it shades us from the harsh sun! That’s why I like to start on the path and work my way down to the beach. See? I have a method to my madness!
4. There is usually ALWAYS a beach cruiser to photograph!
Listen, these bikes are pretty cool. You have to admit, they’re just asking to be used as a prop! So long as we are respectful, we don’t touch it (because it’s not ours!), we can photograph them and stand in front of them, all day long!
5. After your session there are SO MANY ICE CREAM SHOPS!
Who doesn’t LOVE ice cream? And let’s talk about variety for just one moment. If you want homemade ice cream, or soft serve, Jimmies or a waffle cone, heck, they even have a spot that serves acai bowls and dole whip! You just have to figure out what you want to eat after your session! I know right, tough choice!
With all of that said, check out this super adorable Family Session on Avalon Beach! This family has been a part of the BLP Family for some time now, actually since the Mom and Dad were engaged! How about that! I have watched their little ones grow up and their family grow and it has been a beautiful experience for me as their photographer, and not only that, they’re become my friends. I am proud to say that I absolutely love what I do. Someone once told me, that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life! When I tell you that’s not a lie, it most certainly is not!
Cheers to friendship, beautiful photography and growing families!
The Ocean City Fishing Pier is one of my favorite locations to shoot at. Whether it is sunset, sunrise, or 9am during bright sun and were 100% into beach season! Having a Beach session at the OC Fishing pier offers both the shade that we need AND the versatility of having beach and a being under a pier. This area is also in a great location at the end of the boardwalk, which doesn’t get that many tourists. There is also some amazing Johnsons Popcorn down this end, if you’re up for a snack after your session!
Jackie is an amazing friend of mine and a photographer right here in South Jersey. She is the owner of Stinsman Photography which is a full service portrait studio in Burlington, NJ! Check her out if you’re in that area. I have photographed her family a few times now and I love seeing her boys grow up! They’re getting SO BIG! We had a ton of fun on the beach and they were so excited when it was time for some candids! (Because candids mean, running in the water with Mom and Dad!)
These boys will not remember me, they won’t remember the camera, they won’t remember smiling for the lady 12ft away haha (yes, I am protecting my clients with social distancing and using my Nikon 70-200mm lens!). What they WILL remember though, is the fun time they had splashing in the waves with their Mom, and Dad throwing them up in the air. Years from now they will see these pictures and say “Wow! Look how strong Dad was, flipping me around like a feather! I want to be like him one day!” or “Look at how beautiful my Mom was, and she didn’t even care if she got her dress wet. She really loved being in the moment!” And then they will hug, and laugh and remember how much fun it was, and then they’ll do it again and again. It becomes a tradition. Taking family pictures on the beach, putting all of their attention into having fun and laughing. Those laughs, those are real genuine laughs. Let’s keep capturing that stuff. Because that is the stuff that keeps our hearts pure.
If you are going to be visiting the Jersey Shore, or if you live here and want beautiful family portraits on the beach, reach out to me to schedule your beach session at the OC Fishing Pier! Or any beach really, but the OC fishing pier is one of my favorites! (Click here for a list of my favorite portrait session locations, and they aren’t ALL at the beach!)
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