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As luck would have it, the sun came out and it was warm enough for us to get our feet wet and create some awesome photos for her portfolio. Hannah is so brave but she lead the way into the water and I followed up to my knees to get some terrific shots against a rock. Hannah then popped back up to the change room and returned in a second swim suit, bikini which we photographed her on the rocks with.


Photographers are, by nature, light lovers at heart. For this reason, the golden hour is a much loved time of day.

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Shooting during the golden hour is particularly perfect for beach photography, with open expanses of sea and sky providing a perfect canvas for awe-inspiring colours and warmth. However, regardless of where you are in the world, most beaches present challenges like where to position yourself in relation to the light, and what settings to use.

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Merissa Wakefield is a professional family photographer at Merissa Wakefield Photographyand living right near the beach in Bayside Melbourne, Australia, has ultimately seen her become a specialist in beach family photography. So naturally, we turned to Merissa to help us create a tutorial about taking your own golden hour photography on the beach.

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Plus, the light adds a beautiful dimension to your photos. So, here are my tips for anyone wanting to give beach photography a go! For awesome golden hour photographyshoot when the sun is setting over the water or sunrise if the sun rises over the water.

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I generally start a session 45 minutes before sunset and try to stay around for twilight too. Related: How to Shoot a Sunset Silhouette. Try and find beach locations that are more than just sand and water.

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Look for jetties, rocks, stone walls or beach sheds to add interest to the images. This will create an opportunity for a wide variety of shots, and gives your models things to do.

How to shoot golden hour photography

When the sun is still really bright, I position myself with the sun behind me. This is actually a great way to shoot in hard light just generally.

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Once the sun gets lower on the horizon, usually 30 mins prior to sunset, I position my subjects with the sun behind them — a technique called backlighting. Related: Shooting in Hard Light.

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Related: What is Metering. During this particular shoot, I told my nieces to have fun exploring the beach. I asked them to pick up lots of shells, look at them, show them to me, and point things out to each other. I also asked them to stay close together, touch, hold hands and hug a lot. They loved it! I also love hands and always try to include a few hand photographs during my shoots. I find focusing can be hard at the beach during golden hour because the sun is quite bright, so I always use my lens hood, which helps.

You can avoid this if you recompose until the sun is slightly out of shot.

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However, I do tend to overshoot just in case — a great habit to get into. Related: Master Your Focus Points. The 35mm is a great focal length for beach photos as you can incorporate so much of the scene, resulting in really stunning photos.

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I edited all of these in Lightroomand mostly brought down the highlights to bring out the sky, and lifted shadows on my nieces. A BIG thank you to Merissa, who is a Click Love Grow instructor, for her generous and helpful advice regarding golden hour photography! Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

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Grab our free metering guide below to know which modes suit which shooting scenario How can I help you create photos you love? Search for:. Now. A Guide To Golden Hour Photography For awesome golden hour photographyshoot when the sun is setting over the water or sunrise if the sun rises over the water.

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Today, I want to share with you a few top beach photography tips so that you can produce stunning photos during your next family vacation or even during a quick, weekend trip to the beach.


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If you love the beach, it's natural that you'll want to share photos of your experiences with your friends or remember your favorite moments long after your vacation is over.