Booking with a Company vs. an Independent Photographer

We know, or at least we hear, there is a stigma when it comes to booking a company for your photography needs as opposed to booking an independent photographer. We wanted to bust those myths in the blog today as well as point out some of the benefits to booking a photography company (in this case us, Shore Shooters)

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Lets's Start with the Assumptions!

1. A big company doesn't care

A lot of people think that a big company means we don’t care, when in all actuality, we probably care the most. We have a year round staff that is here to please our clients and our photographers. When you call or email, they will always answer quickly. They are dedicated to helping you do things like download images, place print orders, book your appointment, plan your shoot, etc…

2. They just hire and anyone and send them out there with no experience

Our entire team has gone through an application process and multiple training sessions before going out on their own. All of our photographers are also required to meet certain equipment standards. This is really just a small part of what goes into our onboarding process.

3. You don’t know what style of photography you are going to get with a larger photography company.

Every one of our photographers are shooting how they are trained to shoot by our team.  No matter how photographers shoot on their own time, when they are shooting for Shore Shooters, they are shooting “on brand”. On top of that, all editing is done in house. We have staff editors also trained to create the “Shore Shooters look”. 

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Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the pros to booking with our company. The main thing is that we have a staff that works for us full time and their job is customer service. Not to throw any other photographers under the bus, but we are constantly receiving calls and emails in our office from people saying that the photographer they booked didn’t: show up, return calls,  send their photos, canceled last minute, etc…

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With Shore Shooters, none of those things would be a concern. Our company is a well oiled machine with six staff members who care greatly about our photographers and our clients. In the case of emergencies, because we are a team, we can generally re-schedule as well. Something to consider if you are hesitating about booking with our company vs seeking out an individual. 

Today on our podcast our owners discuss this very subject.  Hear more on this topic  here.

 

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!

The Kling Family – St. Augustine Photography

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02 KB1 8900 KB1 8906When I visited St. Augustine last March, I knew it was special. There was so much about the city I was surprised by. It felt at times like I was in Europe! But then driving over the Bridge of Lions I was in for an even bigger surprise!

The small beach town of St. Augustine has all the vibes I enjoy. Laid-back surf culture, tacos (plenty of tacos), a few breweries, and incredible beaches. The high-rise condos and chain restaurants are nonexistent. The mom-and-pop surf shops are alive and well. It’s not overwhelming, it’s relaxing in the best way.

03 KB1 893004 KB1 8922 2So naturally, I go to Instagram to find things to do (basically the best coffee shops) and I come across Gabe and Megan Kling who are realtors in the area. They do an incredible job of showing what makes the town and the lifestyle of St. Augustine so magical. I even joked with Megan that we should move to the area (jokes on us, here we are, going on our 7th month living here).

Fast forward to this shoot, with their family. We worked with them to purchase our home and absolutely loved them. Doing these photos for their family was special because they are such a great family! The boys are so much fun to be around!

We also have some other projects in the works with the Kling’s. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss out!

-April Loyle

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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

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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Family and Senior Pictures – Gulf Shores Photography

If you book a senior portrait session with us, the whole family is welcome.  Many times, we shoot family and senior pictures all in one session.  Here is an example.  This family booked a Gulf Shores photography session at sunset to get family pictures as well as senior pictures for their oldest daughter.

If you’re coming to the beaches of Gulf Shores and looking to get family pictures, senior pictures, or BOTH, please visit this link for more information on our Gulf Shores photography sessions.

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