Family portraits on West Sands, St Andrews

family drawing on sand West Sands beach with St Andrews in the background,


Always windy and always beautiful West Sands. Especially with moody dramatic sky as we had on this summer evening when we met for family photos with Carolanne and her kids. I suggest evening time for photo-sessions so that we have the best light - strong midday sunshine is not good for portraits.

As always on nice days, there were some people around - walking dogs and jumping in the water and playing. West Sands is huge, so we easily have found a spot for ourselves.


The family is moving away from St Andrews, so they wanted some nice professional photos to remember their time here, and West Sands is one of their favourite places. It was beautiful warm summer day - perfect combination.



Outdoor family photo session is never about posing - it's about doing things you like in your favourite place. So many options and enough space or all of it - walking on the beach, collecting shells, playing in the shallow waves and splashing, playing with sand and making sand clouds and just letting your kids to be their silly selves and show their adorable quirks. Beautiful views of West Sands provide the perfect background for the family adventures.

And these beautiful photographs will remind about their time in St Andrews on their favourite beach. Here are some of my favourites from this shoot.


family walking on the beach West Sands St Andrews, candid family photo

mother and child playing in shallow water on West Sands beach St Andrews



child playing with sand and throwing it high
 girl with marram grass and purple flowers in the background



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