Beach Portraits By Design | FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Beach Photography

Where are you located and do you travel?  

We love to travel and will come to you! We live in Destin, Florida in the beautiful growing area known as Miramar Beach. Our location of choice is on the beach in the resort of Seascape. It is on Scenic Gulf Drive in the golf community of Seascape Resort near the Whale's Tail restaurant on the beach.

GPS address of our beach location: The Whale's Tail 1373 Scenic Gulf Drive Miramar Beach FL 32550


We will gladly travel to a beach near you including Navarre, Ft. Walton, Harborwalk, Gulf Shore Drive, Crystal Beach, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, the beaches of South Walton, Santa Rosa Beach, Hwy 30A as well as Carillon and Panama City Beach. A small travel fee is required for areas more than an hour away...West to Pensacola, Gulf Shores and East of Panama City Beach. 


Do you have a business license or permit? Yes, we have a beach vendor permit for Walton County Beaches and business licenses for Okaloosa and Ft. Walton Beaches. We have been in Destin as beach photographers for more than 15 years! We have been in the portrait business for more than 35 years. 


How long does the session take?  

Our sessions usually last approximately 45 minutes to an hour and take place at your location or a nearby beach. Our sessions are designed to capture your family in traditional family poses as well journalistic lifestyle images including a variety of poses for family members and individuals at no extra charge.                                           

How many images do you capture?

Each session is different, however we will generally show you around 50 or more of the best images on our private, password protected online gallery that will be available a few days after your session. Large family sessions can expect around 75 to100 or more images.


How do I book a beach portrait session?

Your minimum order will reserve your session and can be held with a credit or debit card and we accept all major credit cards. We also accept personal checks for the payment of the minimum order. We love checks! Receive 2% off your order total for paying with a check or money order.  

Reservations can be made by calling the studio or sending us an e-mail.  As the season progresses, our sessions will fill up quickly, however we do often have last minute sessions available. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us! 1-800-679-8233 or 850-654-8895 or  txt 850-687-0198


How will I view my beach pictures after the session?

We will have your beach portraits ready for you to view online a few days after your session. They will be placed on our website in a secure password protected page titled "Your Proofs". Simply go to our "your proofs" page on our website and there will be a place for you log-in. It is that easy.

You can share them with friends and family so they can enjoy your images and can contact us with their own orders. Each session will be on our website for 30 days only and you will be to view your images as many times as you like during this 30 day period. For those clients who may need more viewing time, your images can be placed back online after the initial 30 days for a fee of $20. 


How do I order? 

Do you offer a sales consultation? If you would like to come to our home in Seascape or have us drop by your beach house or condo we would love to show you our products and help you with your wall portrait decisions, however this is not required.

We know you are on vacation and your time is limited, so you can place your order by simply sending me an email. We do not offer direct on-line ordering as we are working artists and want to advise you on the best options for your home. We would love for you to contact us with questions or ideas on what you should choose. 

Can I cancel my beach session? 

We do not have many cancellations however, if something comes up and you are not able to come to the beach, call me as soon as possible and we will not charge you anything if you give us at least two days prior notice. ***There are no "day of the session" cancellations and or session no shows are non-refundable and your credit card will be charged a $350 cancellation fee. 


Do you sell digital images or files on a CD or flash drive?

We love digital files too! You can purchase a select group of your favorite digital images or even your entire session on a flash drive. These are large, high resolution files that can be printed as often as you like and come with a print release letter for your own printing and sharing.

Unlike most CD or USB drive packages, our Digital Files are enhanced and cropped ready for printing large images from high resolution files. You can also choose to have them edited or professionally retouched! 


Can I get my photographs edited or retouched?

 Yes, all of our printed products including 8x10's and canvases are professionally retouched or edited. We remove people from your background, enhance the water and sky color, enhance eyes, soften lines and wrinkles, remove stray hair, clean up sand, and whiten teeth!

For an extra fee we can swap heads, smiles, or faces, we can do digital weight loss and slimming, remove acne, braces, eye glass flare and lighten transition lenses. Just let us know what we can do to make you look fabulous! Ask about Extensive Retouching and get your quote today! 

Our digital images include cropping, color adjustment, & the removal of people from the background.  Professional retouching on digital images is extra. 


What else can I get for my minimum order deposit?

We specialize in custom portraiture for your walls. We offer a variety of photography art and wall portrait finishes from your beach session and would love to help you design that beach portrait you have always dreamed of.

Our photography products are all guaranteed and made in America.

We stand behind each custom piece. Our Masterpiece canvas, modern gallery wraps, albums, and printed photographs are all designed to put art in your home that happens to be your family. 

We print each one of Fine Art Paper portraits and Beach Collages by hand. These are a must have for every home!

Looking for a luxury piece? We offer hand painted heirloom oil portraits and museum size canvas works of art from your family beach session. Check out our products page and start dreaming of the possibilities.


Do you photograph beach weddings?

Yes, we love beach weddings and we now accepting a limited number of small, intimate events. Call us for more details. Price includes your digital images on a flash drive. 

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