I’ve seen your beach work and I love it, can we do the shoot in Brisbane?
If there’s one question I get asked every week, it’s ‘should I choose the Gold Coast beaches or Redlands Bayside as the location for my maternity shoot’.
So I thought I’d cover it off with a simple blog post.
There are a few points to consider:
1.The Redlands ‘beaches’ are bayside beaches, so at high tide the sand is entirely covered, and at low tide, it turns into a muddy mangrove filled swamp. You will need to consider the tides when booking your date, and avoid very low, or very high tides. Shoots are always done in the hour prior to sunset (Gold Coast) and 15 minutes prior to sunset at the Redlands.
2. Sand – Gold Coast beaches have sand pumped in by the council so that at both low tide and at high tide, there is white sand to stand on. White sand and Redlands sand look quite different in photos, so make sure you compare the two before booking to ensure you understand what the final images will look like.
3. Light. Redlands beaches have direct light with not a lot to diffuse it, so it’s very bright and contrasty and golden (have a look at the comparison images to see what I mean). Then just after sunset you get 15 minutes of beautiful skies to work with. The Gold Coast beach I use gives us a solid hour of shooting time with soft light if you prefer the softer tones I usually work with.
4. Shooting time. If you have shy or boisterous children who you think will need a bit of extra time and attention to warm up, book the Gold Coast as we can shoot there for an hour. If you think your kids will do better with just a few photos and then be done, Redlands allows us to shoot for 30 minutes, so it can be good for a quick short, sharp shoot.
5. Mud. Just be aware that the mud at Redlands beaches can stain clothes, and the Gold Coast sand can stick to you and make a mess in the car. Kids will get wet at either beach, so if you book a beach shoot, be prepared to get a bit messy.
6. No reflective sand on the Redlands. Many people see my Gold Coast beach photos with the wide sweep of sand and reflections. Just be aware that’s not possible on tidal beaches.
7. Crowds. At high tide at locations such as Wellington Point, it can be very crowded as there isn’t much space to spread out. The Gold Coast can be busy on weekends and holidays in summer.
8. Driving distance with young kids. If your kids hate the car, or will be worn out or fed up before you even arrive for the shoot, it’s best to keep your shoot as local as possible. If they’ll likely nap on the way down, it can be a good way to make sure they’re well rested and fresh for their shoot.
I can’t make the Redlands look like the Gold Coast, and I can’t make the Gold Coast look like the Redlands, so just make sure you carefully consider all the points and look at lots of photos, check where they’re taken and then make an informed decision from there. Both spots are beautiful.