Welcome to Outer Banks Family Portraits!

Welcome to Spring 2014. Time to book your
2014 Family Portrait session!

 $50.00 off Sale ends April 30, 2014

Please see our Packages page for pricing

Douglas Haber & Michelle Haber would like to thank you for clicking to our award winning website!

We we literally doubled (and then some) our total customers in 2013 and look forward to working with so many of them again. Thank you so much!!! As of January 2014, we are overwhelmed with requests for duplicate dates. Although we have several photographers, availability is limited. Call now to secure your date!

2014 dates are already filling up so please contact us to secure your date as soon as possible! We shoot weddings, portraits and aerials so don’t delay.

As of 2014, Outer Banks Productions has shot well over 775,000 professional shots between weddings and family portraits. Our main company is Outer Banks Productions so after you are finished at this site, please check us out at our other site here.

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What we offer:
~You get the high-resolution disk with all the images so you can make your own prints.
~We ship the disk to your address for free.
~All of the images are color corrected and enhanced to look awesome!
~Make your own prints though our lab or yours!
~1 – 1 1/2 full hour session time depending on your group.
~Large or small groups, children & pets no problem! (We LOVE pets!!!)
~Candid shots with every session!
~Requests no trouble!
~Free on-line proofing!
~Free mileage!
~There are no additional cost for 1 disk of images! (REALLY!)
~Additional disks are available and separate shipping charges apply when shipping to multiple addresses.
~We work with the weather when there are issues.

FAQ from our REAL emails:

Q: What is the current pricing?
A
: Click here for answer as our prices may change.

Q: What is payment process?
A
: The retainer is 50% and secures your date. We will send you a PayPal request to make this payment. The balance is due the day of the shoot and is best paid for with a check or cash.

Q: With your print packages, are all the prints the same like with grade school photos or can you choose individual prints?
A: You get to choose each and every print with any of print packages. If you get 40 -4×6′s each one can be different or the same. You have full control.

Q: Will 1 hour be enough for an 11-20 group?
A: Yes. If but your candid shot count may not be as high as you want. Especially once your group gets up to 15 or more. So if you really want a lot of candid shots, just request the 1 1/2 hour session instead. Adding on time when the sun is going down is not possible.

Q: Out of curiosity, does the infant count in the total count of people?  She will only be a few days old.
 A: I’m glad you asked about infants vs people. I realized I should add that to our official price list so no one gets confused. Yes, infants count in the total count of people. They often have trouble looking at the camera, smiling, squinting and generally looking like they don’t want their picture taken so they usually make us work harder for our pay.

Q: Do you do individuals shots of each family? For instance, like my parents, my family, and my sisters family.
A
: Yes. We shoot the large group first, smaller groups, individuals, pets if any then we take any extra requests, shoot with any props or outfit changes then finish with candid shots on the beach or your location.

Q: How long is the session?
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: 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours depending on your group size and or desire for additional candid shots.

Q: Can you really shoot all these people in with candid shots and all the individual shots in the time slot for our group?
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: Yes. We have shot 650,000 images since we have been professional photographers.  We shoot over 140 portrait sessions per year and weddings also so we know how to pose, organize and control large groups efficiently. Most of our groups need a lot of help getting this done efficiently so we have plenty of experience that will help your session go smoothly.

Q: I would like a few shots of my little girl alone, is that extra?
A: No. The only thing that is extra is prints if you have not purchased a package without prints.

Q: Why are you cheaper than everyone else?
A
: We feel our current pricing is fair for our current market. We have many customers each year call and tell us they thought last years session was too expensive for what they received and then they book with us. All of them return year after year! Additionally we currently offer a life discount for return customers!

Q: How much do you charge for the disk?
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: $0.00. The disk is included in our packages.

Q: Do you come to us or do we come to you?
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: The choice is yours but mostly we come to you. We have a favorite location In Nags Head and can offer a small discount if you choose to drive there. Please just ask. It’s really worth it if your location does not have a nice beach for photos or the tides are high at you session time.

