Those Southwest Florida sunsets are definitely fabulous, but what about sunrise? I think it's a really great option too. If you are a morning person or if you just want to catch another amazing backdrop that Sanibel Island has to offer scroll to the bottom of this super colorful sunrise family photo shoot for my tips and several reasons to consider this early appointment time for your family photo session!
Why consider sunrise?
1. Simply because it is stunning. The sun rises right over the beach on Sanibel Island and offers a beautiful backdrop. Soft light and colorful backdrops are always a good thing for family pictures, so sunrise definitely makes for amazing pictures.
2. During the summer our sunset time is late here in Southwest Florida. I'm often just meeting a family at 7:30pm to do their sunset family photo shoot. That may be great for the group with older children or all adults but the little ones can struggle with the late time. After a long day of sunshine and beach activities it may be especially hard to have the best attitude come 8:30pm. If you have little ones in your family, it may just be a better time for the most genuine smiles.
3. Sunrise is also the coolest point in the day. That may not be too important if you are doing that Florida beach shoot in December, but trust me, those August photo shoots can be brutal if it's too hot. I've definitely had the best success for avoiding the heat at sunrise.
4. My sunset appointment times tend to fill up faster. If you are planning to have your photography session soon or if you are already here on Sanibel or Captiva on vacation and want to do a photo shoot this week I'm much more apt to have a sunrise appointment open. There are weeks, like Christmas and Thanksgiving week, that will fill up for me months in advance. I have repeat clients that will book their portrait long before they arrive for their annual vacation and most opt for sunset. If you are looking for a popular week or soon consider sunrise.
Tips for a great sunrise photo shoot:
1. arrive early. I typically like to start shooting about 15 - 20 minutes before the actual sunrise time. On clear days the sunrise can go from beautiful colors to super bright in a matter of minutes. You don't want to miss that most gorgeous portion of the day, so I always suggest being ready to go early.
2. Sunrise on Sanibel also happens to be the best time of day for shelling. Keep your eyes open for those grand shells that washed up overnight. It also makes for the sweetest photograph when the kiddos find the best shells. This little guy spotted a few that we had to stop and collect along the way. My assistant is always happy to be the shell holder or if you want to bring along a shelling bag we can always make shelling part of the photo shoot too!
3. Sky colors tend to be more pastel. Consider outfits that compliment a faded soft background color. I love how the white and blue that this family selected was just enough contrast to stand out yet still looked great against the sky colors.
4. Plan to end the photo shoot with fun, casual candid pictures on the beach. Towards the end of the shoot the sun will likely be pretty high in the sky. That is a great time to pull out the beach toys and let the kids play in the sand. Those candid photographs of the little ones just doing their thing, collecting more shells or building a sand castle can be a very real moment that will also be cherished.
And there you have it! My best advice for making the most of a sunrise family photo shoot. If you are interested in having a photography session for your family on the beach I would love to talk with you more! I offer my professional photography services from Sanibel to Naples and would love to inlcude your family in my portrait schedule! Let's talk more about how we can make your beach pictures extra special!