How would you describe your photography?
It is really, really, really good.
Is Sun Shots an agency?
Absolutely not! We are a husband and wife team and have been creating art together for almost twenty years now. The artwork you see on our website is ours, and ours alone. When you book with us you can be assured that we will be your photographer.
Do you edit images?
All images in your gallery will receive free standard image edits for color correctness and tone. Upgraded photoshop edit options are available at extra cost if needed. We are pros and try to make the picture perfect before the button is ever pushed, and not rely on heavy computer processing.
What to wear?
Keep it simple! Neutral tones look best. Stay away from pastels and bright colors. Let the scenery and beautiful sunset be your color. Also the beach can be windy. Clothing with lapels are not a good idea.
Why only sunrise or sunset?
We know those are not the best times for the little ones, but there is a major reason. The beach is a very bright setting and there is no shade. During bright times of the day, this makes it extremely hard to look at the camera without squinting your eyes. If sunrise/sunset does not work for you, make sure to check out our Island Boat Excursions for more of our lifestyle candid work.
How long are your sessions?
Our afternoon sessions are one hour in length and start an hour before sunset for most of our session types. Large families do require a little bit more time. We can accommodate groups of almost any size at our sunset sessions, while our sunrise sessions are reserved only for small families, senior portraits, and couples session. Our sunrise sessions start a few minutes before sunrise and last an hour.
We only offer hour sessions for beach portraits because we like to take our time with our clients in order to create a natural, relaxed and fun family beach portrait experience! Anything less is a sacrifice in quality that we are not willing to take. We make awesome, and there is just no recipe for doing it quickly!
What about LOCATION?
This is something that we like to discuss over the phone. There are only a handful of beaches that we like to work at. We like our pictures perfect. Big ugly condos, people, and tents are a big no no in our backgrounds. When booking with us, please be prepared to drive 15 to 20 minutes to get to one of our pristine spots that are a little away from the beaten path! So please give us a call at (251) 968-2119 and let us fill you in on all the details!
What will my session cost?
Our pricing structure is very simple. You simply pay a sitting fee and then choose a collection that contains both digital and print products. We offer digital and print product collections because we understand you want digital images and we know your walls are screaming for you to hang our art. For details on pricing, please click on your group size below:
For groups over 16 people please contact us by phone at (251) -968-2119
What about weather?
A full refund will be given if the weather does not cooperate and we are unable to accommodate you at another time during your stay. We are in a network of other professionals and will do everything we can to help you find another photographer during your stay. We do not like to see anyone go home empty handed, but understand weather does play a part in beach photography. Windy days are common and to be expected on the beach.
Please don't pay attention to weather forecast, our weather people like to drink margaritas and are always wrong!
What is your cancelation policy?
We understand that plans change and some things can come up. We just ask that you give us 72 hours notice so that we can rebook your spot. We do have a $50 cancellation fee if you cannot give us 72 hours notice.
Do you offer mini sessions?
All of our sessions last at least an hour. That is what we believe it takes to make our customers happy. We like to give you a variety of posed and candid photographs. This is not something that can be done in 30 minutes. Another reason for hour sessions is lighting. The lighting is always changing within that hour. The best lighting is closer to sunset. We like our families to all get the best of what mother nature has to offer, not just a few. Quality over quantity is our motto and creating art is our directive, not profit from squeezing in multiple sessions per night.
Beach hair, don't care?
The beach can be a windy place. Think about that when fixing hair. Bobby pins can be very helpful. Also, do not go wild with hairspray and product. It is better to have the hair blowing naturally than having a big clump of hair flying in the wind.
Are you a "natural light" photographer?
We utilize professional studio-strobe lighting at every beach portrait session. We use a technique called "Bare Bulb Photography", and though it is extremely hard to master, it gives our portraits a significant pop that we feel is crucial in professional beach photography. It is part of the reason why our art stands out from the crowd.
When natural light is available, we use it. When it's not, we make our own. For the most part, we have to make our own. The beach is a hostile lighting environment and natural light yields unprofessional results most of the time.
Why should we pick Sun Shots?
- We take amazing photographs!
- We work as a team. It is impossible to take a picture, fix hair, and make puppets with just two hands!
- We have over 36+ years of combined experience with family portraits.
- Our pricing is simple, transparent, and a great value.
- We use the best camera equipment available.
- We are licensed to work in the area and have all necessary permits.
- Sun Shots is extremely serious about the short and long-term safety of your photographs.
- We understand the importance of family.
- Our reputation is on the line every time we photograph a family. We therefore have a strong incentive to do an amazing job.
- We are highly motivated and bring our "A GAME".
- We love what we do, and want to share our art with your family!!!
If you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email.
Either Maggie or Ryan will be glad to answer all your questions!