Is the beach your happy place? Ours, too.

From the vast coastal vistas to the salty sea air to the coconut smell of sunscreen, we’ll happily clean sand off our cameras for any opportunity to shoot at the beach. There’s no better place to fall in love with photography all over again.

Just in time for your next beach getaway, we asked 15 pro photographers and style-makers to share what they pack when they head to the beach.

Photo Gear

large photo reflector
  • Jen Huang

    Jen Huang recommends:

“Great photo accessory to have for that strong beach sun.”

  • Marcie Reif

    Marcie Reif recommends:

“On a beach shoot I try to be as careful as I can but I also know that sand will get on my camera. The cleaning pen and air blower remove all the sand from my camera and lenses. I love these easy, lightweight tools to clean up my gear.”

AmazonBasics camera cleaning kit
holdfast gear money maker
  • Meg Loeks

    Meg Loeks recommends:

“I finally found a camera strap that I love. It’s stylish and comfortable. Most importantly, I’m able to carry two cameras at the same time which is huge since I shoot with prime lenses.”

  • Catherine Lubbat

    Catherine Lubbat recommends:

“I love this tripod because it is super light and portable. I don’t shoot with a tripod very often because they are often cumbersome to carry but this tripod is steady and easy to fold up for travel. It’s a must for time-lapse photography of sunsets to include in my travel videos.”

Manfrotto BeFree color aluminium travel tripod
  • Ashley Berrie

    Ashley Berrie recommends:

“My friend Marcie Reif told me about this underwater case for my DSLR and I have had so much fun with it all summer long. I have used it in the ocean and in pools, but on long beach days it protects my camera from getting wet in my beach bag.”

Travel Gear

  • Chloe Ramirez

    Chloe Ramirez recommends:

“I need a notebook for writing notes during classes at photo conferences. I love this one by Ban.do. The “You’re Straight Up Magic” affirmation in the middle pairs perfectly with my good vibe photography gal pals.”

Ban.Do rough draft notebook
Young Living essential oils
  • Emma Wood

    Emma Wood recommends:

“I’ve used these for years now, for stress relief and sleeping aids to household cleaning. I always pack a few bottles of my essentials when I travel. I can’t do without Lavender, Thieves, Valor, and Peppermint.”

  • Kimberly Murray

    Kimberly Murray recommends:

“Almost of my notebooks are Moleskine. The paper is smooth, allowing my pen to flow over the page, and the covers are sturdy. With so many sizes, colors, and designs available, what’s not to love?”

Moleskine notebooks
YETI stainless steel tumbler
  • Ashley Berrie

    Ashley Berrie recommends:

“This mug will keep my coffee warm all morning long while I am shooting. At night, I may even put an adult beverage inside to head to the beach for a bonfire and walks along the ocean.”

  • Emma Wood

    Emma Wood recommends:

“I know, it sounds crazy to bring my own towels to a hotel. But trust me, these are lightweight and take up hardly any space in my suitcase. They absorb loads of water and dry much quicker than a conventional towel. They also come in many different colors and look gorgeous.”

Cameras & Lenses

“I can’t live without this amazing lens let alone leave it behind on a beach trip! The focal length fits perfectly into my style, both for those wide angle creative shots and close-up detail shots. I am completely in love with the images this lens produces and the flexibility it allows me.”

“I have admired Florida beach photo shares on Clickin Moms for years now! I am beyond excited to finally get to shoot at the beach in Florida at Click Away 2018. Those sherbet colored skies are calling my name.”

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

“I like to bust out my Instax Mini 8 for little snapshots of all the new friends I get to meet at photo conferences and shooting getaways!”

“Not only do I love this gadget for video, but also stills. It’s tiny, takes great quality pictures and has voice control – love that feature! When I have this in my bag I know I have all bases covered, even without any other camera equipment.”

GoPro HERO5
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

“My camera is the first thing that will go in my bag so I can document my trip from start to finish!”

