Family Portraits with Earl Campbell Photography capture a memory that will last a lifetime.  With several amazing scenic backdrop locations on the Eastern Shore, we can certainly find a location that will suite your families agenda.  Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore, Pemberton Historical Park....the list is endless!    


When you have your family portraits taken with Earl Campbell Photography, you will notice that we rather different than other photographers, mainly in the fact that I never count the amount of poses we shoot and I don't wear a watch!  Whether it takes us 30 minutes or 3 hours, I make sure we capture enough photos to make you happy and satisfied with your photo session. Most important thing to remember, if we are dealing with young children, it will take longer in most situations but it will be worth it in the end.  Just be patient with them.


How far in advance should I book my session?

My summers book up very fast!  I always tell people to try to book their photo shoot as far in advance as possible.  If you know you are going to want to get summer photos, simply send me a email and find out about availability.


How long will my session last?

Earl Campbell Photography is unique in the fact that we are unlike other photographers when it comes to the time for each session. Many other photographers limit your time for photos to 20-30 minutes per session.  I never put a time frame on the sessions because I don't want my clients to feel rushed and I never want to say, "We didn't have enough time to get that shot".  I want each session to be relaxed and enjoyable.  That being said, I usually try to keep all sessions under 1 hour, especially if we have little children involved. Many little ones get bored easily and don't want to sit there for more than a hour so we try to keep the time frame short. 


Where do you do your outdoor photo sessions?

There are hundreds of scenic backdrop locations I use on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  I have shot family photos at Ocean City Maryland Beaches, Assateague Island National Seashore Beaches, Pemberton Historical Park...the list goes on and on an totally up to you and your family!  I do not use the Delaware Beaches any longer due to restrictions and cost for permits but I will gladly talk with you about some relatively close locations that we can use for your family portraits.  Share with me your ideas on what you would like and I can give you some ideas from my past experiences.   


I know what kind of look I want, but I’m not sure what locations to go to in order to achieve it. Can you suggest options?

Certainly!  When we discuss what you want, let me know what you have in mind and I can show you some examples of places I have shot in the past.  This will give you an idea of what to expect at that location. 


How many people can be included in the photos?

This is another option that I totally leave up to the family.  I do not put barriers or limits on who you can have in your photos.  These are YOUR family photos so bring who you want.  There is no per person fee and it is totally up to you who you include in the photos. 


Can I request specific poses to be taken (e.g. grandchildren/grandparents, solo of kids.)

Of course!  I want you to be happy and totally satisfied with your photos so pick the poses that you and your family like.  Some people like funny poses, some like formals, some enjoy serious and some people just want to wing it and decide when we get on location.  Pinterest is a great resource for viewing various poses.  I suggest you go on and print the poses that you and your family want.  We will make sure we give you a good variety to choose from as well but we always love for our clients to have a selection when it comes to poses.


How many poses are we allowed with our photography session?

With many other photographers, you are charged a certain fee and that pertains to a certain amount of poses.  I do things a little different.  I encourage my clients to look through the internet and come up with as many as poses as you want that will make you happy.  I want you to be happy, satisfied and always retain me as your photographer.  Therefore, I do not charge for a certain amount of poses. 


Can our pets be a part of our photos?

Absolutely!  Pets are part of your family so of course they are welcome to join in the fun!  If we are going to utilize the beautiful beaches of Ocean City for beach photos, we must plan your shoot between October 1 through April 1.  We do have other places available that we can bring the pets during the peak season.  The best part is there is no additional fees or charges to have your pets join in the photos.


Will these images be posted online or any social networks?

This is totally up to your family.  Some people prefer not having their images posted online and I respect their wishes.   I always ask if it is ok to share a few photos on our social media page of the family before posting.       


How do we go about securing our session?

You may call, email or leave me a message on social media to determine if I am available for your specific date. I strongly encourage you to contact me as early as possible to make sure I am available.  My schedule fills up fast around the holidays and in the summer so I encourage you to book early. In order to reserve the date, there is a $25 deposit that is required.  Once we agree on a date, I will email you a digital invoice that you may pay the deposit with a credit card or pay pal.


I paid my deposit for my family photo session and now I need to cancel or change my date. Will I lose my deposit?

Unlike many other photographers, I realize that situations will occur that will cause people to cancel or change their plans. When these incidents happen, most times they are at the spur of the moment and for reasons uncontrollable. In the event that you need to cancel your appointment, I will gladly reschedule your appointment and use any deposit you have made for that future date. 


What time of day is best for a portrait session?

The best time to capture photos is late in the evening, about a hour before the sunsets.  This is because when you are taking photos, you don't want the sun to create large shadows and most importantly, I don't want you squinting.  Therefore, we always schedule our sessions 1-2 hours before it gets dark. 


How will we know how to pose?

About 90% of the family photo sessions that I do, my wife comes with me.  She will help put you in position and show you how to pose to get the best photos. 


Will you be taking our photos or will one of your assistants be taking our photos?

I will always be the photographer taking your photos.  There are times when I use an assistant, who just so happens to be my wife, but at no time do I ever use an assistant for your family photos.  This is a more personable experience and I will always be the one taking your family photos. 


How many outfit changes can we have?

You may change as often as you want.  We do not limit the time and we never tell people that they can't change into various outfits.   


How long have you been shooting portrait sessions?

I started shooting family sessions back in 2010 for friends and family.  I grew my hobby over into a business in 2011.  I have been shooting families since 2011. 


I prefer black and white images. Will you edit them in color and black and white?

If you prefer black and white images, please let me know before we start the session.  There are ways to manipulate the exposure to make sure we get the best composition for black and white images. 


How long will it take for my photos to be on the website to be viewed or received?

For most normal photo sessions, your photos will be completed within 72 hours. I make it a priority to get your photos back to you as soon as possible so you can enjoy your photos and share them with your friends and family. With that being said, sometimes in the summer, I can shoot 20-30 families in a week on the beach and finding time to edit can be tough.  At busy times, I tell people expect 1 week turnaround.  


What should I/we wear?

This is the most common question I get as a photographer.  I always tell people the same thing each and every time I shoot their family photos.  It is not necessary for everyone to wear the same exact thing!  This is a misconception that has been passed around over the years.  I suggest families pick a color scheme and try to stay in the scheme but don't match exactly.  What doesn't look good is when a family has 10 different colors and 5 different styles.  Try to stay consistent.  If you visit our Pinterest page, you can see examples of color schemes that I like families to wear. 


What days are you available to shoot portrait sessions?

In the summer, my availability for family photos is mostly limited to Monday thru Thursday.  This is because I shoot a fair amount of weddings and sporting events on the weekends.  That being said, I strongly suggest you schedule your session well in advance to make sure I am available for the time you need. 


Can I order more prints/products later?

Your photos will remain online and available for purchase on my password protected website for 1 year from the date of the session.  If for some reason, you need to purchase an image after the 1 year, send me an email and I can make it available to you.


Why is your logo on all the photos? Will the logo be on the prints?

Being in the photography industry, my best form of advertising is people seeing my logo on your images that you share on social media.  These images are specifically meant to be shared on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other various forms of social media.  When you receive your printed images, there is no watermark/logo on the images. 


What type of payments do you accept?

Cash, Checks, Money Orders and Paypal