Point Pleasant Beach, NJ is one of my favorite places to shoot family portrait sessions.
Every year I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot family portraits for a number of great families at this beautiful beach.
The best part about shooting at Point Pleasant beach from the photographer perspective is the number of unique places that we can find just within a few blocks.
Of course there is the beach itself. If you live in this area, the beach is probably a huge part of your life. I know while I was growing up, it was where I wanted to be as much as possible. So for a lot of families, the beach is a meaningful spot. It conjures up memories of childhood, family vacations, fun, excitement, maybe romance, and a lot of other great experiences.
It’s also one of the few beaches in NJ that maintains palm trees right on the beach itself!
But that isn’t all that Point Pleasant has to offer.
I love shooting family photos on the boardwalk. Whether your kids are young or old, they probably love the boardwalk. Games, rides, arcades…all great locations for fun portraits that are often overlooked by many photographers that just go for the same old posed shots. That’s not my style at all.
I want to make sure we capture the real emotion, excitement, and personality of the kids (and the adults too). You may not realize it at first, but your most treasured photos hanging on your wall will be the ones you never planned. Places like the boardwalk, the games, and the arcade are perfect places to have some fun, maybe win a big stuffed animal, and create some great images to decorate your home for many years.
So here are a few of my recent family portrait sessions from Point Pleasant Beach.
If you would like to learn some more about a family portrait session, feel free to contact me HERE and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
An Epic Sky
During this shoot there were some dramatic storm cloud rolling in. We weren’t in any danger of getting rained on but they provided a great backdrop for the photos.
It also helped that this family was very well color coordinated. They weren’t dressed identically (which is a good thing) but they all looked good together in blue. That color works good for beach photos since it stands out from the sand.
When the sky conditions are like this or if there is a particularly nice sunset (or sunrise if you are an early riser) then I tend to shoot more wide angle “environmental” portraits like many of the shots you’ll see in this gallery.
An Unexpected Swim
This shoot was a lot of fun (and not just for me)!
Shortly after we got one of my favorite shots of the summer, the whole family walking away into the pink sunset, one of the twins decided to go for a swim. A wave came up and soaked him from head to toe!
But undaunted, we continued the shoot and were able to get a lot of beautiful images even after the “wave incident.” Some of which are currently hanging in their home in the form of some very large canvases.
This just goes to prove that the most unexpected situations can sometimes turn into great opportunities.
Check back soon as I add some more of my favorite family photography sessions from Point Pleasant Beach!