  • Elise Meader

    Elise Meader recommends:

“Ever since I got this lens I cannot put it down. Enough said.”

Nikon 35mm F1.4 G
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera

“After losing a Nikon D750 to the ocean this summer, I finally caved and invested in an underwater system. I had been looking for something smaller to carry around while I travel and the Sony a6000 was the perfect choice. I use a Neewer waterproof case and now I don’t have to worry about getting knocked over by waves in the ocean anymore. The low price point made this the perfect system to learn more about underwater photography.”

  • Marcie Reif

    Marcie Reif recommends:

“I am obsessed with the way this lens renders light and the texture it gives my beach images. I love it for portraits of my kids or capturing movement and play time in the waves.”

Lensbaby Velvet 85
Sony 16-35mm F4 Vario-Tessar T FE lens

“I will pack my Sony 16-35mm f/4 lens for recording video. I love the super wide view of this lens and it makes for the dreamiest landscapes (especially in a beach setting at sunset). I am able to capture the whole scene, yet it has the ability to zoom to 35mm and if I am close enough to my subject, I can get some pretty nice bokeh. It is a very versatile lens for filmmaking.”

“This camera is the perfect walk-around camera. It’s lightweight and super portable, but it also produces beautiful files worthy of any portfolio. Add in its mobile capabilities, and you have an absolutely amazing camera in a compact package.”

Fujifilm X100F
havana underwater camera
  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“Oh, I can imagine having lots of fun with this camera at the pool. Pool party!”

“I love my Canon 24-70L paired with my Mark IV. It is my favorite combo for beach shooting!”

Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L lens
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 35 Optic lens
  • Marcie Reif

    Marcie Reif recommends:

“The beach is my favorite place to play with my Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 35. I feel like my creativity flies and I always come home with a new favorite image of my kids.”

“This camera is what I started out with years ago when I became interested in photography. I love to occasionally shoot film, especially in harsh light.”

Pentax ME 35mm film camera
FUJINON LENS XF56mmF1.2 R APD
  • Michelle Turner

    Michelle Turner recommends:

“This is one of the best lenses that I’ve ever shot with. It’s quick to focus, lightweight, and oh-so-sharp, plus it’s capable of producing beautiful images with dreamy bokeh. It’s a must-have lens in my bag, and I can’t wait to use it on Amelia Island for Click Away 2018.”

Accessories

  • Jen Huang

    Jen Huang recommends:

“This great hat keeps me cool by the pool, and I also use it as a fun prop for my beach photo shoots.”

san diego hat company large brim hat
premium-mirrored-aviator-top-gun-sunglasses-w-spring-loaded-temples
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    Twyla Jones recommends:

“I’m a huge fan of aviators. I’m also a little forgetful and not very careful. These aviators are perfect for me because they are inexpensive, great quality, and I can order them in threes.”

  • Kimberly Murray

    Kimberly Murray recommends:

“I love to support local artists whenever I can, and Courtney at Crafts and Love is one of my favorite Atlanta designers. Whenever I travel, I always have at least two of her handcrafted pieces with me (typically earrings and a bracelet). I love that I can throw them on with jeans or a cute dress and immediately feel more stylish, but in an effortless way.”

crafts and love necklaces
madewell striped convertible scarf
  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“When I’m flying I tend to get hot from the stress of getting through security and into my seat on the plane. But once I’m settled I get cold. I like to pack a light scarf that will double as a blanket while I’m flying, and this one is brilliant. Perfect for the flight, cute accessory for the evenings, plus a cover-up at the pool.”

  • Meg Loeks

    Meg Loeks recommends:

“Last year I finally bought myself a pair of nice sunglasses. They are light, comfortable and offer real protection from the sun.”

ray-ban sunglasses
woodgrain watch
  • Elise Meader

    Elise Meader recommends:

“I always travel with my Woodgrain watch so that I don’t have to stare at my phone all weekend and can be in the moment.”