Q: Do you offer evening sessions, morning sessions or both?
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: We schedule most sessions in the evening about 1 1/2 hours – 2 hours before sunset. We generally save mornings for rescheduling. Morning sessions are very early and are always 15 minutes after sunrise otherwise everyone is squinting!  Additionally the session is often shorter because the sun gets so bright so fast. We know children may or may not like this but this is how we keep our calendar accommodating everyone along with the crazy OBX weather.

Q: What happens if it rains or is too windy?
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: We have several options. 1st we look at the weather and try to reschedule if possible. Next if that option is not possible then we can offer 2 options. Shoot the images creatively inside or offer a rain check. After all these years we have given 3 rain checks and maybe 3 or 4 indoor sessions as of October 2012.

Q: Why should we expect a photographer to know about the weather?
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: We are both pilots of light aircraft. We generally offer better forecasts than the local weather. Also in the past we were local consultants for NOAA of Newport/Morehead City NC. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/mhx/

Q: Do you watermark your images?
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: Only the low resolution images that may be include on your disk are watermarked. We want you to upload these to social media and we love the credit. Thank you! Otherwise, your images on the disk are full size and printable WITHOUT the watermarks.

Q: Do you offer all the image or just a few?
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: I love this question! We give you everything we shoot except any obvious duplicates. For example, if we shoot 5 shots of the large group and there are shots with and without peoples eyes closed, you will receive the best shot. Also we do not give you any image that may not be properly rendered because of a technical error including blurry images. Our goal is to give you as much as possible!

Q: How long does it take to get the images on disk.
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: On average, it takes 6 weeks or less. In situations such as hurricanes and our busy season it could take up to 12 weeks. (From our current 2013 contract: “On average it takes up to 6 weeks but can take up to 12 weeks or longer to receive your edited images, photo albums, prints or image CD’s/DVD’s depending on the time of the year. We do not guarantee a delivery date. We will notify you if your images will take longer than 12 weeks.”) We obviously want you to have the images as soon as possible just like we would like if it was our family and also we would never want people complaining on the internet as that would be bad for business.

Q: What is best to wear?
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: Khakis or blue jeans and white shirts. Otherwise stick to solid colors. No stripes or polka-dots.

Q: Can we bring props?
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: Yes, we love that. Please do!

Q: I have a dog, a cat and an iguana. Will you shoot them also?
A
: Only if they try to bite us! LOL No seriously, we love pets and have great patients so please bring them.

Q: Can we all do a jump shot?
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: Yes. Those that cant jump, just stay still with your hands in the air. It looks great!

Q: I want a shot of us with the ocean and the dunes in the back. Can you shoot that?
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: Yes! In the evening sessions we shoot the dune shots 1st because of lighting and the ocean shots second. This makes the best images.

Q: Can you shoot sunset images?
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: Yes, if you are on the sound side of the island. Our sun goes down on the opposite side of the beach so you need to be on the sound side for shots like this. There are not many sound side public access locations so this get’s tricky unless you have a sound side property. Additionally, if you have enough beach it may be possible to get sunset images on the beach side of the island. Locations like our favorite Nags Head location work very well for this which is another reason to consider coming to Nags Head. Either way, we shoot the best sunset images in our opinion.

Q: Do you mind if our friends shoot alongside?
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: No, but it takes about double the time so it will definitely mean your session will run out of light and not be as good as if we shot it alone. Additionally they often create shadows on you images that do not look good.

Q: Will the wind affect our hair?
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: Yes. If it is above 15 mph we will need to be patient for good wind cycles if possible. Also we will try to move you to make them better. We suggest considering hairspay if possible on windy days. Eventually though, this method will not work. Feel free to keep fixing your hair as needed.

