Haverkampf Photography and Video
Photography on Alabama's Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Photographer
“We were looking for a timeless portrait and Dale worked with us every step of the way to get us just what we were looking for”
In case we didn't tell you enough yesterday we LOVE Claire Beth's pictures! They are better than we could have imagined! Thank you again!
Thank you for working with us on setting up Preston’s pictures. When he graduated from The University of Alabama, we wanted to get some really special portraits and you knew all of the right ways to make that happen. You knew the perfect times and locations and I’m amazed at what you can do with a camera. When I saw the previews, I would have been happy with any of the many pictures you took and the prints I got from you looked absolutely perfect. We look forward to having you make some mre portraits for our family in the future.
“You gave me so many beautiful pictures to choose from that I wanted to put all of them in my album. Picking my favorite was the only difficult thing about working with you; for that I thank you!”
Miss University of Alabama
“Dale has a gift for wedding photography! Our wedding pictures are priceless. If you are lucky enough to get him on your date you won‘t regret it!”
"We couldn't have been happier with our pictures! My mother cried tears of joy when we gave her a canvas print for a gift."
"Do You Want To Capture Your Family's Happiest Memories, And Hold On To Them Forever..."
If Your Family Is The Most Important Thing In The World To You...
If You Want A Priceless Memory You Will Cherish Forever...
If You Realize How Quickly Things Can Change...
This Information Will Be Priceless To You.
5 Myths, Mistakes, And Misconceptions About Having A Family Portrait Created - The Stuff 99% Of All People In The World Don't Know:
Your family is changing so fast, isn't it? Your children (and yes, they are your "children" even when they're married and have kids of their own) are growing up every day. Do you wish you could just freeze time and hold on to these special moments forever?
My name is Dale Haverkampf, and capturing wonderful family memories is what I've devoted my life to. I'm a professional family photographer, but more than that, I'm just like you... I'm a family person.
Can you relate to this at all? I wake up every morning and wonder where the time is going. Have you noticed that, the older you and your children get, the faster time seems to fly?
--- But There Were Things Many Of Our Family Portrait Clients Didn't Know When They Started Looking For A Photographer For Their Family Pictures...
If you're at all like most of the families on this website, you probably haven't given a lot of thought to having a family portrait created. They've been wanting to have a family portrait done, but don't really have a vision for their perfect family portrait. Don't worry that's pretty normal. You have a lot of things going on in your life. Life is busier and crazier then ever and family life in particular seems to be happening at an ever-accelerating pace.
Since you are visiting this web page, you must at least be considering having a portrait of your family created. Well, that's great - you will probably never make a decision that will bring you more lasting joy. However, there are some things you NEED to know before you and your loved ones step in front of any camera. By the time you finish reading this single page, you will know everything you need to know about how to have the perfect family portrait created - the one you will cherish forever! The one everyone who comes into your home raves about.
You may feel that having a family portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part. That it will be inconvenient for everyone. You might even be giving up some of your vacation time at Alabama's beautiful beaches for your family beach portraits. Well, that's not how it has to be. In fact, that could be one of the "myths or mistakes" right there. As long as you know the information on this site, you'll be headed in the right direction.
So, let's jump right in!
#1 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"There's No Way To GUARANTEE I Will Love My Family Portraits."
WRONG! Depending on who creates your family portrait, that is. Just suppose you had a family portrait created, and your son or daughter didn't look natural in it. The photograph was "ok," but it didn't turn out spectacular. Should you have to pay for it? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I believe strongly that no one should ever have to pay for a photograph that isn't PERFECT. That's why I am the only photographer in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama area to offer the following guarantee:
CHECK THIS OUT - A Guarantee Unlike Any You've Ever Heard:
If Your Family Doesn't Look The Happiest & Best They've Ever Looked Together In These Photographs - If You're Not Thrilled When You Look At Them - You Don't Pay Me For Them.
That's my guarantee and personal promise to you. As far as I know, there's no other photographer around that will make you this guarantee. These photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and relationships between you and your loved ones. That's the real reason you want to have a family portrait created.
So, if FOR ANY REASON you feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect - you don't pay me for them. It's that simple.
Obviously, I'm totally confident that the portraits I create of you and your family will be well beyond anything you imagine. I believe completely that these photographs will become your most prized possessions - that, if your house were on fire, you would grab your family pictures on the way out of your burning home. This is not arrogance. I don't think I'm God's gift to photography. We all have gifts. Photography is God's gift to me and I am supposed to share it with you. That's what I've devoted my life to, and that's why I can't wait to photograph your family for you.
