Vacation Family Portraits - 2015 Beach Recap

Bald Head Island

I always love a trip to Bald Head.  A nice country drive to Southport followed by a short boat trip.  Just give me some music to listen to and that's a great commute.  And it's always nice to get picked up by golf cart upon arrival to Bald Head.  After pickup we headed to the Shoals club to start some family portraits on the beach.  Fun golf cart images are always important to catch along the way.

Bald Head Island Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Bald Head Island Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

I had photographed this family a couple years prior so the boys were familiar with me and they are so fun.  We even had ice cream when they returned me to the ferry.  If I have another boy, I want my set of boys to be like this cute duo.

Fort Fisher 

I have quite a few portrait sessions in Fort Fisher since it has so many different backdrops to work with.  You get pretty trees, beach, rocks, gazebos and river views all in about a 1/4 mile.  With so many areas to work with as well as constantly changing island weather, each family can get their own original look.

Fort Fisher Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Fort Fisher Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

This last shot was the first time I had found this little nook at Fort Fisher.  Depending on the sunset it can look like it's straight out of The Lion King, just watch out for the sand burrs!

Working with large groups can be challenging but I tend to find it to be helpful.  The more adults behind me trying to get a baby's attention, the better.  This group of 15 was super helpful which meant we got the big group images and all the smaller family shots too.

Fort Fisher Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Fort Fisher Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Another factor to keep in mind when planning a shoot is the tide schedule.  There's no way to get a nice long shot of the family walking together in the waves if it's high tide.  

Carolina Beach

While I usually recommend sunset for portrait sessions, sometimes the models have bedtimes.  That's no problem, we need our models at their best.  I can come to you as early as you can be ready to shoot.  I'm up early, I have a baby too.  This was a morning shoot where the sun came out bright and ready to go. 

Carolina Beach Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Carolina Beach Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

One thing I always like to do is get a few shots of parents without kids.  Not that we don't love our kids, but sometimes you need a shot of just the grown-ups.  Parents are people too.

Wrightsville Beach 

This was another early morning shoot.  The rain was threatening but was nice enough to hold off until I was on the way home.  These girls were the sweetest and reminded me of Ariel and Belle, like tiny little Disney princesses.  I love shooting at the south end of Wrightsville Beach.  My suggestion is to meet at the Oceanic to get a few pier shots.  A 2 minute drive down the road takes you to the very south end where you can get more beach shots or head through the sweet dunes over to the intracoastal.  

Wrightsville Beach Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Wrightsville Beach Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

 

Surf City 

I love piers!  Especially the ones in Surf City.  The first pier featured is from the south end.  The beach is nice and wide and the dunes are super tall which gives a good variety of backdrops.  

One more thing I love - when the sun comes out of the clouds like a raging ball of fire at the end of a cloudy day.

Surf City Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Surf City Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

 

This second pier is the main one when you come over the bridge to Surf City.  It's super tall at low tide and is great for jumping pictures.  You wouldn't think your family would like a jumping picture but they will....

Surf City Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

Surf City Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

 

Surf City Family Portraits by Angela Piccinin

A short walk from the pier takes you to the intracoastal where there is a long winding boardwalk where the sun just happens to set.  Thanks Surf City.

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