Best Locations for Beach Photography in Hampton Roads, VA
With over 112 miles of coast, there is no shortage of beach front in Virginia! Fortunately for us, much of it lies within Hampton Roads, and easy driving distance for a portrait session. Having specialized in beach session for over 5 years, I know them well! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite locations for beautiful beach photography in Hampton Roads.
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach
Sandbridge is a popular vacation spot for families, and especially for big family reunions. I shoot many extended family sessions on Sandbridge Beach every year. The beach is similar north to south, all lined with dunes and beach houses. Pretty much anywhere along Sandbridge beach is suitable for photography, but I love the area just south of Little Island Park for it's seclusion. Little Island Park itself is fun for a bit of variety, with the colorful condos and pier adding interest to the backdrop. It can be more crowded though, especially around holiday weekends. My least favorite area to shoot is the main drag at Sandbridge Road and Sandpiper, near the grocery. It's often crowded and the power lines detract from the sunset skies.
North End, Virginia Beach
I love shooting at the north end of Virginia Beach, which is residential. It is more secluded than the touristy boardwalk area, but still only about a 15 minute drive from most boardwalk hotels. In the summer months, I avoid shooting in the boardwalk area as it is just too crowded with foot traffic, trash cans, banners and other distractions. Parking can be tricky at the north end as many streets don't offer on street parking and enforce towing so it is best to plan ahead, especially in peak summer months.
Fort Monroe Beach, Hampton
I love shooting at Fort Monroe because the beach is easy to access and the fort, just across the street, offers some awesome architecture and unique textures to add lots of variety to any session. The beach is smaller than the others, but the rocks add visual interest and there is always plenty of nearby parking. Sometimes crowded in summer months, I prefer to shoot here off season or on weekday evenings.
These are just a few examples of some of the best beach locations available for photography sessions in Hampton Roads. Whether you are interested in engagement photos, family photography, senior portraits or the perfect spot for a beach wedding, there are tons of choices and I've only touched on a few. There are many more options to explore, so check back soon for more of this location series. Coming next...other awesome beach locations, urban sites, historic landmarks and more!
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