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.”