FAQ


Do we get the digital files and how many?

This is the #1 question we receive every year. We include a curated set of individually edited, high res, digital files from your session. This is about 50+ images for a mini session and roughly 100+ images for a classic session. The number varies depending on how many family members are at your session and how expressive your group is. More is not always better. You really don't need 10 of the same moment, you need one or two best images from that moment. You may copy the files for safekeeping (and please do!) and print them for personal use. After you download the images, you can post them on social media, and make prints at the lab of your choice. Of course, you can also order directly with us through your family gallery.


Where will our photo session take place?

Sandbridge Beach is loaded with picturesque locations. We have found most vacationers enjoy having their images made on the beach nearest their vacation home. You can expect some posed photos of your family near the dunes. After the formal part is over, we encourage you to play with your family, take a quiet walk at waters edge, or maybe have a jumping contest. We also love to capture images of your family by your sandcastle masterpiece of the day! 


When is the best time for our session?

We schedule portraits midweek (Mon-Thurs) about an hour or so prior to sunset which is best for light on a bright beach with reflective sand & water and not much shelter.


Who will photograph our portrait session?

Angela will be your full time lead photographer. Depending on the size of your group, Sandbridge Portraits can provide a second shooter for the session.


What should we wear?

We have portrait prep information that we'll send with your session quote. This will have recommendations on what to bring, how to prepare your kids, and what to wear. We encourage you to dress comparable and be yourselves. You have personalities and relationships that we want to capture.


What happens if it rains?

We'll look for another good time during your stay. We're pretty flexible.


How do you charge?

Sandbridge Portraits offers 4 types of session packages. Family sessions are priced by number of members in your group. All packages require a 25% deposit to secure your session date. Payments can be made by cash, check or Venmo @SB_Portraits. The balance of your session is due on or before your session date.

1. Classic Family Session: Groups larger than 5. This session includes posed & candid shots of families & individuals within your group.

2. Mini Family Session: Groups of 5 or less. This session includes posed & candid shots of your family & individuals within your group.

3. Senior Session: This session covers 2 hours of shooting, 3 outfit changes, and all high resolution digital files.

4. Commercial Headshots: This session covers 30 minutes, and all high resolution digital files.


We don't think we photograph well, can you help warm us up?

Absolutely! We start every session chatting with you and your kids, breaking the ice, and taking some natural photos of you all interacting and playing before posing you. Once we do pose, it’s so casual, you won’t even know you’re doing it.


How soon do we see our photos?

You will receive your online gallery within 1 week.


Can my family order prints too?

Of course! Anyone with whom you share your family gallery password, may view, download, and  order prints & products directly through your gallery at a minimum cost.


Can we order holiday cards or senior announcements?

Totally! We offer multiple card options straight from your online ordering gallery.


How far out do you book up your portrait calendar?

As a large sector of our summer sessions are vacationers coming to Sandbridge Beach. We begin booking soon after Christmas for the upcoming summer. Our calendar fills up about 4-6 weeks prior in the summer, and much earlier for the busiest vacation weeks. If you’re trying to book last minute, give us a try! 

As for high school seniors, Fall and Spring session bookings are recommended 6 weeks prior to your requested date.


What are the 2021 restrictions, and what happens if COVID-19 prevents us from traveling or staying in Sandbridge Beach for our session?

Sandbridge Portraits will stay educated on the executive orders and directives in effect that are issued by the governor of Virginia. We are allowing your family to reschedule if you need to postpone your travel due to these orders and directives. Once you book with us, stay in touch with your plans. We'll find a spot for you! We use long lenses and keep our distance so that we don’t need to wear masks while actually shooting and chatting with you. Children should be asked ahead of time to stay near you. Sorry kids, no high fives...

Please be aware of the current Virginia travel orders and thanks for doing your part to keep our seaside community and our hospitals safe!


How do we secure our family portrait session with you?

Our booking and payments are easy! Contact us at sandbridgeportraits@gmail.com for availability. Cash, check or Venmo @SB_Portraits are accepted forms of deposit and final payment.





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