Vacations are amazing for all the obvious reasons; you are away from work and household responsibility. Going to places you have always wanted to visit or live. Scedules do not matter and fun is the only agenda.
One growing trend I see every year is families hiring me for a family session while they vacation by the ocean. Often these are families who do not live by the Atlantic or Bay of Fundy. The request for location is always by a local beach or by the rocks in St Andrews.
The tricky part is timing the session! For those of us who live by the water, we know how quickly a beautiful sunny day can turn grey as the fog rolls in and temperature dips. Therefore, setting expectations and having flexibility can be key for scheduling a great evening for a photo shoot.
For myself, I will ask how long my clients will be in the area, and we coordinate schedules and set 2 dates: one for rain/severe fog backup. I watch the weather and radars and if it looks like a chance of rain we will reschedule but will still go on if there is overcast.
When planning the wardrobe it is also smart to dress in layers. It can get cool quick on the water (which is awesome if you want to escape the summer heat!). Plan to wear clothing that your family can play in and have fun.
Planning months in advance is also advisable as those summer sessions get booked quickly!