The Two Lights Expereince

How are you different from other photographers?

We’re glad you asked! It starts with our sessions: we keep them relaxed and fun; we walk in the sand and play by the water. We bring fun little props for the children (or you can bring your own if you prefer). Our goal is to capture the love you have for one another, in an natural way. If you have any special requests we are happy to include them.

We have over 30 years combined experience in photographing families on the beach and delivering the highest quality prints, canvases, albums and digital collections right to your door. We have hundreds of happy clients and many come back to see us every year!

How far in advance do we need to book a beach portrait?

We have clients calling every day to book sessions 6 months to a year in advance. As soon as you decide we are the ladies for you…give us a call or shoot us an email! May-August are the busiest beach portrait months, so be sure to book those dates early.

What time of day to you photograph beach sessions?

The last hour before Sunset is our favorite time. We feel like this is the absolute best time of day to take advantage of the gorgeous evening colors, and ensure no hard shadows or squinting. This creates limited availability but outstanding results.

Where do you photograph your sessions?

This depends on the session type and the ages of kids involved. For beach and locations sessions, we generally travel to your preferred location. There are many gorgeous spots in Destin, South Walton, and along 30A in Alys Beach,  Rosemary Beach, Watercolor FL, Grayton Beach, Seaside FL, Blue Mountain Beach, Seacrest Beach, Seagrove, Miramar BeachSandestinWatersoundSanta Rosa Beach, Inlet Beach,  Navarre and adjoining areas. We are intimately familiar with all these areas and can even gift you suggestions about which neighborhood will fit your family’s style and vacation plans!

It’s a bit farther for us but arrangements can also be made for us to come to Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Gulf Shores/Orange Beach AL, and Panama City.

Sessions outside that area may include at travel charge at the studio’s discretion. 

What if Rains??

Florida weather is unpredictable BUT we hardly ever completely cancel a session…

1. We try to have a back up option, so we can be sure to reschedule you before you head home from vacation.

2. If the weather isn’t looking great we will watch closely, so you don’t have to worry about making that decision. As locals we understand Florida summer days and the storms that come and go. It can be raining right before a session and clear up just in time with the most amazing sunset.

3. If we cancel the session and have no back up days we can apply your funds on file to a session in the future or offer a refund of your session retainer.

What if I cancel for other reasons outside of weather??

We ask that you give us as much notice as possible. If we’re able to fill that spot we will refund your session fee and any preorders. Depending on the situation we look at it case by case and come to the best solution. We understand emergencies happen and we want to be fair.

Do you have a minimum order?

No, we do not require a minimum order.

How will we view our proofs?

From the moment you book until your images arrive, we are here to guide you every step of the way.   Our entire process is tailored to be simple and streamlined for our out of town clients, yet deliver the custom experience you deserve. For your convenience we offer online galleries with a guided purchasing experience. Our image concierge Alana is available every step of the way to answer all the question you may have, design wall groupings, and give tips and advice on enhancements. The gallery will be placed online 2 weeks after your session and stay online for 14 days.

How many photos can we expect to see?

We get a lot done in our sessions- portrait groupings, special requests and natural moments. For that reason we typically show quite a few more images than many photographers do, but it really depends on the session. We want to most artistically represent your family. For smaller family sessions, we usually hover between 75-125. For family reunions, where two photographers are shooing, we typically go well above that.

Do you offer digitals files or “disc” of images?

Yes! We offer high resolution digital files available to purchase as downloads or on USB. Unless otherwise stated, digital files are not included in your session fee, but are considered a separate product.  A “digital file” is defined by the studio as one single digital image. 

Do you offer Enhancements?

Yes! We offer what we call our enhancements “digital magic” that include things like digital slimming, teeth whitening, blemish removal, tan lines, stray hairs, and distracting background enhancements. Contact us to see our full digital magic offerings. 

Orders must be paid in full before enhancements begins and clients must approve enhancements before an order is finalized and sent to print.

What do we wear?

What kind of outfits should we wear? Colors?

Well, first off my best advice would be to dress the adult women in the family first. You and the ladies of the family will more than likely critique yourself the most in photos. Remember that this is not the time to try new things! For example “I have never worn maxi dresses before in your life, but today I will!” This could be disastrous for you if end up not liking how it looks on you in photos.

