If you are an engagement or wedding photographer, it is widely believed that beach shoots are, by far, the hardest shoots to pull off. Not only are you battling unflattering sun glares, harsh shadows, and out of control winds, but the salt air can have an effect on the image quality and lenses and camera bodies don’t typically react well to sand. Looking back over my work on beaches, there aren’t many shoots at stand out to me as “good enough.” That was until this past August when I photographed Daill and Jimmy in multiple locations in Normandy Beach. Not only did we photograph on the beach in the late afternoon, but we also photographed during a beautiful sunset on the bay from the comfort of Jimmy’s family beach home complete with grass, a bay beach, a hammock, and one of the prettiest darn trees I’ve ever seen so close to a body of water. As if the shoot wasn’t already destined to be a success, Daill hired one of my amazing friends, Deb with Waverley & Grand Event/wedding design, to incorporate amazing prop design into the shoot. On the beach, Deb created a Titantic-inspired design that Daill and Jimmy could interact with and back at the bay, she rolled up her vintage VW bus and strung candle-lit glass balls into Jimmy’s favorite tree. After a successful night of shooting, Deb and her team departed but I got to stay and drink a pina colada (or three) and sit with Daill on the bay beach while Jimmy sang us songs and played his guitar. It was such an amazing experience sitting there and learning all about how the couple met while the bay lapped at the beach and a full moon shined in the sky. Only a few hours later, we were up again and back at the beach, this time Daill dressing in white for a breathtaking sunrise session. The entire experience was one I shall never forget and I simply cannot wait to see his couple again this Friday for their wedding!! I love you guys! Congrats again Jimmy and Daill! To see the beautiful layflat book that I gifted the couple, scroll to the very bottom or click here! For more work from this jersey shore engagement photographer, click here.