Beach Shutters Photography

Family Beach Photographer serving Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

Beach Shutters Family Beach Photographer serving Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. You can be sure to get the best possible photos in a relaxed, creative atmosphere. We specialize in beach portraits in beautiful Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Fort Morgan. Our digital photos are high quality, enhanced, and heavily edited to ensure we deliver the perfect family beach photos. We use the highest quality cameras and lenses that take advantage of the beautiful natural light.   As a result, you get amazing photos. Our services include family beach portraits, wedding photography, senior portraits, business headshots, engagement, maternity, real estate photography. Beach Shutters delivers via an online gallery, downloadable digital link, and photo release.

Save your vacation memories forever

Capture Every Moment…

Life is happening right now, it is what is important, and the best way to keep it special is through photography. Photos seal an occasion in time, so we can relive it later. Today’s moments will be your memories, let us save them in the most beautiful light!

Have you ever wished you could go back in time, to see a face, hold your baby, or relive your wedding day? Photography can bring back such a flood of emotion. From the extraordinary to the ordinary, each photo is descriptive in its own way.

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our very own love story

See what our clients have been saying about us.

5 star Photographer Orange Beach and Gulf Shores


Excellent service from start to finish! My daughter and I planned an Orange Beach vacation (we love the beach!) and decided to take mother-daughter/senior beach photos while there. After reading reviews and looking at pictures taken on their website, I chose Beach Shutters Photography. Cynthia did not disappoint! Despite the rainy day causing a mostly cloudy sunset, she captured stunning photos of us in our happy place! If you’re wanting the best photographer in the area, give Cynthia a call! You won’t regret it!
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– Ann H.

Wonderful to work with Beach Shutters again. We got to work with Trey this time and he was awesome, patient, and professional. I am not very creative with pictures but I didn’t have to worry because Trey had all kinds of ideas which were great. The weather earlier in the week was cold so Cynthia was flexible with waiting for a warmer day later in the week. I love working with these two and will certainly use Beach Shutters again.
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5 star Review from Josh Yates Photographer Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

– Josh Y.

If you’re searching for the best family photographer while you are on vacation in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area, look no further, Cynthia will instantly make you feel like she’s known you and your children for years. She captures everyone’s personalities beautifully and you’ll have wonderful images to remind you of that amazing getaway to the beach. We will forever choose to book a session with Cynthia anytime we’re in the area; it’s now part of our tradition of visiting here!

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– Jess B.

Beach shutters is absolutely amazing! My family vacationed in Orange Beach and I wanted to get some updated family pictures (as well as maternity pics) while on our trip. We have never had professional photos done at the beach and Cynthia exceeded all my expectations. She did a fabulous job keeping my two young and energetic boys engaged and captured amazing photos that I will always treasure. Highly recommend and will be a repeat customer!

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Take the beach home.

Yes, you can take your vacation memories home with you, literally! Family photography lets us choose the moments to keep. Isn’t that wonderful!  Hiring a professional photographer is better than any store-bought souvenir. Why?  Because beach portraits are art!   As an Orange Beach photographer, nothing pleases me more than to see our family photos proudly displayed on the walls of homes across America.

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Because your family Story Deserves Telling

Our Photographers try to be as imaginative as possible when doing their shoots (click here to see an example of a photo session in progress). Imagination is key in catching that moment, or angle, that really makes you-you. We believe that your photos should truly represent your personality. It is humbling to know that out of all of the professional photographers in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, you are considering us! Here are a few questions that previous clients have asked:

Yes, We do! Every photographer has their method of creating their signature images. Our process requires quite a bit of post-editing. That is part of the reason why we choose the images to edit. You get the very best ones & never see the rejects. We examine every photo to ensure that everyone’s eyes are open, expressions are happy, and body positions are flattering. Your job is to smile, play & enjoy your session. Leave the coiling, enhancements, color correction, teeth whitening & eye brightening to us. We have got you covered!

In the event of rain, we will reschedule depending on your schedule and ours.  We may have to offer sunrise make-up since our sunsets book up during the summer months.  If we cannot find a time later in your vacation that works for a makeup session, we will happily refund your retainer.  By the way,  Trey, aka my meteorologist, has 4 weather apps going at all times and we will be actively watching the radars & schedule.

  • Please keep it simple. Wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself. The beach can be as dressy or as casual as your outfit. A simple t-shirt or a flowy dress can be equally as flattering. There are no right or wrong color schemes either. The sand & water match everything! Pastels, bold, white or black, all workout beautifully for beach portraits.
  • Browse our portfolio or blog page for inspiration. Our clients are the best, and they consistently impress me with their wardrobe choices. Like me, it helps to see what other people have worn in photos. When you see it, you will know. Have fun shopping!
  • Wear your sunscreen. Sunburns can affect your finished photos, so remember your sunscreen and avoid sunglasses marks and Tan lines.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before your session. If you are exhausted, you will look tired. Go to bed at a reasonable time, so you wake up refreshed and ready.
  • Drink lots of water! Good hydration will make skin glow and look fabulous.
  • If you will wear foundation, make sure it matches your skin – all of it. You want to make sure your face and neck are the same color.
  • Keep makeup simple and elegant. Pressed powder is excellent for reducing shine on the face, and lip gloss makes a smile pop!
  • Bring a towel or wipes. It more than likely will be hot and humid during your session in the summer. A sweaty brow can mess up a perfect photo.

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  • There are so many choices. When in doubt, remember pastels or white clothing looks great together and is easy to coordinate. Another trick is to choose one outfit first. Maybe it is the baby’s dress which is pink with blue flowers. Now that you have a color palette, it will be easy to match dad’s poll with the blue flowers, etc.
  • Hide or show off whatever you like. If you love your beach body, wear a strappy dress or even a swimsuit! The same is true if you don’t love a specific area. A sweater or scarf can be very forgiving, and both look wonderful in beach photos.
  • I like the look of Flowy Clothes. The sea breeze will most likely be blowing, and flowing skirts and scarves give a soft beachy look.

Our favorite sunset photo locations are the Pavilion and Johnson’s Beach.  Both of these beautiful beaches will provide a variety of backgrounds for your beach portraits.  They include sea oats, dunes, boardwalks, and most importantly, a coastline view with no buildings blocking the sunset!  If you are an early bird and choose sunrise for your photo session, we prefer the Alabama Point East beach.

We get this question a lot. The short answer is that the lighting is best at sunrise and sunset. The light is softer, creating fewer shadows, which gives our photos that dreamy look that we love. Another reason is that there is less squinting and no need for sunglasses at this time of day. Of course, several other factors play into session timing also. The beach is usually less crowded at sunset and for sure at sunrise. It is also the coolest part of the day.

Family photos only require one photographer.  We can handle groups of up to 20 single-handedly.  For weddings, it is a different story (and package).  Our larger wedding and reception packages require two photographers during the ceremony and the family portion of your event.

Family Beach Photographer serving Orange Beach and Gulf Shores