Based in Howard County, Maryland, Christina Tundo Photography serves all the definitions of family within the DMV area, preserving the authentic moments, both big and small, that you want to hold onto forever.
This summer, my family and I spent some time on the beach in Delaware. As our trip (and summer) came to a close, I wanted to capture a few portraits of us on the beach to celebrate. This particular beach has such beautiful sunsets, so I knew that I wanted it to be in the evening one of our last nights there. Honestly, this beach is special to us too. Rocco and I had portraits done ten years ago with our family as newlyweds. It’s definitely special to be there now with our kids capturing these Delaware Beach family photos.
But, lest you think everything was sunshine and rainbows for our family photos, I want to assure you: it was not. Honestly, photographing your own family is stressful. It’s why I typically hire photographers to capture us. It’s better for everyone – believe me. But, since we were on our trip and I really just wanted a few photos of us to document this summer memory, I went for it. It was a great time to practice some of what I learned at BreAnne Weston’s workshop. Until it wasn’t, ha.
Our family portraits on the beach were definitely not the easy breezy session I wanted. The final results were worth it – but I just want you to know, if you think your family session is going poorly – it was nothing compared to this. First, Rocco was being attacked by flies. That bite. The whole time. I’m not sure why they wanted him, but they did. Needless to say, that didn’t help his mood.
I also didn’t bring my tripod, so I had to place my camera on my camera bag to be able to get in the frame. What was I thinking? I love my Canon R6 because of it’s interval mode – it allows me to do self-portraits like this. But, this was not well thought out. And if that weren’t enough, my camera battery was low so we were moving super fast. It died by the time the kids started playing in the water. But, at least it was my family and not a client!
Even with the challenges, I just adore these images.They tell our family’s story in a place that’s unique to us and special for our family history. I will always treasure this crazy night on the beach. Not to mention, it will always serve as a reminder of why portraits are so important to me. I hope it’s a nice reminder for you, too!