  • Brittany Blake

    Brittany Blake recommends:

“I’m all about comfort. Hair up in a messy bun with a StrawRev tie-back is my go-to, along with yoga pants and a slouchy tee. The tie-backs stay in place better than any headband I’ve ever tried.”

strawberry revolution tie-back headband
Target pestemal beach towel
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    Twyla Jones recommends:

“My colorful pestemal beach towels are lightweight, stylish, and perfect in every way. They photograph well and make a great prop for a child running around on the beach or when the kids get wrapped up for snuggling. They also make great lightweight throws.”

  • Chloe Ramirez

    Chloe Ramirez recommends:

“I need my Urban Outfitter Sunglasses for the sunshine. Bring on the vacation!

urban outfitters skylar half-frame sunglasses

Bags & Luggage

  • Marcie Reif

    Marcie Reif recommends:

“This camera bag always comes with me to the beach. My gear stays safe from heat, water, and sand while I’m off playing in the waves and running along the shore.”

Canon Deluxe Back Pack 200EG
AWAY carry on bag
  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“I have a confession: I over pack when I travel. It’s so hard to know what the weather will be or what I will feel like wearing. A girl needs options! I’m obsessed with my Away luggage. I have the bigger carry-on size which helps keep my items organized, fits easily in the overhead bin, and is not heavy. Travel tip: If you mark your bag as fragile, it will most likely be loaded on top of other luggage. This also means it will be first off at baggage claim.”

  • Chloe Ramirez

    Chloe Ramirez recommends:

“My Madewell Transport Leather Tote is the perfect bag for a getaway or conference. I have the brown leather and it goes with any outfit.”

Madewell Transport Tote
National Geographic camera bag
  • Meg Loeks

    Meg Loeks recommends:

“I love this camera bag so much that I keep replacing it once it starts to wear and tear (only after several years of not-so-gentle use). It fits a lot of gear and most importantly is super comfortable.”

“I take this camera bag with me whenever I shoot on location. It has the utility of a Swiss Army Knife while being very chic; it is an all-in-one bag that is not at all cumbersome. The multiple compartments and roomy interior allow me to carry all of my favorite camera gear (e.g., Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f/1.2, 35mm f/1.4), my laptop, tethering tools, and personal items. I’m able to keep everything that I need at my fingertips.”

Jude duffel bag and camera bag

“I never thought I’d fall for a practical camera bag, but this bag is everything I need for a shoot and perfect for travel. I can fit my camera body with 24-70mm lens attached, my 105mm 1.4 portrait lens, and my 35. I can throw accessories, an iPad, and essentials like my wallet and phone in the front pockets. The best part is that I can leave the bag on my back for outdoor shoots and swing it around to change my lenses.”

  • Michelle Turner

    Michelle Turner recommends:

“I’ve owned so many bags, and many of them have either looked like camera bags (read: lacked style), they haven’t been practical for travel, or they’ve fallen apart. This bag, however, is the perfect bag! Stylish (I just love gray waxed canvas with leather trim), practical for airline travel, and so sturdy. It’s one of my favorites.”

ona the bowery camera bag
Nena & Co bag
  • Elise Meader

    Elise Meader recommends:

“I placed a camera insert in this Nena & Co. bag and it’s the best camera bag I’ve ever had. When I’m not shooting, I can take the camera insert out and it’s a regular day bag. Since I’m often toting a baby, it’s also the perfect diaper bag.”

  • Kimberly Murray

    Kimberly Murray recommends:

“This is the prettiest travel suitcase. It’s a sturdy and easy carry-on that travels with me every time.”

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Rebecca Minkoff phone cross body bag
  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“It’s no secret that I love to shoot with my iPhone. This cute cross body will hold my phone, note cards and pen. Super easy access to what I need while keeping my hands free, plus nothing heavy on my shoulder.”

Clothing

“I live in linen and this dress has pockets!”

