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WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

Our photography style is a mixed-format of posed and the look of candid. We get many compliments saying “I love how your photography is not posed” Fun fact, most all of our moments are indeed posed. Erin has a unique way of posing without that posey stiff feel. This beautiful style will provide you with everything from a classic traditional style of everyone looking at the camera, a bit of non-traditional with a little fun sass thrown in, to ending your session with beautiful candid moments of the look of love for one another.

WHERE DO YOUR SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

We have a few favorite session locations to choose from: A nice place to enjoy your session is of course the beach! Our beautiful surrounding beaches of Oak Island, Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle, Sunset Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Carolina Beach. We understand the beach may not be everyone’s desire, no worries…there are so many lovely locations! We also enjoy sessions in our coastal town of Southport, downtown Wilmington, under the beautiful grand old oak tress on Bald Head Island, The Marinas throughout our area, The Coastal Waterways, and the beautiful Parks throughout our area!

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Well…they say “home is where the heart is” If you are asking where our heart is, then you can read more about our hearts in our “about us” We live in Southport, NC…working throughout our local beaches and towns. Coastal NC oh how you have our hearts! We love spreading our creativity throughout our surrounding towns.

WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU DO?

We pride ourselves in being exclusive portrait photographers (more tidbits about this below) Family Portrait Sessions, Senior Picture Sessions, Engagement Sessions, Strolling Sessions, Family Pet Sessions, Baby Sessions, Children Sessions, Generation Photography, and Family Reunions!

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME THAT YOU ARE AN EXCLUSIVE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER?

After being “wedding photographers” for over 10 years, while we have enjoyed each and every couple, we decided to now focus exclusively on portraits! Why does this matter to you? This is a very simple answer, being family portrait exclusive photographers never ever puts a wedding edit before a family session edit! You’ll never find us exhausted from the previous day’s wedding. Weddings never come first as they may with other photographers. YOU and your Family are First with us!

WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE EXCLUSIVE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHERS? ISN'T THERE MORE MONEY IN WEDDINGS?

Of course there is a ton more money to be made within photographing weddings. Upon changing our lifestyle personally, we did a HUGE lifestyle overhaul. We followed our hearts personally by building our teeny lil’ cottage and downsizing 75% of our stuff to live a “Less is More” lifestyle. Why not do the same in our business side of our lives? Yep, that’s right…money isn’t everything. We love love lovvvvvvve being around happy families! Documenting new families and returning families. Watching them grow, watching them have fun, even watching them shed a tear! Enjoying our lives as exclusive family photographers is happy, easy going, fun, and truly makes our hearts smile! Our hearts smiling is the most important goal in our lives both personally and businessly (is businessly a word?)

IS THIS YOUR FULL TIME JOB?

Yep it sure is! Snapp-Shot Photography was established in 2006, we’ve been full-time photographers ever since.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

This is one of the most asked questions. I (being Erin) love helping our clients with their clothing choices. First let me say, I’m am not a fashionista by any means! What I do know are colors and patterns that are pleasing to the locations we create in. My first word of advice is please be yourself. Say you are a relaxed free flowing person, but yet you see the classic beach picture with everyone wearing stiff khaki pants and white shirts buttoned up to their chin. That’s the classic beach portrait look, so that’s what you should go with….right?? WRONG, oh so Wrong! If that’s you, then yes by all means go with the classic tan/white look. However if it’s not you, then please think about what you love and just go a bit milder with that vision. Milder meaning you’ll need to flow with the others within your session. In addition to your clothing choices, think about stylish hats to keep hair in place, flowy wraps, and if you book your session during the chilly months think about bringing a pretty sweater or jacket. Don’t forget hair ties and clips for breezy hair. Want more inspiration? I’d love to email you a few of our FAVE sessions!

DO YOU OFFER PROPS?

We do not offer props, we aren’t really a “proppy type of photographer” We do welcome simple items such as Blankets to sit on or wrap up in. If you have Christmas Card pictures in mind and you are welcome to bring a Christmas Tree and/or Christmas Hat. These mentioned items are always our client’s responsibilities prior and during the photo session.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GET RAINED OUT?

If we have to cancel your session due to rain, we will first try to reschedule you, this may be a very early morning session if needed. If a reschedule date is not an option, we will refund you in full. No worries. If strong winds are an issue we may suggest moving your session “off” the beach if there is another sheltered location nearby. That being said, please understand the beach is indeed breezy. You most likely will not have perfect hair…unless the beach blessing gods shine upon you!

