Tybee Island Sunset Portraits

May 3, 2021

Filed in: Engagement

Is it just me or does this spring season feel extra good? Maybe it was the salty ocean air? Or the incredible island sunset? Or the fact that life has begun to take a more normal turn, post-Covid? I was jumping up and down at the chance to photograph a gorgeous couple during sunset on Tybee Island, Georgia while visiting last month.

tybee island engagement photo

I don’t always work–there’s some play too.

As a creative freelancer, it’s always a challenge knowing when to block off time for fun and relaxation. Fortunately, one of my best friends lives in Savannah, and I was able to hit the town with her, get pedicures, catch up over wine and delicious food and take a couple of boat cruises at sunset. It was the getaway I needed to refresh and focus on some deeper business planning before things got super busy!

Tybee Island gave us the best sunset!

My favorite evening on the trip by far was meeting Summer & David. We decided to capture their ocean sunset portraits at Tybee Island–can it get any better? The weather was just perfect that day; warm and comfortable with a gentle breeze, and it made the session feel even more seamless. The water on the beach was cold, but they ran into it willingly to frolic about, and it truly brought out the playfulness in their personality. Don’t you love these candid shots of them dancing in the water?

I couldn’t think up a better location for this couple. The ocean backdrop really matched their style–flowing and natural. They are both incredibly easygoing, open and fun, they made me laugh so many times. I really admired the ease they displayed in just being real with each other. David loves music, and Summer loves to dance. They bond over their love for celebrating life and it was a wonderful reminder for me to turn on more often. They were such a refreshing, creative couple and it was a delight to capture them in their element.

Let’s avoid those stiff awkward portraits, shall we?

One pervasive challenge photographers experience are stiff, awkward photos. Hence, the reason I urge my couples to have an engagement session before the wedding. It’s a chance for us to get more comfortable, and I can coach you through poses while making it all look very unposed. For example, I asked David to whisper something into Summer’s ear and he asked “Want to get wings for dinner?”, my mind went to straight to tacos, but, sure, wings are tasty too! It brought out the best smile from Summer though, and I think those shots are some of my favorite from that evening.

I hope you love these photos of Summer and David’s love just as much as I do. Maybe we can get your own portrait session on the calendar while I’m out traveling! Here’s a list of the upcoming locations I have availability to schedule sessions for: Iceland, East & Central London, Paris and South France, Chicago, DC, NYC, and Denver!

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