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!

Mom’s B-day Gift – Gulf Shores Beach Photographer

Grace Ann told us that the last time her family had pictures done at the beach was 10 years ago, so this beach portrait session was mom’s b-day gift and Mother’s Day present to herself!

If your family is coming to the beach this summer, we’d love to get you scheduled for a sunrise or sunset session with a Shore Shooters Gulf Shores beach photographer. Here’s the info on how to schedule your Gulf Shores photography session. Or go here if you’re visiting a different beach town.

Family Photographers In Gulf Shores Alabama

The beaches of Gulf Shores are a great place to get the whole family together to spend some quality time!  Many of the beach houses along West Beach Blvd. and Fort Morgan Road can accommodate groups of 20 people or more.  When you get the whole family together for a beach vacation, we hope you’ll contact us to capture lasting memories of your vacation.  Our photographers love working with big groups, so we hope you’ll choose us as your family photographers in Gulf Shores Alabama!

For information on scheduling your Gulf Shores beach photography session, please visit this page.

Here’s a recent family reunion session at the Gulf State Park Pier.

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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

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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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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Gender Reveal – Gulf Shores Photography

While vacationing in Gulf Shores, this family decided to use their family photography session to make a very important announcement!  They just found out that the new addition to their family is a girl!  Malachi was proud to announce that he is going to be a big brother!

If you have an important announcement or just want updated family pictures, our photographers are ready to work with you!  Schedule your Gulf Shores family photography session here.

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Birthday Getaway – Gulf Shores Couple Photographer

Michael and Stephanie came to Gulf Shores for a birthday celebration.  While they were here, they booked a beach photography session at the Gulf State Park Pier.  Whether you’re coming to the beach to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or you just need a beach getaway, our Gulf Shores photographers are ready to photograph your beach vacation.  Visit this page for pricing and more information.

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