Outer Banks Beach Portrait Session | Corolla NC Vacation | Sunrise

In the summer on the Outer Banks we are early risers! We love sunrise sessions! Sunrise on the Outer Banks beaches displays some of the most beautiful soft light ever! Perfect for that golden glow for your outer banks beach portrait session. We loved these photos so much! This little family of 3 was the perfect subject for such an early morning in Corolla, NC Definitely check out some of our favorites from their outer bank beach portrait!

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Outer Banks Beach Portraits | Family Beach Portraits in Nags Head North Carolina

I am so in love with these outer banks beach portraits at Coquina Beach in Nags Head, NC! You never know what type of sky or weather you’re going to get during your family beach session, but this night in Nags Head did not disappoint! We dealt with wind, rain, and a gorgeous blue sky marked with the most stunning rainbow! Definitely check out these images from one of our more recent Outer Banks Beach Portrait sessions!

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Outer Banks Beach Portraits | Bringing Your Pets to the Beach | Outer Banks Family Photography

Today we’re talking about our favorite 4-legged friends and their roll during your Outer Banks beach portrait! We know it’s tradition for many of you to include your pups in your outer banks family session and we couldn’t be more stoked to be photographing them! I am personally a huge dog lover! If you follow my Instagram account @sarahdambraphoto you’ll find that while I’m all business and photography on my posts, my Insta stories are practically a play by play of both of my dogs at home each day! We love dogs and we LOVE having them accompany us during our outer banks beach portrait sessions. Here are a few tips to help you out if you’re thinking about brining your fur baby to the beach!

  1. VACATION HOME! Make sure you vacation rental is pet friendly! There’s nothing more frustrating than having to bored your pup here on the Outer Banks because you forgot to check if dogs were allowed in your rental home. Management companies are tuff on this rule so definitely do your research first!
  2. ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS! When bringing your pup to the beach make sure you’re aware of how hot the sand can be on their paws! Always carry them closer to the water if you can to make sure they don’t burn their precious little paws! You’ll also need to make sure you provide shade and water for them! The best rule of thumb is to KNOW YOUR PET! And when enough is enough bring them back inside to cool down 🙂 This is another advantage to shooting an hour before sunset — the heat isn’t nearly as intense as it is earlier in the day. This makes it great for your family and your pets.
  3. LEASH LAWS! Each township has different leash laws regarding dogs on the beach so make sure whatever town your in you’re abiding by those laws! This is also extremely helpful when bringing your pet along for your beach family photos. It’s never fun starting off your session after having had to run a mile down the beach to catch your dog! Always bring a leash!
  4. TREATS AND TOYS! It’s super helpful for us if you bring your own treats! In the past we provided them, but it just seemed like more and more often we were running into pet allergies, special diets, etc.. so we feel it’s best that you bring your own and we’ll happily give them out while we’re shooting your outer banks family session! Their favorite ball or squeaky toy isn’t a bad idea either!
  5. BEACH COMBERS! There are also far less people around on the beach during golden hour. If your dog doesn’t do so great amongst crowds of strangers then all the more reason for you bring them along for your session during that time in the evening.
  6. LEAVE IT TO US! We’ll make sure we get them to look! It’s best if you guys focus on us and let us get your dog’s attention! We’ll also make sure we get plenty of candids of them hanging out with their favorite humans!

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Outer Banks Beach Portraits | Family Portraits | Nags Head, North Carolina

It’s January! And here I am writing a blog post about Outer Banks Beach Portraits. You’d think it’d be way too early to start talking about those, but it seems like our inquiries and reservations start earlier and earlier for family beach portraits each year. I wanted to share a few things as we enter 2019 on how to prep your family so that we can provide your group with the best outer banks beach portrait experience. Here are a few tips!

Keep in mind that we only photograph beach portrait sessions early in the morning or 1 hour before sunset. This is so the we can offer your family the absolute best lighting for photos. You have to remember there is NO SHADE on the beach whatsoever, the unbelievable number of rainbow umbrellas and beach tents lined up on the beach that can’t be magically photoshopped out, the heat and humidity can be unbearable, the squinting, the sweating, the sand sticking to you… sounds like a recipe for disaster right? These are just a few of the reasons why we insist on early morning (sunrise) or later in the evenings! The light is soft and pretty and the bulk of your beach combers have retreated for the day.  As a general rule, summer beach portraits are ideally shot around 7:00PM (depending on the month) We know this can be SO hard on your little guys as many of your kids have early bed times! So here are a few helpers to help you get through the evening beach portrait session:

  1. Don’t run your kids ragged the day of your photography session! ( I COULD NOT POSSIBLY STRESS THIS ENOUGH!) An all-day-beach-day in the heat and sun probably isn’t the best idea if you want happy smiles and good attitudes at 7:00PM.
  2. Plan ahead and NAP THEM UP! Trust me, you’ll want your little guys to be well rested so that way we can can shoot their photos first and get them out of the way incase we have any unplanned meltdowns! We always shoot the sub families with the most temperamental kids first (immediately after the large group photo) for this very reason!
  3. Bringing snacks or your kids favorite treat isn’t a bad idea either!!

