Portrait Portraits

A Few Portraits From the 2012 Beach Portrait Season

I’ve been so busy this summer that my blog has been horribly neglected. I thought I play a bit of catch-up and post a selection of portraits from the beach portrait season.

Beach Portraits on the Southern Outerbanks

Beach Portraits

North Carolina Beach Portraits

Family Portraits on Atlantic Beach

Emerald Isle Beach Portraits

Indian Beach Portraits Crystal Coast Beach Photos

North Carolina Beach Portraits

Photos at the Beach

Family Portraits, Morehead City, NC

Portrait Portraits Wedding

Atlantic Beach Portrait Session

A beach photo session at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

A romantic moment on Atlantic Beach. Atlantic Beach portrait.

Family Beach portrait, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

Portraits Tips, Tricks, Hints

Casey and Lace

A good portrait doesn’t always have to be straight forward. Sometimes by integrating an unexpected design element or perspective the results can be quite stunning. I find this image from a recent studio session quite appealing. You can see just enough of Casey to recognize that she’s a lovely young lady. Yet enough is obscured to create a sense of mystery to pique one’s curiosity. I hope you enjoy this tight crop portrait as much as I do.

In this version the crop is less radical but the lace continues to add a hint of mystery.

A less radical crop of Casey behind lace taken at my Newport, NC photography studio.


Senior Girl, Dani

A high school senior, Dani will graduate this spring. I’ve had the pleasure of making her portraits on a couple of occassions in the past but this is the first time taking her photo in the studio.

Dani and a white-hot background. I offer sessions in New Bern, Jacksonville and Havelock North Carolina.

Dani, class of 2009.  Senior portraits sessions can be scheduled in nearby Jacksonville, New Bern, Swansboro and Havelock as well as along the Crystal Coast.

A simple headshot in my Newport North Carolina Portrait studio. Bridal and Engagement portraits are also available.  I travel to most local communities such as Oriental, New Bern, Havelock, Jacksonville and Swansboro.

Carteret county high school senior portrait available for students from Croatan, West Carteret, East Carteret and Havelock High Schools.

Not quite graduation photo, portrait shoots are available on location as well as in my Newport, North Carolina photo studio.


Why Choose a Custom “Boutique” Photo Studio?

This is an article from The Consumer Guide for Custom Photography I thought you might find it interesting.

Custom photography is more of a luxury than your entry level cookie cutter chain experience. Custom photography truly is not for everyone, it requires a level of commitment, investment in time and money, forethought and planning on the part of the subject/client and requires a larger time commitment for the photographer as well.

Clients who enjoy taking a more active role in the creation of their families’ memories have the desire to have portrait art that is truly personalized. These more discerning clients have been known to budget and allot time for a custom photography session. Many clients opt for it to be a once a year special experience, some opt to have custom photography sessions done to record their child’s stages in life. Having said this, it is clear that custom photography is not in everyone’s budget, it is something that most families save for to splurge on from time to time to memorialize their children as they really are (not posed and primped in the cookie cutter studio setting).

There is a great deal of time involved in creating high end custom photography sessions for a client. The luxury of great service, better choices and a supberb end product. The result of all this are heirloom quality images. The time invested at the session is only a small portion of time involved in this process.

Custom photography has been likened to purchasing a fine vehicle. To get to point B from A let’s face it, even a bus ride would suffice. If you want to luxuriate in a finely appointed vehicle, customizing your own experience by listening to smooth jazz while sitting in a climate controlled setting adjusted purely for your comfort in a body hugging leather interior, perhaps that Lexus you so desire is your cup of tea. Custom photography is much the same cup of tea. It is the Lexus of the photography world. It is where the intangibles make the experience truly wonderful and the images themselves make the investment of money and time truly worthwhile.

Custom photography can be broken down into even more levels. There are on location, studio, mixed studio/on location, specialty location and destination type photographers. The beauty of custom photography is in the choices and in the luxury of thoses options. The customized service level you are sure to experience will be amazing. The knowledge that your final images are the result of someone caring about those moments so much that they take extra time ensuring that the artwork you receive is good enough to stand by with their name on it. That level of quality and commitment is all but lost in the age of “mass produced,” “mass marketed,” corporate “everyone is a number”. Custom photography is based on being unique to you. How great an experience would be, to be able to sit back and allow a photographer to do this highly custom work for images that you will most likely cherish for a lifetime?

Keep in mind more than anything that the Lexus will never appreciate in value the way your portraits will. The portrait art you become invested in from your custom photographer will no doubt increase in value and become more priceless as the years pass.

To find more articles on the topic of Custom Photography visit the Professional Child Photographer Consumer Guide web site