Sun Shots Photography Blog
Gulf Shores Family Photos
There is absolutely no better time to come to the beach than right now for Gulf Shores family photos.  Our little island is almost deserted.  Ask any local and they will quickly tell you October is the best month of the year.  With the heat of summer gone and winter still months away, your perfect tan awaits.   It is also super easy to find unheard of deals on off-season condo pricing.  Condo owners are practically giving away rooms this time of year just to keep their units occupied.  I had a mom tell me the other day they paid for two days and got five free.    That is just crazy, and what a great incentive to pull the kids out of school and go on a fall break vacation. Special thanks to our wonderful family from last night’s sunset session for calling us for their Gulf Shores family photos.  We had an awesome time working with you guys and am so glad you found us.  Your art turned out amazing, to say the least.  Hope you guys have a wonderful remainder of your vacation and have a safe trip home.  Thanks again for calling us, and we look […]
Family Vacation in Perdido Key
There is no better time to do your senior portraits than when you are on your family vacation in Perdido Key.  Especially this time of year during the mild fall season.  October is a great month to visit and senior portrait due dates are coming up fast, so act now and beg your family to come on down!   With over sixteen years of professional portrait beach photography experience, we are positive we are the perfect photographer for your senior portraits.  We work as a team to make sure your session goes off without a hitch, and you end up with many many choices that you can proudly display as your beach senior portraits. A special thank you to our senior from last night’s sunset session.  We had a wonderful time meeting you and your family as well.  So so excited about how great your art turned out.  Thank you for searching us out and allowing us to share our art with you.  We understand how important these portraits are to you, and am glad we got to go above an beyond and rock your session.  Best of luck in your future endeavors and we look forward to seeing you guys […]
Family Vacation in Orange Beach
October is the absolute best month of the year for a family vacation in Orange Beach.  Locals wait all year for October to arrive.  It is the month we take the beach back.  With much smaller crowds and perfect beach weather, we just couldn’t keep the secret for long though.  So why don’t you book a last minute trip and find out for your self!  October is the month of the best festival on the coast too, the Shrimp Fest.  I mean what says vacation more than fried shrimp from a traveling carnival booth.  Throw in a Cajun Pistol and you can truly have a vacation in paradise. A huge special thanks to the wonderful family we got to photograph at last night’s sunset session.  Thank you for coming down to the beach during the offseason, and thank you for calling us to do your perfect family portraits on the beach.  We are so excited at how great your session went, and we hope you have a wonderful weekend enjoying the world family Shrimp Fest.  Don’t forget to check out our booth on the far west end of the vendor field. For those of your out there that have never […]
Gulf Shores Sunsets
This is my absolute favorite time of year for Gulf Shores sunsets.  Most of the year, the sun sets through condos and we only get perfect sunrises.  Not this time of year and we absolutely love rocking the sunset.  In my opinion, there is nothing cooler than a deserted beach and a beautiful sunset in the background.  The setting sun has a way of setting a strong tone of time.  To me images like this scream loudly!  The moment in time is frozen, never will be able to witness the same setting sun just as everyday marks another day gone in the growth of a child.  The photography freezes that moment and together they form pieces of art.  Time doesn’t stand still though I wish it would but photography has a way of keeping that memory fresh.  A few have told me to take as many pictures of my own child as possible because they will be grown in a blink of an eye.  After a few years of doing so, I look back at awe and it literally blows my mind how quick they grow up. A few have told me to take as many pictures of my own child […]
Family Beach Portraits Perdido Key
I get super excited this time of year for family beach portraits Perdido Key style because it is absolutely my favorite time of the year.  The heat of the summer is gone, the traffic is light, and the beaches are almost always void of people. Locals call this time of the year “Theirs” because they get to reclaim the beach for awhile.  It is just so nice from now until around Thanksgiving.  Nothing like 80-degree weather at the beach.  The water is still warm and suntans are still around!  From what I understand, you can also get a great deal on a condo this time of year as well. A huge special thanks to our great family from last night’s sunset session for sharing your little bundle of joy with us.  It was a special day for this little beach angel, she turned two.  At the end of the session, we even got the opportunity to watch her enjoy birthday cake.  Oh my, I mean serious heart flutters with this little beauty!!!  Happy birthday, we are so glad we got to work with you. So what are you waiting for, go ahead and pick up the phone and call our friends over […]