I Realized That Memories Were Priceless - That There Was No More Noble Or Wonderful Profession Than To Become A "Memory Giver."
I didn't become a photographer because I liked to take "people" pictures. I wanted to travel and get paid to photograph the world. I wanted to be an artist. Somehow we end up where we should be and doing what we should be doing. I've learned there is an art to portraiture. And when it's done right I have created a priceless family treasure.
I'm rewarded everyday for what I do. Every single day somebody tells me how much they love their pictures. They tell me when they preview them for the first time, they tell me when they pick up the family portrait, they even tell me when they run into me later at the grocery store. I can't tell you how many times I've seen tears of joy over portraits I've created. How much more could I ask?
Time is the one thing that none of us have enough of. It's one thing that money can't buy. It's one thing that we all would give just about anything for. Through photography, we can hold on to the moments in our lives that we wish could last forever. And, if it's done correctly, these same photographs can become almost like works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.
So, To Restate, Here's My Fantastic DOUBLE GUARANTEE:
If you are not THRILLED with your photographs - if you are dissatisfied for ANY reason at all, I will do two things for you:
1st - At NO CHARGE, I will photograph your family again, and make sure that anything that wasn't perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.
2nd - If I am absolutely unable to thrill you - if I'm unable to create a photograph that you feel you will cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them. You don't pay for your photographs unless you absolutely love them.
If I don't end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee. If they are good, they should back up their work by taking all the risk off of you.
#2 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"All Family Portraits Are Created Equal."
INCORRECT. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you're at all like most people, you've probably had this question going through your mind: "How do I choose the right family portrait photographer?" In fact, you may even have thought of someone in your family - an uncle, a grandparent, even a friend - who is a bit of an amateur photographer. Why not just have that person create the picture of your family?
Question: "Just Suppose Someone Were To Create The Perfect Family Portrait - One Where You And Your Loved Ones Looked Better Than Ever, Happier Than Ever - A Portrait That Meant The World To You - What Would That Be Worth?"
No price tag can be put on your family's memories. They are and always will be priceless. So, why would you ever want to gamble with those memories? It's just a question of whether you believe a portrait of your family could really mean that much to you.
The Photographer You Choose Should Care About YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR MEMORIES, Not Just About "Making A Buck" Off You.
You see, I didn't get into photography to get rich. Believe me, there are better (and easier) ways to make a fast buck. But I CHOSE to become a professional family portrait photographer. Why did I make that career choice? Because I finally realized that all the money in the world meant nothing to me if I didn't feel like I was making a difference.
Don't Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Family Until You Chat With Me.
There's no cost, and no obligation to just chat with me, and it will make the whole difference as to how great your portraits will look. Simply call me at 205 750-0222 to contact me by phone.
Don't worry. I'm not going to try to "sell you" on working with me. I'm already very busy. I don't need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer. I'll just talk to you about your portraits, and help you discover what your photographs could be like.
If you decide to have me create your portraits - great. If not, no problem.
#3 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"Family Portraits Have To Be Created In A Professional Photography Studio - And They Have To Look Boring."
If you're like most people, when you think of a PROFESSIONAL family portrait, you think of all of you gathered in front of a "painted background" in a photography studio, posed unnaturally, and all saying "cheese" as the photographer snaps the picture.
Picture instead: All of you gathered on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama with the sea oats waving in the background and the waves breaking behind you. All of you are dressed in clothes the photographer helped you chose - clothing that conveys your individual personalities, but still looks great together.
Well, that's what makes all the difference, and that's what I will do for you.
And This is SO Important: All Of You Feel Totally Comfortable In Front Of The Camera!
Do you know ANYONE who feels totally comfortable in front of a camera? I'll bet you don't. I don't. Nearly everyone I've ever met tells me the same thing: "I never look natural in pictures." The last thing you want is a photograph where you or your family members have that fake "posed" look on your face.
That's why it's so important that you feel very natural and comfortable with your photographer. They would all look so happy and natural! I take pride in developing chemistry with all my clients, and their entire family.
Plus, I understand the "psychology" of family portrait photography. Learning the technical aspects - what lenses to use, what lighting looks best, how clothing adds and subtracts weight on film - all of those things are only the tip of the iceberg. Without being able to make each and every one of your family members look and feel comfortable (and natural) in your family pictures, all those technical things would amount to nothing.
You'll NEVER hear me utter the words "say cheese."