This is YOUR investment, and we want this to be a fun and enjoyable experience for your family while you’re on vacation! With that being said: Leave all of your personal cameras and cellphones back at the vacation house! You won’t need them! Remember you’ve hired us to take the photos! And a big part of your beach portrait (once the formalities are over) is for us to be able to candidly capture you family at their most vulnerable and real selves… We won’t be able to do that when 6 people in your group have their cell phones or personal DSLR’s in their hand.

And finally the last thing I want to touch on is the type of photos we take and the overall flow of how you can expect your outer banks family portrait session to play out!

  1. Formalities first! (always!) We will always start with the traditional large group shot first! After that, we’ll break your group down into the individual sub families and shoot each of those.  And like we mentioned before, those of you with the youngest or most temperamental kids will go immediately after the large group photo!
  2. What we cover! You can expect us to photograph the traditional large group photo, the individual sub families, just the kids, the grandparents and the kids, (really whatever formal grouping you would like us to arrange) and then finally the last 20 mins of the session we photograph your more candid photos.
  3. Dunes, then water! The last thing we want is one of your kids to get wet before the session is over or before we’re ready for those photos. So we always work our way down from the dunes to the shore line.
  4. Finally the candids! Once our formalities are over we slide right into the candids! This is a variation of anything from walking down the beach, the kids playing or running, sand castle building, splashing, laughing, or just general silliness. You will find that we do often step in during this time as it’s important to us that you always look your best (and unfortunately candid and natural isn’t always photogenic) so we’re here to help prompt you look like your most natural self 🙂

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Outer Banks Beach Portraits | Family Photography | Nags Head, NC

Another wonderful summer of Outer Banks Beach Portraits is upon us! Today we are stoked to be sharing this family beach portrait session from Nags Head, NC. We love shooting outer banks beach portraits at Coquina Beach access because of the natural dune line it offers! Hitting this spot at sunset is perfect, but it’s also a great location for a morning session as well. Definitely take a few minutes to check out this stunning family at their outer banks beach portrait session!

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Corolla North Carolina Family Beach Portrait Photography | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Outer Banks Family Beach Portrait Session in Corolla North Carolina

We are loving our casual and laid back family portrait sessions! And we are so incredibly thankful to our sweet families who trust us so much to capture the essence of their gang while on vacation! We are in Corolla 3-4 days a week and we are loving those beautiful scenic Outer Banks beaches. Defiantly check out a few of our favorites from this beach portrait we photographed a few weeks ago in Corolla NC!Corolla NC beach portrait photography outer banks beach portraits

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Corolla North Carolina Family Beach Portrait Photography | Beach Portraits OBX | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Outer Banks North Carolina Beach Portraits

So happy to share one of our sunrise family beach portrait photography sessions with you! We love shooting on the Corolla beaches! This family was awesome awaking up at the crack of dawn to get their sunrise beach portraits in on this beautiful morning! Here are a few of our favorites! Don’t forget to get your family on our 2017 summer calendar!

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Outer Banks North Carolina Family Beach Portrait Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Outer Banks Beach Portrait Session in Rodanthe, NC

We absolutely loved working with this super sweet family down in Rodanthe, NC.  Can you feel the love between them? When you think vacation on the Outer Banks, think family!! The stormy and grey skies didn’t hinder these guys one bit and we really enjoyed working with the natural elements that Rodanthe provided for their perfect Outer Banks beach portrait experience! We are so looking forward to possibly working with these guys next year! Take a look at some of our favorites!! ENJOY!

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Outer Banks North Carolina Family Portrait Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Outer Banks Maternity Session at Coquina Beach

Seriously such a stunning couple and such a stunning maternity session! I loved hanging out with these two a few weeks ago while shooting their Outer Banks maternity photos. Coquina beach in Nags Head is the PERFECT location for any evening beach portrait session, it’s one of the main reasons we consistently choose this spot for family photos. Don’t forget to follow us on our Instagram @sarahdambraphoto for more summertime fun on the Outer Banks! Here are a few of my favorite images from Emily’s Outer Banks maternity session. 

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