now that you've booked!

outfits - tips - locations - session time

 

most sessions:

are shot leading up to sunset time, start time depends on your session length

are shot in state parks, usually one of these two:
Grayton Beach State Park (30A)
or St. Andrews State Park (PCB)
both will pop up in your GPS

don't include airbrushing, so wear sunscreen- lots of it

involve me getting close to you and your loved ones, so...
remember to brush your teeth, and consider using eye drops if you've been swimming

include a short drive to where we will be shooting, so...
hang your clothes up and change into them at the park
(seat belts cause wrinkles and kids create messes like it's their job)

 

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AIRBRUSHING - bURNS, BLEMISHES, BUMPS, AND BRUISES

Please, please, please wear sunscreen!
If one person is a different shade of red it effects
everyone's skin tones when I am editing your images.
They also hurt, and are super bad for you and stuff.
Always wear sunscreen.

Blemishes are usually unnoticeable in the images, 
purely because of the style in which I shoot.
However, a little concealer can go a long way-
for the whole fam, dad & kids included.

Bumps and bruises on the kids... surely this is
an inevitable fate, just before family photos!
If you know you want to blow up an image,
let me know, and I can handle one image for you. 
Other than that, I completely recommend embracing
that quality and time in your child's life.
 

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Session times & locations

Almost all portrait sessions are shot in the 60-90 minutes of light leading up to sunset (weather permitting).

Most portrait sessions are shot in area state or city parks, and some require small entry fees, generally per vehicle.

Bring cash, it's going to range from $4-$8 per vehicle.

This fee is totally worth it, since there are normally less people, buildings, and distractions... plus they’re beautiful and well-kempt.

Want something not directly on the beach? Consider:
Seaside
Rosemary Beach
Historic St. Andrews
Downtown Panama City
 

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What to wear

Coordinating is always better than matching.
Take a look through my galleries at the outfits. 
If you need or would like assistance choosing outfits,
please feel free to email or text me directly. 

Steer clear of large logos, screen prints, and small stripes
(they warp when displayed digitally). 

I highly recommend not having any stark, bright white.
Instead opt for creams, taupes, and the more texture the better.

Neutrals like cream, black, denim, khaki, chambray, and plaid
tend to stay in style and are always a good choice.
Bonus to sticking with these tried and true combos?
They'll always look good hanging on the walls.

When choosing  colors try to go for one with
descriptors such as muted, antique, and dusty.
 examples:
dusty blue
 antiqued yellow
muted lavender

Why? Brighter colors tend to cast their shade onto
the skin of those wearing them or those nearby,
like a kid's face resting on dad's shoulder. 

Remember: fit is always very important.
You need to feel comfortable and confident. 

Outfit changes are fine, but try to keep it to 2 outfits total. Layers are a great way to add looks without losing time.

time & location

Almost all portrait sessions are shot in the 60-90 minutes of light leading up to sunset (weather permitting).

Most portrait sessions are shot in area state or city parks, and some require small entry fees, generally per vehicle.
This fee is totally worth it, since there are normally less people, buildings, and distractions... plus they’re beautiful and well-kempt.
It's also a blast to shoot in some of the amazing little towns we have around here, like Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Historic St. Andrews.
Please let me know which images in my portfolio are your favorite, and why!  
(or send me a link from my Instagram or Facebook)

Commercial work is shot based on the needs of the project or business, as is the location.

Investments above are for locations within Bay County, and part of Walton County (up to the west end of 30A).
There is a $100 travel fee for surrounding counties, additional fees for locations more than 2 counties away from 32408.
 

 

how to book
 

I'm so excited you want to book! Here is the info on how to do that! 

If you haven't already, email me your date range, with your first and second preferred shoot dates, so I can make sure I can accommodate your session.
(or as soon as possible if you've requested this information before having a date in mind.)

If you’re vacationing, try to pick one of your first nights.
If I'm traveling to you, I will need one full day with similar weather to scout, and we will shoot on the second day. 
We will need backup date options because weather is so unpredictable.. and hey- stuff comes up and we’re both super understanding, of course!  