Your family photo needs to best represent your style and what you’re physically comfortable in. Stick with what you know about your body type and how clothes fit you.

As far as color consider your skin tones, but also where you will place this photograph in your home. If your home doesn’t have one hint of primary color and everyone wears red…hmmm. Think about what will look best on everyone’s walls if you’re a group or just your wall if it’s a small family. The sand is white and the water is usually a blue and green color. Pops of color are always nice to incorporate, but classic whites and creams are welcomed. We suggest bringing in one or two colors that compliment each other. Patterns draw the eye, so consider where you want your eye to be drawn to and work with them if you feel confident. Kids and husbands will almost always wear whatever you help decide, so take care of yourselves first, ladies!

Can I bring my pet to my session?

We love dogs, but some beaches do not allow them. If your beach allows pets, we will be happy to photograph them with your family. Please just let us know when you are booking if you would like to add your family pet.

Can you customize an album or wall grouping for me?

Yes! We create custom wall art for our clients that be allow your session to be a true work of art for your home! We also have several album designs to choose from and we will customize any album for an additional fee. All custom designs, layouts, and albums will be proofed to you within two weeks of your order. You are granted one opportunity to make up to three changes within your layout. All requests for changes must be made at the same time, as only on additional proof will be created. We reserve the right to make final decisions on artistic layouts.

Do you offer Family reunion sessions and how do you photograph such a large group?

Yes! Depending on how many family members are in your party you may book two photographers.  Family Reunion Beach Sessions cannot be extended beyond one hour due to the harshness of the sun. We would love to capture everything naturally, but large family sessions do lend themselves to more posing than our single family sessions.  Typically we catch a few natural shots of the kids and family, but we with larger groups we tend to guide you more into a position that shows off everyone in your family during those large group shots.

Any tips for parents of young children?

 Make sure they get their regular nap, but I know that it is vacation and their schedule is a little off.

Make sure they have a snack before your session because it is close to dinnertime and they might get fussy and please try not to offer them snack while we are shooting so we don’t have gummies in their mouth.

 We always advise you to change them when you arrive at your session, so please leave enough time to do that. If you feel your toddler will not mess up their outfit before the shoot then feel free to dress them beforehand.

 Please do not stress! I know that’s hard to ask of parents with toddlers and babies, but the more you stress, they pick up on it. We are excellent with children and we can handle most any child we come in contact with. Every child is unique and sometimes they need more time to warm up to the camera. We always enjoy playing with them and talking with them with are camera to the side so they get to know us. Please know we always have their best interest and safety in mind. We have photographed hundreds of children over the years and we know all the right tricks and fun games to play to capture the perfect expression.

Babies: We suggest that you feed them before the session and also change them into their clothes when you arrive, so please allot yourself enough time to do that.  If your baby is not sitting up yet or does not like the sand we try to bring a blanket, but any sentimental blanket from home or a blanket that you want to bring would be wonderful.

Ordering and Shipping

How long will it take to receive my order?

We ship direcly to our clients homes, and once orders are finalized we have the following estimated delivery times.

Wall Portraits, Canvases, Cards, Announcements and USB’s: 4-6 weeks

Wood Prints, Burlap Prints: 4-6 weeks

Digital Downloads that include retouching: 2 weeks

Digital Downloads that do not include retouching: 3 business days.

Albums and Books: 4-12 weeks

How long do you keep images on file for re-orders?

1 calendar year

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! We offer gift certificates at anytime during the year, we have many clients who purchase gift certificates for Mother’s Day, Birthdays or even Christmas gifts!

 Do you have a referral program?

Yes! We have a referral program that offers you a $50 referral credit for every client you refer that books. We have had many clients spread the word and rack up referral credits! Don’t miss out and make sure you tell your friends about your experience with us!

Reserve Today, Call! 850-684-0206

Award winning portrait photography in beautiful Destin Florida and along 30A in South Walton Florida. The Two Lights team shoots relaxed, artful photographs of your family along our beautiful beaches. They also love to photograph babies, maternity, couples, engagement, Beloved, children, and seniors. In addition to Destin, they serve Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, 30A, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Crestview, Miramar Beach, Alys Beach, Rose Mary Beach, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Panama City Beach, Pensacola and we love to travel too!