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Beach Photo Sessions – planning

Tybee Island beach (Ga) – AKA Savannah Beach

Note 8/23/2011Hurricane Irene  11:00 AM update – Irene is increasing in strength (a Category 2 storm this AM, 100 Mph winds).  The current projections put the path of this storm into the Carolinas as a major hurricane – possibly a category  3 or 4 storm.  If you will be visiting Tybee Island (or coastal Georgia) this week, especially as the storm passes, expect ‘weather’ and possibly strong currents and high surf conditions (extra caution is encouraged during ocean activities.)

Note 8/22/2011Hurricane Irene appears to be moving towards the East Coast of the US – at a minimum expect wind and higher surf, stronger currents and thunderstorms as the storm passes the coast.  Our local conditions may change quickly so be prepared to adjust your beach/ocean related plans.  While it is quite common for such storms to by-pass coastal Georgia it is best to heed any warnings regarding travel anywhere in coastal Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas during the next few days…

Note 8/4/2011 – Tropical Storm Emily appears to be moving towards the Florida Coast and is currently expected to pass by the eastern US before heading out into the Atlantic Ocean.  Tybee Island beach may experience higher than normal wave action and possibly stronger rip currents as the storm passes (perhaps during the weekend of 8/5-9/2011.)  For additional/updated storm information visit the National Hurricane Center web site.

Note 7/17/2011Tropical Storm Bret has formed off of the Florida Coast; the projected path takes it away from the coast and out into the Atlantic, however, we may seem some wave and current action so extra caution is advised when swimming along the beach.  Have fun, but be safe! 🙂

Note 7/9/2011 – seems that we have an earlier-than-usual influx of jellyfish – see notes below…

Note 7/25/2010 – we continue to experience very warm temperatures along with high humidity.  The heat index may be exceeding 100 degrees (in the shade) with direct sun exposure exposing you to even higher temperatures – dress for the weather, use sun screen, remember to replenish liquids and avoid extended exposures…  Also note that one day last week 600+ jellyfish stings were reported (a seasonal phenomena, sometimes sporadic) – take care in the water. 🙂

Child portait at the beach.
Child portrait at the beach.


Tybee Island is a great place for casual family photos.
Tybee Island is a great place for casual family photos.

Taking Photographs (family vacation, elopement, engagement or other photos) at the beach can be tremendous fun but there are a few things you should consider like the items that follow.  Some of the items only apply if you are planning a water photo session… 🙂

Siblings walking along the beach on Tybee Island, Ga.
Siblings walking along the beach on Tybee Island, Ga.
  1. weather – it is quite typical to have summer storms/showers on Tybee Island.  The late afternoon weather can include: high heat and humidity as well as lengthy or brief showers and thunderstorms.  During Hurricane Season the weather can change drastically in short periods of time.  The good news is that we currently usually have adequate warning – change your beach plans if your beach destination is being threatened by one of these storms…
  2. attire – always dress comfortably:  swim suits, shorts and short sleeve shirts in the summer; a bit more clothing at other times of the year; make sure limit sun exposure and to use sun screen so we can avoid having ‘red lobsters’ in your photos
  3. tides – we have two high and low tides each day; high tides may impact beach access for some locations; there are usually a few times each year when we have an extremely high tide which can block/limit access to/from coastal islands like Tybee (see sample chart at bottom of post.)
  4. rip currents – if you plan a water session then consider the warnings provided by lifeguard stations
  5. natural events – we occasionally have jelly fish or other sea life that might pose a hazard; again, check with lifeguard stations (we did have some jelly fish at the end of July of 2009 – life guard stations have a new product that seems to help relieve the stings – I think that it’s called “Jelly Fish Squish?”)

Be safe and Enjoy your time at the beach!contact me if you need a photographer on Tybee Island (GA) or nearby Savannah and Hilton Head Island.

The Tybee Island Fire Department is responsible for ‘ocean rescue’ – dial ‘911’ if you have an emergency.  From the City of Tybee Island web site (had to dig to find this…): “The lifeguards are on duty 9-5 during the week and from 10AM – 8PM on weekends. The season runs from roughly the beginning of May through the end of September, and lifeguards are brought aboard to match the number of beachgoers. Please obey all lifeguard instructions – they are there not only for your safety but for the safety of others!”.

Jelly Fish Statistics (I will guess that the 2010 numbers will be higher; note that these are reported instances so numbers are probably higher over all; also note that the quantity of jellyfish can vary from year to year..)  [7/2011 Tybee Island Rescue web pages have moved – data may not be current.]

April May June July Aug. Sept. Total
2009 0 12 34 3368 4047 91 7552
2008 3 17 31 828 999 55 1933
2007 0 0 304 1681 3228 136 5349
2006 0 0 78 164 926 202 130


Click for Tybee Island, Georgia Forecast

Click for Savannah, Georgia Forecast

Some local Media  and Weather Links

  1. Savannah River entrance (north end of Tybee Island, Ga) from NOAA – 2010 Tide Table
  2. WSAV – television station –   Local Tide Charts
  3. WTOC – television station –  Local Tide Charts
  4. WJCL/Fox28 – television station


National Weather Service (Charleston, SC) – quick check of area coastal conditions.

US National Weather Service, Local Travel and Time resources

  1. US Radar – National Mosaic Loop (very large!)
  2. Georgia Weather
  3. National map
  4. National Radar
  5. Mobile_Wifi/PC
  6. Cell Phone-WAP
  7. National Hurricane Center
  8. Dr. Gray’s Forecasts
  9. Coastal (tropical storm/hurricane) Landfall Probabilities (interactive map)
  10. Florida and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Recent Marine Data
  11. Geostationary Satellite Server
  12. FAA Flight Information
  13. FAA Flight Info-Text
  14. Time and Date Information
  15. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (Ga/Sc, USA)
  16. Weather.Com – enter Zip and select the interactive map

2010 Savannah Area Tides –  Sample below showing extremely high tides in July of 2009.

July 2009
Date Day Time Height Tide Time Height Tide Time Height Tide Time Height Tide

7/20/2009 Mon 01:07AM 0.2 L 06:51AM 6.7 H 01:15PM -0.7 L 07:25PM 8.5 H
7/21/2009 Tue 02:04AM -0.2 L 07:51AM 7.0 H 02:13PM -1.0 L 08:21PM 8.7 H
7/22/2009 Wed 02:58AM -0.6 L 08:48AM 7.2 H 03:09PM -1.1 L 09:15PM 8.7 H
7/23/2009 Thu 03:50AM -0.8 L 09:44AM 7.4 H 04:04PM -1.0 L 10:07PM 8.6 H

Tybee Island – beach photography

Tybee Island (Ga, USA) located on the Atlantic Ocean about 15 miles from down town Savannah (Ga, USA); from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) the trip is 45-60 minutes.  In addition to the beach and ocean there are several attractions including the Tybee Island fishing pier and the Tybee Island Lighthouse and museum.

If you are visiting the Savannah area then Tybee offers a number of hotels and motels as well as condos for rent.  While you are staying on Tybee (sometimes called Tibby or even Savannah Beach) consider having some memorable vacation family beach photographs taken.  I meet with families or other groups at beach locations to capture a sense of your visit.  I am happy to work with you to create the types of photographs that you are interested in (in addition to bringing my own style into the process.)  Please use the Photo Request form for more information.

Note that our summers can be quite warm and humid; the beach usually is a bit cooler than the inland areas of Savannah.  Sun screen and lots of drinking water are encouraged as are hats and sun glasses.  Enjoy your visit!

Map: Tybee Island and Savannah, Ga

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