My name is Ute-Christin I am originally from Germany but moved to the US about 11 years ago. I fell in love with photography in 3rd grade developing black and whites in the darkroom. I founded my own business about 3 years ago and one of my favorite subjects is my almost 3 year old daughter Maya.
Shooting at the beach:
One of the most important things to consider when planning a beach session is definitely the sun! There have been countless times where I told clients of mine that we could not have a beach session at 12 noon. When I told them why, and got all technical on them, I noticed just how obsessed I am with getting just the right light!
I usually schedule my beach sessions right around sunset time, but most of my clients have young children and sunset is usually right after “witching hour”. So a good alternative is early in the morning. When I say early, I mean early. In the summer, the sun rises between 5 and 5:30am and when I tell my clients to meet me at 6:00am, I get the same “no way” response as when I suggest a sunset session. Even though young kids usually like to get up early it is a different story to get everyone ready and out of the house by 6:00am.
So what do I prefer? Cloudy or “sunless” days! You will get the best light all day long. You do not really have to worry about the harsh midday sun, and even if your session is at 9am, you still have a nice cushion of clouds between you and your subject.
For this series of images, we were in Florida, and I actually made sure all of us were down at the beach by 6:30am (the sun was rising just before 7am that day). We got to the beach and my daughter was super grumpy (photographer child syndrome as I like to call it). The sun was not up yet, but I could see the light peeking through the sky. It was a beautiful light, just like the type of light you would get on an overcast day. I started shooting and I really liked the atmosphere I captured with my camera. It was a bit moody, yet very romantic at the same time. The sun rose quickly and the beautiful sunrise light was now surrounding my daughter and giving the sky this magical glow that you only get very early, right before sunset, or on cloudy days. She quickly lost interest, but her attitude actually helped make this one of my favorite beach sessions to date. I love shooting at the beach and while I like to sleep in, the light you get just before and right after sunrise makes it all worth it.