Sunset Family Photos | Naples, FL
Sunset is such a magical time to photograph in Naples, FL. The only catch is you have to time it right. Since the sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico you don’t want to be on the beach till about the last 30 minutes of sunset. Before that the sun can be very harsh, casting strong shadows and highlights on your subjects which is not very flattering. If you end up getting a more cloudy day for your session then this will be less of an issue.
For this session, we had little to no cloud coverage so we arrived at the beach about 45 minutes before sunset and spent the first 15-20 minutes photographing around the beach entrance. Lucky for us Naples has wonderfully manicured beach entrances which are generally full of thick green vegetation which is not only beautiful but also provides an amazing backdrop for photos shielded from the harsh afternoon sun.
Here are a few tips if you are thinking of a sunset family session on the beach:
- Remember the sun can be harsh during sunset, so pick a location that has a shaded area nearby so you can get the most out of your family photos.
- Even though the light is the prettiest during the last 30 minutes of sunset, you also get a magical 10-minute afterglow once the sunsets for photos.
- If you have young children (under 4) they can be memorized by the sand and water, so plan to have the must-have images taken before stepping onto the beach.
- Sunset is much earlier after daylight savings (Sets around 5:45 pm) till the beginning of March when we turn the clocks forward. So if you have young ones or want to take advantage of having an earlier photo session, plan to have your images taken between November and March.
I had such an amazing time working with these three on this sunny October afternoon. The light was beautiful and their spirits were full of smiles as we enjoyed each other’s company on the white sand beaches of Naples.
If you and your family live in Naples, FL, or are traveling to Southwest Florida this year and are looking to have your moments with your family documented please reach out and I will be happy to send you availability.
Are you living or visiting Naples, Florida with your family or extended family? Consider booking a session with me while you are here! It’s a great way to document your time together with your whole family, including pets and older siblings. If you have any questions about how to get started? Get in touch! I’m always happy to guide you in making the best decision for you and your family.