Beach Portraits in Orange Beach
Are you taking a last minute trip to the beach this summer before school starts and looking for info on beach portraits in Orange Beach?  This time of year the crowds are starting to subside and the heat is starting to drop.  The changing of the seasons is always welcomed here, but this time of year is my absolute favorite for beach portraits.  This marks the sixteenth summer we have shared our art on the Gulf Coast and we are so proud to be apart of this great community.  We have stood the test of time and we would like to offer our art to your family as well. A huge “Thank You” to our wonderful family from last night’s sunset session for calling us to do beach portraits in Orange Beach.  We had a wonderful sunset session and we really enjoyed meeting you guys!  The beaches were almost completely void of people and we had a wonderful time interacting and capturing the awesome smiles of your little man.  This is one of the many perks of being a professional photographer.  We get to meet and interact with great families like yours! With sixteen years of professional beach photography now […]
Candid Beach Portraits
So you are looking for candid beach portraits?  Perhaps a little something different than the sit here, look here, say cheese type photography you grew up with?  Well, we get it and we understand what you are looking for!  We get candid, and we do it well.  Don’t get me wrong, great candid stuff is posed, but we understand how to make it happen.  Kids aren’t gonna just jump out of the car and start doing cute stuff for the camera, let’s be honest.  Not to say they can’t, but it is just not normal behavior to act like you have been looking at Pinterest all day, especially for a baby!  It is all about putting the child in the right situation and then letting their little lights shine.  We work as a team and we are great at making the candid stuff happen. A huge thanks to our precious little angel from last nights sunset session for allowing us to work with her and her awesome family.  She was a blast and boy did her little light shine when it came to the candid stuff.  From picking up sea shells to dancing around the chair, she was a super star […]
Professional Beach Sunrise Portraits
Professional beach sunrise portraits are a great way to start a great day on your family beach vacation.  Not only will you as a family get to see a sunrise, very rare, you will get to experience our favorite session time of the day.  The light in the morning is super clear and crisp, and the sunrise makes for the perfect backdrop.  The whole experience is really very worth it, and most clients say it is their absolute favorite thing to do while in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.  Not to mention how pretty it is in the morning, and how absolutely void of people the beach really is.  The old saying, the early bird gets the worm is actually true in professional beach photography. So what are you waiting for, give us a call and let us show you what other sunrise sessions look like and let’s get your very own professional beach sunrise portraits session booked!  Our shot of the day today is from two handsome fellows from this mornings sunrise session.  They showed up all smiles and did not want to leave at the end.  I love it when mom’s tell us that they just couldn’t believe […]
Senior Portraits with Style at the Beach
It is that time of year for senior portraits with style at the beach!  I know what you are thinking, let’s get my senior portraits done at the beach and let’s find a photographer to do them.  Sounds like a great idea, but you better do your homework because senior portraits are easy, but looking like you have style while doing them is a challenge.  That’s where we come in. We know how to bring the bang and make your senior portraits stand out from the crowd.  We understand you deserve images that will stand the test of time and help other remember you as you, not some glamour shot looking rendition of yourself.  Trust me I have heard all the horror stories, and I promise we will work for you to capture the images that you want. It is easy to take a picture, but hard to take one that shows the real you.  That is why we take the time to find out who you are, what you are into, what you do for fun and come up with a plan to incorporate you into the picture.  Your senior portraits are about you, not some crazy vision of a […]
Professional Portraits in Perdido Key
