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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for taking to the time to look at our FAQ page.  We have answered some of the most commonly asked questions from our customers.  The Information contained in our page contains information about you photo shoot.  There is also information about our local area that you may find interesting.  Hopefully you can learn something that adds value to your vacation.

If you have suggestions of items to be added to my page please email me and I will add it to the list.

Sunset Photoshoot

What is the big deal about Sunset for my Photoshoot.

Sunset is the perfect lighting for your photoshoot.   Sunrise is really good also, but really,  5:45 AM while on vacation does not appeal to everyone.   We appreciate those who are willing to get up so early to get fully dressed and cleaned up for your sunrise photoshoot.   Enough about the trials of getting dressed up for your photoshoot, Lets talk about light.  The best light is consistently 30 minutes before the sun sets and 30 minutes after the sun comes up.  Have you ever tried to take off your sun glasses at the beach and open your eyes fully, probably not.  The sun is too bright for most people, with or with out sensitive eyes.  Even if you manage to open your eyes, you will most definitely squint.

For this reason alone, a sunset photoshoot is a must.

Shadows are another issue that the magical sunset lighting eliminates.  Any other time of day, the sun will cast unwanted shadows on your face.  The soft light provided at sunset is virtually shadow free.  This is where my pro level Camera and lens comes in to play.   With low light, you are thinking we cannot get the shot, right?  Well, with a few adjustments and presets, we not only get it, we love it!  The camera gear is all dialed in for this time of day, and so sophisticated that we rarely need a flash.  Next let’s discuss the south Alabama heat.

It is hot here just about all year long.

Luckily the sunset offers cooler temps for our photo sessions.  This means less sweat to edit, and a more comfortable client.  Comfortable clients, (dads in particular) make happy clients, haha!  Lastly, the crowds of sunbathers have had their sun and fun for the day.  They are all packed up and headed out to dinner by the time we get there for our photos.  This means we can spread out and get our shots without being in someones way.  This also means that I have less people to edit out of your background! There, you have it! There are so many reasons to schedule a sunset photoshoot with Beach Shutters.

Where to EAT?

Not related to pictures, but just as important, even more so to the dads.
Your all dressed and starving after those pictures. Lets go EAT!!!

Here are my recommendations for dinner in no particular order

Orange Beach

Cosmos – Nice patio with live music and good food
Cobalt – Somewhat upscale great place for a sunset dinner with great food
Fishers – Upscale but worth it
Flippers – If you need a break from the beach and would like to watch a sunset with sailboats. The food is good and reasonably priced to boot.
The Gulf – One of my favorite placed to grab a cold drink and some fantastic food and watch the ships come in.
Ships Harbor Grill – On the upscale side but still family.  You can have a drink at the TIKI bar while waiting.
Voyagers – A fine dining experience. Date night for mom and dad.  (I would get a sitter)
Gulf Shores
Desotos Seafood kitchen – The best lunch in town, hands down.  Affordable lunch with blue plate specials.  Be sure to try the Flounder and the homemade MacNcheese.
Bahama Bobs – My personal favorite.  If you want to try the best burger on the Gulf of Mexico, you should definitely check them out.  For those wanting seafood don’t worry they have that to.  It is on the Beach and stays packed so try to go during non peak times of day.
Blond Johns Surf Shop – Best kept secret in Gulf Shores.  Go upstairs and order a Soul Bowl.  It is healthy and good frozen snack.  it consist of ground up Acai berries with fresh fruit, granola, and honey on top.  The kids will think it is ice cream, but you know its healthy.
The Hang Out – A fun nigh out for the whole family.  It will be crowed but it is designed to keep everyone entertained.  There are games, live entertainment, bubble maker, shops, photo ops and just great atmosphere.

If you have access to a  boat or don’t mind a short drive check out

Pirates Cove – This is a local hangout both people and dogs (not kidding about the dogs).  You can come  by boat or car.  Try out the cheeseburger in paradise and have a Bushwacker.  Bring a swim suit for the kids.  They can swim or jump of the dock while you are there.

Sunset Grill – My favorite sunset eatery.  Here you will find casual dining on the water and experience one of the best sunsets in the area.  Be sure to try the Grouper Poboy.

Flora Bama Yacht club – Get there by boat or by car.  It is across from the FloraBama but totally different.  The food and drinks are better and it has more of a family atmosphere.  You can sit back and relax and enjoy a cold beverage and watch some live music with lunch or dinner.
If you are lucky enough to have a night out just the adults you must head down to the Fora Bama.   It is hot, sticky and dirty,  and very full, but you will love.  You can’t come that close and not visit.  Kenny Chesney is not wrong 🙂

 

What should I wear?

What to Wear for Beautiful Portraits

  • Keep it simple. Solid colors are best in portraits. Avoid large, bold patterns and bright colors that draw attention away from your face.
  • Don’t forget the bottom half. Our photographer may suggest a full-length pose. Make sure you coordinate portrait clothing from head to toe.
  • Avoid excessive sun.  Sun burns can effect your finished photos so please remember your sun screen and avoid sun glass marks and Tan lines.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before your session. If you are exhausted, you will look exhausted. Go to bed at a reasonable time so you wake up refreshed and ready.
  • Drink lots of water! Good hydration will make skin glow and look fabulous.
  • If you are going to wear foundation make sure it matches your skin – all of it. You want to make sure your face and neck are the same color.
  • Keep makeup simple and elegant and take it easy on the bronzer. 
  • Bring a towel or wipes.  It more than likely will hot and humid during your session in the summer.  A sweaty brow can really mess up a perfect photo.

COORDINATE COLORS

  • Wear light on white. Light pastel or white clothing looks best against a light-colored or white portrait background.
  • Don’t mix light and dark colors in portraits. Save stronger colors and patterns for accessories.
  • I personally like the look of Flowy Clothes.  The sea breeze will most likely be blowing and flowing skirts and scarves give a soft beachy look.

Can I get one more photo?

 

I am occasionally asked if a customer can get more photos, and the answer is usually yes, but here is a fee for this service.

You can:

  • Pay $20 for each additional photo requested
  • Upgrade to the next larger package and double the amount of edited photos.

Contact me and let me know what photo your were looking for specifically and I will work with you locate the specific photo or photos to ensure that they are of good quality and worth editing.  If you choose to have have them edited I you can pay via Paypal for the service.  Keep in mind photos are deleted monthly, so if you think you want more please let me know as soon as possible.