The Big Picture
More than a photographer, when I get behind the lens, I am also a storyteller. The real secret to exceptional photography has nothing to do with backdrops, lighting and props. Great photography is all about people. More specifically, your people. Photography that captures special moments with the people you cherish lives on and on. And that is what I do best.
You've got a story to tell. So let's get started.
Bill Ramsey Photographer and Storyteller
501.351.7525 or 501.766.5671
Few experiences compare to a special trip with the ones you love. That's why so many people invite me to capture their vacation memories. It's the perfect way to hold on to some of life's best moments. Because even the greatest trips eventually end. Memories – like tanlines – fade sooner than we'd like. But good times shared with family and friends can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
You go make the memories. I'll help you keep them.
I am the most blessed man I know.
My beautiful wife, Sheree, (my first girlfriend) has graciously survived marriage to me for over 12 years (and running) now. It's difficult for her, I suspect, to live with a man who thinks he is much wittier than he really is. Within those years, we've had 3 awesome kids: Carson, Harrison, and Bella Grace.
My kids more than anyone have stirred my passion for Children's Photography. Living with them has given me good reason to act like a kid again myself--and now it's my job to play, too!
Carson (a.k.a. "Fungus"), 12 years old, enjoys climbing trees, bossing younger siblings, and cheeseburgers. When I make salad for dinner, he refuses any salad dressing [I do make a great salad]. Last summer he took the challenge of an older kid--"Race you to the other end of the pool!" When he later told me about the race, and the kid's tauntings, I asked Carson: "SO, you raced . . . what happened?" Carson calmly replied: "I put it on him." Well spoken, son.
Harrison, 10 years old, loves animals, worms/dirt, and water to drink with his meal. He is known to many as "The King of the Handsome Boys." He is famous for his insightful questions: "Dad--how did God make the dark?" "Daddy--you know Rudolph . . . why don't people like the other reindeer?" "Dad--are monkeys faster than cats?" If you think you've probed ALL of life's deep questions, it's because you haven't spent time with the Big H.
Bella Grace (a.k.a. "Baby Chicken"), 8 years, is the sweetest, prettiest baby girl alive . . . and maybe the sassiest. She loves dancing, "Bubbas," pink, and dresses. Of the three kids, she is quickest to voice her opinion (and loudest). Each summer she adds to her impressive collection of freckles. After cutting her own hair [to the scalp] in the Spring of 2008, Sheree and I called her "Bubba Grace." She didn't find it humorous.
My Approach to Children's Photography:
I love kids. They're so full of energy and vitality. Who else laughs hard enough to actually fall over backwards? So when your kids see me – "Mr. Bill" – my strategy is simple:
That's it. We have a great time, and those perfect shots just naturally happen. Expertise, lighting and design obviously make a big difference. But when the focus is on fun, everything else falls beautifully into place.
Beautiful portraits are enjoyed for generations, and are a wonderful investment for any family. At Beyond Photography, making that investment is simple.
Our standard Reservation Fee for individuals, families and groups of less than eight is $500. This reservation fee is due at the time of your booking, $75 is your location fee and the remaining $425 is applied towards the purchase of your portraits. Our Beach Session Reservation fee is $750, $150 is your location fee and the remaining $600 is applied towards the purchase of your portraits.
Larger groups can easily be accommodated, but please call in advance for a quote. Also, please note that some special locations require an additional fee for access to the grounds as well as a location fee. We select these locations carefully, and the gorgeous scenery is well worth the small extra expense! Please feel free to contact us at any time, or view our current promotions for additional information.
Lastly, we are portrait photographers, which means that we sell portraits not CDs/disks. Our products are a representation of our work, training/schooling and numerous years in business. Therefore we protect our reputation to the fullest extent possible.
We gladly accept cash, check & most major credit cards.
What should I wear?
Simple, plain outfits always photograph best. In general, darker colors and long sleeves are preferred. The attention should be on your face, and long sleeves help eliminate distractions created by bare arms. The clothes should say something about who you are, but without being dominant.
For most portraits, solid colors have a more timeless quality. Also, denim is almost always a great choice. Other good colors would be navy, greens, browns, reds, black and darker blues. Avoid pastels, pinks, yellows and other pale colors for color portraits, unless you are at the beach.
How about a group?
Solid colors within the same color family are most appropriate. Work for balance, harmony and color coordination. Try placing your clothing side by side and see if any particular article "jumps out" at you. If it does, it will dominate all the more in your portrait and take away from the overall beauty.
Any makeup tips?
Keep your makeup natural and fresh. Eye shadow should be applied lightly and with care, since the center point of interest in a fine portrait is the eyes. Also, bring your makeup with you in case touch-ups are required. Avoid tan lines and sunburns.
What are the guidelines for facial hair?
A man with a beard or mustache should just make sure it is neatly trimmed.
How do we keep the kids in line?
It isn't necessary to "train" your children to smile for the camera. We always have fun with children, and much prefer the easy, sunny smiles that come naturally! Do try to limit outfit changes, though. Changing clothes can become very frustrating for little ones (and for you, too).
Can I use special items from home?
Certainly! Personalize your child's portraits with significant mementos like a favorite blanket, toy, rattle, family heirloom or favorite book. Teens can also showcase items that represent this time of transition and accomplishment with trophies, uniforms, instruments, artwork or other special mementos.
Portrait Session Cancellations
Please remember that I reserve time especially for you. If you must cancel your session, please contact me at least 24 hours in advance. I'll deduct $100 from your reservation fee for canceling the day of your session. If you simply don't show up, you will forfeit your entire reservation fee.
Beach Session Cancellations -- We do not refund Beach Reservations. We schedule 2 appointments per day, one during sunrise and one at sunset. Because these appointments are so limited, we cannot offer any refund for canceling your appointment. However, depending on the circumstances, we will offer full or partial credit towards a future session with us.
Quick Pic Session Cancellations -- We do not refund Quick Pic Reservations. Because these events are seasonal in nature, we will allow you to reschedule your appointment time once. If you are unable to reschedule and have made attempts to do so, we will allow your reservation to be used as a credit towards a future appointment at our studio. If you cancel the session within 24 hours of your appointment, there is no refund as we will unlikely be able to fill your time.
Your Ordering Session will usually occur within 7 days of your Portrait Session. Please bring your calendar so we may schedule this appointment immediately after your Portrait Session. Make every effort to have all persons making portrait buying decision present at your ordering session. The price list we post is for orders placed during your ordering session. If we must come to your home for a second ordering appointment, there is a 10% increase in the pricing listed. (If an order has not been placed within 3 weeks of your Portrait Session, we will begin deducting $100 for each week thereafter. This applies to all sessions.)
Beach Ordering Session -- Following your beach session, we schedule a time to come to your condo/house for your ordering appointment, usually during the next morning/afternoon. The price list we post is for orders placed during your ordering session. If we must come to your home for a second ordering appointment, there is a 10% increase in the pricing listed. (If an order has not been placed within 3 weeks of your Portrait Session, we will begin deducting $100 for each week thereafter. This applies to all sessions.)
Full payment is expected the day you order portraits. We do offer payment options for orders of $2000 or more. However, no orders will be placed until full payment is received.
Approximately 10 weeks after your order is placed, we will contact you for delivery of your portraits. Please note that some prints/albums take extra time for the creation process. Orders that do not include a wall portrait will be delivered or mailed via USPS. Our out-of-state clients will receive their portraits via UPS for orders including wall portraits and via USPS for portraits 8x10 and smaller.
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