I'M NOT INTO HAVING MY PHOTO TAKEN, MY HUBBY HATES PICTURES, AND I'M NOT AT ALL PHOTOGENIC?

Relax, you are beautiful! Seriously…everyone is beautiful in their own way and we know how to help you shine. Throughout our years we’ve heard quite a few times, my hubby hates pictures! We think quietly to ourselves….why? In all seriousness there is no reason to hate having pictures made with us. We are not the typically cheesy over the top photographer. Photographers get a bad wrap as “cheesy over the top” not all of us are annoying! Having pictures created with us is easy peasy, we will tell you what to do, we will be relaxed, we will just be us. We’ve heard throughout the years, my hubby hates pictures, but loves them with The Snapps! If you are someone else in the family who really isn’t “into” having your picture taken, however you’ve been asked by another family member. It’s ok…it may not be “your” thing, however it obviously is indeed important to others in your family. Please just smile and be happy to be documenting a moment together. It’s hard for us to create happiness if someone doesn’t want to be there with us.

WHAT IF MY KIDS DON'T BEHAVE?

We work with little ones every evening, some perfectly behaved and others….well not so much. The thing is, you’ll never know how your little one will react to the camera, react to us, and/or react to a new environment. We will try our best to help them feel at ease. 9x’s out of 10, we win them over! What we do kindly ask is you explain to them what they are about to do…explain it will be fun and possibly reward them there after our session! We are extremely patient and the most important thing is for you to relax and don’t get worried that we are upset….we aren’t upset. Explain to your little ones that Mr. Corey and Miss Erin are new friends to Share a SMILE with!

CAN I SHOW YOU MY PINTEREST BOARD?

Trust me, I do love the world of Pinterest! Finding that fun outfit, or that Pinterest inspired craft project! The thing is, Pinterest is to be used as an inspirational tool. Not a copycat tool. If we are focused on copying another photographer’s work, this depletes us of our own artistic inspiration. We do indeed have our own Snapp-Shot Photography Pinterest and hopefully you have been inspired by it!

CAN I GIVE YOU MY SHOT LIST?

We do understand you are worried you may forget a grouping you’d like. We will not personally hold on to your shot list. If you find a shot list a must within your session, it’s your responsibility. I’m sorry if that may sound a bit of harshness. The reason we steer away from this is simply because we have our own process that flows so nicely! Here’s how our flow typically goes….. Big to Small Groups. Grandparents, Children, Grandparents, Grandchildren….and lil’ families. Your Collection Choice will determine how long and how much we focus upon each group, of course the 1.5hr and 2 hour sessions provides the most beneficial timeframe for focusing on all. After we go with our flow, we do understand there may be a spacific picture together with someone we have left out. Totally ok, just let us know in the moment!

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I WANT TO GIVE A SESSION AS A GIFT. DO YOU OFFER GIFTED SESSIONS?

Oh absolutely, Sharing is Caring! We have gifted many sessions by others and oh what a joy it is, such a priceless gift! Email us to learn more about gifting that special photo session for your friend or family member.

DO YOU OFFER DIGITAL FILES?

Absolutely! You will be provided with the number of hand edited digital files within your chosen collection. They will be available to download by all within your family at no additional fee.

DO YOU OFFER PRINTS AND CANVASES?

We sure do! We offer gorgeous professional prints and canvases from our “professional photographer only” print lab for purchase. Oh my goodness, these prints are simply stunning! We keep our prices very comparable to all the other everyday labs. We also provide you with a printing rights document, however our question to you would be: “why would you invest in a professional photo session and not invest in beautiful professional prints?” It’s your call, but for a few cents more you can fill your walls with stunning heirloom quality works of art. Please understand big-box store labs are not designed to handle professional prints, they will even go as far as auto correcting colors.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY IMAGES?

Two weeks after your session with us you will receive your images. Two weeks following your session you will first be presented with a beautiful blog to re-live a select few of your moments with us! This will be presented on our Facebook Page and Website. Once we see you’ve had a chance to enjoy your moments by leaving comments and sharing with others, then your full size images will be delivered in your gallery. One of our favorite things is to read how much you are enjoying your lovely pictures! After all, your enjoyment is why we do what we do! Don’t forget to “LIKE us on FACEBOOK” and “FOLLOW us on INSTAGRAM

DO YOU EDIT MY PICTURES?

