FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What if it rains?
This is the most popular question! I do my best to get your photoshoot done while you are in the area. Sometimes that might mean rescheduling to a different day or time because the weather is very unpredictable in Florida! Overcast days are great for photography! I have even done a couple of shoots in the rain! (Grandma wanted it & I have tough gear!) I will not shoot if there is lightening. But if weather absolutely prevents the photoshoot from happening, your deposit will be refunded. It's in my contract!
What about wind & hair?
Wind is just part of the beach! There is almost always a tropical breeze and some days can get very windy! I strongly recommend long hair be pulled back in a manner so that it won't be blowing in your face. I charge extra for editing requests.
What time do you start the photoshoot?
I like to start 45 minutes - 1 hour prior to sunset for the best light. This changes throughout the year. You can do a quick Google search for "sunset times in Port St Joe" or click HERE.
But that is my baby's bed time.
I recommend trying to get small children to take a nap earlier in the day. I know little ones like routine, but you really want the best light for your portraits & it's only one evening! I am happy to schedule your photoshoot at another time, but the sun will be bright & that makes everyone squint! Not flattering for photos!
How do you handle small children?
It is a good idea to try to get small children to take a nap a few hours before the session so they are not cranky! It is also really helpful for parents to explain to children ahead of time that they need to listen to the photographer & follow directions. Offer a prize or treat at the end if they cooperate. It is definitely best to let me do the directing. I need the adults to keep looking at the camera while I get little ones' attention. I will not force a situation. If they are not happy it comes through in the photos. I will give them a break or move on to another pose or shot. Sometimes, family photos just have to be laid back & casual.
What is your style?
I am more of a traditional photographer when it comes to the family beach sessions. I love to capture connection in all of my work. I pose & give direction on what to do. But I also try to capture candid shots of your family during your session.
Do you edit the photos?
Yes. But it is minimal on these sessions. I stick to a realistic look & do not get creative with color or use presets or filters. The final images generally will look pretty true to how it was when we were there at the shoot.
I don't mind if you take pics with your smart phones during the session. In fact, I would love if you sent me some of the "behind the scenes" shots! However, when you have your phones out taking pics, family members, especially kids, will look at you instead of me. You are paying me a lot of money to take professional images. Please keep it to a minimum if you don't want images of your family looking away from my camera when they should be looking at it.
Where do you do the sessions?
I generally come to the client's vacation home, unless you want to do the session at another location. I work primarily in Port St Joe, St Joe Beach, Mexico Beach, Indian Pass, Cape San Blas & Apalachicola. Outside of those areas I charge a travel fee. Generally $50 per half hour of travel. For example: St. George Island is a $50 travel fee.
How many images do I get?
Every family & session is different, so I do not promise a certain number of images. Generally there will be at least 40 images in a gallery. This greatly depends on how many people are in the group & cooperation during the photoshoot.