Q: Will you Photoshop our hair if it is windy?
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: Officially, no. But if you purchase prints from us we will offer this service for a few prints or enlargements. Maximum 3 images. If you need more, we have a per hourly rate of minimum $99.00/hour. Please contact us for the current rate.

Q: 2 friends won’t be there. Can you Photoshop them in?
A
: Officially, no. We have a per hourly rate of minimum $99.00/hour. Please contact us for the current rate. Something like this can take 5-20 hours depending on what you want. It is mostly cost prohibitive but we can do it. Most people decide not to because of the cost.

Q: My husband was hit in the head with a golf ball and has a huge scar. Can you Photoshop that out? (This actually happened one year)
A
: Officially, no. But if you purchase a print from us we will offer this service for a few prints or enlargements. Maximum 3 images. If you need more, we have a per hourly rate of minimum $99.00/hour. please contact us for the current rate.

Q: My children like to be in bed early. Can you shoot the session earlier?
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: We can shoot maybe 1/2 hour earlier but the lighting will be so bad that the children will cry even more and everyone will be squinting. We always suggest trying to schedule naps on a photo shoot day. As parents ourselves, we understand this sounds great in theory but is not always easy. Either way, this is the best plan. One other suggestion is to have the shoot under the Nags Head Pier at which point can accommodate smaller groups depending on the tides.

Q: Do you have a contract?
A
: Yes. Our contract is designed to protect both you and our company.

Q: If the weather is bad all week and we can not reschedule, what will we do? My family will never all be together again since most of them are from Germany.
A
: We will creatively shoot the images inside so don’t worry!

Q: Why does it take so long to get the images? Do you use a slow computer?
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: Actually technology has nothing to do with it. We likely have the fastest computers on the OBX! We hear often from other OBX companies that we are not the only ones that get backed up in August, September, October. Outer Banks Productions is a small business that has 2 main employees. We shoot 60-70 weddings and over 130 family portraits per year. We go through each image and color correct them, enhance and crop accordingly. This careful process takes a lot of time. We can shoot 170,000 thousand images per year and we go through each and every single one. We also work most of the day and into the nights only stopping for meals and children time. Ultimately, as the season becomes even more busy, our delivery time slows down a little.  But rest assured we are working to get you images to you as fast as possible and will email you shortly after your shipping label is made.

Q: What does on-line proofing mean?
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: On-line proofing is an internet service that allows you to view the images we shot and view them on-line via an internet browser. This service is your first contact with your images. We do not guarantee to post image that have been color corrected but only guarantee uncorrected proofs. Often we will upload the images after they have been color corrected if we are not backed up.  Additionally, you will be able to send this link to friends and family and they can order images on their own. This is a very popular service and it is free with all of our packages!

Q: If it is raining can we still shot them outside? We really aren’t bothered by the rain.
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: No. Our professional equipment will definitely have problems in the rain & fog and any other adverse weather. If it is possible, we will shoot it outside. If not, we will reschedule or shoot them inside.

Q: How many family portrait images has your company shot?
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: It’s hard to say but as of October 2012 we would estimate it’s more than most people could spell. LOL!

Q: My kids are both hyperactive does this bother you?
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: No. We are both parents and are used to it. We are patient and loving and will shoot aggressively to get the best images possible. Don’t worry!

Q: Our photographer from last year charged us an arm and a leg and we only got a few images. What do you offer differently?
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: Oh we hate to hear this. Times are tough and to hear a story about a bad family portrait experience hurts us. Especially when it deals with cost. We offer a reasonable rate, exceptional service and a lot of images. Our biggest complaint has always been that we offer too many images to pick from. We are very proud of this. Also our past clients get 10% off each additional year!

Q: My last photographer told me he limits his images per session. Do you give a limit?
A
: All packages come with unlimited images in the time promised unless we have made a very rare special agreement in advance.

Q: Your images are the most amazing ever! Now that we see how good you are, we would like to upgrade to a print package. How much is that?
A
: Each package is different but they start at approximately $199.00. Please contact us for current rates.

