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Professional Dog Photographer in NJ and OBX

Those eyes, when they are looking right at you, what do you feel? If you are an animal person those eyes connect with your soul, as a professional dog photographer, I know they do with me.

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When you are being taken care of throughout life by an animal, be it a cat, a dog, a horse, a bird, or even a ferret, you know the feeling of unconditional love and attachment.

The animal world is full of magnificent and beautiful creatures who are a significant part of our biodiversity.

As a professional dog photographer in New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I know that all pets are amazing creatures that show us, unconditional love, daily. They are pure and loving and we can learn a lot from them to strengthen our own relationships in life.
Animal lovers are the best people to be around because no one else understands care and compassion better than them. If one has loved animals with all their heart, it’s most unlikely that they’ve never been disappointed in return.

Unfortunately, the sad fact is that our pets do not live forever, and when they do cross over that bridge we are devastated. What better way to honor the memories and times you’ve shared with your pet than to have a professional pet portrait made.
And is so easy to do!

But my dog would never sit still for a portrait!

It really is funny how often people inquire and say they have crazy pups or super shy dogs or cats and don’t think they’ll do well in a photo session. I literally hear this all the time. As someone who photographs dozens of dogs every year, both in the mountains of New Jesrey and the beaches in the Outer Banks, I can honestly say pets enjoy these photo sessions as much as anyone else and are always engaged. They give us so many moments of exploration, love, and genuine curiosity to watch unfold in our time together. If there was ever something I’d want to hold on to, it would be that time.

Whether you’re in one of the many counties in New Jeresy, such as Morris, Sussex, Warren, Somerset, Hunterdon, Bergen or the towns of Corolla, Duck or Nags Head in the Outer Banks, the first step in having a professional pet photo made is to reach out to me to discuss what it is you are looking for. I’ll explain the process, go over what products are available, and plan the perfect photo session for your family and pet. Just reach out to me at 800-646-5812 or click the book now button on top of the page and send in the form, and I’ll be back with you as soon as possible.

Why have a family photo on the beach?

Whether you’re a small family or a large reunion, capturing those precious moments will give you memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.

How To Capture The Best Family Photos Ever On The Beach In Corolla, North Carolina

The perfect family beach vacation has to include family photographs taken on the beach. Corolla is a beautiful oceanfront town in North Carolina, where the beaches are wide and there’s no shortage of things to do.

Learn how to capture the best family photos ever with these tips from my many years of photographing families on the beach. From choosing your location to creating a memorable moment, these simple steps will make sure that you walk away with memories for a lifetime.

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Outer Banks Family Photographer

Choosing the perfect location for your family photos

One of the key elements in capturing the perfect family photo is choosing the right location. It needs to be scenic, but it also needs to provide a backdrop for your photos. Ideally, you’ll want an unobstructed view of the horizon so that everyone in your pictures can see what’s behind them. Luckily, Corolla is one of those magical beach communities that is filled with dozens of these kinds of spots. This small-town beach community combines all the best elements of a five-star resort vacation, while still encompassing that laid-back Outer Banks style that embraces the beach life.

The timing of your photo session.

When time of day is best for family beach photos?

The best time to take beach photos is early morning or the early evening. The sun will be at its best point and won’t cast any harsh shadows on your face. And if you’re lucky enough to have an overcast day, then you’ll get even better lighting for your family portraits!

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Selecting the proper clothing

What should I wear for my beach portrait?

 This is certainly the most frequently asked question I receive. And it is a great question because it can have a large impact on your portraits and how comfortable you are having them taken.

In general, you should dress in casual clothing that is both comfortable and cool. Shorts, slacks, sundresses, and lightweight tops all work well. Select white or pastel colors for tops. These can be mixed or matched among family members for a variety of looks. However, it is best to use colors that coordinate well together. Pairing colors with khakis or jeans results in great-looking photos.

Keep it simple. We want all the attention on the personalities and relationships – not on the clothing. Make sure everything fits well. Clothes that are too small or too big will be obvious in the portrait.

Many families choose to wear the same color top with slacks or shorts. This makes for a very attractive beach portrait. Other options include having the men in one color and the women in another color or the women in white sundresses.

White and khaki is a very popular color combination and is great when used in the early morning or late evening sessions. This color style is the palette of the beach and makes for an excellent portrait.

With multiple families or large groups, not everyone has to be wearing the same color although it would be perfectly acceptable to do so. A very popular theme is to have each family unit dress in the same color combination and coordinate the colors of the different family units in the group photo.

Here are a few recommendations for what not to wear. Usually, mixing different prints, stripes and patterns result in a less pleasing photograph. 

You can use matching patterns with good results but typically solids are a better choice. Many of the poses used in the photo session involve sitting on the sand. Short skirts can be difficult for the ladies to sit on the sand in so choose something that you can be comfortable wearing.

