Haverkampf Photography and Video
Photography on Alabama's Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Photographer
“When I started my search for a photographer, I didn’t just look in my area. I wanted the best I could find. I think I found that. Haverkampf Photography was well worth the drive. Dale was easy to work with and made me feel comfortable. I actually had a lot of fun. But the best part was looking at the pictures. Wow! What beautiful pictures; and so unique. I would recommend Haverkampf Photography to anyone."
"I love my pictures. It's like New York quality photos right in Gulf Shores, Alabama. After years of modeling they are the best I've ever had done."
Lori Beth Perier
"I was very impressed with my pictures and your professionalism. What great quality!"
"Everyone has loved Katie's pictures. Katie really enjoyed the photo session and felt very comfortable with you."
A Glamour Or Boudoir Photography Session Should Be Fun And Exciting, Not Awkward And Uncomfortable.
Have you ever thought about doing a glamour or boudoir portrait for that special someone or just for fun?
Life moves so fast. You are changing everyday and there will never be a better time to plan your glamour or boudoir photography session. This type of photography often becomes treasured more than I ever imagined. Don't let excuses prevent you from making the most beautiful pictures you've ever had.
I want you to find a glamor photographer who will make you look your best, who will treat you with respect during your glamour photography session. Whether you are looking for some fun glamour shots or an intimate bridal boudoir photography session, it's an honor to help something so special develop. There really is a big difference between boudoir and glamour portraits, but I'm going to talk about them as if they are the same for now. I want to tell you the secrets to a great glamor portrait. Not just glamour shots. You should get so much better pictures than just glamour shots. Even if you don't decide to work with me, I still want you to be aware of these major secrets..
11 (Or More) Secrets To Having A Beautiful Boudoir Photography Created - The Stuff Most Don't Know:
Secret #1 Is The Most Important Of Them All!
Whether you choose to use me as your boudoir photographer or not, Please, please, please, make sure that your photographer is a true professional. Check references and take someone with you to all sessions. Especially for this type of photography you need to be extremely careful to use a full time professional photographer with a photography studio in a professional environment. Any other situation could lead to a disaster. The least of which is that you may become uncomfortable and that will show in your pictures. I'm not going to go into horror stories here, but believe me I could. Safety concerns aside, you will feel much more at ease in a comfortable studio environment.
Secret #2 Is Easily And Often Overlooked!
Secret #2 is picking the right outfit! Weather you are doing conservative glamour shots or erotic photography, this is huge. Even a top model wouldn't know what to wear that would help him or her look the very best in a still photo. The "Art Director" would say what to wear! The "model" would just show up, and wear what has been arranged! The hair person does the hair. The Art Director plans everything and tells the subject what to do next.
You see, most people don't know what really photographs well. Why should they. That's my job . And I love it. I'll help you select clothing that will help you look your very best. Nothing you don't want to wear. This is your decision, but I'm here to help. That's why I give you a free consultation.
For example, the wrong clothing can make up to a 44 pound difference in the way you look in your boudoir photography 44 pounds!!!
Now, most women want to look as thin as possible in their portraits. Clothing makes a HUGE difference in this area, so let's make sure your clothing is really perfect!
Secret #3 Is A HUGE Destroyer Of Glamour Portraits!
Secret #3 is making your hair looks as good as possible. Many women goof this up in several ways. Not only that but, most photographers goof this up, too, because they don't know how to photograph hair properly.
Not only do we have professional hair and makeup available, we know how to make your hair look it's best in glamour photography. This is such a big point! As you know, your hair is a huge part of your appearance. It can make or break how you look. We've all had "bad hair days" and if your photographer doesn't know what he or she is doing, your glamour photography will look like a permanent "bad hair" day.
One of the things that separates my photography from that of most of the other photographers in the area is that I pay as much attention to the light that is lighting your hair, as I do to the lighting that is illuminating your face and they are completely different lights!
You see, if you study Hollywood Portraiture of the stars, you begin to see how careful the photographers are about lighting the hair. Well, I've studied the best professional Hollywood photo masters and I'm going to use these very same techniques to create your boudoir photography, to help you, and your hair look really, really perfect.
For example, many women who go to other photographers often complain that, if they have dark hair, that their hair seems to disappear into the background. Or, if they have light hair, that their hair has no "life" or detail in the photograph. It's not just how they combed or prepared it, it's how it's lit in the photograph, too!
