Beach Photo Inspiration

(photo of our local Pensacola Beach shared from Innerlight Surf Shop)

Ahh the beach! Such a beautiful and inspiring place! Which makes it a favorite location for family photoshoots. And then comes deciding what to wear in beach photos. We have so many beautiful beach-appropriate options to make your beach photos THE BEST!

Boho Inspired:
Dress: Tea Princess Dove Skirt and Top Set
Flower Crown: Audra Flower Crown

Photo by Chasing Orion with Grace

Whimsical Tee-Pee

What could be more fun than a beach photoshoot with your best lady loves?!

Tea Princess Alouette
Tea Princess Pink Vanilla
Tutu du Monde Celestial in Orchid
Flower Crown: Miss Stevi Marie Olive Leaf Flower Crown

Photo by DAL Photography

Mommy + Me
Nellystella Monica Dress in Periwinkle

Photo by Lindsey Friar

Rustic & Golden
Dress: TTDM Harvest Tutu in Mocha
Cape: TTDM Queen B Shrug in Gold

Photo by Chasing Orion with Grace

Mint + White Delight
Skirt: TTDM Frozen Waltz Skirt
Top: Tea Princess Dove Top in White
Flower Crown: Poppy Loves Jade Neutral Silver Flower Crown

Perfect Sunset Hues
Dress: TTDM Marie Antoinette in Rose
Crown: Miss Stevi Marie Cherry Blossom Flower Crown
Dress: TTDM Palace Dress in Rose
Crown: Flowers Lovers Pink Succulent Flower Crown

Sunset Mama and her Tribe

Tutu du Monde Fontaine Dress
Tutu du Monde Rainbow Reef Tutu 
Tutu du Monde Sophia Tutu Dress 

(Photo by Jaiden Photography)

Hawaiian Dream
Nellystella Fiona Dress in Peach Melba
Celestial in Orchid
Garden Angels in Blush
Nellystella Peach Dress in Peach

(Photo by Island Heart Photography)

With so many great options, you really can’t go wrong! We even have a category specifically inspired by the BEACH to browse right here!

All About Styling from My Four Hens Photography

Five Tips for Styling your next Family Session

by Sarah Cornish of My Four Hens Photography

Maybe you have had your session booked for weeks or even months. You have put so much time into looking for the photographer that suits your vision (and your family) best. After pouring through Pinterest images and various blogs, you are excited for your family photos! All is good…except now you have to piece together a wardrobe for your entire family, and youʼre feeling a bit overwhelmed at the prospect. It happens to the good majority of my families and in my experience, itʼs the Mama that takes on the majority of the planning and in turn the majority of the stress. The truth is styling is one of things that we underestimate. When we are fawning over all of these gorgeous family photos on the internet, itʼs easy to miss the fact that itʼs a huge culmination of so many different things. Yes the locations are great and the connection is there and the light may be dreamy, but your clothing pulls it all together. It is the quickest way to really personalize your session and make sure that your own personal style shines through.

1. Ask for help. Seriously. Donʼt be shy. You arenʼt being a bother. And if you are, you may want to rethink your photographer. In many cases, your photographer will even have a simple guide or reference to help you along your way. This guide typically may include their favorite shops and stores, ways to mix and match clothing or tips to help make your life a bit easier. In any case, your photographer is more than happy to accommodate you. In fact, they want to put you at ease so the experience is enjoyable. In addition to that, clothing really can help set the tone of the session so knowing you are happy with what you are wearing is only going to heighten your images and make them that much more beautiful. You donʼt have to do this alone.

2. Look at your Photographerʼs website/blog/social media accounts for inspiration. If you look closely at how clothing is matched and paired together, you will have a good jumping off point. Create your own mood board with ideas on Pinterest. This will help you get a sense of your own likes if you are still figuring that out.

3. Location matters. Really look at where you are shooting and consider things such as the climate and if you are going to be warm or cool enough. Does the style of clothing really flow with the backdrop youʼll be using? Even something such as footwear makes a difference. If you might be doing a bit of walking, certain footwear is going to be miserable even if those heels are really cute. You also want to make sure the materials are not itchy or scratchy, especially on children. Take my word for it, you will hear about it the entire time. You want to look good but you also donʼt want it to be all about the clothes. They are an accessory. Your family are the stars of the show, not your husbands slacks.

