I specialize in beach portraits of families, children, and high school seniors. We’ll have fun on the beach and make a family portrait that will inspire wonderful memories. Capturing moments is what sets my work apart... I call them "images with a heartbeat".
Naples, and Marco Island have many great beach locations with beautiful rock jetties, sailboats, and natural foliage. Based on the size of your family group, and your vision, I’ll help you select the perfect spot.
Also, visit my Beach Portrait Portfolio for samples of my work.
Beach portrait sessions are a flat rate fee of *$350 and include:
~ Up to 1 hour of professional portrait photography by Mark Block
~ Editing of images, done by Mark personally – Including a set of black and white images
~ On-line photo gallery, which makes for easy distribution of the images for families that don't all live together. As a convenience, the gallery also offers custom prints, photo albums, mounts, and canvas wraps for those who don't wish to download and print their own images
~ Edited digital negatives (jpg files), with full print rights, delivered by digital download - You do not have to come back to me for prints, which is a big plus!
*There is a surcharge for larger groups, as follows… More than 9 people, and up to 20 people $150 ($500 total). This is simply because with large groups there are more photos necessary. In addition, typically individual families that may want separate photos done, all of which which greatly extends the post processing edits, often by several hours.
Please reserve your date as far in advance as possible, as it is not unusual for me to receive bookings several months in advance.
Looking forward to working with you, and your family!
Beach Portrait FAQ - Please review prior to booking...
Beach portrait sessions are intended for portraits of your family, your children's beach portraits, and high school senior beach portraits Note: To allow sufficient time, senior portraits, and children's portrait sessions are offered only as a complete session, and may not be incorporated into a family portrait session. In addition, family beach portrait sessions may not be shared; e.g. several families that are friends, but not related, bringing numerous children to be photographed as one session. Please call me to discuss any questions related to this.
How do I make a reservation?
If you would like to inquire about my availability, or to request complete beach portrait photography information, please do so from my contact page, or call me at 239-777-3820 when convenient for you, including evenings.
Do you require a deposit for beach portraits?
For beach portrait sessions a deposit is not required, however the fee is due in full when we meet for your portrait session.
How long will it take to receive my photos?
As good as the images are that come out of my camera, they still need some adjusting for exposure, white balance, and a few other settings. I PERSONALLY examine and adjust EVERY single image before I deliver them to you. I don't rush that process, as it is important to the final product I deliver to you. Typically, your images will be processed and delivered to you in approximately 2-3 weeks, but during peak periods (All Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, Summer) when I am out shooting multiple times a day it may take an extra week or so. I do process sessions in batch, so I am unable to send preview images, or any individual images prior to their scheduled completion.
NOTE: If you are going to need your images quickly, perhaps for holiday cards, etc., expedited processing (4 day delivery of images) is available for $49.
How many photos will I receive?
I do not sell my photography by "the number of images", so there is no limit, fixed, or guaranteed number of images that you will receive. I do not just click-away at any old thing just so you have more photos, that's not what I offer. What I'm trying to achieve are images that capture a moment, that you'd like to have framed, and displayed in your home. Generally, you'll receive approximately 25 edited images from a one hour beach portrait session, but it depends on the size and demeanor of the group.
How will I receive my photos?
When completed, your images will be placed in an online gallery to make it easy for you to proof, or share them with family and friends. For your convenience, you are also able to order prints and canvas wraps from a professional lab directly through the online gallery. In addition, for beach portraits you'll receive your high resolution images as a zip download directly from your gallery. You'll have full rights to print the images for personal use at your favorite photo lab.
Do I have personal print rights to the images?
Yes, images with my copyright may be printed, reproduced, or displayed for personal use by my customers. Images may not be sold, used, or otherwise distributed for advertising and/or commercial use. In addition, images may not be edited, modified, or used to create composite works. Copyright ownership of the images remains with the photographer, Mark Block.
What should you wear to a beach portrait?
