Best Places To See A Sunrise In The St. Augustine Area

If you’re visiting St. Augustine, Florida, you’ll want to get up early and see the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. Our co-owner April Creighton has found some of the best places to do this! So here’s April’s list of the 3 best places to see a sunrise in the St. Augustine area.


The Rocks At Washington Oaks State Park, Palm Coast

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This beach across from Washington Oaks State Park has a very different look than most beaches in Florida.  This is due to the Coquina rocks, a soft rock made of ancient marine reefs and limestone.  However, you may or may not see the rocks due to the weather and tide.  At times, you may just see a few bumps in the sand.  At other times, the coquina rocks form caves, nooks and crannies in the sand.

Bonus:  Just 3 minutes north of the rocks in Marineland, you’ll find Ragga Surf Cafe, a converted school bus serving coffee and food!

St. Augustine Lighthouse

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The iconic Saint Augustine Lighthouse is a must see! It sits in a historic neighborhood that’s loaded with quaint little cottages that showcase what Florida used to look like long ago.

Just a short walk or drive east of the lighthouse is Anastasia Island State Park. This is number 2 on our list of places to catch a sunrise. Be sure to grab a smoothie at Juicy and pack a bag for the day. The park is large enough to stretch out and has clean bathrooms. It does not offer free parking so make sure you get your pass early on in your trip!

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach is located along A1A on Anastasia Island, just south of St. Augustine, The community gets its name from the natural shape of the coastline.  Minimal vehicle traffic is allowed on Crescent Beach.  There is a fee for vehicle access between March 1 and September 30.  Horseback riding is also allowed at certain times and subject to an access fee.  

St. Augustine Beach Photographer

Finally! We have been talking about moving into the St. Augustine market for several years and things finally lined up. Halle, our St. Augustine Beach photographer, found out about us though other photographers in the Florida Panhandle right before she moved to St. Augustine. How perfect is that?

We’re so happy that the Holtzclaws were one of the first families to book with us in St. Augustine Beach! It looked like Halle was having a blast chasing the kids around and capturing them being their true selves. It’s obvious that she’s a perfect fit for our team and we love the photos that came from this session!

What To Wear For a Small Family Beach Photography Session

Deciding what to wear for a small family beach photography session and getting coordinating outfits together doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may think. We at Shore Shooters Beach Photography believe “the simpler, the better”! If your colors and prints are too bright and bold, it can be distracting to the eye. Keeping your looks more towards the neutral side and the prints on the smaller side, makes you the center of attention– not your wardrobe!

Plus, it’s best not to try and compete with these Gulf Shores beaches, right?!

The Leppert family went about this perfectly! Mom and dad sporting muted tones, while baby boy brought the whole look together with his subtly printed overalls.

We hope this helps you out and we can’t wait to see what looks you put together for your family beach photography session!

What To Wear? – Beach Photos In Gulf Shores

Do you have to get “dressed up” for beach photos? NO! This family chose to wear their swimsuits and we loved the way their pictures turned out!

There’s really no dress code for beach pictures. What to wear is up to you! If you want to dress up, that’s fine with us. But if you choose the more casual route, that’s fine too!

Check out more of their photos below. If you’re ready to book your beach photos in Gulf Shores, please visit this page to see pricing and to get on our calendar. Visiting a different beach? Check out our home page to see if we have photographers in the area you’ll be visiting.