Charleston beach portraits
Here in the Charleston area we are blessed with many beautiful beaches, hot weather and friendly people. A great combination of reasons for vacationers to come visit our shores. The summer months are a magnet for the many tourists that spend their time in the Charleston area.
Spend time visiting historic Charleston with all its charm, and then relax at one of the many beaches close by. If you are staying in the Mount Pleasant or Wild Dunes area then the Isle of Palms beaches would be a great choice, and we would be amiss not to mention Sullivan’s Island and Fort Moultrie. For those that prefer surfing Folly Beach would be your choice, and while you are there go on down to Morris Island and visit the historic lighthouse (a wonderful area for family portraits).
Kiawah Island and Seabrook are popular choices with great amenities and private beaches, and if golf is your cup of tea,, then you won’t want to miss the excellent golf courses available.
The best time for beach portraiture is late in the day, usually starting about an hour before sunset, and waiting for the “golden hour” when the light is the most flattering for portraiture. Generally we will photograph you for about 90 minutes or until the light has gone down. Photographs taken earlier in the day tend to be very harsh with unflattering shadows and squinted eyes, although very early morning is also a good time (we are talking sunrise), so sunset seems to suit most of our visitors. The beach can be quite breezy, so it is best to manage your hair style so that it can be controlled somewhat, perhaps with a hat or a scarf if necessary. Avoid bold patterns and stripes for clothing as this distracts from the faces in the group. Coordinated solid clothing colours is recommended and will bring the family together in the photograph, giving unity to the finished portrait.
If you are visiting South Carolina and would like to preserve the memories of your time with family and friends, please give us a call and we would love to set up a time and date to be of service to you.
Enjoy your stay in the area and let Mike Bowden Photography capture the moments for you.