Rugged cliffs that drop off into the ocean and stunning views make a Half Moon Bay photography session top of the list for gorgeous maternity portraits. Beach portraits are always a beautiful choice for photography, but there is nothing quite like the Half Moon Bay coastline to add extra drama to your photos.
This couple had moved here temporarily from out of state and wanted to capture the beauty of the area in their maternity portraits. These cliffs near the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay provided just the right backdrop!
On the drive over, the marine layer appeared heavy, so we expected a foggy session. When we arrived at the coast, however, we were surprised to see the sun peeking through the clouds. Look how the cliffs reflect the warm light of sunset! It was so perfect with the orange dress this mama wore.
Things to Know When you Book a Half Moon Bay Photographer
Half Moon Bay is known for its thick marine layer, and it’s likely that your session will be foggy, especially in the summer months. You won’t know in advance whether it will be clear or not, so make sure you have appropriate expectations for your session. The good news is that your images will come out gorgeous, marine layer or not! As mentioned above, even if it appears foggy on the drive over, the coast might surprise you! The best time of year for a Half Moon Bay photo session is between January and April if you’d like a greater chance of there being sun in your images.
Be prepared for stairs! If you want to go down to the beach, be aware that there will be stairs to navigate. As a plus, stairs make accessing the beach easier than climbing down a rugged path. However, they can pose a challenge for some heavily pregnant moms-to-be as well as small children.
Parking is ample at many Half Moon Bay beach locations, including this one! There is a public lot nearby, but if that’s full, you can also park at the Ritz Carlton.
Half Moon Bay is a convenient beach location for people who live on the SF Peninsula as well as those in San Francisco itself. It’s also so uniquely beautiful that clients from around the whole Bay Area seek it out for their sessions. Half Moon Bay photographers are sought after to capture this gorgeous landscape. Even if it’s a bit of a trek from where you’re located, you might find it worth it!
Bring a change of clothes in case you get wet! If you’re up for it, it’s fun to get in the water for some photos. Even if it’s not on purpose, once you’re down on the beach, chances are good you’ll get water on at least your feet.
I’m so glad this couple chose a Half Moon Bay photo session for their maternity portraits! They’ll be able to take the beauty of our state with them no matter where they move to next. These images in print will be a very special thing to look back on.