Q: You have been highly recommended by friend of our family. What is it that should make us go with Outer Banks Productions?
A
: Kim, great question! You are spending a lot of money on this so we want you to be 100% satisfied. 1st we offer all of our services and features in an all inconclusive package with the option to add on prints later. The mileage is free, the disk is free, the on-line proofing is free and the sitting fee is included. There is only NC state sales tax if you are an NC resident. That’s it. There are no surprise fees. We hear all the time that there is a photographer with a cheap sitting fee and the disk costs one hundred billion gazillion dollars. We are not those guys.  Additionally we are fun to work with, we will not try to sell you prints on the job and we take all your requests and have no set limit on the number of images. We love kids and pets and have great patients. We are all yours for 1 – 1 1/2 hours. I hope this explains everything.

Q: Thanks for the information, I have one other question, does the session also allow us to do individual family shots, in addition to the large extended family pictures?
A: Absolutely! We will get all the breakdowns you want within your time frame.

Q: Do you accept tips after a great session?
A
: Yes. We get asked this all the time. Our tip rate is about 90% so we feel we are doing something right. All tips are greatly appreciated!

Q: Hello.  I am inquiring about your family package.  I am unclear about what the hour of photography includes.  We have 13 people – we would like one shot with the whole group, and group shots of
1.  mom and dad
2. a family of four
2.  another family of four
3.  grandmother (91!) with all four grandchildren (all over 5)
4. mom and dad with all four grandchildrenWe are flexible and not demanding =) just need some good photos of a special family event.  We do not need the prints made – just digital access and we will be in the Outer Banks from ***  We are staying at ***, but are willing to travel, if that is better, for a good beach session.  Will you please let me know what cost we are looking at and thank you, in advance.
A: August 21, 22, 2013 are both available. The hour photography includes 60 minutes of photos which includes whatever photos you like. Traditionally we take shots of each family, just the parents, just the children, Grandparents and Grandchildren and any other combinations you can imagine. Typically we shoot a combination of the above with the dunes in the background and then with the ocean in the background. The large group shot (everyone) is usually taken with the ocean in the background. We also offer candid shots and all your requests with any time left over. You will then receive free online proofing and a disk sent to you with all the acceptable images. You have complete digital access and can make all the prints you like. Officially this is called, “Home rights use”. You may additionally add a print package to any of our packages if you wish.

(Current pricing sent to this potential customer with this answer)

Q: One more question and then I will pay.  I just want to make sure we get the disk with all the photos.  That is what is advertised on your website but I want to make sure.  Then we can make copies and create a photo book.
A: Yes, you received the disk with the high-resolution images and can make copies and create a photo book no problem.

More package details & pricing here.

Serving: Corolla, Pine Island, Sanderling, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Cape Hatteras, Frisco.

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Outer Banks Family Portraits at the Whalehead Club and Corolla Lighthouse Corolla, NC

We don’t always do family portraits on the beach. Sometimes the wind doesn’t cooperate and we are able to move our portrait session to a different location with a little less wind. When we shoot family portraits in Corolla our back up is at The Whalehead Club in the park area. We worked with this lovely family and were able to get some great shots.

 

Outer Banks Family Beach Portrait Photography Corolla, NC Craig Family

The Craig family has been coming to the Outer Banks for sometime with their wonderful friends. We have had the joy of photographing them for the past 2 years. I can’t wait to see how the kids have grown up next year. It is so touching to feel a part of such a wonderful group of people.

Thank you! We will see you next year!

 

 

Outer Banks Photography Family Beach Portraits Slide Show

We had a great family beach portrait photo shoot for two wonderful families in Corolla, NC during a morning session. It had rained most of the week but we were able to get everyone’s photo sessions in that week. We had a lot of fun!

These videos are wonderful to have made as Christmas presents. We set your family portrait to music so that you can share your memories with family and friends.

