Shooting at the beach!!

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    There is something about shooting at the beach. I started thinking about this because today it is raining, and has been for about the past 2 days here in Central Illinois. I think the reason I find it an experience to shoot at the beach is because not only is it challenging, but it is relaxing and fun at the same time. Well also if you get to hot you can also take a quick dip in the water to cool off. DO NOT FORGET TO BRING SUNSCREEN. I have forgot and have regretted it and head to go home and soak in lukewarm water in the tub for several hours. Also another tip bring a towel, if the model forgets to, atleast you have one!. Also make sure you bring some clothes like a swimsuit for yourself that you are willing to get wet in to get the best shots because you will be in wet sand, and even sometimes in the water too. Also make sure you have your camera strap around your neck and quick reflexes because the waves can become tricky. If you are someplace like Lake Michigan also realize the water is cold!! Only stay in for 5 to 10 minutes tops along with the model. Then you can move to the warm beach and shoot the sand photos. I try to watch the weather before a beach shoot to so even if it is warm atleast we have blue skies. If you have blue skies you have blue water and it makes for a much prettier shot!!. Be careful also obey the warnings if they say do not go in water due to riptide, IT MEANS DO NOT GO INTO WATER!!! you do not want to put your life on the line!!!. Make sure you are not to far from a car or shelter to because even though the day seems nice it can turn nasty really quick. I was on a shoot with Miss strawberry, and the day started out beautiful, and suddenly Dark clouds rolled in the lighting started to flash so we left quickly to our car. Needless to say tornado sirens went off not to long after. Lake Michigan is actually not a lake it is scientifically considered an inland sea and will create its own weather patterns quickly sometimes without warning. the shot you see above though is with a model Hunny Bunny and was a perfect day but the waves were massive so we did not go into the water much due to that!!!. These are just a few tips for shooting on the beach hope you enjoyed this blog, and if you want please do not forget to follow me!!!