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! 

Gulf Shores Sunrise Photography

There aren’t many things that would get us to wake up before the dawn while on vacation. Gulf Shores sunrises are at the top of that (very short) list!

There’s just something about getting to the beach before the hustle and bustle of the day. Before the white sands are painted over by beach towels and striped umbrellas. There aren’t many times you get the beach all to yourself, and choosing a sunrise session is a way to experience just that.

The subtle pastel skies and golden Gulf Shores sun; it’s hard to beat a background like that!

What To Wear For a Small Family Beach Photography Session

Deciding what to wear for a small family beach photography session and getting coordinating outfits together doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may think. We at Shore Shooters Beach Photography believe “the simpler, the better”! If your colors and prints are too bright and bold, it can be distracting to the eye. Keeping your looks more towards the neutral side and the prints on the smaller side, makes you the center of attention– not your wardrobe!

Plus, it’s best not to try and compete with these Gulf Shores beaches, right?!

The Leppert family went about this perfectly! Mom and dad sporting muted tones, while baby boy brought the whole look together with his subtly printed overalls.

We hope this helps you out and we can’t wait to see what looks you put together for your family beach photography session!

Hylie’s 2021 Gulf Shores Senior Portraits

Senior portrait sessions are a favorite of ours to shoot! Not to mention one with a perfect Gulf Shores sunrise. Luckily, Hylie and her family shared that same exact thought when they scheduled with us for Hylie’s 2021 Gulf Shores Senior Portraits

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They were met by one of our incredible photographers, Jaylee, and set out for some golden sun soaked photos.


Hylie is actually a 2021 senior, and we think getting those portraits done during your family beach vacation is the perfect idea. Especially somewhere that’s sentimental, which in this case for Hylie was the beautiful Gulf Shores. We loved that she showed her school pride and even brought her cheerleading uniform!

Senior portraits are meant to showcase your personal style and personality, and we think the beautiful beach of Gulf Shores is the perfect place to do just that!

Visit this page to schedule your appointment with one of our Gulf Shores photographers.

The Fields Family – Gulf Shores Photography

The Fields family just had their fifth Gulf Shores photography session with us! So this year, they wanted to change things up and do something a little different. Co-Owner / photographer April took them to one of her “top secret” locations with more trees and grass than you would normally find along the beach in Gulf Shores. Looking at these pictures sort of gives us some Outer Banks, North Carolina vibes (which happens to be one of our new locations for this summer…more details coming soon!)

We always love seeing our regular clients and greatly appreciate them coming back year after year! If you’d like to start a family tradition of having beach pictures every summer, just visit the main page of our website, then choose your vacation destination.

Multi-Family Beach Photography – Gulf Shores Photographer

Here’s a question we get asked a lot: “If I schedule a multi-family beach photography session, will each family get their own pictures?”. The answer is YES!

We’ll take pictures of each individual family, the whole group together, couples, kids, and anything else you want! Our photographers are experts at maximizing the time they spend with you so you get lots of variety!

Ready to schedule your appointment with a Gulf Shores photographer? Visit this page for pricing and information. If you’re headed to one of our other beach towns, visit our home page and choose your vacation destination.

What To Wear For Beach Photos

When it comes to what to wear for beach photos, there really are no rules! We loved how this family chose to dress for their Gulf Shores photography session!

We worked with the Gray family a couple of years ago. The first time, they went with the more typical “dressed up” look. This time, they chose a more simple look by just having fun as a family playing on the beach!

At Shore Shooters, there is no dress code for our beach photos. Wear whatever best shows your family’s personality! If you need suggestions or ideas, feel free to contact us any time. You can also get ideas by visiting our Pinterest page. For information on scheduling a session with us, please visit our home page, then choose your vacation destination. We look forward to meeting you and seeing how you choose to dress for your beach pictures!

Gulf Shores Family Reunion Photography

Several generations of this family gathered together to spend the holidays at a beach house in Gulf Shores, Alabama. While they were all together, they contacted us for their Gulf Shores family reunion photography.

Family Photography At The Beach Club Gulf Shores

We love to see the same families year after year! The Wredling family scheduled their first beach photography session with us in 2017. Here’s a link to their 2017 session from our blog archives. This fall, they returned to the Alabama Gulf Coast and booked with us again for their second year of family photography at The Beach Club Gulf Shores.

If you’ve worked with us before, we’d love to see you again! We even offer a repeat client discount, so please contact our office before you schedule so we can tell you how to get the discounted price!