  • Shalonda Chaddock

    Shalonda Chaddock recommends:

“I own three Albion Fit Swimsuits. These suits keeps everything in its place, show the right amount of skin for my “mom bod” and are made from thick material. I have climbed a waterfall in Jamaica, laid on the beach in Grand Cayman, and snorkeled the Caribbean waters in these suites and they are still in perfect condition.”

Albion Swimsuit
Anthropologie Azalea Robe Kimono
  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“I’m a big fan of this kimono. Dress it up or go casual. It’s so light and I love the colors, perfect for dinner or drinks out.”

  • Antonieta Esis

    Antonieta Esis recommends:

“I bought this shirt in Seattle during Click Away 2016. It’s my favorite. So soft!

coffee and cameras t-shirt
Madewell Stripe-Mix Shirtdress
  • Kimberly Murray

    Kimberly Murray recommends:

“Easy dresses are a staple in my wardrobe, and this is one of my favorites. It is comfortable and makes me feel pulled together without looking like I’m trying too hard. The fact that the color is called Ocean Storm makes it perfect for Click Away…although I hope there are nothing but clear skies ahead!”

  • Marcie Reif

    Marcie Reif recommends:

“I found my favorite cover up this season. When I’m chasing fast little subjects around the beach I don’t want to worry that my bathing suit is a tangled mess and not covering me up like I think. This cover up has me feeling comfortable and cool on the beach.”

Calvin Klein mesh cover up
Josie Jersey Pajamas
  • Shalonda Chaddock

    Shalonda Chaddock recommends:

“I love these pajamas because they are soft and comfy. They are cute enough to room hop and hang out with friends on a girls’ trip!”

  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“This jumpsuit is super cute for a party. Easy to pack and has pockets.”

Anthropologie Willa Tie-Waist Jumpsuit
Kate Spade Marina Piccola Swimsuit
  • Chloe Ramirez

    Chloe Ramirez recommends:

“Swimsuit! Because RESORT. I love this vintage looking swimsuit by Kate Spade.”

  • Shalonda Chaddock

    Shalonda Chaddock recommends:

“My beach shooting uniform consists of my American Eagle cut off shorts and a white t-shirt. These shorts have a nice bit of stretch for the crazy positions we assume when we shoot. I especially love the midi style cut offs because they aren’t too short and aren’t too long.”

American Eagle AEO Midi Short

Tech

  • Elise Meader

    Elise Meader recommends:

“My MacBook Pro is a must so I can edit photos as the events unfold.”

MacBook Pro
amazon kindle oasis
  • Emma Wood

    Emma Wood recommends:

“I’m so in love with this thing! I’ve owned a few different Kindle models but this one was a game changer for me. It fits and balances intuitively in one hand and is so lightweight that I hardly know I’m holding it. The backlight means that I can read in bed without disturbing the hubby and it also offers extra built-in charging time.”

  • Ashley Berrie

    Ashley Berrie recommends:

“I will pack this waterproof speaker in my camera bag just like it’s another camera lens. It will play music straight from my phone to the speaker. I’ll use it while getting ready with my friends to go for a night out on the town or I’ll stick it in the basket on the front of my bicycle to listen to while cruising around the bike trails.”

JBL Flip4 Portrable speaker with bluetooth
Lifeproof waterproof iPhone case
  • Catherine Lubbat

    Catherine Lubbat recommends:

“With my Lifeproof case, I never have to worry about sand getting into the phone speakers. I can jump in the water with my phone at any given moment and be able to not only take pictures, but also record videos. I will include these underwater videos with the other videos that I take on my Sony camera to add some cool shots to my films. I always have my phone with me so I’m able to snap pictures or video on it at any given moment.”

