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How can you take better pictures of your baby at the beach?


How can you take better pictures of your baby at the beach?

Now that we’re on holiday, it’s the perfect time to spend time with the family. And if you have a baby or toddler, there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures of them. Is your destination the beach this summer? You can take advantage of these happy days to take pictures of your baby at the beach. They’ll have a lot of fun, while you’ll keep a nice souvenir of those days, which they’ll also enjoy when they’re older.

No matter if it’s your first child or the family is bigger, the first time a baby discovers the beach is a great adventure, both for him and for you. To capture all those moments and keep them forever, here are a few ideas on how you can take better pictures of your baby at the beach. Also take a look at our general tips post for taking pictures at the beach.

How can you take better pictures of your baby at the beach?

The time of day is important for the light and protection of your baby.

This advice can be applied to babies as well as children and adults. If you photograph someone at the beach at lunchtime, you will get a portrait with half-closed eyes and very hard shadows. On the other hand, if you choose to take the picture at sunrise or sunset, the light will be much softer and your baby will feel more comfortable than in strong light. And you’ll also be able to capture the beautiful colours of the sunset in the sky. But don’t forget to turn off the flash!

If you’re on a beach with trees nearby, or if you have an umbrella big enough to create a large shadow, you can place your baby under it to take a picture. Just make sure he is completely in the shade to enjoy even light. And it’s important to protect your baby from the sun, so don’t forget to put a hat and sunscreen on.

Use water in your composition for photos of your baby at the beach.

You can make very interesting compositions if you use water as a background for your photo. Not to mention that it will give depth of field to the picture, for a 3D rather than 2D printing.

If you want to take a fun picture of your baby, try having him or her sit in a place with a little water, like a puddle left by a wave. You can lower the angle at which you take the picture so that half of the image is water. Let your baby play with the water and take as many pictures as you can when he or she splashes in the water. The more pictures you take, the more likely you’ll get a fun one. But make sure the puddle isn’t too deep – your baby’s safety is paramount.

Read More : 10 tips for photographing your family

For more natural photos of your baby at the beach, let your baby move spontaneously.

When taking pictures of your baby at the beach, you’ll tend to want to attract his attention all the time so that he fixes the camera lens, but sometimes it’s more natural to capture a specific reaction or other type of behaviour to get a better picture. You can simply leave it on a towel or on the sand and let it move. You’ll get, as we said, more natural images.

Take a dive picture to give it perspective.

From an artistic point of view, photographing underwater offers a unique perspective for the viewer. It is an interesting point of view because it is original.

Not to mention that this point of view of your baby gives a sentimental touch as it will reflect the way you see him or her in general, throughout the day. And it is when you are least aware of it that you will look your baby directly in the eyes or worse, looking up to see his head! So it’s a nice memory to preserve that special perspective.

Feel free to show your hand stretched out towards the baby in the picture, highlighting the way she is holding on. Symbolically, this can tell a lot and when you see the picture much later, you will surely be moved.

Use reduced depth of field to attract attention

In order to be able to centre the image on your baby, we advise you to use a reduced depth of field. If you don’t know what it is, you can refer to this article. Basically, it is to give a blurred background. To do this, you’ll need to open the lens diaphragm quite a bit to get more light in. On a very sunny day at the beach, this can be problematic. To achieve a better adjustment of the amount of light, you can use an ND filter to block some of the light reaching the lens.

Observe your baby’s details at the beach

If your baby is discovering the beach for the first time, it can be a great experience for him, and seeing his reactions and capturing them with all his emotion will become a beautiful memory. You can focus on the details of how your baby interacts with the beach, for example, by observing how he puts his feet in the sand or by noticing how he touches the waves and with what expression he does it. It’s true that details can count for a lot in your baby’s beach experience.

Don’t forget about the fun in your baby’s beach photos.

To give your baby’s photos at the beach a fun touch, don’t neglect the entertainment side. Why not include something in the picture? Objects that we are used to taking to the beach often have striking colours that can give a special touch to your image: towels, balls, toys for playing in the sand, etc. You can, for example, wrap your baby in a towel or take a picture of him or her when he or she is completely immersed in his or her play.


When you have a moment to consider light, composition, perspective and detail, your ordinary photos of your baby at the beach will become extraordinary. And you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take spectacular pictures of your baby. Just apply a few tips on beach photography and test it until you get the results you want. You’ll have precious memories of your holiday with your baby so that you can look back on them over time.