Planning Your Session

Julie Hodgson Fripp Island Photography
Some Clothing Suggestions
Keep your clothing simple and coordinating. Avoid loud or busy patterns and large logos. White dresses, skirts, shorts look striking! Khaki works wonderful because it is lightweight and men can wear pants, shorts and girls and woman can wear the same with skirts added. Jeans are a timeless choice and they are great for casual pictures although on Fripp it is pretty warm on the beach! The lighter colored ones are the best. Lighter shirts on top give the pictures a more casual and brighter look. Darker shirts give the portrait a more serious and thoughtful feel and tend to be the focus instead of the beach environment. Not everyone has to wear the same color shirt, but you can match if you'd like. For reunions some families have each chosen a different family pastel color shirt with khaki or their jeans. Different shades of pastels look wonderful. Pinks, light blues, yellows, light greens! Coordinating colors are very nice and add interest and variety without being too busy. The barefoot look is casual but not necessary (wear shoes out to the beach as the sand can get warm!)

Young Children
For children choose outfits that fit well without a lot of "growing room" For infants that are sitting, lying down and not standing on their own, avoid overalls unless they fit tightly as they tend to shift and cover you baby's adorable face. Gum as a treat doesn't work as it tends to show up in the photograph, a snack is great but make it something that is eaten quickly.

Things to Bring if You Wish
  • Hair brush
  • Barrettes
  • Head band
  • Hair spray are insurance for the beach breezes
  • Bottle of water
  • Tissues for runny noses
  • Small towel to brush sand off
Try not to put lotion on your legs and arms as sand tends to stick easily to the moist area Folding chair- if someone in your group may need to sit while the rest of the family is getting their pictures made (the session is around 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the group being photographed)

A Word About Cameras
If you want to bring cameras to the session please keep them put away until I finish with your portrait session. Many times what happens is children/family members don't know which camera to look at therefore no one gets a great shot! Also it interrupts the flow of the session- I try to keep everyone moving and try to capture impromptu pictures in-between the posed shots.

Best Time of Day for Photography
On Fripp Island we have a beautiful beach with rolling Sand dunes and Sea Oats. I like to get pictures with the dunes, sea oats, and ocean behind you! Also a few down by the water bare foot and casual. The best lighting is in the morning 1-2 hours after sunrise and evening 1-2 hours before sunset. That would mean 7:00 -9:00am or 5-7pm ideally (Although I will be available for you at the time of your choice) The morning is best for a few reasons…children are in a better mood, not tired out from a long vacation day at the beach/pool (teens will get up and gladly go back to bed after the session! You then have the whole day ahead of you for golf, fishing, beach, pool and don't have to get everyone together around everyone's busy schedule. The sand is cooler and the wind isn't as strong (we get strong on shore breezes as the sun sets)