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Everything you want to know about Cape Cod Beach Photo Sessions

We're in the middle of the hard core winter, yet you're starting to dream about the warmer weather. You can feel your feet in the sand, the kids enjoying the cool breeze while playing in the water. I hear you!!! My heart is in summer already, I can close my eyes and SMILE going through our Cape Cod family memories. That place is EPIC, magical. I pinch myself that we have it is SO close to Boston. I would drive much more for my summer love. Today I'll pour my heart sharing why I love this location for family portraits!

Why is Cape Cod a signature destination for beach family portraits?

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Yes, that's me with my family at the Cape. I preach by example, my soul needed memories in my happy place. My soul wanted so badly what I create for my clients. It was a dream come true, I have these memories displayed all over my walls at home.

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The Sand

Discovering what the sand looks like at my favorite Cape Cod beach was such a wild dream. The first time I saw this sand, I felt beyond inspired. So much, that to this day my personal favorite Cape Cod portraits doesn't include water. Can you believe that? it's a paradise.

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Even when the light is almost gone, that sand inspires the gods. As a photographer I feel in heaven and kids go crazy exploring the beach. I've had families book me minutes after I posted the photo below, mom was craving memories surrounded by this signature sand. I get it and share their love!

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Comforting Cuddles & Snuggles

Some Cape Cod beaches allow for HUGE open sand fields on low tide days, this means that there are less crowds. This allow for kids to be kids and run wild, for parents to let the guard down and enjoy, for Dads to not feel pressured or under the microscope. Craving low tide does limit the amount of beach sessions I can host at the Cape, but for me it's 100% worth it and non-negotiable. ATP is all about the experience. I want you to have the best sunset experience, no pressure, just joy. 

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The Cool Breeze

This is another plus, even in lovely (I say lovely because I just ADORE summer and would never judge the heat) hot summer afternoons, there is a cool breeze that makes you smile. That breeze allows for the most epic movement in dresses. Movement adds personality to your portraits. I crave for windy days at the beach, it's just THE perfect prompt to create magic.

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More than 1 beach

This is the best part. Beach sessions take place during sunrise and sunset and the Cape allows for BOTH type of sessions! We have breathtaking beaches that face the sun east and west. The alternatives are tons, everything within a doable drive. How about this gorgeous portrait with the boat in the background? 

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It's the experience worth the drive?

For me it is, yet I'll drive with my family for ours chasing epic sunsets. If you're spending summer at the Cape and you're sleeping there, then there is NO DOUBT that beach portraits at the Cape will be your dream come true.

If you're driving just for the sunset photo session, then it can be tiresome. It all depends how adventurous your family is. My husband and I LOVE family road trips, we don't mind driving at night, that's when we can actually TALK tons... haha... the kids collapse in the back and we have hours to bond. That's our thing! The bright side is that sunset sessions END after sunset, that can mean dinner time or ice cream time! Grabbing some food and driving back to Boston is 100% doable with good music in the car, I did it ALL summer last year. I drove to the Cape just to photograph families at sunset :)

If you are CRAVING family memories at the beach yet you don't see how to convince your significant other to drive back and forward, I have GOOD NEWS. There are amazing alternatives to the Cape that are a short drive from Boston, a beach session will be totally doable on a weeknight after work. 

At the end of the day, regardless of the beach location, your experience will be EPIC and your memories will bring happy tears today and a decade from now. All the sessions are with me (super yay!), you'll have my heart and passion in Duxbury, Gloucester, Cape Cod, or Newbury. Pick the destination that works best for your family and the magic will happen! My twin's beach session took place in Duxbury and it was magical!

I can't wait to capture your family's essence this year. Beach sessions are the best investment, you'll have the most breathtaking and epic memories that will live in your heart forever. You'll have ART created with your family's story.

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