I LOVE taking photographs of people! I'm a people person and extremely laid back and perhaps quite talkative. This means I can usually get anyone to relax for a photo. Yes, even the husband who begrudgingly agrees to a family portrait when the big game is on. I try to make it fun, quick and painless. As I know there are questions to be answered, here are the most common. Get COMFY, you might be here a minute.
WILL YOU PHOTOSHOP ME?
Ahhhh the most often asked question! Photoshop extras are not included in the session fee. Included in the session fee is general color correction/brightness. If you have a wee one and they have a LITTLE booboo, I'll try to edit that out of the close-up photos. I do NOT photoshop your hair in every photo to make it look like you are not on the beach. There is wind sometimes.... and I do my best to position you in thebest possible way to avoid crazy hair. I will NOT add hair to your husband's head. Genetics win. I don't switch heads or eyeballs. I won't make you look 25 if you are 55. And I don't add a sunset sky if it happens to be overcast/gray on the day of your shoot. Also not included are taking out tan lines. If you know you are having photos made, pick out a shirt that doesn't show them OR wear a different bathing suit if possible. Please and thank you.
All this being said, for a fee of $300, I WILL photoshop (or attempt to) up to 20 images however you wish. I can smooth wrinkles and shave off a FEW inches in certain places. Want a more defined waist, thinner arms and way less crows feet? ....I got you. Just let me know your request and I can let you know if it is feasible.
WHAT CITIES DO YOU SERVICE?
For Beach Photography, i serve the following areas: Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, All of Hwy 30a (Dune Allen Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Seaside, Watercolor, Seagrove, Seacrest, Watersount, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach), Santa Rosa Beach, Inlet Beach, Panama City Beach.
WHERE IS THE SHOOT?
I can come to your location OR you can come to mine. I have a favorite spot that has beach, rocks, plenty of dunes, sea oats AND some shade. And last, but not least, the sun sets over the water at this location instead of behind condos which is the case in the summer time on Hwy 30a. It IS a drive if you are on 30a, however. In the summer it can take 45 minutes ish.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
SHHHH that's a bad word in beach photography. Believe me, I wish I could control the weather! If it rains the only option is to attempt to reschedule for a late afternoon or morning appointment of the same week. If another sunset slot is open, then obviously that one is the best option.
**I do NOT cancel for rain early in the day. We just wait and see. Weather changes fast here and it can be nasty at noon and gorgeous at 5pm. Some of our most beautiful sunsets have been on days where it rained all day long.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A FAMILY SHOOT?
First thing to remember is that you are at the beach. On vacation. I prefer a relaxed and laid back photo session. We don't want stiff, posed, fake-smiling and constipated looking people in all matching clothes. If that means you need a cocktail before the session then uh.... That doesn't mean to have 8 margaritas before arriving, however. And if you have 8 margaritas laying around, bring one for me.
Husbands, dads, boyfriends... I know that you endure this process. I know that you have already protested and know that most of the time you will attempt to not smile. I promise to make it as painless as possible if you will behave. Plus, we get finished faster when all parties behave.
I always start by taking the family group shots first. if it's a large group, we start with the whole group. Then break it down by families. I start with the family units that have the youngest or LEAST user-friendly children. We will take couples shots, grandparents with grandkids, siblings, individuals. Whatever is important to you!
WHAT DO I WEAR AT A SHOOT?
That' is a personal preference. It is NOT a requirement to wear khaki and white although it is popular because it's the most easily matched color ensemble for groups. Look around on my website and Facebook page for ideas. Be comfortable. Wear what makes you happy and you'll look comfortable and relaxed.
DO YOU TAKE SUNRISE PICS??
Not if I can help it. I'm just not a morning person. However, if you get rained out and that's the best option for you, then yes.
HOT LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY PICTURES?
Your beach session photos should be online to view in 2-3 weeks. You will receive an email from me directing you to your gallery. Wedding photos take 4-5 weeks to be online and ready to view.
DO I GET THE DIGITAL IMAGES WITH MY SHOOT?
Yes, when the images go online (3 weeksish) you'll receive a link to where you can download all images, along with a print release.
IM IMPATIENT. WHAT IF I WANT MY PICTURES WHILE I'M HERE ON VACATION AND WITH A USB?
I can be bought. $400 will allow you to skip the line in my editing and I'll have them done and on a USB for you so you can take your souviner with you.
ok, did you seriously read it all?? Message me that you did and I'll bring you a beer to your session.