Frequently Asked Questions
How do I reserve a portrait date?
email, let us know the date and your location and we will let
you know if that date is available. Beach portraits are
scheduled on weekdays.
Is a deposit required to hold the
date? If you wish Alabama Beach Photography/Pensacola
Photography to hold a date/time just for you, a deposit of
$100.00 is required. You will be sent an online invoice
for the deposit once you have called or emailed us for an
available date. You can pay the invoice online by credit
card, OR if you wish to pay by check, you may
mail a check (make sure there is time for us to receive the
deposit check prior to the session).
What if the weather doesn't cooperate and it rains
during our scheduled time? If possible, schedule
your portrait time early in your stay in the area. This
way if it does rain, we will make every attempt to schedule
another day while you are here.
What should we wear?
You should wear
whatever you are comfortable wearing, and whatever is natural
for you. The standard beach choice is khaki pants and a
white shirt; however we welcome your own choices or
alternatives. Blue jeans and a white or light colored
shirt is also a good choice. Stay away from loud prints! We would recommend a solid
color shirt, and if people are wearing different colors, just
make sure they are in the same color tone. For example,
pinks, blues and yellows are fine as long as they are in the
same tonal range--toss in a neon green, and it will not
work as well. Your portraits should look natural when you
or anyone else sees them; not like you are dressed up in someone
else's clothes. For a couple, shirts do not have to be
exact--she can wear a dress that coordinates with his shirt, for
example. For a family, a multitude of different prints and
colors puts the focus of the photo on the clothing instead of
the subjects. Coordination, not necessarily matching, is
the key. Ladies/young girls:
please take into consideration that white Cotton dresses and
blouses/tops are see thru in the outdoor lighting!! Please take
this into consideration when choosing what to wear for beach
photography. Also, we do many different combination shots and
you will be sitting down and standing, so please wear something
that is appropriate and will allow for this.
The beach at our hotel/condo/house is very crowded, or there
is construction, or it is not particularly versatile--is there
another location for our portraits? Call us and we can
easily direct you to another nearby location that is a much
nicer setting, less beach-goers, buildings or other obstructions. Most
areas we use have wonderful sand dunes with beautiful sea oats
(seasonal) an attractive boardwalk, clean sand and beautiful
We would like a portrait while we are on vacation, but
not necessarily at the beach--are there other locations?
Yes, we will be happy to plan your portrait session anywhere you
would like--a park, historic area, even your boat!
What style, and number of poses can I expect at the
portrait session? First of all, we want you to be
comfortable, we want your portrait to reflect your personality.
We are not the type of photographer that sets up a tripod in one
spot and takes a few shots of the same poses. We move
around, we're in the sand, we're even in the water sometimes.
We will take shots of the whole family, some of just mom and
dad, some of the children, mom and infant, dad and son, and any
other combination, including individual shots of each family
member. We will move you from the boardwalk, to the dunes
and to the shoreline. If your portrait session is at a
location other than the beach, we will use the areas natural
environment and architectural structures to enhance your
We are from out of town, how do we get our photos?
We will mail your proofs to the address you provide us.
You should receive your proofs in our custom cover bound proof
portfolio within three weeks depending on
the time of the year. Additionally your proofs will be
posted in your own online gallery and storefront in both color and black and
white for a minimum of one year.
What is a proof? A proof is the picture
you receive in order to make your selections for enlargements
and reprints. If a proof is not necessarily perfect, don't
worry, all pictures selected for enlargement are individually
adjusted prior to printing. Your proofs are presented in a
digital form in a 4x6 aspect ratio at 260 DPI.
Additionally your proofs are presented for a minimum of one year
in our online storefront in both color and black and white for
How do I order enlargements?
- We run our own online store front to make ordering as easy
as possible. When your photo session has been posted you
will be given a link to your gallery. Create a user name
and password before ordering so you may view the supersized
images that contain the order form. Ordering is as simple
as clicking on the picture, bringing up the super sized
image, and indicating the size and quantity of each image.
PayPal is available for easy online checkout allowing the
use of Visa, Master
Card, and American Express.
- Alternatively you can email the list of your
enlargements, the size of the image, quantity, and if in
color or black and white to
email@example.com with the subject:
ENLARGEMENTS. Please be sure to enclosed contact
If you have any questions about ordering your enlargements,
just contact us, we will be happy to help you with your order.
Photography by Pensacola Photography, LLC