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You gotta admit it, beaches are almost always a great location if you’re looking to do a couple photoshoot. 🏖️

And with Canada being home to some of the best coastlines in the world, finding a scenic spot is never that hard. 

However, the location is only one part of the equation, there’s also the photoshoot aspect, which, let’s face it, plenty of couples aren’t always used to being in front of a camera.

But that’s exactly where we come in! Because in this article, we’ll teach you our favorite beach couple photoshoot ideas, as well as some tips and tricks to get you more camera-ready.

So go get your sunscreen, and we’ll get started right away!

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1. Golden Hour Glow

When it comes to our favorite couple photoshoot ideas on the beach, the golden hour easily tops our list.

Between the colorful sky and the magical glow it casts in the water, it’d be super hard to find a more dreamy location! If you’re looking for simple but classic poses, go for a simple embrace, face the sunset together while holding hands, or sit and ponder side-by-side.

2. Casual Stroll

If you want something candid and “in-the-moment,” why not take a casual stroll with your partner near the water’s edge? While walking, you can even have small talk, share a laugh, or simply enjoy the moment together. Between your natural movement and the beach’s serene backdrop, we can already picture those IG-worthy shots!

3. Seaside Picnic

Hey, who says you can only do picnics in parks? If you and your partner are up for it, a seaside picnic is also one of our favorite beach photoshoot ideas for couples.

Simply spread a cozy blanket on the sand, and share snacks and refreshments with each other. Not only does this provide plenty of good opportunities for laid-back and natural moments to photograph, but you also won’t feel hungry afterwards, and that’s always a good thing!

Pro-tip: burp, it’ll make your partner laugh… or it won’t. 🫣

4. Visit The Dunes

Here’s one of our more unique beach couple photoshoot ideas: visit the sand dunes! People always think of beaches as places where the sand meets the water, but we think the dunes are also a great spot. You don’t even have to do much here, simply run down them while your photographer captures plenty of candid movement and smiles from the both of you!

You can also use wide shots to isolate your silhouettes. Either way, it’s a great way to throw in some variety in the mix.

Some notable sand dune locations you can find in Canada include the Athabasca sand dunes in Saskatchewan and Ottawa’s Pinhey sand dunes.

Taking photos in a boat is also a great beach couple photoshoot idea.

5. Turn Around

Here’s another idea for a beach couple photoshoot: turn around! Instead of taking photos with the water in the background, switch places with the photographer and face the water instead. This way, all of the light bouncing from the water will go towards you and the sand, adding plenty of color!

This is especially great if the only beaches you have access to are smaller ones where there’s not a lot of room to play around in the sand.

6. Dip In The Ocean

Alright, time for a dip! You’re at the beach already, so how about splashing some water on each other? This gives your photographer plenty of opportunities to capture fun and spontaneity in the photos, just make sure you don’t end up splashing their camera too!

Either way, it’s a great way to make your shots look more “carefree.”

7. Hammock Haven

Once you’re done playing around in the water, you can also cozy up with a hammock between two palm trees, all the while letting the sea breeze sway you gently. Then, to add some romance and intimacy, you can also snuggle up with your partner while just enjoying the view… or each other’s eyes.

8. Slow Dance

If you’re looking to add elegance in your tank of beach couple photoshoot ideas, consider having a slow dance near the water. Do a twirl or hold each other’s hands while swaying slowly, and you’ll find yourself naturally smiling and glowing that you’d start thinking “why didn’t we do this sooner?” That’s romance right there, folks.

9. Beach Bonfire Romance

Once the sun has set down and the chill has started settling in, opt for a cozy beach bonfire with your partner. You can even go the extra mile by sharing a warm blanket and roasting s’mores together, all while the photographer captures the intimate atmosphere between the two of you.

Of course, we recommend giving some of those s’mores to your photographer too (especially if you’re working with us at PhotoKings.ca, we’d really love those s’mores…)

10. Surfboard Sweethearts

Are you the adventurous type? Or do you simply want to add some beach culture into your couple photoshoot? Either way, posing with a surfboard is an easy way to show people how #cool you are.

Whether you’re simply holding it upright or taking some shots in the water (waves not mandatory), doing so will add a playful and adventurous element to your photos together!

There are plenty of ways to take great couple photoshoots by the beach.

Tips For The Best Beach Couple Photoshoot

  • Timing Is Key – If you want to take advantage of lighting at its most “magical,” opt for a beach couple photoshoot during the golden hour, which can be either early in the morning or during the sunset.
  • Wardrobe Matters – Opt for light, flowy, and comfortable outfits that complement the beach setting. Avoid overly busy patterns that may distract people from focusing on you and your partner.

  • Mind The Tides – Of course, it always pays to be aware of the tide schedule to avoid unexpected waves crashing into your photoshoot. Alternatively, you can also use the waves to your advantage. For example, low tide provides more beach space to run around in, while high tide can create more dramatic shots. Just always be careful!
  • Accessorize With Beach Elements – To add some visual interest in your shots, consider adding some beach elements, like driftwood, seashells, beach blankets, towels, and the like.
  • Location Scouting – Explore the beach beforehand to identify scenic spots for your photoshoot. Consider the landscape, the position of the sun, the amount of people usually present, or even the likelihood of sharks (we’re kidding with the last one).
  • Communicate with Your Photographer – They’re your photographer, so communicate with them! The ideal photographer will not only listen to your vision and preferences, but even add suggestions that you might not have thought of in the first place (*clears throat* like us at PhotoKings.ca…)

  • Relax and Have Fun – Finally, just relax and enjoy! The most beautiful photos come from couples who are relaxed, comfortable, and enjoying the moment. After all, you don’t want to look too stiff when you upload those pictures on social media. 
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Final Thoughts

And there you have it, our favorite ideas for a beach couple photoshoot. From relaxing by the water or splashing together in the ocean, we hope our list has given you an idea or two for your own couple’s photoshoot by the beach. 

But just in case you don’t have the right photographer yet to make these photos come to life – consider us over at PhotoKings.ca

With years of experience and a team of dedicated professional photographers, our aim is to give you pictures that will last you a lifetime. Call 1 (800) 496-3379 to get a free quote, we can’t wait to hear from you!

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