850.832.6093 Joe@SpedaleJr.com


Let's have some fun on the beach. Let's see what happens next. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more info on your session.

Dos of a Photography Session:

  1. Do communicate and establish a clear understanding of expectations, preferences, and goals with your photographer before the session.
  2. Do plan and prepare ahead of time, including choosing suitable outfits, locations, and any props or accessories you want to incorporate.
  3. Do arrive on time or even a few minutes early to ensure a smooth start to the session.
  4. Do relax and be yourself during the session. Natural and authentic expressions often make for the best photographs.
  5. Do trust and follow the photographer’s guidance and direction. They have the expertise to capture your best angles and create beautiful compositions.
  6. Do embrace spontaneity and have fun. Candid moments and genuine emotions can make for memorable and unique photographs.
  7. Do communicate openly with the photographer during the session if you have any concerns or ideas you’d like to try.
  8. Do take breaks and stay hydrated, especially during longer sessions or when shooting outdoors.
  9. Do ask for advice on posing and expressions if you’re unsure. Your photographer can offer guidance and suggestions to help you look your best.
  10. Do enjoy the experience and cherish the moments captured. A positive attitude and enthusiasm can make a photography session more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Don’ts of a Photography Session:

  1. Don’t be late without notifying your photographer. Punctuality is important to ensure you have enough time for the session and to respect the photographer’s schedule.
  2. Don’t wear overly distracting or clashing outfits that may take away from the main focus of the photographs.
  3. Don’t feel self-conscious or overly posey. Relax and be yourself, allowing the photographer to capture your natural beauty and personality.
  4. Don’t bring too many people or distractions to the session unless they are directly involved or necessary for the concept.
  5. Don’t be overly critical or negative during the session. Trust the photographer’s expertise and give them the space to work creatively.
  6. Don’t insist on copying exact poses or images from someone else’s work. Allow your photographer to create unique and personalized images for you.
  7. Don’t constantly check or use your phone during the session. Give your full attention to the photography process to get the best results.
  8. Don’t rush through the session. Take the time to relax and enjoy the experience, allowing for breaks and moments of reflection.
  9. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification or further instructions if something is unclear. Clear communication is key to a successful session.
  10. Don’t be disappointed if not every shot is perfect. Trust that your photographer will select and edit the best images to deliver a final product that exceeds your expectations.

Remember, these dos and don’ts can vary depending on the type of photography session and the specific preferences of both the photographer and the client. Communication and understanding between both parties are vital to ensuring a successful and enjoyable photography session.

To have the BEST session, we need your help. There will be a test to see if you read this page fully. Don’t miss it. Your photographer will know you didn’t read the page if you fail the test. 🙂

#1. SAFETY is always #1.

#2. A smile. Be in a good mood. It’s a vacation. 

#3. Scroll down for more info.

#4. Understand that every session in different we can not control the acts of god. <-click for info.

#5 Please note: Your photos will look different if we can not use the flash due to wind or rain.

To get an idea as to what the photos could look like if it’s to rany and or windy please (click here)

#6 Let kids be kids and have fun. If they smile, great! If they look at the camera thats a win! If they don’t, let’s not make them unhappy. The last thing we need is a crying baby photos. 🙁 Some are cute with a little cry, some will stop a session dead in the tracks and the session time will be over before you know it and you may only get 5 photos. Joe will try and be silly in the session to help the kids show their fun silly side but there is onlyu so much Joe can do. We can’t garentee your kids going to be perfect in the session. Reading this prep page will help.

Here is a quick run down page on Facebook.

 See you at your appointment time!

If you don’t know you time/location please text 850-832-1390 and ask.

You’ve just booked your session with Spedale Jr. Photography LLC.,

You’re probably wondering: “what’s next?” This guide you through all the steps you need to prep your family for your photography session with us,

We will go over everything from wardrobe to getting the kids (and dad) ready.

We are very excited to work with you and your family. If you have any questions along the way, please just let me know. We love to help! Also, feel free to stop by the F.A.Q. page. https://SpedaleJr.com/FAQ

Clothing: “What will we wear?”

The most challenging question everyone asks themselves after booking a photo session is: “What will we wear?”. We understand! We are here for you!

When you start styling your session, We suggest starting with Mom and then working out from there. Whether you want to buy all new clothing, or you want to use that dress you love most, that’s a great place to start.

