Beach Family Photos

This year we did the family photo up on the walkway to the beach. This was easier for my parents to navigate than on the beach.

Photo by Dorie Griggs [my wife]

Here is the basic setup for this photo.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Leary Family Vacation [DJI Air 2S, Mode = Normal, ISO 120, 1/60, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

Now I also took a family photo with my drone this year. The wind was blowing so much that we didn’t get really one photo with everyone looking great. We did get many photos without the drone.

Now getting a moment with little children takes a village. They were done after a couple shots, but we needed them for different groupings.

“Patience grasshopper”

– Kung Fu
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Leary Family Vacation [NIKON Z 9, VR 24-105mm f/4G, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 64, 1/100, ƒ/8, (35mm = 38)]

I believe that recording real moments is what we cherish years later. Of course I am thinking how can we get a better photo with everyone looking their best. I suggested the oldest cousin sit down in front with one of the younger ones to make them feel special. IT WORKED!!!

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Leary Family Vacation [NIKON Z 9, VR 24-105mm f/4G, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 64, 1/125, ƒ/8, (35mm = 38)]

I then took my lights onto the beach for those who wanted photos on the beach.

Rebecca Kramer Manzi being a photo assistant [photo by Dorie Griggs]

Again I had some help from the rest of the family. They held the lights so that the wind didn’t blow them over and damage the lights.

Madison & Joshua Poe at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Leary Family Vacation [NIKON Z 9, VR 24-105mm f/4G, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 64, 1/1000, ƒ/4, (35mm = 95)]

By the way, the reason I shot the photos on a tripod is in case I needed to combine multiple photos to get the best expressions.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Leary Family Vacation [NIKON Z 9, VR 24-105mm f/4G, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 64, 1/80, ƒ/8, (35mm = 38)]

This last photo is combination of couple photos to get the best expressions.

Setup for the photos on the wooden deck