4 Things to Consider When Selecting a Family Portrait Photographer

There are plenty of reasons why people come to me to have a family portrait made. Whether it’s a portrait of a single person or it’s a family portrait of 25+ members, the professional photographs I supply you with will be invaluable for many years into the future. What you can expect from a professional photographer far outweigh any “selfie” or other pictures you or a family member can take for you. Here are some top things you should consider when shopping for a Hilton Head family portrait photographer.

1.   The Click Factor
When you’re having a professional photographer take your photo you want everyone to be calm and relaxed. That’s why it’s important to meet your portrait photographer ahead of time and get a feel for whether or not you “click”.

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2.   Skill Level
You’ll want to use a portrait photographer like Hilton Head Island Portraits that are fully experienced in taking portrait shots in all different environments but especially at the beach. Just because a photographer shoots wonderful photographs in a studio doesn’t mean they’ll be able to do as nice a job outside where the lighting and weather are out of their immediate control. An experienced family portrait photographer will have lots of patience with the process of orchestrating the different family members. Small children can stress some photographers out but I see them as providing some great, candid shots to be treasured.

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3. Quality Equipment
Anyone can buy photography equipment – cameras, tripods, lights, etc. – but only a seasoned and well-trained photographer will know the right type of equipment to buy and how to best utilize it. I use my professional high-end equipment to your advantage to provide you with the breathtaking results you’re seeking.

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4.   Aesthetics
Not everyone has a good eye for taking pictures. You probably have plenty of photo albums from years past that confirm that. I’m one of the few photographers you’ll meet that has a good eye for a great shot. Just take a look at the photo galleries on my web site. It’s important to share with me how you intend to use the photographs I will be taking of you and your family. Are they for holiday gift giving to parents or grandparents, for business purposes, a senior graduating from high school or college, or engagement and wedding portraits. Let me know if there is a certain “look and feel” you want to convey, concerns that you may have regarding certain features, and specific accessories you want to have in the photos.

Your family is unique and truly special to you and I want the photographs I take to express that. The photos I take will celebrate you and your family and are ideal for gift giving or keeping for your own use. Whether you’re capturing a certain age of a child, a milestone in someone’s life, or a family reunion, I feel confident you’ll be quite pleased with the results I can provide.

10 Tips for Preparing for Your Oceanfront Family Portraits

If you’ve finally made the decision that this year will be the year you get a family portrait taken by a professional photographer, why not consider having it done on the beaches of Hilton Head Island. The experience of Hilton Head Portraits is something you can depend on for excellent judgement Oceanfront Family Portraitsand an eye for detail. But there are some things you should know in order to prepare for your oceanfront family portraits. Following are some suggestions to follow.

1. Use a professional photographer with thorough knowledge and provable skills in the type of setting you want for your portrait.

2. Trust the photographer you’ve chosen and take whatever advice they give you to heart. They know best what conditions will be present during any specific time of the day and when they make a suggestion it’s based on the foundation of their past experience.

3. Don’t make any drastic changes to yourself within weeks of the photo shoot. This means no new hairstyles, haircuts, new-to-you wardrobes, or brand new looks, etc.

4. It is hot and humid most of the time at the beach so avoid wearing a lot of make-up because it will just run off. Less is more.

Oceanfront Family Portraits5. Dress the family in the same color theme. Light colors are best. Avoid patterns of any sort.

6. Leave your sunglasses, telephones, and iPads at home. Keep jewelry to a bare minimum.

7. Men and women both should be careful shaving to avoid nicks. Use a new razor blade and a moisturizer afterwards.

8. Do not try to get a great tan right before a photo shoot. Too many people have wound up with a bad sunburn instead.

9. If the family is wearing shoes or sandals, take the time to clean and polish them.

10. Don’t wear wrinkled clothing. Iron what you’re wearing for the photo shoot a couple days ahead of time and hang them up.

When you’re ready to speak with us about having an oceanfront family portrait taken on the Hilton Head beaches, give us a call at 843-474-1441. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and to schedule a time to photograph your family.