(Things to think about)

It’s Florida. It’s hot. Ask yourself this question, “When is my session?” You may say, “Summer” June/July Ok, so now ask yourself how hot will it be for an afternoon session. Panama City Beach is (89 to 102) degrees in the summer from late May through late August.


It’s extremely important to understand we all sweat, and you do not want any sweat marks showing in the photos. We don’t edit out sweat spots free of charge. For more clothing ideas, stop by https://SpedaleJr.com/clothing there you’ll find color ideas to help hide sweat spots.


Be comfortable: you want everyone to be comfy at your session. Make sure you put yourself and the kids in something that moves with you and isn’t itchy or too tigh. You’ll be hearing all about it on the session, trust me.

(Do your own thing)

Your session is about you and your family! It’s very important to make sure that your family’s personality shines.

(The thing to avoid)

Very large logos: shirts that have logos on them can distract from your beautiful look. No to neon colors: just say no to hot pink and lime green to much matchy-matchy: matching outfits are nice, we know, but they can be very redundant and and boring.
Having different colors, patterns, textures, to create interest and diversity in your family’s images is a good thing.

What to expect: “What will our session be like?”

Our main focus is to capture your family in the season of your choice! We want to “capture your perfect moments”. Not always the poses. We love and want to embrace all the beautiful imperfections. At our session, we will pose at the start, hug, snuggle, run, jump, and maybe even get a little dirty in the beach sand.

We’ll start our session by getting that perfect posed “Beach Shot” out of the way. If you have a request, please let Joe know.

We usually like to do them standing and maybe one sitting.

Be thinking of things that you like to do together as a family, beach walk or small things you want to remember.

(Remember the small things)
An example would be how your daughter doesn’t like to get kisses on the lips, so we kiss on the cheeks and/or forehead.

We like to start my sessions within one hour before sunset; We have a few locations picked out already. Most families want a beach session and water/pier in the background. No problem. Most sessions are at “M.B. Miller County Pier” otherwise, any other location upon agreed location.

The week before:

“How do I prep the kids for our photo session?”

The week or two before your session, start bringing Spedale Jr. Photography (the fun guy) up in conversation. You can refer to me as the, cool guy, cameraman or Mr. Joe. Tell your kids about the fun beach session we’ll be having soon.

Guess what works! Bribery, tell me what will get them smiling. The ice cream date after our session works well! If they think about behaving perfectly or feel uptight, it could show. Joe loves talking to the kids, being silly, and having a good time. We want them to smile & laugh. (Whatever works) Joe has kids too!

“How do I prepare for the “dad”?”

Tell dad he can get icecream too! IF HES A GOOD BOY! Tell him, Joe get’s it, Joe understands and to relax and have fun! He’s a good guy just for tagging along, hes loving and caring for going on this session. Take all pressure off him. He’ll do well because he loves you and the kids.

“How do I prep myself, mom?”

#1 Relax! Treat yourself. You deserve it! Get your hair or nails done. Don’t stress, and remember to just have fun with your family. This is the time to be yourself with your family.

Need help? Just ask:

Stop by the F.A.Q. page.
We are here to help in any way. If you have a question about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask our booking agent. (Rachelle) text (850-832-1390), or send a facebook message.

Session Day: “It’s finally here!”

The day of your session is here! We’ve picked out the perfect time and location, and your wardrobe is ready to go. You’ve spent weeks preparing, and it’s finally time. I’m getting just as excited as you are.

Things to remember:

For the best look on your photos remember, No guns, No shoes, No keys, No cell phones, no hair ties on the wrist. No hats, no sunglasses (unless they are props or prescription.) PLEASE NOTE: This is only a suggestion.

Have fun!
This is so important that you and your kids enjoy this experience because it will show up in your photos if someone just isn’t having it.
Relax and love on your family. Maybe talk about the bribe? 🙂 If there is one.

After the session: “How long do we have to wait to see our photos?”

That is a great question!

We go over all of your images and pick out the best of the best. We don’t delete the images from my memory card until after we have edited your session. 

(NOTE) Big tippers will get their photos first as OUR bribe to start with your photos first. 🙂 bribe us; we work for you and your family just like that waiter/waitress refilling your iced tea at the excellent restaurant you love so much.

Our turn around time for your gallery is 24/48 hours and 2-3 weeks in June/July “if” we are backed up. After the session you may ask us when you’ll get your photos as we will know if we are backed up or not.