Please feel free to wear whatever meets your vision. One of my favorites is just simple white dress shirts and jeans. Hey, go barefoot too ! On the beach when you’re comfortable and relaxed it shows in your portraits. In addition, the white shirts don’t compete with the colors of the water and sun. I do suggest that you consider not wearing vibrant printed clothing, black, or navy blue. You most likely will be sitting in some images, so excessively short skirts, rompers, and shorts may not be flattering. NOTE: If you wear eyeglasses with photochromic (Transition) lenses, you may want to consider not wearing them, but it's up to you. In addition, a select few clear lenses are highly reflective and will refract/reflect incoming sunlight and hide your eyes. This is your responsibility to make a determination prior to your session, and is not correctable in post production.
What is the best time of day for outdoor portraits?
Generally, evenings work great, especially during the Summer months, mostly because it’s cooler, plus that is when the light becomes less harsh and a little more soft and golden. For evening sunset portraits plan on being at the beach a little more than an hour before sunset. Alternatively, mornings are one of my favorite time to photograph young children, or larger groups. Here are a couple of factors that I consider that really make a morning beach portrait sessions a better choice. Size of the group - If you have a large group consisting of 10 or more people I like doing a morning photo session. The reason is that it is very difficult to properly blend light from a strobe with a large group in the evening, especially when they are strongly back-lit by the sun. Large groups in the evening can have a tendency to look like the subjects have been "Photoshop'd" into the image, without the shading and contrast that makes a portrait truly beautiful. Age of the subjects - For younger children, say 3 to 8 years old, a morning session usually works a little better than evening. Typically, they are in good spirits, and happy to be at the beach in the morning, plus they look great in the crisp morning light. It also allows me to use some compositional settings that work well for small children, like sea oats. In addition, in the morning, with the sun lighting The Gulf of Mexico from the east, the water has a tendency to take on a beautiful shade of emerald green.
Where will we meet to make our photos?
This will depend on the size of your group, ages of the subjects, time of year, and the time of day we're scheduled for. I really like having compositional items in my images (rock jetty, pilings, pier), but choose places where I'm able to make photos with minimal background distractions (jet skis, lots of people, buildings, etc.). I have several locations that work really well, and we'll discuss these and make a decision when we speak on the phone the day before your session. NOTE: Because of privacy concerns, and insurance issues I only shoot in public beaches and parks, I DO NOT shoot at private residences, or condos.
What happens if the weather is not good at the date/time we have scheduled for our photos?
The weather is is generally very accommodating, and it is quite rare that it interferes with our outdoor photo sessions here in Naples and Marco Island. However, in the case of weather that prohibits making good images I will attempt to find a time that we are able to reschedule. I often have clients that look at the weather report a day or two in advance, see an adverse forecast, and then initiate a conversation with me requesting a reschedule. So many times those forecasts are not accurate, and the weather turns out to be absolutely beautiful... So, I have learned that it is best not to reschedule a session until the actual date/time of our scheduled photo session. In other words... We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
What type of editing is included?
To achieve the highest quality images I shoot in a digital file format known as RAW. This type of digital file requires that the images be checked and adjusted for white balance, exposure, contrast, color tone, and sharpness in post production. Most people do not realize that I typically will spend three or more hours in post production for each hour I shoot. If you are going to get a special enlargement of one of your images, like a canvas for your wall, I’m happy to go over that image with a fine tooth comb to remove any background distractions, as a courtesy. Things that are not included are; retouching of skin, removing people, changing clothing color, head-swapping, fixing incorrectly applied makeup, or Photoshop editing intended to alter the appearance of a person. I fundamentally disagree with doing so in that there is no longer a "moment" captured, but rather an ingenuine digital counterfeit of the people in the image. It is easily detected by anyone with even the slightest eye for detail, at which time the image loses all meaning and credibility; especially to the owner.
Do I get every single image that you took?
You do not. In the course of making images there are alway images that are not acceptable. It can be for a number of reasons; unflattering expression, subject moved too quickly and went out of position, or there just wasn’t any spark in the image. At times I shoot more than one image of a particular person(s) or scene. This is because I want to make sure I have one acceptable image with everyones eyes open, or just to match the vision of what I was trying to accomplish with the shot. Please do not ask for every single one of those images, or for every single image I shoot, or for my RAW files. These images are not part of the service I provide, or the final product that I deliver to you.
All sales are final, there are no refunds on photography services.