  • Antonieta Esis

    Antonieta Esis recommends:

“When I’m away from home for a few days for a photo trip, my cell phone lets me communicate with my husband and boys. It’s also my second camera when I do not have my big camera on hand.”

iPhone 7
Moment iPhone case and wide angle lens
  • Emma Wood

    Emma Wood recommends:

This case protects my iPhone 7 Plus brilliantly and it enables me to twist the lens right onto the case. I use this wide angle lens for so many of my iPhone images; I love that you can include more of the surroundings and it’s fantastic in small spaces too. These are the best quality lenses I’ve used with my iPhone.”

  • Elise Meader

    Emma Wood recommends:

“My Sudio Sweden headphones are wireless and amazing.”

Sudio Sweden wireless headphones

Shoes

  • Jen Huang

    Jen Huang recommends:

“A casual shoe that takes it up a notch with cognac leather, it’s also what I also wear to shoot weddings.”

keds sneaker
birkenstock
  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“I am on my feet a lot on photo trips and at conferences, but I still want to look cute. I have these in soft pink color, but might need to get the white so they go with everything.”

  • Kristin Dokoza

    Kristin Dokoza recommends:

“For a splurge sandal, I love the details and comfortable foot bed for walking. Definitely a fun statement sandal.”

maliparmi beaded circus slingback
Bed Stu Soto Sandal
  • Brittany Blake

    Brittany Blake recommends:

“This is THE sandal for me. I’m in love with the versatility of them. I can go from jean shorts and a t-shirt to a casual dress and know that the shoes work for it all. I love to pack light on trips, and this pair of sandals helps me with that goal.”

  • Ashley Berrie

    Ashley Berrie recommends:

“These are my most comfortable flip flops. I will be kicking these Havaianas off at the end of every long day of shooting.”

flip flops
Mayari Birkenstock
  • Antonieta Esis

    Antonieta Esis recommends:

“I could be in Cleveland mid-winter or on Amelia Island in February for Click Away. Not a tough choice! I’ll be there wearing these sandals.”

Personal Care

  • Ashley Berrie

    Ashley Berrie recommends:

“Bugs are a natural and critical part of ecosystems. I won’t let the bugs stop me from getting the shot though! I will spray some of this on and be good to go all day long.”

Hoffmans Organic bug spray
beautycounter stick sunscreen
  • Catherine Lubbat

    Catherine Lubbat recommends:

“I adore this sunscreen. I have used various ones in the past on my children and me, but Beauty Counter has been the only one that doesn’t cause skin irritation or burning to the eyes when we get in the water. The stick is a family favorite and I will pack this so I can be safe in the sun while on the beach.”

  • Kimberly Murray

    Kimberly Murray recommends:

“My naturally curly hair gets frizzy very easily. My go-to product to create defined curls is Ouidad’s PlayCurl Curl Amplifying Foam. It takes me only about a minute to apply it to my hair, making my morning routine pretty much a wash-and-go one. With products for a variety of curl types, Ouidad has certainly earned the name of The Curl Expert.”

sugar rose
  • Antonieta Esis

    Antonieta Esis recommends:

“I’m never without my beloved lip balm. Rosé is my color.”

  • Brittany Blake

    Brittany Blake recommends:

“I couldn’t live without this product! I use it year-round, but it’s a staple for the beach, too. It is lightweight and can be worn under makeup. I’m all about protecting my skin and this is one thing that never misses a trip.”

shani darden control corrective oil free sunscreen spf 30
kypris pot of shade heliotropic
  • Michelle Turner

    Michelle Turner recommends:

“I love the entire Kypris line, but their sunscreen is one of my favorites. Kypris is a company with a conscience, and I love supporting them. Beyond that, they produce one of my favorite non-toxic skincare lines. So many “natural” sunscreens leave you too chalky (or aren’t really good for your skin at all), but this one is fabulous.”

Are you interested in joining other like-minded creatives for a weekend getaway to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world this coming February?

Want to learn from the best of the best?

Join these 15 photographers plus 56 more at Click Away 2018 on Amelia Island, Florida. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it.

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