Cape Cod Portrait Session

“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” – Joyce Brothers

Booking summer of ’17 Family Portraits on the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod!!

Let’s celebrate your family with beautiful portraits this year.

Booking a Cape Cod Portrait Session

 Cape Cod beach portraits by Sarah Jane Thornington of The Studio by the Sea are taken the hour or so before sunset, or at sunrise, June through October. Those times of the day is the perfect light for portraiture and helps us to create a portrait you will always treasure.

When you’re ready to book and have checked your dates and found out about all we offer, we ask for a $500. deposit to hold the date for you:  the session fee and a $200. photo credit towards whatever you order. We can accept payment online, in person, through the mail, whatever’s easy and works for you. Once your date is booked you’re all set. All of our portraits are by appointment only, and although we book months in advance, please don’t hesitate to call if you haven’t pre-booked. You never know, we may have had a cancellation or might have a rain date that wasn’t used. 

What to Expect from your Session

We work with you to find out what it is you’re looking for. In general, our clients choose us because our family portrait sessions include some beautifully and naturally posed family photos, and different groupings within the family – maybe just the kids, each children alone, whatever combinations you may want. We also always take some more storytelling or interactive images of your family enjoying being together, capturing the relationships within the family. These storytelling images may include sandcastles  or writing in the sand, or kites, or whatever will make your portrait perfect for you. The interactive portraits are always some of my favorite images from the session, they are the ones where the true love between you all really shows. I love capturing smiles and laughter that’s created by simply being together and enjoying each others company. Photographing life.

 In multi-generational portraits we take each individual family, and the grandparents with their grand kids  the cousins together, and if it’s a celebratory anniversary, the happily married couple! We always take some where the emphasis is on each other rather than the camera, and again those images where you’re laughing and hugging and talking and just being silly and enjoying the togetherness are incredibly special.

Cape Cod Weather

Everyone on Cape Cod says, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute… for a reason. It’s a quirky place we live. Because of knowing what happens here, we don’t cancel our sessions until 3:00 pm on the day of the session for weather related cancellations. The light after a storm or rain can be some of the most spectacular. We do cancel for rain, thunder and lightning, or extreme wind. Bright sun, filtered sun, fog, overcast, cloudy, sunny, partly sunny, are all gorgeous conditions and we can create a beautiful portrait for you. If the weather doesn’t cooperate on your scheduled day, we can try to find a mutually agreeable alternate date, find an alternate location or if we’re unable to reschedule or relocate, we will refund all fees paid. Cancellations by the client, not due to weather, made within 72 hours of the session date will not be refunded.

Minimum Orders

We do have a  minimum order of $500., this includes your $300. session fee and a $200. photograph credit. We get this upfront to hold the date for you. Please ask us if you have any questions regarding this policy. Our summer sessions fill up fast, so please book early!

We’ll schedule a time to talk before the portrait, to go over all of your portrait needs, and we’ll also talk about clothing, our policies, etc., but we’ve included some guidelines.

 Once you’ve booked your Cape Cod portrait session

For clothing, you should start by deciding where your portrait is going to hang and make sure that the style and colour of We recommend earth tone clothing at the beach, tans, whites, pinks, light blues, pale yellows and greens, etc. and prefer longer sleeves and pants, capris are great for the women, pants for the men, please no mini-skirts! Solids are generally best, especially for the adults. Props are great for more storytelling type portraits; props you might consider; your dog, sand pails and shovels, toy boats, kites, tea sets, etc.

Viewing of your beach portraits can be done here at our Main Street, Hyannis studio the day or two after your portrait, viewing sessions will be scheduled at the time your session is booked and are available during weekdays only, late afternoons/evenings are reserved for the beach sessions and weekends for portrait sessions. This will be your viewing and ordering session, so all decision makers should be present. Or, we can of course, show your images online if we aren’t able to go through them together.

Call or email the Studio anytime with questions, or for additional recommendations.

isn’t it time for your Cape Cod family portrait?

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