Our Family Beach portrait sessions include up to 60 minutes of beach portrait photography with multiple configurations and a mix of groups according to your needs. We are patient and will work with your family to provide all the poses you want within your session time.

We have several locations on the sea islands along the South Carolina coast that have been selected for the best mix of clean beautiful beach and dunes for a wonderful setting. Chose from Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach to capture your family beach vacation. 

All our sessions are professionally light with location lighting to enhance the natural beauty of the beach setting. Anyone can buy a camera and call themselves a photographer. Only professional photographers understand how to balance artificial light with daylight to provide studio quality images in the beach setting. Richard Ellis teaches advanced lighting and advanced location lighting at the Art Institute of Charleston and knows how to create beautiful images in challenging conditions. 

A beach session is only $250 for the first eight people and includes online proofing of your images with 72-hours of the session. A beach session includes formal and casual group, couple, family and individual portraits on the beach. If time allows we will also shoot candid shots of the children playing etc. 

We also offer candid photo sessions at all times of the day of your family having fun at the beach shot in photojournalistic style capturing the essence of your beach vacation. During this session we follow your family and children around for 30-45 minutes getting shots of them playing in the waves, having fun on the beach and interacting with family and friends. There are no formal poses only high quality, professionally shot family vacation photos capturing the moment in time. This is the perfect way to have memorable photos of your family vacation. A candid session is $250 and can be scheduled at anytime during the day. 

Our proofed images are color corrected and cropped and ready to purchase at your convenience in our online gallery. We do not make you come into the studio to waste your vacation with a high pressure sales session. In additional to our affordable online print service you can chose to purchase custom retouched prints or canvas artwork for your walls and we ship to any location. If you wish to purchase the digital negatives and rights to print on your own you may purchase all the high resolution images ready to print on a thumb drive for only $250. 

Call or email today to book your session with Isle of Palms Beach Photography – Family Beach Photography Charleston SC - 843-327-2773.



Complete Pricing is as follows:

  • Family Beach Session (up to eight people) $250

  • Family Group of 9-14 people $300

  • Large Group Fee (more than 15-24 people) $350

  • Group 25+ $400

  • Disk of images with rights to print $250

  • Candid Family Session $250

  • Off Beach Fee $100

  • Travel Fee for Kiawah, Seabrook and Pawleys $100

Photo Print Prices:

  • 4x6 - $ 8.00

  • 5x7 - $12.00

  • 8x10 - $17.00

  • 11x14 - $35.00

Custom Retouched Prints & Canvas

  • 11x14 Canvas - $225.00

  • 16x20 Canvas - $399.00

  • 20x24 Canvas - $499.00

  • 20x30 Canvas - $599.00

Custom Retouched Photo Prints

  • 8x10 - $ 35.00

  • 11x14 - $ 65.00

  • 16x20 - $120.00

  • 20x30 - $225.00

Contact us for other sizes, framing or matting. 


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