Positively! Each image is truly “hand edited” Delivering you an original image that can’t be recreated.

WHY IS HAND EDITED IMPORTANT VS EDITED?

We understand this can be very confusing, much of the time other photographers are indeed trying to confuse you. Sadly other photographers will use the term “edited” instead of using the term “hand edited” Edited simply means they may adjust the color or sadly even hit an auto correct button. For instance other photographers will display their best edited images, you’ll see no other people around…sadly when they deliver your images those random sunbathers will be within the background of your forever cherished family pictures. (ewwww gross, right?) Snapp-Shot Photography truly hand edits every image. Your Hand edited images will be fully edited prior to delivery. Hand editing will consist of removing blemishes, editing out background people, and yes we will do our best to take off a few extra pounds. So go ahead and eat that pizza, Shhhhhh we won’t tell! A little piece of advice, sunburn can be a hard edit…please wear sunscreen days prior to our session with us!

HOW MUCH DO YOUR SESSIONS COST?

WHY IS ADDITIONAL COVERAGE IS AWESOME?

It’s simple; Additional coverage is awesome because it provides more time to focus on “YOU” More time to focus on smaller families within your family sessions, more time to focus on your emotions, an optional clothing change, an optional second location…just more fun relaxing and enjoying your spacial moment. Additional coverage also provides breathing moments, meaning it’s a much slower paced session with us. Another great way to look at additional coverage is you can look at it as you are getting a second shoot for HALF the price or LESS per our hourly rate!.

DO YOU OFFER MINI-SESSIONS?

While some photographers scoop up as many “mini-sessions” as they can within a given time frame. We are sorry, that’s just not us. We feel your photography experience should not be rushed. Throughout the many years of enjoying our lives as photographers, we have figured out best time-frame options. Your little ones will most likely be a tad-bit nervous at first, which is why we ease into expressions and poses. Heck, even adults will be nervous at first. As your session goes on, everyone will relax which will provide us with the expressions and all the feels we are hoping to bring out within your beautiful images. You’re not just a “time-slot number within a group of mini-sessions to us” We want to focus 100% on YOUR family, not the next time slot.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?

We do not offer discounts, we feel we are honest and fairly priced. We do offer a few collections to fit everyone’s needs.

DO YOU OFFER MORNING SESSIONS?

Per request, we do now offer morning sessions. Our morning sessions are enjoyed “off” of the beach. The morning sun on the beach is a bit harsh, we love enjoying our mornings with what we like to call Strolling Sessions! These sessions are offered in Southport, Wilmington, and Shaded areas of Bald Head Island. Together we will simply stroll throughout our favorite block taking posed and candid pictures along the way! This is such an awesome relaxing time.

WHAT IS A SNAPP-SHOT STROLLING SESSION?

Snapp-Shot Strolling Sessions came to life after so many requests for morning sessions from our clients! We understand evening sessions may not work for you and your family. Possibly a little one goes to bed early, possibly you don’t enjoy the sandy beach or are just looking for something different. We have the perfect session for you! Strolling sessions always take place within the mid morning hours around 10’ish or 11i’sh. Morning Strolling Sessions are very different from our evening beach sessions. We will meet up in the town of Southport NC and peacefully stroll throughout our favorite blocks capturing your stroll along the way. Picture Perfect Picket Fences, Grand Magnolia Trees , Timeless Front Porches, Back n’ Time Bricks, Story Telling Stones, all along the Perfectly Imperfect Sidewalks. Your Laughs, Your Hand Holding, Your Smiles, Your Details, Your Posed and Your UnPosed Ways will tell the Story of your Memories along your Snapp-Shot Stroll. We will capture that walk you shared with your children, the visit from your grandchildren, the love you share for your partner, or walking alongside your furry-filled best-friend! What better way to remember this moment than with a Snapp-Shot Strolling Session?!?! Strolling Sessions can accomodate up to 5 people and are a simple relaxed session throughout our Sweet Town of Southport, NC. Offered at 30minutes with the option of adding additional time. 

I'M READY TO BOOK, HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?

It’s such a simple process, contact us at this form. From there Erin will gather a bit of information and let you know if your preferred date is available. During the busy season we fill up very quickly. Busy season is from March through the end of September and any Holidays. We highly recommend you book your session with us early during these months. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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 On your Photography Experience we may ask you to do a lil' smile, a lil' sassiness, and yes a lil' seriousness...so bring it all!

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