Orange Beach PhotographerPhotographer in Orange Beach, Alabama providing family and wedding photography. I use a combination of natural light and portable studio lights so I can be prepared for just about any beach conditions. Sometimes you have only one day when the whole family is together so I want to handle just about all conditions on the beach.
Family Beach Photography
Please inquire about studio rates and family sessions in and around Foley, Robertsdale, and Fairhope. Plans start at $150
Single Family Mini-Session | $350
Single family including grandparents 30 minutes. Your choice of your favorite 15 digital images from the session and print ordering from my lab. If you want more individual attention consider the Family Digital Plan. Kids under 6 are easily distracted at the beach so it takes time to get even one good shot. You also may miss the changing lighting scenarios at sunset. If you wish to purchase the entire gallery after the fact It will be an additional $250. Typical amount of photos are 50-200 images depending on the family. Sessions at Dauphin Island are $400. Scroll to the bottom or click link for the print price list.
Family Digital | $500
Up to 2 families with grandparents or up to 20 people. All digital files from the session, social media app and print ordering through my professional lab. This is a good option for a single family that wants more options. We start about an hour before sunset and go after sunset if the weather permits. You will get a bright looking conditions at the start of the sessions and then dramatic sunset portrait weather permitting. Typically it can be 150-300 images especially if there are candid moments and individual portraits of the children.
Multi-Family Digital | $700
3 or more families: Some multi-family may qualify for the family plan, please inquire about the possibility.
All digital files from the session, social media app for downloading, and print ordering through my lab. For large multi-family this could be 150-350 images. I will do more extensive edits on your favorite 20 images if they need it. For a very large family we may start about 90 minutes before sunset and work on individual portraits and families before getting the large group shot.
How This Works
$125 deposit required that will be applied to the final total. The deposit will be credited to the plan you choose. The remainder is due after the session. You will get a downloadable online gallery within a couple days. Once paid, let me know how many families, total number of people, where you are staying, and cell# so we can communicate directly in case weather changes plans.
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Please don't bribe your children! Telling them they will get something after their picture is taken is counter productive. In a child's mind once I take ONE picture they think the session is over and they are done for the evening.
Beach Session Start Time. About an hour before sunset. Weather determines everything. If it's bright we may start a little later. If it's overcast we may have to start earlier. During the summer the session time starts around 7pm and goes until you get tired or it gets completely dark. I have portable studio lights so I can shoot well after sunset for the best backgrounds and conditions.
Mini-sessions If you choose a mini-session you may miss the changing beach conditions, have fewer options to choose from in regards to favorite photos, and may have to share a session with another family if hourly weather conditions become an issue. For children under 6 years old may take an hour to get a few good pictures.
Locations I can shoot at the beach house or condo where you are staying. However, these areas are usually busy with people on the beach and the backgrounds will have condos and beach furniture. If you want a more natural setting I can make recommendations. It will be cheaper to pay park fees than remove distracting backgrounds after the fact. However, if it's a large family that would take multiple cars I recommend the session take place where you are staying.
Prints: Large Prints over 8x10, canvas wraps and other home decor products will have extensive edits like removing people out of the background, and switching faces in group shots if there is an available option.
Digital Files: You will get an online gallery for viewing, downloading and ordering prints. I don't put a number of how many pictures you get as this depends on your family. Each Hi-Resolution file will get basic editing for exposure, color balance, and minor skin touchups made available in a downloadable online gallery usually in 2 days. You can take the digital files and get printed wherever you want. USB drives can be ordered for an additional $30. I HIGHLY recommend getting prints of your files. Digital files will need to be archived every couple years as media degrades or there are new formats that makes old media storage obsolete. I do not offer print support once you take the digital files to another lab. Minor touchups such as removing people from the background, fixing fly away hair etc. on your favorite 10 images included. More extensive edits may have additional charges.
Additional Editing: Editing such as body slimming, removing condos, and people in the background might be extra in some cases. Depending on the extent of editing you want it can be up to $15 extra per image. There are some images I deliver that may not be technically perfect but it may be a fun moment from the session. As such it will sometimes take a graphic artist to get it technically correct. This could be a candid moment and there's a huge condo in the background. It would be cheaper to pay the park fees and get a natural looking setting than pay to remove condos and beach furniture after the fact.
Deluxe Album: You can order a deluxe album through the gallery. The print lab will handle the design process, choosing photos and printing of a specialty album. You will be able to proof the album and add or subtract photos from the album. When you get the link to your proof gallery you will see a tab with this option. There is a DIY option for those that want to design their own photo books and is subject to the minimum order discount.
Helpful Tips: Relax and go with the flow. We can shoot ideas you see on online. However it needs to be limited to your favorite 4 ideas. The ideas may look great on Pinterest but the reality is some of those may have taken hours to pull off or the conditions were perfect for the idea. It is good to have expectations but overthinking can cause stress on children and missed opportunities. Light can change minute to minute so the time spent trying to force a shot could be spent taking advantage of the conditions given to us.
If there is a shot you just need to have please tell me upfront so we can make sure to get that shot. I spend a few moments getting group shots done them move on to other shots. If the group shot is THE shot you want, then lets spend some time on it. If the posed shots are less important and you want candid shots, then we will do quick group shots and move on to the candid portraits.
Can we shoot earlier in the day on the beach? I have families tell me they have young ones that go to bed early and they need to shoot earlier. There is nothing that can ruin a family shoot more than a miserable child on the beach because it is too bright and hot. Typical on a bright day are squinty eyes, harsh shadows, sweaty faces, bad hair and a miserable time.
Early Birds: For those like me that tend to be early, beach sessions are actually a time when it's good to be on time or a little late, especially if you have little ones. The best light happens towards sunset.
Beach Hair and Wind: The beach will have wind and will blow your hair all over the place if it is strong. The beach is not a controlled environment like a studio so beach hair is part of the process. I can minimize the wind by picking less windy areas.
Sunburn,Uneven Tan Lines: Editing for tan lines and sunburns is extra. So, if ladies wear strapped swimsuits during their stay and decide to wear strapless tops during the shoot, the tan lines are extra to remove. Same with editing out undergarments like bra straps that may show. Guys that wear ball caps or sunglasses while on a fishing charter will have light colored foreheads or racoon eyes. Make sure to spend some time in the sun without caps or glasses.
Bad Weather: Unless there is a region wide front moving through I do not cancel. Scattered thunderstorms are always a possibility during the summer so we are always under the chance of rain during the summer. They move in and move out quickly providing great backgrounds. Also I am not dependent on natural light. I schedule one family for a sunrise or sunset unless it is a mini-session. This allows us to move the session up or down during the day depending on the weather situation. Take a look at this page Weather Conditions for an idea of how typical weather situations look.
Residence of Alabama subject to state and local taxes
4 x 6 $1
5 x 7 $3
8 x 10 $4
11 x 14 $11
8 x 10 $80
10 x 20 $100
11 x 14 $100
16 x 16 $100
10 x 10 $100
10 x 30 $150
16 x 20 $150
16 x 24 $150
20 x 24 $175
20 x 30 $175
24 x 30 $200
24 x 36 $220
Other items available such as calendars, metal prints,Christmas cards, collages, phone cases etc.
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