{sneak peek} Carillon Beach and Seacrest florida Family photographer

What a wonderful week at the beach for my birthday!  We had five days of fun, sun, yummy food and to top it off- beach sessions with two of my favorite families!!  I had an awesome time exploring new areas in and near 30A for the beach sessions.  My first session Thursday evening was in Carillon Beach which was gorgeous!

My second session was on my birthday- Friday- and we shot in Seacrest which was equally as gorgeous!

I’ll be heading to Tampa Thursday through Monday for a sweet newborn session and more fun in the sun.  More Seaside/30A sessions coming in August and September!  Email us at sfphotographystudio@gmail.com for more info!

xoxo Stephanie

Jane - September 24, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Hi Stephanie,
My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
I was looking for blog posts about Seacrest to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you :)

Photography FAQ

Last week over on our Facebook Page I asked if anyone had questions for me and I received some awesome questions!  Without further adieu- our first round of SFP FAQ!

Q:  How do you get that ‘ring of light’ behind your subject indoors?

A:  That is typically done in post-processing.  I burn the edges a bit to make the subject pop.

Q:  What the easiest way to shoot outdoor shots when the sun is bright?

A:  When I do outdoor sessions, I schedule sessions either early in the morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t high in the sky.  I love that golden sun that morning/evening produces.  Also finding a nice patch of open shade helps if shooting mid-day.

Q:  How did you balance work and family time when H was younger?

A:  I have been a single mom for the majority of my full-time photography business.  I would shoot sessions while she was at her preschool program (2-3 days per week 9-1) and then after she would go to bed I would stay up late editing and working!  Now that she just finished kindergarten, I have a lot more time during the day to get work accomplished before she gets home. J

Of course, before I went full-time with photography in January of 2009 I was working a 40+ hour week in the investments world (I started my photography business in May ’07) and then would stay up late each night proofing and then shooting the majority on weekends.  It was definitely hard- I’ll admit but I wouldn’t change anything for the world and so happy to be where I am at now.

Q:  What’s the best way to advertise newborn photography?

A:  There are many amazing options out there for you!  For example, I have large framed newborn portraits in my OB/GYN’s exam rooms with my business cards.  What better audience to see your work? J Also Facebook is a huge source of advertising and networking!

Q:  Do you ever do workshops?

A:  Yes!  We do at least one group newborn workshop per year and offer one-on-one mentoring sessions (newborn or other) throughout the year.

Q:  How do u soften their faces?

A:  I use portraiture at a very low opacity.

Q:  How many images on average do you edit out in a family session? About how long does it take to edit a session, and what do you tell clients the turnaround time is?

A:  My average family gallery is around 25+ color portraits and also some black and white edits which brings the gallery to around 40-50+.  To edit:  typically 2-3 hours.  Our turnaround time is 2 weeks in normal season and 3 weeks in peak seasons. (late spring/early summer, and late fall)

Q:  What is their favorite ‘go to’ lens?

A:  For indoors I use my Sigma 50mm 1.4 mainly and outdoors my Nikon 85mm 1.4

Q:  What do you edit with? Do you use bought actions or make your own??

A:  I use Photoshop CS3 for editing.  I use just a couple of actions from Totally Rad Actions and Florabella but everything else is just basic edits that I do in Photoshop with curves and levels.

Thanks SO much everyone!  I’ve really enjoyed hearing everyone’s questions and I’d love to do another round soon.  Feel free to comment on this post with your questions or email us at sfphotographystudio@gmail.com and I’ll answer them very soon! xoxo Stephanie

BrookeWilson - July 28, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Hi!! How much is ur newborn session. My baby girl is 7 days old. Please email me brookewildon55@yahoo.com

birmingham, alabama newborn child and family photographer

Summer is in full swing at SFP and we are certainly staying super busy!  So busy that as always… my poor little blog is getting neglected.  So here’s a peek into what we’ve been up to!  We have been in studio and on the road.  Last week we had sessions in Virginia Beach, Woodbridge and Baltimore.  Whew!  What a fun adventure this photography business is. :)

{featured session} birmingham alabama family photographer

Happy first day of June!  I am working hard to catch up before leaving to the East Coast next week and I surely need to update the blog!

I want to start featuring some sessions along the way and give you all a glimpse into some of our sessions.  This first one I am sharing was shot a few weeks ago at our studio field and we had the most gorgeous evening to work with (not to mention a gorgeous family!)  I just adore all of the shots from this session.  If you have an upcoming session and want something like this- please let me know!:)

We are booked through July and will be opening our fall calendar towards the end of July.  Keep your eyes peeled for info on our fall kickoff party at the studio coming Sunday, July 22nd!

Krystie Shirah - June 1, 2012 - 7:45 pm

Thank you so much Stephanie! I’ll treasure these forever!

Casey - June 5, 2012 - 11:24 am

This is a gorgeous gallery! I love the processing and the family is beautiful!

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