Scripps Beach Maternity Photos | Astrid + Shawn

January 18, 2022

Scripps Beach Maternity Photos | Astrid + Shawn

As a San Diego maternity photographer, I love seeing the excitement of first time parents! There are many beautiful places in San Diego that you can capture this excitement at! I always like to ask couples to think about places that really resonate with them. In this Scripps Beach Maternity Photos | Astrid + Shawn chose the beach as Shawn is an avid surfer. Scripps Beach, as I have mentioned many times, is one of my favorite spots to photograph at. There is so much diversity in its backdrops, even more so at low tide. I especially like it for maternity shoots because it is very accessible.

Learning to be more intentional with booking the most optimal beach photo sessions, I book around the tide calendar. Or as least I try to. It doesn’t always line up with everyone’s schedule. But I can’t stress enough the impact it makes on the photos! You are open to a lot more options for backdrops. Especially at the beach with reefs and rocks exposed. It is like you are in a different world!

When shooting at Scripps, I like to start with the pier and then work my way down to the end of the beach. It helps to get more of that angelic light though the pier columns. Also, I rather work my way back so that the couple doesn’t have to walk so much at the end. It helps to keep the energy up. Unless the tide is on its way down, then I would do the reverse. Tide level takes priority.

Advise your clients to wear the proper footwear when shooting at the beach. Let them know that it is a good idea to plan on being barefoot. Sometimes clients will show up in street footwear and then they have to carry the shoes around if they aren’t parked nearby. Unless they specifically want the shoes in the shot, then make sure to let them know the best practices.

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