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.

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  1. These kiddos are Precious! I Love the sailboat in the second one. Looks like a place I would want to be!

    Comment by Jennifer Erickson — January 2, 2009 @ 8:53 pm
  2. Love the pics of the kiddos in the water! Adorable 🙂

    Comment by Kriea — January 5, 2009 @ 8:57 am
  3. Cute kids. You captured them well!

    Comment by Alfred — January 9, 2009 @ 9:38 am
  4. I have a very similar photo of my son running on the beach like this one here – I love it!

    Comment by Andi — January 16, 2009 @ 5:03 am
  5. These images are truly amazing. Keep up the great work!!

    Comment by portland oregon wedding photographer — September 30, 2009 @ 5:14 pm
  6. Those last two photographs of the boys at the beach in the water are great, but the one on the left is priceless! Hopefully that one is printed REALLY big in someone’s home someplace!

    Comment by Jay Crihfield — October 1, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
  7. I love the expressions and innocence of these children, two images is not enough! Love them.

    Comment by Photographick — October 1, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
  8. Great article and the childrens portraits are excellent. Lets see some more from these kids!!

  9. I love the image with the two kids in the surf with the boat in the background. Did the boys starting kicking water at each other?

    Comment by Wedding Photographers in Kent — November 13, 2009 @ 8:18 am
  10. Its really hard to take photos of children because you have to adjust to their mood and energy levels. That’s why I adore these pictures. The kids’ carefree life was captured in these photos.

    Comment by Meg — November 26, 2009 @ 9:26 am
  11. There’s nothing cuter than kids being kids at the beach! Love the “not a care in the world” feel to the images.

    Comment by Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer — January 25, 2010 @ 10:57 am
  12. These are great photos, they bring back memories of when my kids were small and ran around on the beach. Lovely!

    Comment by Steve Shipman — February 13, 2010 @ 7:24 am
  13. Very lovely work, as always! Well done 🙂

    Comment by James Brown — February 26, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
  14. Lovely images – can just see them start splahing each other!

    Comment by Vciky O'Brien Kent Wedding Photographer — March 2, 2010 @ 12:21 pm
  15. Great work! I wish we had beaches like that in Alaska!!!

    Comment by Brandon- Anchorage Wedding Photographer — March 3, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
  16. Cuuuute!! Let them play and make sure you play with them. 🙂

  17. Beautiful. Not only are these timeless images, the parents must love them!

    Comment by Kim Noel - Philadelphia Photographer — March 22, 2010 @ 2:13 pm
  18. I absolutely love those last 2 photos. Those kids are adorable. You have such great emotion captured in your photographs.

    Comment by Ian Gattie - Photographer — March 25, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
  19. Very nice photos. I appreciate the tips on photographing on the beach.

    Comment by destinbrides — May 26, 2010 @ 7:17 pm
  20. Another technique I use to photograph kids is to make funny faces and gestures at them. It can be a tad exhausting … not to mention a bit trying on one’s multi-tasking skills … but the reward you get afterward is priceless.

    Comment by Sabrina - Stillwater Children Photographer — June 25, 2010 @ 2:21 am
  21. You really captured some adorable shots. I especially love the moment with the two children in the second photo 🙂

    Comment by Grand Rapids wedding photographer — November 2, 2010 @ 4:39 pm
  22. Love these photos! Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Kircher — April 27, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
  23. Love these photos! The kids look so much happier. These are way better than any posed photos I have seen.

    Comment by Pompano Beach — March 8, 2012 @ 10:34 am
  24. If that was my child in the first image, it would be on a giant canvas in my living room. Great moment. 🙂

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