4. Keep it timeless. Avoid anything that dates your clothing. Logos , Cartoon Characters and even neon clothing can really be distracting. I also recommend keeping everything cohesive and staying in the same color family without being too “matchy.” For example, wearing all white shirts or identical outfits will make it seem like you have a family “uniform” instead of really showing off all those beautiful personalities and what makes your family special and unique. I even recommend that you get your children into the planning. Give them an option or two and let them pick one thing in their outfits (you can give them choices that you have already prescreened so that you have some control.) This will help get them excited too! Even if itʼs a hair bow, piece of jewelry or a pair of shoes. If you are overwhelmed and need a good foundation, look at mannequins and groupings in stores and how they put clothing together. Start with your favorite color or a pattern that really catches your eye and go from there. If you love flowers, maybe a floral pattern on your dress or if yellow is your jam… find something yellow.

4. Treat yourself. Buy that dress you have been eying. It doesnʼt have to be expensive, but you deserve to feel beautiful. Consider the way you move in your outfit and how it makes you feel. That is just as important as how it looks. Get your hair and your nails done. Sometimes even beginning with your outfit and styling everyone else around that is the jumpstart you need to feel inspired. As a side note, the one thing I would strongly recommend is if you do get your hair or make up done for your session, be sure to go for a practice run first. Having your hair and make up done hours before your session and then finding you donʼt like it can make you insecure and dampen the entire mood of your big day.

Ultimately the styling is a huge part of what will make your photographs pop. Good styling will also inspire your photographer and in part make stronger images. Donʼt forget at the end of the day though, nothing trumps the love you have for your family and you never want your clothes to wear you. This should be fun… until itʼs time to dress everyone. Good luck with that.

All photos by Sarah Cornish of  My Four Hens Photography 

Rainey’s Dress: Tea Princess Seaglass Dress in Teal from Rainey’s Closet 
Crown: Poppy Loves Jade Natural Mint Flower Crown from Rainey’s Closet
Erica’s Dress: Auguste the Label 

Guest Blogger: Shalonda Chaddock from Chubby Cheek Photography With a Letter For Moms

Photo by Chubby Cheek Photography

Dear You,

Yeah you, the pretty lady sitting here reading this.  You probably landed here by some mindless naptime scrolling or because you were killing time in carline or maybe waiting for soccer/volleyball/basketball practice to be over.  Well, I can promise you, you were meant to read this!

“Maybe next year”

“Let me lose 10 lbs. first”

“No I don’t have anything that fits me right now besides yoga pants”

All things I have said or thought!  All things I have been told or written in an email.


I know as mommy’s we live in the every day, we spend 24-7 in the trenches.  We are there for the princess band aids and the icky muddy fingers…we see our children at their best and at their “not-so- best” ha…we have days where we feel like the superhero, Miss America and Super nanny all in one.  Then we have days where we can’t remember the last time we actually took a shower, our hair is in yet another not so beautiful messy topknot and we have on yoga pants that haven’t been to yoga, EVER!  SO this little letter, it’s for YOU!  When was the last time you were in pictures with your babies?  Okay, okay, so that was a trick questions ha!  The truth is, that you cannot ever have enough pictures of your babies and they won’t ever have enough pictures WITH you.

So make “NOW” happen, make TODAY the right time!  You see you’ve been there, you’ve been there for the sleepless newborn nights, the tantrums in the middle of Target, and maybe like me, you are there now, as your daughter no longer needs to hold your hand when you cross the street.  Or you are there now as your son inches taller and taller to be able to look you in the eyes.

This one is for HER… so she looks back at these images in 20 years.  I promise you she won’t see the arms you wish to hide but the safety she felt in those arms.  These are for HIM… so that he will always know that no one will ever be able to love him as much as you do.  This is for THEM, they won’t see the wrinkles on your face they will see the smile that instantly made them feel at ease.

I know you will have a million excuses for why today isn’t the right day for this type of session for you, a million reasons why you just can’t do it now but let me tell you from a mother to a mother who HAS SAID ALL OF THOSE THINGS TO MYSELF and learned the hard way, tomorrow NEVER COMES…TODAY IS YOUR DAY…this is the time you need it the most and I promise you, heck I pinky swear with you that you WILL NOT REGRET THIS!  Take a deep breath, pick up the phone and schedule a special session to capture YOU loving your babies, so that they don’t just know it but so that they will always be able to see it.

You in 15 years

Photo by Lindsey Friar 

Check out some style inspiration for Moms from our Founder Erica! 

Brands we love: 

Auguste the Label
Fillyboo Maternity
Spell Designs
Free People
Leah Maria Couture

Just shoot us an email ( with a photo of your dress and we’d love to help you find the perfect coordinating outfits for your littlest (but biggest) fans!

Coordinating outfit inspiration to rent from Rainey’s Closet for your little ones:

Don’t forget: Moms MATTER!!!