Well, that's not going to happen to a glamour portrait created by me, because I'm going to take the time and the care in the lighting of your hair so it looks absolutely perfect. It's as if one of these Hollywood Master Photographers just finished photographing Jessica Biel or Kim Kardashian, and now is going to do your portrait, and I'm going to put as much care into lighting you as they would!
Secret #4 Begin With An End In Mind
This is not just another portrait. We need to come up with a great look for you and your portraits. I will work with you personally to be sure you are able to create just the right mood for your portraits. I will even meet with you in advance of the session if you like to discuss every aspect of your plans for a portrait. There is no selling involved in this "chat session" and no obligation at this time and you will walk away with a much better idea of what you would like to achieve and how to accomplish that .
Your first step should be to give me a call at 205-750-0222 so that we can talk about what we can do to create awesome boudoir portraits. You won't even believe it's you in these boudoir portraits.
I encourage you to ask as many questions as you like until you feel comfortable with your choice. When we both feel we understand the requirements of what you need, you can make a more informed choice when you are ready to choose your photographer. Of course, I hope you will choose me but I can give you valuable information no matter who you choose to do your boudoir photography.
Secret #5 Missing This One Is A "Silent Killer" Of Glamour Portraits!
Most women don't understand (or don't want to admit) that they get nervous in front of a camera. And they don't know what to do about it.
You see, there are over 30 muscles in your face. And if you're tense, these muscles tense up, and therefore, you won't love photographs. You won't know why they don't like them. They just won't.
One of the keys to my success in boudoir photography, is that I talk to the clients I photograph in advance. And what's the purpose of this? Yes, we're going to talk about clothing, and all the other things. We are also going to talk about different looks. This will help us put together a boudoir photography session that will be designed just for you. This consultation will give you the chance to meet me, get to know me, and see just how well I am going to take care of you through this. I'll take the time to help you feel comfortable and confident about your boudoir photography session.
This is going to make an enormous difference in how natural and confident you look on the day of your photography! It's almost like magic! You will be impressed!
I can't stress this enough. You see, most glamour photographers just are not willing to do this. Why? Because it takes time. All they want to do is crank people through their studio like a "factory." They want to do your photograph as if they were building a car. They want to put you on the assembly line, and run you through, click-click-click-turn this way - click, etc....Next person please. I will not do that to you. I am going to treat this as if it were the most important photo of your life - because it is.
See what a huge difference this will make in how you feel on the day of your glamour photography? You'll feel great. You'll know that what you're wearing is perfect. You'll know that your hair is going to look perfect. You'll know that no blemishes will show! So You'll be confident, and excited - not nervous and apprehensive.
Now, You May Be thinking, "Give me a break. This is just a photo shoot."
Well, yes, but you and that special someone are going to treasure these pictures more than most people could understand! I wish I could put into words the wonderful reactions I've seen (and heard about) when these boudoir photographs are presented. So let's be sure they're fantastic! Right? And that's what we're all about. It's not the lens we use. It's not the camera we use. It's not the backgrounds we use. Although we use the best of everything! The thing that separates us from other photographers, is how sincerely we want to help you look absolutely perfect - stunning - fantastic - better than ever - in your glamour photography.
Secret #6 Is A Little Technical, But
Extremely Important To You!
Most people (and an awful lot of glamour photographers in Gulf Shores, Alabama) don't realize how important light is in photography. The wrong light, and the wrong direction of light can add up to 27 pounds to you in boudoir photography, and also, bring out your worst features!
It's really a matter of life or death in boudoir portraiture. The light is the "paint brush" with which I "paint" your boudoir portraits. It's very important!
Now, one of the things that separates my photography from so many other photographers is that I have studied light from the true Masters of glamour photography for over 20 years. I understand the different types and direction of light that will help you look your VERY BEST. And this is different for every person!
You see, there are five major highlight areas just on your face. And they must be PERFECTLY lighted, or you won't look your best!
Also, I don't want to get too technical here, but if you're still reading this, you realize how important this session is, and you sincerely want to look your absolute best. So... the "Transition Zone" of light, between the highlights and the shadows is what "paints" the contours of your face, and brings out your personality and "SPARKLE." So we want to be sure that this "Transition Zone" is perfect, too! I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
Also, light is equally important for outdoor glamour pictures! It must be absolutely PERFECT if we are to create a portrait of you which truly "Sparkles". So, the type of outdoor glamour portraits you like will then determine the perfect TIME OF DAY to create the portraits. It's so important.
Secret #7 Is A Very Important One!
