Why would you
want to do your session at the shore?
One of my favorite places to do photo sessions, any kind of session, is at the shore! When you live in New Jersey you must call it the shore, but it is also known as the beach!
The shore is my happy place and it is for so many people as well! Families spend all year waiting to visit the shore for a week or two! So when they have their feet in the sand, ocean breezes blowing their hair...they are happy!
It makes for happy memories and the perfect time to get photos done!
I travel up and down the Jersey shore from Long Beach Island down to exit 0, Cape May!
Every beach offers a little something different. Most want to be where they have a sentimental attachment and others want to have different scenery in their photos!
This blog is to show you the different areas of the shore and the different sessions you can do while you are at the Jersey shore!
Lets start with some of the beaches along the shore that are great for sessions!
Long Beach Island
Long Beach Island is a long thin island north of Atlantic City. This is a shore town with no boardwalk or casinos. At the north end of the island is the Barnegat Lighthouse and a nice park area. The south end of the island has high dunes and a narrow beach area. It is a pretty beach!
Brigantine Beach is just over a bridge from Atlantic City, Nj. This is a wide beach which has views of the casinos on the south end. It is a big, pretty beach with dunes and sea grass. I have done sessions on the south end which is a quiet end. In the middle, where some hotels and beach restaurants are, it is a little busier. This area has dunes, light house stands and pretty trails that lead down to the beach area.
Atlantic City Beach
Atlantic City is about 57 miles from Philadelphia, south on the Atlantic city expressway. Atlantic city has a boardwalk, amusement rides, and casinos. The beach runs along the whole stretch of the boardwalk. There are many places to do sessions in AC. The boardwalk is fun with the lights, games and people. The Casinos have fun spots that make great backdrops for photos. The beach area around the steel pier has dunes and paths with fences and sea grass. The pier makes for a fun backdrop plus it looks neat to catch the waves roll in underneath the pier.
Ocean City Beach
Ocean city, New Jersey is one of my favorite beaches. I have been all over the island and this area has a lot of different back drops! The north end of the beach is quiet and has rock jetty's that make a nice prop in photos. The middle of the island has the boardwalk. The boardwalk can make a nice backdrop with the games and amusement rides. At 14th street is the fishing pier which I love to use. It is a popular spot in the summer for photos. The rest of the island is a mix of dunes, sea grass, paths to the beach, lifeguard stands and boats. The shore changes every season so I am always finding a sweet spot each year that is different from the year before!
Sea Isle City
Sea Isle city beach is very quiet . The beach in sea isle changes every time I am there. It gets a lot of beach erosion when there are storms or rough surf. The beach is nice and wide and has lot of dunes. The paths leading to the beach are pretty. In the center of town there is a gazebo and walkway which offers a different look to photos.
Avalon and Stone Harbor Beach
Avalon and Stone Harbor beaches are beautiful. I wish I had more sessions on these beaches. The beaches are wide and have dunes with sea grass. The south end of the island near Stone harbor has a nature center which has some neat views of the shore line. You can catch some pretty sunsets at the southern end as there are no buildings that block the view.
Wildwood, New Jersey
I have a love/hate relationship with wildwood, NJ! I love the light house at the north end of wildwood., Hereford lighthouse. It is one of my favorite places to do a session! The gardens at the lighthouse are beautiful. It also is right near the beach so we can do photos in the gardens then walk down the seawall and take photos on the beach. The middle of wildwood is where the famous boardwalk is. This boardwalk has lots of games and a huge amusement park. It is also fun to use that as a backdrop in the photos. There are also very big dunes with sea grass which I love to use. Now the part I don't like...the wind!!! It is always super windy in wildwood. Not so much at the lighthouse but in the middle of the island it is crazy. And the beach is very busy and very wide! For those reasons I recommend early in the morning or as close to sunset as possible so that the beach isn't as crowded and sometimes the winds aren't as strong.
Cape May beaches
Cape May beaches are tied with Ocean city as my favorite places. I have loved Cape May for many years and always enjoy visiting the area. Cape May has so many places to use for photos. There is Cape May state park at the south end of the village which has the lighthouse and nature reserve. At the very end of the island is Sunset beach. The beach is pretty with pebbles and dunes and the sunset is gorgeous there. In the center of town are all the old Victorian houses. Walking through town with the old homes in the background is always fun. Cape May also has a few winery's which I have used for engagement sessions and there is also the Cape May Zoo. The zoo is a fun family place which also has a park with trails.
Now that you know the beaches along the jersey shore.....lets talk about what kind of sessions you can do at the shore!
This is by far the most popular session at the shore.
I love doing these extended family sessions! We start with the large group then do all the smaller family groupings. This is the perfect way to capture a moment in time with everyone together!
I love doing engagement sessions and love them even more when they are done at the shore!
What a more perfect place to do a maternity session than at the shore!
Senior sessions are so much fun and they are even better at the shore! I love the casual feel of the photos.
Yes, newborn sessions! Baskets, pails, boats and even surf boards!
These are available in Ocean city, Atlantic city and Wildwood. The games, lights, ice cream and cotton candy memories!
That is the why, the where and the what of doing sessions at the shore!
These sessions are very popular and the summer season books up very quickly. But...don't think shore sessions are just in the summer time! I love October, November and December at the shore! We can make any time of the year work!
See you at the shore!!
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