Bear Lake family session

What does a single family session at the beach get you?  Lots of hugs and smiles.

I only have a few weekends available in September and October.  If you’ve been wanting to book family photos at Bear Lake I would love to meet with you.  Shoot me an email and we can make some plans.

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Bear Lake families at the Beach

You really should visit a Bear Lake beach at sunset.   I would describe it as calm, peaceful, quiet and the perfect setting for family photos.  I’m truly honored to photograph this multi-family group for a second time.  They were game for anything I wanted them to do.  And I love the images we created.


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Why meet in the evening? | Bear Lake Multi-Family Photography

Now after discussing why we should meet in the morning, I also want to list the benefits of meeting in the evening as I do love photographing near sunset.

Why meet in the evening?

1- The beautiful glowing light.  I love the mood, I love the feel of it.  I love how the air feels quiet, and settled.  The evening is a peaceful time and sets the mood for the session.
If we’re meeting at the lake, the water glimmers at sunset and it’s lovely visually.

2- Another good reason to meet in the evening is there are fewer people on the beach the later we meet.  People who’ve been there all day have gone home for dinner.
Which means less people I have to clone out of the background.  And less people watching us.  lol

3- If the wind is gusting then the later we meet the better chance it will die down.
Both these groups had wind problems at the time of our appointment, so we met an hour later and it worked great.


4- After sunset we can meet in the shadow of the mountains and avoid the heat of the day. This gives us consistent lighting, no surprises and we’ll have soft even tones on the faces.
This is great for groups that don’t want to be in the sunlight.

So if your group doesn’t mind being out late, or if your group wants a specific look to the photos, then evening sessions can give us some beautiful results.

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Why meet in the morning? | Bear Lake multi-family photography

Last year I met 46 multi-family groups and it may surprise you that 2/3 of them chose to meet me in the morning.  Most photographers consider the evening as the best time to take photos to catch the golden hour.  It’s dramatic, and lovely, and definitely a time I love to photograph.  But for large groups, it might not be the most practical.  I’ve found that for multi-family groups, mornings do work great.  If I’m lucky it will be cloudy and will diffuse the morning light so lovely.  Some locations we can find shade.  But a lot of the times I am shooting in sunlight.  And while it might not be the most ideal lighting, I try to make it feel as less harsh as I can.

So why 9am?

1- Getting photos done in a resort town, when it’s the peak season means we will have lots of other people around, especially at the beaches.  I’ve found that meeting in the morning is our best chance to beat the crowds at the lake, most of the times.   I’ve only had a couple times when there just wasn’t any space on the beach to take photos.  Those happened in July.

2- Another good reason to meet in the morning are the kids.  They are fresh and ready for the day, and hopefully more cooperative.  Mornings don’t interfere with nap times for babies.  Everyone is fed.  No one is tired from a long day of fun.
Also, since the sun sets so late in the summer, a good evening time for photos at Bear Lake is 7:30 or 8pm.  Many times this is past kid’s bedtimes, and for some used to other time zones, this can be way past their bed times.  A single family may be up for photos in the evening, but a group of 40 generally are not.

3-  Get it done at the start of the day.  That leaves the rest of the day for other activities that you won’t have to interrupt.  I also recommend getting photos done on one of the first days of your vacation before everyone is sunburned.

4- Weather at Bear Lake-  If the wind picks up bad, it’s usually in the afternoon.  We do deal with breeze and wind often, but the really bad stuff, that makes taking pictures impossible, has happened to me in the afternoons.  A couple times I’ve had to move the photo shoot inside, and luckily they had a large room we could gather.  Other times the family chose to wait an hour and try again later which worked.  The wind was less intense. But I’ve never had very bad weather in the morning.

If morning sun light is too harsh for you, I do know a few shady spots we can meet.  It won’t be by the lake, but we can be out of the sun.
We can even meet in the shade of the place you are staying.

So large groups have to lean towards what is most practical and easy to pull off rather than being sticklers on meeting around sunset.
It takes being flexible on what works best for the whole group.  And most important its about being together.

I hope I didn’t talk you completely out of doing evening shoots, because if you don’t mind the late hour, we can make some really magical photos.
So look for my post about “Why meet in the evening?”

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Paris Ice Cave | another fun place to explore at Bear Lake

Paris Ice Cave- located up the canyon from Paris, Idaho, about a half hour drive from Bear Lake.

Its a unique place to climb, explore, and play hide & seek with the kids.  Don’t forget to bring your jackets and flashlights, and your common sense.  There are no rangers or workers there, and no cell service.  And sometimes, no one else is there but you.
Explore with caution and care.




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