 

Outer Banks Family Portraits Review

Some kind words from a recent 2012 customer. Thank you so much! Remember returning customers receive 10% off. Dates are booking up quickly. We are already 50% booked so call us as soon as you can to secure your date!

April 17, 2012

Michelle,
The pictures are incredible!!! You did an awesome job!!!
Thanks so much!!!
Rene’ D.

April 15, 2012

Michelle,
I wanted to send you a thank you for a great ending memory to our vacation.  When I suggested doing the family picture everyone was a little reluctant about doing it but where going to go along with it anyway!  That night everyone said is was a lot fun and you were very easy to work with.  Thank you for capturing our families memories!  Can you imagine what I will say when I actually see the pictures!!  I look forward to seeing the finish product!!

Take Care,
Becky M.

April 17, 2012

I am not sure what to say.. The pictures are priceless!! Fantastic job!  Some I even got a little teary eyed!  Thank you so much for capturing our memories!!!  Becky M.

Outer Banks Family Beach Portraits- What to wear

As a photographer we get a lot of questions about family portraits. What should we bring, wear, expect? We often say bring laughter and happiness, wear what’s comfortable and a smile and expect to have fun! Sometimes that isn’t enough of an answer. I have some great tips below to make your beach portrait experience amazing and fun!

What to wear:
Often khaki pants or blue jeans with a white or blue shirt look great. But you are not limited to this. It is ok to be creative. Keep the size of your group in mind when choosing what to wear.

Here are some ideas for what to wear:
-Have a different color for each family. This is great for group photos that involve more than one family.
-Females wear one color and the males wear another.
-Just coordinate the shirt color and wear the bottoms you would like.
-Coordinate the men in the family and allow the women to dress in dresses or outfits that compliment them.
-Wear a special family vacation shirt.
-Bring a change of clothes for the individual family portraits sessions. You can change after the group photo is taken. Make sure it is something that you can quick change into in case there are no places to change at the shoot and so you don’t lose a lot of time.
-Dress in your best casual wear (try to avoid competing patterns). Wear colors that look good on you. Choose colors from the same color palette. Example choose from blues or greens but don’t state a specific tone. Also choose something easy to pose in.
- Wear the same colors
-Not all the pictures need to be formal. Add some fun to your shots. Cowboy hats, sunglasses, feather boas and funny glasses are a few suggestions.
-Wear Santa hats for that Christmas card in the winter:)
-Bring props- football, musical instrument, surf boards, etc…
-Bring a change of clothes. Large groups should try to be as efficient as possible so you don’t lose a lot of time.

Babies and children:
Change of clothes- dressy and casual or a princess outfit, costumes, etc…
Blanket- for hot sand and those who don’t like sand as well as for infants.
Babies/infants- Cute baskets to sit in (large), sit on toys (rocking horse, etc…)
*Toys- shovel & bucket, dump truck, special toys, etc… Also bring a small toy for a family member or the photographer to shake for the small children so they will focus in the direction of the camera.
Favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal
Beach chair-kid size
Hat and sunglasses
Santa hats
Be creative!

A great use of whites and bluesThis family added the blue bow-ties for fun. They took them off and then took more images without the blue accents.This group works together. The shirts are from the company. They changed for their individual family portraits.This is a multi-family group. They wanted a group photo on the stairs of the house and a repeat on the beach. They were color coordinated per familyThis was a multi-family group. The colors show each family unit.Very fun and colorful.I love these super fun and beachy colors! Enough said!:)This family stuck to blues. Lighter blues for the men. Darker blue for the women and white with blue accents for the smaller children.This couple had their images done in the winter. They both enjoy the outdoors. They were able to coordinate colors very nicely.I love the color that the women wore. I also love that the girls wore accents of those colors on their dresses.This family had fun bringing hats:)A hat can change everything:)This family brought an Adirondack chair to the beach.