There is nothing that gets me up and going in the morning better than a cup of coffee and professional portraits in Perdido Key.  Sure the coffee gets the old legs a moving but the portraits make my heart go pitter patter, and I am positive they have the same effect on every single client we work with.  We had some great coffee this morning and guess what, the session turned out just great.  Just check out our little model from this morning!  He did great and we had so much fun.  Special thanks to our new clients for giving us a call and letting us capture their family portraits while on their vacation. If you are going to take the time to have family pictures made, please make sure your professional photographer is going to go out of their way to make sure you go home with awesome.  Awesome photography, awesome memories, awesome art!  We specialize in awesome, and we want to be your photographer.  We promise to work hard to make sure your session goes off without a hitch.  So let our sixteen years of professional beach photography experience work for your family.  We work as a team, […]
Senior Portraits on the Beach in Gulf Shores
One of my absolute favorite sessions is senior portraits on the beach in Gulf Shores.  Senior portraits are so important, and I honestly get scared before every session because I understand we have to rock them and make each and every senior look and feel flawless.  Our seniors are so important to us and we understand we have to make their images impeccable.  I will stop at nothing less than perfection and do everything in my power to go over the top.  We are looking for the right angles, the right lighting, the perfect balance, and the perfect pose.  Our seniors expect boom and we definitely try to bring it. This mornings sunrise senior session was no exception.  We actually woke to thunderstorms in the area and had to deviate from our original plan, but found a dry spot and window and got it done.  It would have been easy to make a call and cancel but we stuck it out and had one of our best senior sessions of the year.  Sometimes things happen and throw us off guard like the weather, but our sixteen years of experience have taught us to roll with the punches and work with what mother […]
Professional Photography in Gulf Shores
Did we mention we love professional photography in Gulf Shores?  Well if you haven’t heard me screaming it by now, here goes, “I LOVE MAKING ART!!!”  There is something about capturing moments in time that really appeals to me.  Though it is present, as soon as my shutter snaps it becomes history.  Being a history buff, I am thrilled to capture it in high definition I guess.  This has been a major driving force over the years that has pushed our art to the upper limits.  I understand these new age photographers make fun of the old schoolers like us, but hey, I am proud to be one.  Sure gadgets can make your life easier, but things like photography have rules.  Rules you must know and rules you must follow.  Sure gadgets can memorize the rules and take the art out of the making of the image but I have never been one to rely on a robot to make my coffee.  These rules are not easy to grasp, and most of my knowledge was passed down from my mentors. Sure it would be easier to dump all of our equipment and put a flash on our camera and be like […]
Family Beach Portraits at Martinique on the Gulf
One of my absolute favorite sessions is sunrise family beach portraits at Martinique on the Gulf.  Martinique on the Gulf sits next to a vast wildlife refuge with many miles of uninterrupted dunes in the background.  We don’t actually work on the wildlife refuge but are able to let it become the backdrop with the sunrise coming up through the dunes.  Sometimes during the year, it rises like it did today through the dunes, and other times of the year, it rises over the water.  Every single time we work there at sunrise, we capture breathtaking art like this from this mornings sunrise.  All I can say is wow.  The beauty of nature is just overwhelming sometimes. On our big-little island, we have four distinct areas: Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan.  Though Perdido Key is actually in Orange Beach, as is Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores, they are truly separate.  Fort Morgan being the most unique.   It has the least amount of development and in places is like stepping back in time fifty years.  If you are looking to get away from the crowds and find empty beaches, Fort Morgan is the only spot for you.  Sure […]
Family Beach Photography in Gulf Shores
We’ve entered the era of the photographic “LOST GENERATION”.  People are taking photos more than ever, but they’re nearly all digital files with very few tangible prints being produced.  By now we know that digital never means safe, yet millions of memories are currently being entrusted to servers, clouds, and phones.  The risk could be felt by an entire generation, the millennials, as they grow up without a printed photographic record of their lives.  The most photographed generation of all time could wind up being the next “Lost Generation.”  It’s not just affecting today’s youth.  42% of people between the ages of 30 and 44 will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives, and friends have gone decades from now, and, reportedly, 67% store their photos solely on a computer or phone. Most people simply no longer print photographs or create photo albums.  Statistics show that a staggering 53% of consumers have not printed a photo in more than 12 months, 70% don’t have photo albums, and 42% no longer print photos at all! It doesn’t have to be this way.  We know that everything from candles, bicycles, and vinyl albums have survived the […]