Getting on the calendar requires you give a credit card number or pay for your session in full.
By doing this, you understand that if you cancel there is a 40% non-refundable booking fee that will be charged to your card, or not returned if you pay in advance. 

Payment for session is due the day we shoot or before. You can pay with a check, cash, or your credit card (there is a fee for electronic payments).

Want your pictures in 7 days or less? Let me know, and ask to have your session expedited for an addtional $100.   
 

 


 

tips & FAQs


Don’t forget the sunscreen, because normal skin tones are important, and sunburns hurt! 

Coordinating is always better than matching. Take a look through my galleries at the outfits. 
If you need or would like assistance choosing outfits please feel free to text me directly. 

Steer clear of large logos, screen prints, and small stripes (they warp when displayed digitally). 

Neutrals like cream, black, denim, khaki, chambray, and plaid tend to stay in style and are always a good choice.

When choosing  colors try to go for one with descriptors such as 'muted,' 'antique,' or 'grey-_____,' 
like 'dusty blue,' 'antiqued yellow,' or 'muted lavender.' 

Why? Brighter colors tend to cast their shade onto the skin of those wearing them or those nearby,
like a kid's face resting on dad's shoulder. 

Fit is always very important. You need to feel comfortable and confident. 

Outfit changes are fine, but try to keep it to 2 outfits total. Layers are a great way to add looks without losing time.


Commercial projects and branding sessions will come with a consultation to plan wardrobe.
 

 

 

taxes & tangibles

You may have noticed that none of my collections include tax! 
This is because my business is registered in Florida, where photography is considered a service- and in the Sunshine State that means no sales tax. 
If I were to include a tangible item - even a USB drive - your entire session is required to be taxed.
For this reason, my galleries are digital, and attached to a professional printer, where you're ordering directly from them for prints.
If you would like to include a custom, heirloom album, I charge hourly for design work,
and then add on the cost of the album. Average investment is $1500. 

 

 

 

The Fine Print


Because I reserve a date for your session, and decline other sessions once you’ve booked, by booking a session with DGP you are agreeing to the 40%  booking fee. 

This fee is non-refundable, and will be charged to your card if you cancel your session (or, if you pay in advance, your refund will be less the 40%).

Yes, you are allowed to download and print your images where you like- up to an 11x14.
However, the images you are purchasing are professionally calibrated to high-end printers,
and will be greatly reduced in quality by ordering outside of your gallery (from printers such as CVS, Walmart, Shutterfly, & Target).  
If you print outside of the DGP gallery, your images could print pixelated or blurry, and it’s common with low-quality printers that colors bleed into each other.
DGP is not responsible for the quality of images ordered outside of your gallery.

Prints ordered through DGP range from $2.00 to $12.00, and canvases from $225 to $375.
Large canvases, large prints, books, and some cards are custom orders and costs will vary.  

Your session includes basic editing and basic enhancements only.
Any additional editing/airbrushing you request, such as sunburn reduction, etc.., is billed at $35 per image, and must be paid for in advance.

You are not allowed to edit or alter your images in any way, including filters (this is due to US IP laws, feel free to ask why).

If you are late to your session time, DGP is not responsible to produce a full gallery of images.
You do have the option to reschedule, if DGP can accommodate you, for a $100 fee.
In the unlikely event DGP cannot accommodate rescheduling, you can choose between shooting what we can, or canceling &  paying the 40% booking fee. 

If you choose to pay with a credit card there is a 3.5% + .15c processing fee. 

Even though your gallery will be up for 10 years, DGP galleries are stored by another company, and you still need to download your images
(I recommend to two hard drives or storage devices).
DGP is not responsible for storing your images, and cannot promise to have them on file/stored for more than 1 year. 
 
DGP will use the images from your session for any and all marketing material, unless otherwise specified and agreed upon between client and DGP via email.