Nine out of ten people don't realize how important posing is in glamour photography. The most important word when it comes to glamour photography posing is "NATURAL." You absolutely don't want to look stiff and fake! One of the most common comments we hear from our clients is how "natural" their glamour pictures look. Our glamour photography clients love how good they look, but they also love how "natural" they appear in the images.
You see, I understand that you want to look really great, but there are only certain pictures that should use dramatic posing. weird, stupid, pathetic pose that makes you look stiff and unnatural.
Yes, I will "guide" you so the composition and "look" of the pictures.. You and I will work together to help you look confident, comfortable, and just plain great.
Secret #8 This Is Extremely Important To You! Don't Miss This:
You want to be sure to select a photographer who will not "manhandle" you with the posing. Almost all the photographers in Gulf Shores, Alabama tend to touch their clients and push them around way too much when posing them. (In my humble opinion.) The posing is so important, and should not be done by sticking you in the middle of your back if you aren't sitting up quite straight enough! But that's what so many boudoir photographers in Gulf Shores, Alabama do. Not only does this make you really uncomfortable, but it also makes you look stiff!
That's why I call it "guiding". I will guide you. This is so important to helping you feel comfortable!
However, I am really picky. I'll be very careful, and very attentive to detail. I may pick a little at your hair if something is out of place. I straighten your collar or sleeves.
Don't worry about a thing! We'll make sure you look "like a million bucks"! We're very picky, but we don't manhandle you - and we won't drive you "nuts" with being overly picky either!
Secret #9 Is Of Enormous Importance!
Don't Miss This One!
This mistake has ruined so many glamour portraits! It's the mistake of not choosing a photographer who GUARANTEES THAT YOU WILL BE REALLY HAPPY - and who will give you all your money back, if you aren't!
Here's our guarantee: "You will be THRILLED (not just 'satisfied') with your portraits, or we will do whatever is necessary for you to be thrilled, or we will return every penny of your money. No hassles and no hard feelings either. We want you to be THRILLED with your pictures, and will spare no effort or expense to see to it that you are! We absolutely guarantee it!"
You see, only a boudoir photographer who really believes in his product and service is going to be willing to have such a powerful guarantee. So his guarantee is your first indication of whether or not you even want to work with him. I just can't stress this enough. Ask about the guarantee. Listen to their reaction. That will tell you if you want to trust your portfolio to that photographer.
Secret #10 Is So Obvious, And Yet Most
People Don't Do It!
What's this mistake? Not asking lots of questions when you're talking with boudoir photographers. Now, if you're still reading this, you certainly have the questions to ask, right?
Remember, you are the customer - you have all the rights! You have the right to ask the tough questions, before you make any decisions!
You ask them first about their guarantee, and see how they respond.
Then ask them about how they light the hair perfectly. Ask them if they have studied with the greatest photographers of all time.
Then ask them how much time they are going to spend with you. And do they do outdoor glamour portraits on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, as well as indoor glamour portraits.
Ask them if they understand the importance of the correct lighting of the "Five Major Highlight Areas." Ask them if they know what a "Transition Zone" is.
Ask them how they get natural poses.
See how much you have learned so far? Pretty amazing, when you think about it, isn't it?
Secret #11 Can Make Or Break Everything!
What's this secret? It's choosing the WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION. Everything depends on that one decision.
And hopefully, now that you know these major mistakes that most people make - you won't make those mistakes! You'll be able to choose the right boudoir photographer in Gulf Shores, Alabama for you, based on all this new found information you now have!
Now, I may not be the right boudoir photographer for you. But the fact that you're still reading this means I probably am. Because I care about all the things I've talked about to you here. But the only way you'll really know for sure if I am right for you or not is to call now.
I also want you to know that your privacy is very important to me and I will NEVER display your pictures or show them to anyone without your consent. Nor will I even discuss them with anyone but you. This is all between you, me and whoever you choose to share your glamour portraits with.
It all begins with a Phone Call ...
During this no pressure phone call, tell us about your goals for your glamour photography in Gulf Shores, Alabama, what you expect to get out of your session and have all your questions about me or my boudoir photography answered. While this is fresh in your mind, please call (205) 750-0222 or if you have other questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation with us today. Even if it's after hours you can always leave a message and we will call you back. You will have an enjoyable experience and there's ABSOLUTELY NO OBLIGATION!
All the risk is on me so give me a call at 205 750-0222. No one will try to sell you anything and there is absolutely no obligation. I'll help with any questions you may have about glamour photography.
Session time is always limited so call (205) 750-0222 and get your glamour portrait session reserved.