You may feel a bit stuck for ideas if you are on an open beach without the usual props of trees, doorways, walls etc., but there is lots you can do with just the light, shooting from different angles, creating side-lit or silhouetted images, and using fill-flash to balance the sunset can look good too. If you do have some open shade that you can use, such as an awning, a beach hut, or a veranda, go for it – you’ll get some beautiful light coming in but your subject will be comfortable.
Once the sun has set, stick around. Although tropical twilight doesn’t last long, it gives you amazing soft light that’s great for gentler, more intimate portraits (such as the image above with the couple in the dunes).
I often keep shooting until there’s virtually no light at all (or until the clients say they’ve had enough!):
|3200 ISO 1/25th sec F2.8 – well after sunset; the groom is illuminated only by the light remaining in the sky.|
I hope this article’s been useful – ask questions in the comments below!