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We hope the following tips will help you prepare for your upcoming Orange Beach Family Photography beach photography session.


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-Wearing sunscreen before your session!

Reduce your chances of burning at the beach or pool by seeking shade and reapplying sunblock liberally in all exposed areas to avoid unsightly tan lines, sunburn redness, hat lines, or "raccoon eye" marks from sunglasses because these things are often unable to be edited out.

-Coordinating your group's outfits

Choose a color scheme that works well for your group.   White and khaki are a popular choice, they are easy to coordinate as most people already have clothing like this in their wardrobes. Blue and green hues are very popular, we recommend avoiding reds and oranges that can clash with the sunset colors. Prints are welcome to add dimension and texture to your pictures, however, too many patterns can detract from you photos and prints can prevent editing in some cases . The pictures look best if the group looks like they belong together!

-Wearing something comfortable

No one wants to be or appear uncomfortable during their photo session. Plan ahead by ensuring you are comfortable in a flattering outfit that eliminates exposed bra straps or panty lines. 

-Leaving all unnecessary items in the car

We will move around a good bit during our time together on the beach so leave behind any extraneous items such as strollers, purses/diaper bags, and even sun glasses and cell phones at times.

-Allowing plenty of time for naps

If you have young children, we suggest building in time to let them nap during the day. Having well rested, happy children gives you the best opportunity for their cooperation during your family's session. 

-Bringing back-up hair accessories

There is always a breeze at the beach, so come prepared with any accessories such as bobby pins, clips, or headbands to tame windblown hair.

-Planning to arrive at least 15 minutes early

When coordinating children or large parties, we recommend leaving your house/condo five minutes earlier than necessary to give yourselves plenty of time to park and arrive on time for your session. If you arrive considerably early, you are encouraged to stay in the car and soak up the A/C as long as possible until just a few minutes before your session. 

-Wearing goggles in the pool

Chemicals in the swimming pools or irritants in the Gulf of Mexico can cause dry, watery, bloodshot eyes if you open them underwater. Remain mindful of this by wearing protective swimming goggles if you choose to swim with your eyes open because we can't edit red eyes in many cases.

-Tide To-Go is your best friend!

If your crew is prone to messes and spills, stain removing sticks can be a life-saver. It never hurts to slip one in your pocket just in case you or your little ones don't have a back-up photo outfit.

Please, don't do it if at all possible......

-Bring your camera to your session

External cameras prohibit your hired photographer from garnering your full attention which does not work in your favor. We kindly ask that no other cameras be present during your photography session. Unfortunately this does include cell phone cameras. Given your limited time with the photographer on the beach, we want the full, undivided attention of the subjects who are being photographed so we can deliver the best photographs. External photography distracts subjects and detracts from your photography service and experience. We politely ask that your professional photographer is the only one behind the camera while on your session if at all possible.

-Slather on moisturizers/lotion

The fine white sand can be particularly troublesome to brush off if your skin is tacky with baby oil or lotion. Keep your skin moisturized leading up to the day of your session, but please inform all members of your party to refrain from moisturizing before your session if at all possible.

-Chew gum

Please discard your chewing gum before meeting your photographer if you can. No one wants to see colored chewing gum in smiles and it is unable to be removed during editing.

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