Gracie * Sunrise Senior Portraits at New Smyrna Beach *

Apparently it’s Fall (I’m not totally convinced), so before the Summer is too far gone, I want to share with you Gracie’s sunrise senior portraits at New Smyrna Beach! Gracie was a TROOPER. She got up at 5:00 AM to get ready and meet me at the beach, an hour away from Orlando. It was so worth it though, because we had the softest, most glowing golden light. This kind of light is just not possible in the middle of the day, so that’s why I always recommend shooting at sunrise or sunset (unless of course, the rain changes our plans!).

I love that Gracie wore an all white two-piece outfit for her first set of pictures. It looked so great with the soft, golden light, her long blonde hair, and glowing skin! I may have made her twirl a couple of times :) Every outfit that Gracie chose looked so great on the beach. I loved her long dress that she purposefully picked out to wear in the water. It was perfect! I’m a big fan of your outfits making sense with your surroundings, which is why I always offer to consult with my clients on wardrobe before the shoot. In my opinion, it doesn’t look good in pictures when someone is very formally dressed, and in the middle of a field or at the beach. Those two things just don’t match up, and don’t look natural. Instead, fabrics that move, ripped jeans, and no shoes makes a lot more sense at the beach or in a natural setting, like a field or woods. If you DO want to dress up for your shoot, I suggest going somewhere that fits the formality, like an urban background somewhere downtown, or a nice venue.

One of my favorite parts of the shoot was that Lily, Gracie’s sister, helped her get ready for her sunrise senior portraits at New Smyrna Beach! How sweet is it that she woke up at 5AM for her sister’s senior portraits?! She even braided Gracie’s hair into the coolest side braid, and it took all of about 10 minutes! I took Lily’s senior pictures a couple of years ago, and they are still some of my most favorite and unique portraits to date (check them out here).  I knew Gracie’s pictures would be just as great, and it was so fun for me to capture both of the sisters together. After they left, I may or may not have taken a quick dip in the ocean! Needless to say, it was an early, but great morning.

To book your own sunrise (or sunset) senior portraits at New Smyrna Beach, click on the “Get in Touch” button at the top of the page. You can also email me directly at lucy@lucymacleishphotography.com. I would love to take your senior portraits!

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