Oh, the beach. Warm sunshine. Soft sand underfoot, waves crashing in cadence with children playing joyfully in its tide. I freaking LOVE the beach. And I freaking love taking family photos at the beach, but real talk: I suck at it. I’m not dropping hundreds of dollars for a “beach photographer” when I paid just as much for my fancy camera. So if you’re like me, you’ll want to follow these tips for getting the best beach photos. Or just come home with pics of the glaring sun. Whatever works for you.