Sun Shots Photography Blog
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 […]
Portrait Photographer in Gulf Shores
One of the favorite parts of my job being a professional portrait photographer in Gulf Shores is repeat clients.  I get no greater joy than watching families grow and develop through my lens.  To us, our clients are like our family.  Over the years we watch these beautiful families and their children grow and mature.  We have been doing this long enough that some of our first clients now have children in college.  I just think it is humbling almost to know that a precious little baby that we once photographed is about to graduate from high school and go on to college to become a doctor.  Time does not stand still, not for me, not for you, not for anyone.  We can just sit back and enjoy the show while making as many fond memories as we can.  That is why wfamily is so important, and that is why we treat each and every client as if they were in our family.  Time might not stand still, but I can help freeze moments in time and allow those memories to flourish.  With our art, family memories can take on a new meaning altogether, mere photographs turn into the most cherished possessions in […]
Sunset Family Portraits in Perdido Key
Someday’s I “LOVE” my job, and then other days I “LOVE” my job.  Yesterday was one of those days!  Right now we have a teething baby at the house who is really having issues with waking up at 2 a.m. and wanting to watch tractor videos.  Yes tractor videos at 2 a.m., and as crazy as it may sound, we all have to get up and watch tractor videos while every normal person in the world is sound asleep.  There is just no way around it and our little man will not accept any other option unless we are all at full attention watching farmer Ted plow his field.  I know what you are thinking, these people are sleep deprived and what the heck does tractor videos and sunset family portraits have in common.  Simple really, we had older boys last night and it dawned on me, everyone goes through this stage to some extent and we will survive.  It is a necessary rite of passage so to say and it is a milestone that we will gladly accept when it is gone, but it is a step we must endure.  Once it passes we will sleep better for sure, […]
Orange Beach Family Beach Portraits
When you are on vacation at the beach, it is a great idea to look into having your Orange Beach family beach portraits made by a professional.  Not only will you take home some awesome memories and art, your family will enjoy the together time of a portrait session.  With literally hundreds of options available, it can be hard to find the right professional for your family.  Every artist is different but we are sure with the proper planning and research, you will be able to find one that fits your family to a tee. There are many factors that you need to discover to find the right professional for you, but I would highly suggest looking first at the art.  The true test of a professional beach photographer is how great does their actual sunrise/sunset shots look.  Can you see a sunrise/sunset and do the subjects look real and properly lite and balanced with the background.  Can you imagine the family in the portfolio shots being yours and would you proudly display it in your home if it was?  Do the images look like something you could capture yourself?  Do the subjects skin tones look real, or do they […]
Professional Family Beach Portrait Photography
Sun Shots specializes in professional family beach portrait photography, and we have a passion for making art that stands out above the rest of the crowd.  Time, location, experience, and the right equipment all goes into making a perfect beach portrait session go off without a hitch.  It takes two of us to make your our art, and we stress perfection.  We do not go out and take snapshots rather undertake the task of professional portraits.  This is no easy task, but our fifteen plus years of working together on the beach plays a major role in our ability to always capture art that will stand the test of time. Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject(s) by using effective lighting, beautiful natural backgrounds, and proper poses.  A great portraiture in photography is also artistic.  In today’s me generation, you can find a sea of people claiming to be photographers, but very very few that are actual true professional portrait photographers.  Far too many rely on their camera to make the picture and don’t take the proper steps to make sure perfect balance is achieved.  The […]