Once the holidays are over and winter has settled in over Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama, it’s a totally different feel on the beach as it is during the summer. The days have become super short, but the sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico can be spectacular. The sun has moved far South and radiates a completely different quality of light than during the summer months. The late afternoon winter light is really warm and renders the white sand a nice pastel yellow. As the sun gets low in the afternoon, it creates some of the most subtle shadows on the wind swept sand, generating a really unique texture that makes for neat close up pictures.
Unfortunately for summer vacationers the sunset is North of the beach in the summer. No over the water sunsets but the quality of light for a summer beach portrait is still the best beach lighting anywhere in the world, as the white sand provides a great natural fill. The dunes and sea oats here at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores provide a setting for stunning family portraits on the beach. We as photographers in Gulf Shores are so lucky to have access to such a wonderful place to photograph family portraits and beach weddings. If you are already planning for your summer vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast, please consider taking advantage of the great opportunity for a family portrait session on the beach while you are here!