Dunedin Family Beach Photoshoot

The brief for this photoshoot was to photograph them as they are.  Love it! These gorgeous girls ran free across the beach and had a great time.  I had to work hard to keep up ;-).  I enjoy the free-roaming nature of these shots and the late afternoon leaned itself very well to the silhouette styles.  One of my favourite places to photograph families is on the beaches around Dunedin.  There’s something very natural and fee about photographing on a beach. I also find that children are particularly relaxed when running around on a beach.

The Beach

Smails beach is a very well known local beach which is tucked away in Tomahawk, Dunedin. There’s plenty of sand on a wide stretch of beach with minimal homes high above. Not to mention, large sand dunes of a variety of sizes and shapes which provide an excellent backdrop for any type of photo session. There are many exposed rocky points that beach goers can climb over but waves sometimes crash hard on the rocks so if you have little ones, you should be careful.

We played in the sand and water and honestly, felt like we made memories in just the matter of an hour as the sun went beyond the dunes.

Family beach photoshoot in Dunedin

I believe it’s so important to document each season of life when kids are growing up. Everyone says kids grow up so fast but really it’s staggering how quickly they grow. You’ll want to remember each little piece of each stage as you look back. How they smile, laugh, hold onto you, their first wobbly steps, and all their sweet little details.

There are so many that I love from the session, I honestly can’t believe it was only a mini session! It’s practically impossible for me to shoot only a few photos once I get going! Here are some of my favorites below…I can’t wait to see which image makes the family Christmas card!


Here’s a great article from istorytime that outlines the benefits of having family photos.

If you are interested in seeing more of my images of family photoshoots, please look at my gallery here.


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