After you schedule your preferred time and date with us, we meet you at your preferred location and spend about an hour with your family on the beach. We will usually start with the whole family together and then break down into individual families, followed by couples and kids - or vice versa depending on the comfort level of the kiddos. Make sure you tell us if you have any special requests or needs! We will happily oblige!
After our session, you are going to want to keep an eye on our Facebook Page for our favorites! You can expect a link to your secured on-line gallery to arrive by e-mail in around 2 weeks. At that time you may download your high resolution images directly from your on-line gallery. You may also choose to print through our professional account with White House Custom Colour for an additional cost.
Yes! Absolutely! I'm glad you asked. The process of ordering professional prints is very simple through your on-line gallery. Each image in your gallery will have a shopping cart icon. If you click on this, it will take you to an ordering page with lots of print options! Please e-mail us or call us if you have any problems completing an order. How much are our prints? Click here to view our print pricing.
Will my on-line gallery last forever?
Unfortunately, no. I pay a fee for my gallery hosting and so eventually the space runs out or I will have to move to a higher priced tier. Because of space and to keep costs at a minimum, I keep galleries on-line for a minimum of one year. However, I do keep your files backed up in my office for many years and you may always contact me if you have lost access to your images.
Ahhh! Technical question. Well, the light on the beach during the day is very harsh and causes some issues with squinty eyes and shadows. We want your portraits to really be their best so we suggest to shoot for the evening hours, about an hour before sunset. During season that is around 7:00pm, Spring and Fall appointments will be set for 6:00pm
Outer Banks weather can be tricky and we suggest that you schedule your session earlier in the week to allow for a schedule change if the weather gets the best of us! As locals, we understand better than anybody that rainy days on The Banks happen... so we do our best to move things around to make sure we can still accommodate you. If we are absolutely unable to shoot due to weather, we offer a full refund.
Bobby pins! There's really nothing we can do to save your hair from the wind. We will try to position you so that you may look like a wind swept beach babe but you can help by pinning the front of your hair back away from your face if it's long!
We are staying oceanfront. Will you just come to our house?
Absolutely! We would prefer it! If you wanted, we could even take your portraits INSIDE of your beach house! (Another great option for rainy days!)
What should we wear??
Oh yes, what should you wear. Well, wear anything you want! We want you to be yourselves when you see us! A lot of families do choose to wear neutral colors like white and khaki or white and blue jeans. Some white is okay but it does tend to soak up the sunlight and reflect it off of your face. We find that blues and greens tend to be the best colors next to the ocean. Orange, browns and tans also work nicely. Reds and pinks may cause your skin to reflect the color. Match each other but no twinsies. Unless, of course, you are twins and then it's okay!
We are bringing our pups to the beach. Can they be in the pictures?
Of course! They are part of the family too, aren't they? We, at POBX, love furry friends. Just please make sure they are on a leash and ready to sit pretty for us! Well behaved pups have definitely earned the honor to be included in the family picture! We also donate to our favorite local shelter at the end of the year.
Previous years we got flash drives with our packages, are those still available?
Yes! We no longer offer them with the packages as we felt that the ability to instantly download your high resolution images directly from your on-line gallery would boost our ability to provide excellent customer service and assist with accessibility for family members who reside in different area codes! You absolutely may still request a flash drive as an add-on to your package! They are $50.00 each plus North Carolina sales tax. Please e-mail us if you'd like us to send you an invoice. Allow two weeks for delivery!
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