Beach & Family

What is dearer to you than your family? What is more important than your relationships? A portrait can remember. A great way to capture the love of your family, and remember it for a lifetime is in a professional portrait.

The beach is a fantastic location for your portrait. The ocean is a very popular destination for couples, and families of all sizes. The portraits are always done around sunset time when the beach offers the perfect natural lighting and background. Please call Preston today about doing beach and family portraits in the beautiful islands of Hawaii.

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Beach Portraiture Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do you recommend that we have our family portrait taken?
A. According to your lifestyle, tastes and home decor, I will suggest places for you to consider. We suggest several locations for out door portraits like local parks, your home and yard or a local beach.
Q. What beaches do you use for your portraits?
A. In Hilo I like Richardson and 4 Mile. While in the Kona area I use a beach near the resort that the client is visiting. One of my favorites in Kona is the public beach, Anaehoomalu.
Q. How long will the portrait time last?
A. The time varies according to the size of the group and the time of the year. I set aside an hour for being on the beach.
Q. Why are the portrait times so late in the day?
A. The best portrait light is the evening light. Using the beach as a location during the day can make it hard for people to keep their eyes open and shadows and highlights on faces are pretty strong. So evening or light overcast provides the best light.
Q. Can we include our dog in the picture?
A Yes we often do families with their dog or dogs on the beach. I recommend that a friend be included to assist with the dog and that some of the portrait be made with out the dog.

Family Portraits Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do you recommend that we have our family portrait taken?
A. According to your lifestyle, tastes and home decor, I will suggest places for you to consider. We suggest several locations for out door portraits like local parks, your home and yard or a local beach.
Q. What is the best time of day for a beach portrait?
A. The light is best late in the afternoon for during that time there is a window of sweet, warm flattering light. This light is what gives my portraits the warmth and beauty you admire.
Q. How many people can be included in a portrait?
A. Most extended families include 12 to 20 persons. I have done groups of 30 to 35. You may need a larger size photograph to enjoy the larger groups.
Q. Can I have separate pictures taken of my children during our family session?
A. You certainly can. A variety of different groupings can be made during the session time. Grandparents with the grandchildren are a favorite combination. There is a small additional charge of $25 to photograph each additional family unit.
Q. When will I see the images from the session?
A Usually your images are ready in a couple of days. I load your images to a protected secure website or I will come to you for a showing on my laptop computer.
Q. How many photographs will be taken during the session?
A. That depends on the portrait session size selected and how well the session goes. I work to present you a variety of excellent choices. Usually I will take between 100 and 150 photographs so I can show you 50 to 75 images to select from.
Q. What colors are the best to wear?
A. The colors selected for the portrait is a personal matter. The clothing should reflect your style, be appropriate for the location and be in keeping with the over all look of the portrait.
Q. How long does it take before we have our finished portraits?
A. Usually we tell our clients that production takes two to three weeks.
Q. Do you offer Christmas cards from our session?
A. Yes we do. Besides the traditional slim line style cards, I can design a card for you that can be printed as a press item or photographic print.
Q. Do you offer gift certificates for portraits?
A. Yes I have gift certificates for a specific service or an amount. Portraits make a great gift that only you can give.
Q. We are traveling to the Kona area for a family vacation. Do you photograph people from out of the Hilo area?
A. Yes I travel to the Kona side. I have had the privilege of photographing people from all over the United States. After your session I will place the images on a secure web site for your viewing and you can order directly from the web.
Q. Will you travel to other areas for a family portrait?
A. Yes I am available to travel to your location to create your family, business and corporate, or church portraits. No place is too far for an assignment.