4 Reasons To Book Amazing Family Photos At The Beach

The beach is great year round for family photos, with Spring Break already around the corner, now is the perfect time to reserve your portraits! As a Key Biscayne beach photographer, I can’t love this location more. It’s a stunning choice for your next family photoshoot.

Oh by the way I’m participating in a blog circle with some amazing photographers this week, scroll to the bottom to find the link!

4 Reasons To Book Family Photos At The Beach This Year

  1. Family Photos with the Cape Florida Lighthouse in the background

The state park includes Cape Florida Lighthouse & an easily accessible beach that is stunning for family photos at the beach. You’ll have a variety of location options on the shoreline, with the lighthouse, in the dunes, and in the lush tree line. Whether you’re local to Miami-Dade or visiting for vacation, this is a great location for portraits.

  1. Fun day at the beach

Family photos at the beach are meant to be fun! As your photographer, I know it can be a tad awkward being in front of a camera, but I promise I will make the session as easy as possible for everyone. I’ll give parents prompts throughout the session for posing and play to ensure a gallery full of smiles. And when kids need a break, they will have all the space they need!

  1. Make a day of family photos at the beach and end the evening with a date at Rusty Pelican

You’re all dressed up with hair and makeup, you might as well take advantage of & end your day with a delicious meal at one of Miami’s most iconic restaurants. Rusty Pelican is known for its elegant waterfront setting and floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of Key Biscayne & downtown Miami. Pop in for Happy Hour or enjoy the view for a bit with one of their many delicious dinners.

  1. Check family photos off the to-do list early this year

Annual family photos at the beach are the best way to document your family through the years. Avoid the added stress at the end of the year and prioritize family photos in the Spring to check it off your to-do list early and enjoy ordering your holiday cards with ease in October!

Don’t forget extended family photos are available too! Grab your whole family and get photos for everyone. We can photograph each family individually, entire family together and of course all the generational photos you’d ever want! Don’t forget to get an album after to document these extended family photos at the beach forever.

Let’s meet at the beach and document your beautiful family.

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Hi there and thank you for stopping by! I’m Melissa, owner of Melissa Arlena Photography, a family photographer specializing in young and growing families in South Florida. I hope you found my “Miami Maternity Photography Session” feature I shared today to be helpful. If you are interested in talking with me more about booking a maternity session, let’s connect! Not quite ready, but know you want to keep me in your back pocket? No problem! Follow me on Instagram and let’s be friends!

Melissa Arlena is an award winning South Florida Master newborn & maternity photographer. She offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style. Her clients love that not only do they get digital files from their session but artwork to display in their home. She is happy to design custom wall art galleries to show off your favorite photos! Be sure to check out the Nov 21 issue of Inspired magazine to see a feature on Melissa and her work!

Melissa serves Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties including: Boca Raton | Cooper City | Coral Gables | Key Biscayne | Miami Shores | Palm Beach | Palmetto Bay | Parkland | Pinecrest | Southwest Ranches | Weston

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  • Kristie LloydFebruary 6, 2023 - 6:57 pm

    So beautiful! I soooo wish I lived closer to a beach so I could have this as a regular location for my clients. These are such great ideas to make the most out of it!

  • MollyFebruary 6, 2023 - 9:56 pm

    Post-photo dinner (and perhaps a cocktail or two!) is the perfect incentive for a less-than-excited spouse – what a great idea!

  • CourtneyFebruary 7, 2023 - 10:49 am

    Beautiful work! Now I want to go to the Rusty Pelican!! 🙂

  • VirginiaFebruary 7, 2023 - 11:39 am

    That lighthouse…I mean.  So dreamy!!!  Count me in!

  • Jessica HendricksFebruary 7, 2023 - 12:45 pm

    Melissa, these images are beautiful! These are such great reasons to have photos done at the beach! 

  • brittany olanderFebruary 7, 2023 - 2:19 pm

    I miss the beach! Minnesota in January is vey un beach like 🙂

  • Michele Quattrin | mQn PhotographyFebruary 9, 2023 - 4:06 pm

    I love all your reasons for having family photos at the beach.  I might have to schedule something one of these spring breaks myself!

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