On the Rocks: A Family Beach Portrait Session in North Carolina

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The local beaches near Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle frequently have features that are interesting to incorporate into beach portraits. For example, the rock jetty at Fort Macon State Park can be a great place for casual poses. Other interesting features include sand dunes, fishing piers, driftwood and beach houses. In the dunes, wading along the shore or on the rocks, beach photos are best when they look casual and natural.


Familiar beach features like this rock jetty at Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach North Carolina, make great locations for casual vacation photos.

This slab of rock was once part of a jetty that protected the beach along Beaufor Inlet.

Let ‘em Play! Tricks to Capturing Great Beach Photos of Kids

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Capturing photos of kids on the beach can be frustrating for both parents and photographers. They’re full of energy and curiosity, seldom having any interest in posing for the camera. Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing. If it’s been a few hours since their last meal, or if they missed their nap, getting them to cooperate can be a challenge. Many times the best course of action is to just let them play and frolic on the beach. This approach frequently nets me some of my favorite images. So the best plan is to get a few safe, posed shots in the bag then let “em play!”

A young boy splashes in a puddle on the beach at Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.  What a lovely vacation memory from a Bogue Banks visit.

Two boys play in the surf while a ketch passes through Beaufort Inlet in the background.  Another great beach vacation memory from NC's Crystal Coast.

Welcome to Photos at the Beach! Specializing in NC Beach Portraits.

Family portraits on the beaches of Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and other Crystal Coast Locations.
Photos at the Beach specializes in beach portraiture for families, children, teens… pretty much anyone seeking a location portrait on North Carolina’s beautiful beaches.  Located along NC’s Crystal Coast, sometimes also referred to as the Southern Outer Banks, Photos at the Beach serves all the local beach communities.  I also offer location photography in the area’s waterfront communities.  I offer a number of portrait collections with something to fit most budgets.  Family photos made during your vacation make for great memories. Look around, enjoy yourself and check back often.  New pages and information will be added along the way with frequent additions of posts with tips on getting great beach photos and highlighting recent sessions.  Also be sure to stop by my primary website, R. D. Decker Photography

Photos at the Beach serves the following Crystal Coast communities and attractions:

  • Atlantic Beach
  • Pine Knoll Shores
  • Salter Path
  • Indian Beach
  • Emerald Isle
  • Cape Carteret
  • Swansboro
  • Newport
  • Morehead City
  • Beaufort
  • Harkers Island
  • Fort Macon State Park
  • Tideland Trail, Croatan National Forest
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
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