How to Take Beautiful Beach Wedding Photos

A bride and groom standing on the sand at their beach wedding.

It goes without saying that a beach provide a gorgeous backdrop to a wedding. Between the sparkling water and the soft sand, there are so many aspects to this natural setting that draws couples in and makes them want to share such a momentous moment there. Capturing the day by photo isn’t hard, but there are certainly some tricks to getting the most during these photoshoots. Follow the below tips to get magical beach wedding photos that you’ll be dying to frame long after your wedding day has passed.

Research When the Sunset Will Be

Any photographer knows that getting great shots largely depends on great lighting. For that reason, it’s important to research what the sun schedule is the day of your wedding and plan your photo timing around it. If the sun is setting at 6:30 on the day of your wedding, you’ll want to plan your ceremony time accordingly to ensure you aren’t trying to tak your portraits at 7:00 after the sun has already set. While this takes some careful planning and a bit of legwork, it’s well worth it to get photos that you’ll treasure forever.

Don’t Just “Wing It”

A bride and groom standing on rocks at their beach wedding.

As mentioned above, scheduling your day and photo schedule when you’re looking to get great beach wedding photos means that you need to do some planning ahead of time. Just “winging it” the day of will result in feeling rushed, missing good lighting, and potentially not getting the beautiful photos you want. Work with your photographer ahead of time to ensure that you have at least a semblance of a plan and schedule for the day.

Have the Right Tools to Keep Your Look Together

It’s a necessity to be well prepared for wedding photos. There are certain elements when it comes to the beach that can cause photo issues with a bridal look, but as long as you’re well prepared, you’ll get the photos of your dreams. First, consider your shoes. If you wear stiletto-styled heels, you’ll sink right into the sand. To combat that, purchase heel “stoppers” that are meant to keep you from sinking into sand or the grass and that problem will be nonexistent. (Better yet, go barefoot or wear sandals!) You’ll also want to be prepared for some wind coming off the water, which can be problematic for anyone’s hair. Ensure that you get a fresh coat of hairspray prior to your beach photos to look your best for every shot.

Scope out the Scene Ahead of Time

A bride and groom posing in front of a lighthouse at their beach wedding.

You’ll obviously have taken a look at your wedding venue ahead of time, but don’t forget to scope out the beach scene and understand where exactly you want to take wedding photos. You won’t want all of your photos to look exactly the same, so find a few places to use. While there will definitely be obvious areas to have your photo shoot, like right in front of the shoreline, there also may be some more creative areas to pose, like on rocks or a dock. Tell your photographer these spots ahead of time so that they’re ready to incorporate those wishes into the photography schedule and shot list.

Just Act Naturally

As your photographer is shooting your beach wedding, you’ll want to ensure that you’re acting naturally. After all, since you’ll be in such a natural setting, it’s completely fitting to let your photographer follow you and get easy, breezy shots of you interacting with your new spouse. This actually presents the perfect time to simply take in the setting and the moment and enjoy each other. You’re bound to love these natural photos more than the overly posed ones, too!

Have Some Poses Planned

A bride at a beach wedding standing on a dock and looking out at the ocean.

It’ll definitely make your photo session by the shore more organized if you plan some poses you love ahead of time and share them with your photographer. You can easily find inspiration by searching for other photos from your venue on social media or scouring Pinterest for other inspiring poses and ideas that you want to include in your big day. It’s a good idea to share a Pinterest inspiration board or document of these wishlist photos and poses with your photographer before your wedding day so they know what you want.

Take Advantage of the Sun for Silhouette Photos

As the sun sets, it’s the perfect time to get gorgeous silhouette shots to commemorate your wedding day. These dramatic shots can really accentuate a gorgeous wedding gown. If you want to get some of these photos, communicate that to your photographer and plan it out with them accordingly, as the lighting has to be just right to get these shots.

Trust Your Photographer

A photographer taking photos of a couple at their beach wedding.

At the end of the day, you chose your wedding photographer for a reason! They’re the experts and you likely have seen their work and admire their skills. Allow them to take charge that day and they’ll know exactly what to do in order to deliver beautiful photos in the most serene setting.

As long as you follow these tips, you’re bound to get pictures worth a thousand words from your beach wedding that you’ll forever adore.

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