Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer.

With iPhone camera quality advancing the way it is, we want to talk about why you should hire a professional photographer.

This is the perfect session to use as an example of all you can get out of a beach portrait session.

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These beach portraits are generations celebrating a milestone together. Sometimes there’s no milestone to celebrate but just BEING TOGETHER. 

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We understand that sometimes getting the whole family together can be difficult, so why not document that? It is worth celebrating. 

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That’s what it’s all about to us! We go out to the beach night after night to capture beach portraits for families from all over the country, and we LOVE it. 

If you think you can skip out on hiring a professional, we challenge you to consider the following: quality, memories, and a good experience. 

If you are taking the picture, you don’t get to be a part of the memory. 

Setting up a timer and running back to jump in the photo, no way! Using an iPhone? Your photos will eventually be outdated. Thinking about paying low prices for someone with less experience? You get what you pay for. 😬

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With the help of a professional photographer, you won’t have to worry about things like awkward posing and lighting. A photographer can also help capture candid moments that you should be a part of. 

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If we could sum it all up, we would say, HECK YES hire a professional photographer for your next beach trip! 

What to Wear for Beach Portraits

When it comes to family portraits, what you wear is HUGE! It determines the mood of your photos and even the overall coloring. We are here to tell you not to overthink it. 

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What we mean by that is, put effort into coordinating your outfits, but don’t overdress. Beach portraits are meant to be laid back, so you don’t want to overdo it. Think, sundresses for the ladies and t-shirts and shorts for the kids. 

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Now let’s talk about colors; neutral colors like white, tan, and beige will always work at the beach. It works for a reason! It almost always compliments skin well, and it photographs well.

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Avoid loud colors like coral, red, bright orange, yellow, or even some shades of blue. This is a big challenge for photographers and editors, as it does not compliment the skin and tends to leave people looking orange or sunburnt. 

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With that being said, we want your family to have a good experience, so dress how you feel comfortable and have fun!

Reasons To Book A Sunrise Session – Gulf Shores Photographer

If you’ve ever had pictures taken on the beach, you probably already know that they have to be scheduled during the first or last hour of sunlight.  During our peak season, the sun comes up between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. in some of our locations.  That means you’ll have to get the family out of bed REALLY early!  However, there are several advantages to scheduling your beach portrait session at sunrise! Read More about Reasons To Book A Sunrise Session – Gulf Shores Photographer

Engagement Photos – Gulf Shores Photographers

We’re loving all of the improvements to the main public beach in Gulf Shores!  The city has been working really hard to give our beach a huge facelift.  If you’re coming to Gulf Shores this spring or summer, be sure to check it out.  Until then, here’s an engagement session at the new public beach from Gulf Shores photographer April Loyle.

To find out more about scheduling a session with one of our Gulf Shores photographers, please visit this page.

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Puppy Family – Dauphin Island Photographer

This couple rescues miniature schnauzers.  They currently have five of them!  Since their family is constantly changing, they like to get a new family picture every year.  Their photo session also consisted of individual photos of their current family members.

Our Dauphin Island photographers would love to meet your family…even if they’re furry and have four legs!  Click here for information on scheduling a family beach photography session in Dauphin Island. Read More about Puppy Family – Dauphin Island Photographer

Growing Family – Orange Beach Photographer

Terri contacted us to book a family beach portrait session during her vacation because she needed a new picture to hang above her sofa.  Since her last family photo was taken, she has gained a new son-in-law and grandson!  If your family is growing, contact us to get an updated family photo while you’re on vacation at the beach!

Need an updated family photo for your wall?  Our Orange Beach photographers would love to take it!  Click here for information on scheduling a family beach portrait session in Orange Beach.

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Surprise Proposal in Gulf Shores

A surprise proposal in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Our photographers LOVE being a part of special moments like this!  If you’re planning to pop the question while you vacation in Gulf Shores, don’t take a risk with the pictures of the big event.  Our Gulf Shores photographers are very experienced at photographing surprise proposals.  For more information on booking an appointment with one of our Gulf Shores photographers, please visit this page.

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Engagement Photography in Orange Beach, Alabama

An engagement photography session in Orange Beach, Alabama with a few extended family members and one very special guest…a rainbow!  We can’t guarantee rainbows for your Orange Beach photography session, but we promise that you’ll have fun anyway!

For information on scheduling your appointment with one of our Orange Beach photographers, please head over to this page.

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Important Announcement! – Gulf Shores Beach Pictures

This couple had a very special reason for having a beach photo session in Gulf Shores.  They’re using the pictures to make the big announcement to their family that they are expecting their first baby!  Congratulations to the new parents from all of us at Shore Shooters!

Whether you need to make an important announcement or you just need an updated family photo, we’d love to work with you!  Click here for information on our Gulf Shores photography sessions.

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Family Fun On The Beach – Gulf Shores Photos

This post contains a lot of pictures because we couldn’t narrow it down to just a few!  This family had so much fun during their Gulf Shores photo session with April Loyle!

If your family is ready to have some fun on the beach, our photographers would love to come along and capture pictures of your family time.  Click here for information on our Gulf Shores photography sessions at sunrise and sunset.

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