How do I book a portrait?
Book your portrait by submitting a $75 Portrait Retainer or paying in full. To pay in full, select a portrait package, date, time, and click on Book Now. Either option sends you to a payment page for completing transaction. Your photo session will automatically be secured on the booking calendar.
What are the best portrait times?
For summer beach portraits, I have a 7/7 rule that generally applies June through August. Times around 7 AM and 7PM are generally popular time slots. As a professional photographer, I can produce a great portrait anytime of day. However, not all subject/s can tolerate the brighter midday light. If your eyes are not sensitive to light, a beautiful midday beach portrait can be made!
Often, families include little ones with earlier bed times. Common booking times are 7-8AM and 5-7PM. Pick a time that works with your family!
There is a $10 retouching option that will fix squinting or closed eyes.
Two things to keep in mind, the beach is hot and bright during the summer. Most people prefer the golden hours of the day for their portrait. If you are open to more then beach locations, there are midday portrait options for people with sensitive eyes.
For autumn and winter portraits, I recommend midday times. Portraits have much cleaner color and it is much warmer for the subjects. Light is not as bright when sun goes further south for fall and winter.
What clothing should I wear?
Personally, I like incorporating bright colors that harmonize among the group. Stay away from drab or dark colors. Some families opt to dress in the same style outfits but it isn't required.
Remember the beach is a windy and hot place. Wearing clothing that is comfortable for posing in these conditions makes everyone a happier subject. Pick shoes that make sense for the beach. Dress loafers and socks look off in a beach portrait and saltwater will easily ruin leather shoes. Flip flops or Crocs work great!
Men wearing long sleeve, button down shirts generally leads to lots of sweat spots and an uncomfortable person. I highly recommend golf shirts. They have bright vivid colors and are comfortable for summer days. For ladies, some types of thin fabric dresses do not work well. Wind can blow fabric close to skin which looks revealing and requires retouching. Try to select outfits that will leave you flexible and comfortable for different poses and settings.
Solid color clothing is generally easier to retouch then patterns.
Do you have other portrait tips?
Avoid moisturizers before shoot. Lighting does not highlight dry skin but is does emphasize oily. Consider bringing a small cloth or napkin for blotting skin. South Carolina is hot and humid, avoid wearing clothes that will make you feel overheated. You will photograph much better if your skin and clothing are not covered in sweat. This will also help you avoid retouching charges.
Be careful with make-up that drastically changes skin color like bronzers. Digital cameras are very sensitive to color. If you have family with one member drastically more tan, the camera will notice.
Most girls love to wear their hair down. The beach is a less then friendly place for long hair. Additional retouching charges maybe required to fix some hair problem. I like to capture a few shots before reaching the beach which is helpful for retouching eyes and hair.
Avoid bringing purses, totes, dress loafers, cameras, and other items. They are often in the way, easy to trip or trample on, and take away from time photographing. Also, leave phones and keys behind if you can. The outlines in your pocket show up in photos. This will help save money on retouching charges.
Recommended items are a small cloth, hair ties, and bug spray occasionally. Areas with out much wind can be buggy.
What happens if it rains?
Breeze Photography keeps blocks open on booking calendar to accommodate rescheduling due to weather issues. Don't stress while vacationing; weather is always monitored and you will be contacted if adjustments are necessary. Most clients like receiving these updates via text message. If you experience the very rare occasion where rain never stops, you will have the choice to move your portrait indoors or opt for a full refund.
All Portrait Packages except the Value Portrait provide 1 Hour of Photography and 5 Hours of Editing and Basic Retouching. While the photography session goes by quick, the computer editing is labor intensive. The multistep process adds value and quality to your finished photos. You will be presented with beautiful images that are easy to navigate. To learn more, continue to the next question.
Editing and Basic Retouching
Basic Editing and Retouching is included in every portrait package except the Value Portrait. It is a comprehensive service that selects the best images from your shoot and retouches all those selections.
Photos are captured in RAW file format. Images are fine tuned for exposure, temperature, tint, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance, saturation, orientation, dust spots, and cropping. Professionally editing a portrait shoot takes approximately 5 hours.
Basic Retouching does not cover: complex stray hair, complex skin glare, special skin conditions, tan lines from sunglasses, teeth whitening, complex glasses glare, squinting or closed eyes, head swaps, removing age and/or weight, adding or removing a person to photo.
Retouching services for items not covered by Basic Retouching is available through your online gallery.
What happens after portrait?
Photo shoots are edited and posted online in 1-2 weeks. Rush service is available if turnaround is urgent. Rush service rates are listed below. Your online images are handled by a professional online gallery service that provides security and privacy. Images can easily be shared with family and friends.
How do I buy digital photos?
Every client may purchase digital photos through this website or online gallery. Files are sold in increments of 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or All Photos. The Royalty Free Copyright License covers unlimited printing and social media for personal use. Flexible buying options make it easier for you to control the cost. You will gain instant access to Photo/s and Copyright License after purchase through online gallery.
What can I order after my shoot?
The following photography products may be ordered through your online gallery. Many products qualify for $13.95 Overnight shipping.
- Downloadable Digital Photos
- Custom Prints - Ilford Pearl finish
- Custom Metallic Prints - Pearl finish
- Greeting Cards Styles: Flat, Folded or Modern Pop Up - Includes envelopes - Many theme, quantity and size options
- Showcase Prints available on Canvas, Acrylic, Aluminum, Metal Murals
- Photo Books and Albums with many cover options
- T-Shirts, Cami Strap Tanks, Sweaters, Aprons, Tote Bags
- Dry Erase Calendars, Key Chains, Luggage Tags, Mugs
- Mouse Pads, Coasters, Magnets, Cutting Boards, Playing Cards
What are Turnaround Times?
(Shipping Time is Not Included)
Portrait Proofs: 1-2 Weeks
Downloadable Digital Photos: Instant Access
Custom Photo Prints: 7-10 business days
Canvas Gallery Wraps: 2-3 business days
Greeting Cards: 24-48 hours
Do you offer Rush Service?
Yes, rush service is offered in three different levels. Rush rates can be applied to photography services and custom prints. Orders most be approved to ensure deadline can be met. Service requires paid electronic invoice to commence work.
- 48 hour turnaround - 50% Rush Charge
- 24 hour turnaround - 100% Rush Charge
- Same Day turnaround - 200% Rush Charge