That's a surefire way of getting expressions that look totally fake and unnatural. No - a great photographer knows that, in order to get a great expression from a subject, you need to get to know that subject a bit - to know what will make them smile naturally. That's what I do, and I love it! I will get to know your whole family so well, and they will feel so comfortable with me, that their expressions will be perfect.
#4 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"There's No One To Help Me Make Choices About Clothing, Hair, Makeup, Location, etc..."
Okay, normally you would be right thinking that. However, I pride myself in being different. I'm going to help you with all of those things, WHETHER I'M YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OR NOT!
My Years Of Experience Photographing Families - Yours FREE - Without Any Obligation.
Okay, by now you are probably considering having a family portrait created. You may even be considering choosing me as your family portrait photographer - but I don't want you to make that decision just yet.
No matter who creates your photographs for you, you will need to make some decisions. What clothing should your family wear? Where should this photograph be created? How heavy should the makeup be on the ladies in the photograph? There are a number of things to think about, and I will walk you through all of them personally.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO RIGHT THIS SECOND? (and why?)
Pick up the phone, and call my studio at 205 750-0222
Even if it's after business hours, still call right now. I've got an answering machine that is just waiting to cheerfully take your message, and I'll personally call you back so we can chat. Just let me know when is a good time to call you back. Don't worry, I'm not going to try to "pressure" you at all into working with me. Plus, there's no cost at all for us just to chat.
When you call, we'll chat briefly about the things you need to know. I'll tell you a bit about me. I'll answer all your questions about how to prepare for a family portrait. It won't be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make.
#5 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"There's No Rush To Have A Family Portrait Created Right Now."
You know how things are. If you don't pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about your family portrait, you will probably get swamped with other things, and forget all about it. Then, before you know it, a year - two years - five years have gone by. How different will your family be then?
You see, time is ticking.... and it's never going to stop.
First, Your Child Takes His Or Her First Step. Next, Learns To Ride A Bike. Later, Gets A Driver's License. Graduates From High School. Gets Married. Starts A Family Of His Or Her Own.
These are precious times, and although things will change, this moment never has to slip from your fingers.
Don't put this off. You know how life is. We put things off, and before we know it, everything has changed. If your life is half as crazy as mine is, year after year you find yourself frustrated at the things you wanted to do, and never got done. A family portrait is something you deserve.
Plus, You Will Save 50% By Acting Right Now!
Just suppose you call my studio and chat with me. Just suppose you decide you would like me to be your photographer. As long as you are one of the next 7 PEOPLE to call me (for your FREE chat), I give you a 50% OFF a full price sitting fee for your family portrait!
What does that mean? All you do is call me to chat. I'll answer all your questions about family photography. If you decide to have your family portrait created by me, you save 50% off the sitting fee for the creation of your images! It's that simple!
Why Your Family Portrait Will Become More Valuable To You Than Anything Else In Your Home:
Do you have a photograph of your family that, if you were running from your burning home, would be the one thing you'd save (other than your family members, of course) on the way out?
Now, I'm not talking about a "snapshot" that was taken during a family outing on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. I'm talking about a wonderful photograph, created by a professional photographer in Gulf Shores, Alabama that not only captures your family's true bonds and relationships, but also does so in a way that you'd be proud to display openly in your home for the rest of your life.
It's Not Too Late. This Moment, Right Now, Can Be Held Onto For The Rest Of Your Life - For You To Share With Family And Friends.
You don't have to make a big decision right now. You don't have to choose your photographer - you don't even have to decide that now is the time for your family portrait. Just take one small step toward holding onto your family's happiest moments RIGHT NOW.
Just Call My Studio, And We'll Chat. And, Remember, If You Decide You Want Me To Create Your Family Portrait, Save 50% Off of a full price sitting fee. It's All Up To You.
The Perfect Family Portrait Is Only One Phone Call Away...
Make the call now. It will be a call you will be glad you made for the rest of your life. I look forward to hearing from you.
Photographer in Gulf Shores, Alabama
P.S. - Remember, call me just to chat, and if you're one of the first 7 people to do so, I will give you 50% off the a full price sitting fee of your family portraits in Gulf Shores, Alabama! There's no cost, and no obligation for this chat. Your family portraits shouldn't be trusted to any photographer who doesn't realize what a responsibility it is to make sure these portraits are perfect. These are your memories - don't trust them to just anyone. You've nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain. Call my studio now - no cost, no obligation - 205 750-0222 (no cost, no obligation)!