Bare feet are the norm for a beach photograph but be sure to bring some type of flip-flop or sandal for walking to the beach, which may be hot. Many of our beach paths have sand spurs along with them and getting one of them in your foot can be painful.

Keep in mind that the beach is usually a little windy and it is prudent to be prepared for the wind. Bring with you items such as hair spray, comb, brush, hair bands, or any other item that will help to keep your hair in place. Fine hair is not likely to stay in place without some help. For those that can wear a ponytail, this would be a great answer to controlling hair. Whatever method you use, prepare in advance for this issue and it will result in better photographs.

A couple other points of caution. Be careful not to get sunburned prior to your photo session. This is especially important when tan lines show. The contrast between the areas that are sunburned and not, do not photograph well. Tans look great in the photos but sunburns do not. Also, less jewelry is better, and beware of using lotions that are oily. The sand will stick to your skin and can be difficult to brush off. And for the men, eliminating the five-o’clock shadow prior to the portrait session is a good idea.

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Some final words on family beach portraits

If you are looking for family photos on the beach, Corolla is a great place to go.

Prepare for your beach photo session and you will be rewarded with portraits that will be treasured forever.

I hope that these tips will help make your beach experience unforgettable.

Feel free to call me any time at 800.646.5812 or email me at if you have any questions.

Professional Headshots in New Jersey

Images mean business. The right corporate photography can sell, motivate and speak your identity through a visual language we all share. Corporate photo for your website, annual report, brochure or advertisement should send a razor sharp message that leaves your audience with no question about what you want to say.

Does Your Headshot Make A Great First Impression?

There is nothing more important than a great first impression, and there is no such thing as a standard business portrait. Simple as they may seem at first glance, creating a very effective corporate headshot or business portrait requires a sophisticated photographer capable of understanding the branding of your business, and of translating that into a visual message. I always do all of the photography, and never delegate the responsibility to other photographers.

When you hire me you are hiring a professional photographer with over 35 years experience photographing people, not just another person with a camera.

I make the uncomfortable situation of getting in front of a camera as comfortable as possible, and I don’t waste your valuable time getting great headshots.

So when you are ready up your game a bit, reach out to me at anytime at 800-646-5812 and I’ll be happy to explain how easy it is having your headshot updated.

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I work with clients all over the state of New Jersey and Manhattan, including the towns of Summit, Short Hills, Morristown, Mendham, Chatham, Chester, Hackettstown, Franklin Lakes, Basking Ridge and Bernardsville.

Professional Dog Photography

“Dogs do speak, but only to the that know how to listen” – Orhan Pamuk

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I know that you love your dog as much as I do mine, and as a professional dog photographer I also know that you want great photos of your dog. Many people think that because their dog is not trained or does not do well off of a leash that they could never have a great photo of their dog made. This is just not true, whether your dog is a perfect listener or a complete lunatic, with over 35 years experience working with animals, I’ll be able to get a great photo of your dog. The guy above had a leash on, but with today’s digital magic and some artistry skills, I was able to remove it. No one would ever know he was not the complete gentleman.

Whether your dog is a newbie, or getting close to crossing over that bridge, and if you would like a great photo to remember him or her,

reach out to me anytime by completing this form or calling 800-646-5812

Not all family beach portraits in Corolla, Duck and the entire Outer Banks are at the beach!

Many times not all members of your large family group vacationing with you are “beach people”, and a family portrait on the be would not represent your family at it’s best.

Or perhaps some members of your family are not psychically able to be on the beach and this is the first time their entire family has been together in years, and a group portrait of the whole family is what they really, really want.

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Maybe the weather is not cooperating, and they cannot reschedule because of logistics.

When you hire me, this is never a problem, over the years I’ve photographed thousands of families of all sizes, with many special needs, and in many different locations, both indoors and out……..I know how to pivot when need be.

large family group portrait in Corolla OBX

Patience and planning are always a requirement when working with larger groups, especially on the beach!  Do your homework when choosing a beach portrait photographer. Call him or her.  Ask questions!  Get a feel of their attitude and professionalism.  The clients I serve are generally in the Corolla, Duck, Souther Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Inlet Beach, and Nags Head areas, which means I serve a lot of out-of-towners.  Your time is precious, so don’t just hire any beach photographer for your portrait session!  Make sure that they know how to work with groups, are not mainly wedding photographers, and know how to pivot! Contact me anytime for availability or other information.  I’m always happy to help!

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Lots of images of large, medium and small family groups on and off the beach in New Jersey and Corolla and Duck and the entire Outer Banks of North Carolina. There are also many images of sunrises, sunsets and surfing photos in the Outer Banks, along with a mix of dog and pet photography, business portraits and headshots from sessions in New York City and all over New Jersey. Lots of fun photos from my journey.

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