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There are no words that can truly express how much this Tybee Island family session means to me personally. April, pregnant here with Josiah, her husband Caleb and their first born, Wylie, are such a special family to watch interact. To document a family as it grows is so humbling and I cherish every family that allows me such an honor.

They chose to have their Tybee Island family session on Tybee’s north beach which is highlighted by the rock jetty and Georgia’s tallest and oldest lighthouse. June is also a great time of year when vegetation is a vibrant green and the sea oats are turning gold.

April has been so supportive and she puts her sincere heart out there when it comes to sharing my work and introducing me to other endearing families she’s blessed to call friends. I can’t wait to see these guys in June and finally meet Josiah as well as document the joy a new little brings to a family, especially such a loving and emotionally expressive family like this one.

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When you hire me for your Tybee Island family photography needs, sometimes everything just goes right…even when it doesn’t. Sweet, little 8-month-old Wren was the well-earned center of attention for her parents, Stephanie and Carlos, as well as her doting grandparents, Scarlet and Stephen. We started off with some amazing interaction and expressions from Wren, but soon she became fussy and Stephanie knew it was time for a feeding.

So what do you do? You do what any true mother does. You toss a blank over your feeding baby for a little makeshift privacy on the beach and you soldier on. Wren decided a little nap was in order after that, but that didn’t stop us from making photos and cuddling with her as she slept.

After Wren awoke from her nap she was the brightest, upbeat little baby enjoying the ocean and her surroundings as if it was all for the first time. Everything about this session was a gift for me to experience. When a family has so much love and support for one another and doesn’t skip a beat at life’s little wrinkles it’s visual poetry to watch.

I’ve been creating Tybee Island family photography for eight years now. I encourage all my clients to go with the flow and force nothing. Whatever your child is excited about in that moment, for just this hour lose your adult eyes and be equally excited about it. Forget that pose or shot you felt you couldn’t leave the beach without. If you connect with them where they are I swear will get an even better shot you didn’t know you actually wanted more.

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I know I’m a bit biased here, but if you’re a couple celebrating a milestone while visiting Tybee at the top of my list of recommendations would be to hire a professional Tybee Island photographer. By the way, this is part three of a continuing series of recommendations I’ve been giving clients in person for years. There are two more on family friendly things to do and places to eat in my last two posts.

So why hire a Tybee Island photographer? Let’s take Deborah and Stephen pictured below. They traveled all the way from Ohio to celebrate their first anniversary together. Here are Deborah’s own words which you can find with many other google reviews from past clients. “Shannon’s photography left me speechless & moved to tears. To have someone so talented be able to capture such spontaneous & raw moments between you & your loved one(s) is irreplacable. He captures moments that you will want to remember forever. Not only is his work phenomenal, but Shannon has the best humor and kindest heart. 10/10!!!”

I’m so thankful for meeting Deborah and Stephen and having the honor of documenting this time in their lives. Wouldn’t you want a way to vividly remember a certain moment in your life? Photographs have that power. They not only help you remember the tiniest of details, like what you were wearing or what a place looked like, they become touchstones for other memories that would have otherwise been forgotten.

I love meeting and working with people to get great photos, so it’s important to know that my sessions are actually a fun activity on Tybee and another way to make a memory with your loved one. So many people think it’s something full of formality and stress. I spend a bit of time at the beginning getting to know them and the rest is spent getting them to laugh by acting foolish or getting them to make each other laugh. I also encourage them to be spontaneous and romantic while enjoying the experience of being on the beach at one of the most beautifully lit times of day.

If you are considering a Tybee Island photographer please know I’m very approachable and happy to answer questions, discuss best locations, give wardrobe advice and talk about every little detail to be sure you and yours have the best experience and walk away with photos you love. There are several choices when it comes to a Tybee Island photographer. I highly recommend looking at the work extensively before you look at the price. What good are photos you paid less for if you love them less too? Know what you’re getting. Please visit my faq page to get more information regarding my process.

For you lovers visiting Tybee here are a few more recommendations especially for you.

Want to keep the romance going from the minute you arrive? Be sure an book a room at the Surf Song Bed and Breakfast just one block from Tybee’s less crowded and more intimate north beach. This recently renovated 110 year old Victorian was originally built to house a senior officer stationed at the historic Fort Screven located a few blocks away.. If you’re celebrating you honeymoon or just want to feel special, the Sunrise Suite will do the trick. Named because you gusted it, its unobstructed view of the morning sunrise over the Atlantic fills the almost floor to ceiling front windows. The owner/innkeeper Cindy is a delightful person always tending to her guests. She also keeps a tight ship as I’ve never seen so much as a leaf in the pool (yes, they have a pool!) or a chair cushion out of place on their wrap around porch.

If your the adventurous type I highly recommend renting kayaks with Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports and paddling over to the Cockspur Island Lighthouse. I can speak from personal experience that it’s a stunning place to see sunrise or sunset with dolphins sometime porpoising nearby. Wear comfortable water shoes because clamshells are what support most of the islet when you arrive and if you time the tides right, because there is no islet if you don’t, you can even enjoy a meal there. Here’s a tide chart to help.

Are you looking to take your significant other out for a romantic, unique fine dining experience? Then you need to check out Tybee Island Fish Camp and you better make reservations because they . It’s a remodeled 1950’s cottage so it has limited space, which adds to the intimacy. It’s embraced by a beautiful live oak and cedar trees as you walk up to the place and if you wish you can sit under and enjoy the last rays of sun through it’s branches while enjoying one of their signature cocktails. Also, they’re only open Wednesday through Sunday with a menu that changes daily.  The owners Kurtis and Sarah Schumm also own the Tybee Island Social Club, a place where not just the tacos, but everything on the menu is down with a twist and the live music eclectic yet always soulful and hip including a three piece bluegrass band for Sunday brunch.

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