Here are some of the pictures from the Wredling family’s second Gulf Shores beach photography session with us…

Here are a few other photography sessions at The Beach Club, Gulf Shores:

Senior Portraits

Sunrise

 

Engagement Photography In Gulf Shores Alabama

We always love to hear comments and feedback from our clients after they’ve looked through the pictures from their beach photography session. We especially love comments like this one we received from Natalie after she scheduled us for her engagement photography in Gulf Shores Alabama…

“AMAZING!!! Colette was so great! Unfortunately the weather made us reschedule but Colette was super flexible. The photos are gorgeous…like they are so good, I can’t pick a single favorite. I cannot say enough good things about Shore Shooters, especially Colette!!! She was so fun to work with, made posing easy, and captured some of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen! I cannot stop looking at them. We got our pictures super fast as well! Shore Shooters is the best, hands down!!!”

If you are planning a vacation to Gulf Shores, we’d love to work with you! Please visit this page for pricing information and to schedule your beach photography appointment with one of our talented beach photographers in Gulf Shores Alabama! If you’re coming to a different area, please head over to our home page and choose your vacation destination.

Here are a few of Natalie’s engagement pictures:

 

Beach Portraits At Kiva Dunes – Gulf Shores Photographer

If you’re looking to “get away from it all” and discover the Gulf Coast the way it was meant to be, we suggest scheduling your next beach vacation at Kiva Dunes on the Fort Morgan Peninsula.  In addition to being the home of one of Alabama’s best golf courses, Kiva Dunes also includes four pools, two restaurants, and over a mile of sugar-white private beachfront.

 
Kiva Dunes is also a great place for your beach portraits!  Our Gulf Shores photographers love shooting family beach sessions there!  After you book your stay at this beautiful resort, click here to schedule an appointment with an experienced, fun Gulf Shores photographer.

 
 
Visiting one of our other coastal resort communities?  Visit this page for a list of all of the towns where you’ll find our Shore Shooters beach photographers.

 

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Family Vacation – Gulf Shores Photography

Photographer Walt says this was one of his favorite Gulf Shores photography sessions so far this year.  He says “Megan and her family did such an amazing job. An absolute thrill to spend time with during their family vacation. I was having so much fun, I actually didn’t want this Gulf Shores photography session to end. As you can see, the whole family was extremely photogenic. They were great. Shoots like these remind you how much you love every aspect of your job. Thank you, Megan.” Read More about Family Vacation – Gulf Shores Photography

Beach Photographers Orange Beach Alabama

Part of this family is from Atlanta and the others are from Kansas City.  They all got together for a family vacation in Orange Beach, Alabama and contacted us to book a beach photography session.  If your family is getting together for a vacation anywhere along the Gulf Coast, our beach photographers would love to meet you at sunrise or sunset for a family beach photography session!  Just click this link for more information and to book your session with one of our Orange Beach photographers.

Location:  Alabama Point East, Orange Beach Read More about Beach Photographers Orange Beach Alabama

Mom And Son Session – Gulf Shores Photography

Our Gulf Shores photography team is loving the improvements to the Gulf Shores Public Beach!  The Gulf Place Revitalization Project has created beach access areas with amenities and parking on the east and west sides of the city’s public beach area. The improvements include a public boardwalk on the beachside of the parking areas, public green space, walking paths, shade structures, restrooms, and attractive landscaping.  Read more about the Gulf Place Revitalization Project here.

Here’s a mom and son session at the west end of the new public beach.  If you’re planning a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast, our Gulf Shores photography team would love to show you around this beautiful new public beach access area!  Please visit this page to learn more about scheduling a Gulf Shores photography session.

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Gulf Shores Photography At Kiva Dunes

This family spent their summer vacation at Kiva Dunes on Fort Morgan Road in Gulf Shores.   This world class resort features rental homes, condos, a private beach, and one of the area’s best golf courses.  Plus, it’s a favorite location for our Gulf Shores photography team!  If you’re planning a vacation to the Gulf Shores area, Kiva Dunes would be an excellent place to stay!  And while you’re there, don’t forget to schedule a beach photography session with us!

Our photographers are always happy to meet you at your location and we never charge a travel fee!  If you’re coming to the Gulf Shores or Fort Morgan area this year, click here to schedule your beach photography session or visit our Gulf Shores home page for more information.
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Familiar Faces – Gulf Shores Beach Photographer

We love seeing the same familiar faces over and over again!  We first met the Hunget family back in 2016.  You can see some of the pictures from their first Gulf Shores beach photography session here.

This year, their daughter Sophie brought her best friend along for the family vacation, so they asked Gulf Shores beach photographer April Loyle to capture some fun moments of the two girls together.

Our photographers love to see familiar faces or new faces!  So whether it’s your first time using us, or if you’re ready to update your beach pictures, click here for information on scheduling a Gulf Shores family photography session.

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