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After several years of postponing trips and rescheduling family outings, beach trips have finally been on the rise giving everyone in the family a chance to bond over good food and some coastal fun in the sun. If you’re planning a family beach trip soon, why not schedule some time to get a few family portraits taken together? It’s the perfect way to capture a moment in time while everyone’s on the same schedule enjoying each other’s company on a much-needed vacation. Alabama Gulf Shores has some of the most vibrant ocean water you’ll come across. We also have beautiful pearly white sand that’s perfect for creating the perfect family beach backdrop for your next photo session.

A few of our recommendations for your next beach family photoshoot are to first, stay away from going onto the sandy dunes. While it might be tempting to find the perfect photoshoot spot among the dunes, having people walk all over them tends to damage the beach grass and plants inside the dunes which protect the inland and everyone living on the coast from large swells and tides. We also recommend finding matching or coordinated outfits for everyone in the family that way you can get a beautifully cohesive and visually striking photo of everyone by the water. We love the look of an all-white family portrait where everyone wears a crisp white outfit that contrasts beautifully against the dunes and the ocean water. For your next trip to the Alabama Gulf Shores we have a couple of wonderful photographer recommendations, Shore Shooters Beach Photography, and Sun Shots Photography.

Joy & Laughter Photography –


My name is Rebecca Smith and I have always had a love for photography and started Joy & Laughter Photography in 2009.  The name came from my daughter’s name, Abigail, which means joy of the father, and my son’s name is Isaac, whom laughs. Images will outlive us. I love capturing families and creating lifetime moments we will never get back. Thank you for trusting me with these memories that will last a lifetime. 

Shore Shooters Beach Photography – Expanding in 2010 and now thriving in over 16 beach towns across the coast, the skilled and visionary team of photographers from Shore Shooters calls themselves a network of creatives passionate about beach photography. They are consistent with ongoing training and know exactly what to do to get the best lighting and grab that perfect shot. They are very transparent about costs on their website and create a fun environment where they take many candid’s and posed shots that you’ll get to see in as little as 2-3 days. Check out their blog page where you can learn more about the families they’ve worked with and the photos that were taken for their sessions.  Shore Shooters takes photos for couples, families, and weddings.

Sun Shots Photography – Sun Shots Photography is a full-service photography company that specializes in family beach portraits.  Since 2001, the husband-and-wife team (Maggie and Ryan Caver) have worked hard to build their brand from the ground up. As active members of Professional Photographers of America and the local Chamber of Commerce, Maggie and Ryan consistently strive to be better in their industry and what they offer to their clients. Not only are they sought-after photographers, but they are also certified print masters and work hard to give you a perfectly edited and retouched collection to look through. Sun Shots Photography offers family beach, seniors, couples, engagements, and wedding photography.