We don’t limit the number of images we give out. It’s all based on time of the session and how well the kids do on the session. The more time you book, the more photos, you’ll get.

All photos come with our signature basic edit, print release, and free downloading from our online photo downloading site and a flash drive if you ordered one. If you didn’t get one and you want one, please text 850-832-1390 for an invoice to mail you a copy of the photos.


ATTN: New customers, 

{We speak for all photographers in Panama City, Beach.}

We get asked this almost every day, so we will help inform you as the customer. If you’ve never had professional photography done before. Let’s get the payment awkwardness out of the way when the invoice asks for a tip just after your session. Please know, we are upfront and honest with all customers. So let us help you out so you, too, won’t feel bad by not leaving a tip. 🙁 We know, we all hate feeling like we have to pay any more for photography as session like this is a costly “service“. This being said, we felt it would be better instead of raising our rates to offset a “built-in” tip, as they do at restaurants; we hope that you’d add a nice tip to show a good gesture and appreciation for the excellent service received. Please think of it this way, when you go to dinner with the family, your waiter or waitress gives you excellent service. You most likely left a tip, right? It’s the same thing for us photographers, except we are jumping around, acting silly, trying our best to make a priceless memory you’ll never forget. In our book, you only do photography once a year at most, so enjoy, memories are priceless, you deserve it!

So, as a customer, what is a fair tip for your photographer and or helper?

Suppose it’s just the photographer 20% to 25% is average for our area. If the photographer was excellent and the sneak peeks looked good, and there is a helper. It’s nice to tip 35% or more. The more you tip, the faster you’ll get your photos back. We love to be bribed too. Your tip buys us dinner in most cases. The better we eat, the better the photos look lol….. Just kidding, everyone gets the same quality photos and 24/48 hour turnaround time on normal days.

Pay Spedale Jr


Preparing dads and kids for a photography session can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here are some tips to help you with the preparation:

  1. Communicate the Details: Provide clear and concise information about the session to the dad and kids. Include the date, time, and location of the session, as well as any specific instructions or requirements they should be aware of. Explain the purpose of the session and the style of photography you plan to capture.

  2. Discuss Expectations: Have a conversation with the dad and kids to understand their expectations and preferences for the session. Ask about any specific poses, props, or themes they might have in mind. This will help you tailor the session to their preferences and ensure their involvement and excitement.

  3. Clothing and Style: Provide guidance on suitable clothing choices for the session. Suggest coordinating outfits or a specific color palette to create a cohesive look. Consider the location and style of the session when offering clothing suggestions. Encourage them to wear comfortable clothes that they feel confident in.

  4. Location and Props: If the session is taking place at a specific location, share details about the surroundings and any props you plan to use. This will give them an idea of the setting and allow them to prepare accordingly. If they have any personal props they’d like to incorporate, encourage them to bring them along.

  5. Explain the Process: Familiarize the dad and kids with the flow of the photography session. Let them know how long the session is expected to last and explain how you will guide them through various poses and activities. Assure them that it’s okay to be themselves and that you’ll capture their natural interactions.

  6. Encourage Relaxation and Fun: Let the dad and kids know that the session is meant to be enjoyable and stress-free. Encourage them to relax, have fun, and be themselves during the shoot. Remind them that candid moments often make for the most genuine and memorable photographs.

  7. Bring Snacks and Refreshments: Especially when photographing kids, it can be helpful to have some snacks and drinks available during the session. This ensures everyone stays comfortable and energized throughout the shoot.

  8. Plan for Breaks: Depending on the duration of the session, it’s a good idea to plan for short breaks, especially if young children are involved. This allows everyone to recharge and regroup, ensuring better cooperation and enthusiasm during the shoot.

  9. Get to Know the Kids: If you’re meeting the kids for the first time, take a few moments to engage with them before starting the session. Building rapport and making them feel comfortable can help capture their genuine expressions and personalities in the photographs.

  10. Be Patient and Flexible: Kids can sometimes be unpredictable, so it’s important to remain patient and flexible throughout the session. Adapt to their moods and preferences, and be prepared to adjust the plan if needed. Remember, the goal is to capture authentic and joyful moments.

By following these tips and creating a positive and relaxed atmosphere, you can help dads and kids feel prepared and excited for the photography session.


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Once you have read this page text Joe 850-832-6093 the following

* Name:

* Location of session:

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This will let us know you have read the prep guide and that you’re ready for the BEST session ever.

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