As parents you naturally want photos of your kids growing up…but what about after they’re grown? You don’t stop loving each other, or making memories together, just because the years have continued to pass.
(The hubs and I’ve been trying for years and no, no matter how much you tickle them they just won’t stop growing. ;p)
Sometimes the fact that everyone has grown up and gone their separate ways is the best reason to capture the moment on those rare occasions when you DO get together. These casual family beach portraits, taken when my sister and her crew were visiting from South Carolina, were the first time my siblings and I had been in any photos together since we were kids. I think you can see from the look on her face how much these multi-generational family photos meant to my mom..
If you’ve gone to the trouble of gathering the clan on the beach you want to make sure you come away with some fantastic images, images that show how truly cool and fun your family is as well as the bond of love between you. The kind of photos that will make you smile every time you look at them. So here’s a few tips on how to have a great Florida beach photo session with grandparents and grandkids:
- Don’t try to be too formal. You’re outside. It’s Florida. You WILL get sweaty and you WILL get sandy and lord knows what all else so you might as well just roll with it. Don’t be afraid to get down on the ground or go in the water…have fun and play instead!
- Allow plenty of time. Older folks need more time to move from one place to another, little kids need time to explore their surroundings, everyone needs time to catch up on the latest family gossip, and your photographer needs time to work with different groupings of you all. Instead of a traditional portrait session you might consider having your photographer follow your family around as you do some fun activity together. Artistic documentary style images of your family interacting naturally could be priceless.
- Don’t get too hung up on the big group shot. Especially if kids are involved it can be next to impossible to get everyone posed and looking good all at the same moment. And even when you succeed each individual’s personality can get lost in the sea of faces. Instead of a single group shot consider a collage that shows smaller groupings: grandma with the grandkids, grown-up siblings together, mothers and daughters and so on. These make fantastic stylish wall displays or custom albums and convey so much more emotion than the large group shots, which is what you really want to showcase anyway right?