Some people are lucky enough to see their extended family every year, some may only do it once in a lifetime. And when you put all that effort into getting together it's great if you can capture and share those memories, to see who grew up, who got married, who had kids, and grandkids, and how much love they have for each other. Here at Shooters we have a team with the training, the equipment and the experience to help you capture that time together. Knowing how to handle a group of 30-80 people, or more, to move from one group to another seamlessly, to keep the energy high and entertain the troops while doing the technical things necessary to produce high quality portraits and do so quick enough that the family will barely know they are doing pictures is a real skill. Working from the first couple on up to the entire entourage and then each family, we know the flow that gives you the best chance at great beach pictures of your awesome family. Here are a few from recent reunions that we had the pleasure to play with while they made some fun family portraits.
All of our customers (and all of us) have challenges. Some physical, some developmental or emotional, all deserving our best efforts to get them involved and enjoying the process of making portraits here at the beach. Some days the weather is a challenge for all of us as well. Years of getting to know what tools to bring to bear, how to relate to our clients, and where we can take them to make it easier for them to get a great background while staying on firm ground, or away from the water, or out of the gale effect how and where we construct a session. Many of our customers become friends and repeat every, or every other year and it gets better each time as the kids know what to expect and look forward to seeing us again. Sometimes we spend an hour or more looking for locations close to a customer where a wheelchair can make a straight transition to the beach, or where a beloved family member can sit comfortably with a beautiful scene behind them as we build a family portrait. Some of our customers will choose to drive for up to an hour to meet us at a special location where they can make their pictures. Frequently we will start a session at the house, using a grand staircase or other feature that allows even the most restricted folks to join in and then proceed to the beach with those that wish to finish their session and end up with fun water shots, silhouettes, or action shots before we run out of light and call it done. Shooters tries to never book another session right after yours, we want to get the kids used to us, comfortable with having us around and relaxed enough to let us capture the natural smile when their hearts show through. If you have special needs in your family, from wheelchair access to attention difficulties or spectrum disorders, let us know and we’ll try to find a way to give you the family portraits you always wanted, to hang on your walls and show with pride for decades. And if all else fails, we have Photoshop, lol.
Shelley, Todd, Cooper, Jamison and sometimes Unkie have been frequent fliers with us on their summer vacations, playing on the beaches in Duck, around their pool and various spots on the Outer Banks, so something different was in order this year. They chose well, and off to the Whalehead Club in Corolla we rolled. It gave them a chance to get away from the bright light on the beach, gave me a chance to use more backlighting as we worked on through the evening. The bridge also lets me use framing elements, and sillhouettes over the water as the sun kisses the Currituck sound. Most of our clients are friends by the time we are through with a session, and those that we see year in and year out are good friends. The Haley family is high on that list, every year the boys show more personality, have more fun, and get some ideas of their own to add to our shoots. If you want to know why we are reluctant to do mini-sessions, 20 minute quickies, or assembly line stuff, Todd and Shelley are the reason why – because our family portrait customers deserve all of our attention along with all our skills, and why we do what we do.
We have had an excellent batch of folks for Outer Banks beach portraits so far, good kids, nice weather (a few exceptions, of course), and really great locations to work with. These guys are just the tip of the iceberg, we have done over 100 awesome families so far – will yours be next?