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DOC: Day in the Life Sessions

Launched in 2014, our Family Documentary Sessions began as “A Day At The Beach” sessions. While the traditional family portrait session holds candid elements to the session, what it lacks is the intimate family moments where one forgets that the camera is around. These everyday moments are our personal favorite treasures. With professional underwater housing and 15+ years experience as a professional surf photographer, Daniel is not only able to creatively shoot the ins and outs of the day, but also the “in the water” moments in a way that few can. Daniel’s keen artistic eye and expertise as a documentary photographer enables him to capture the uninhibited expressions, tender exchanges, and even the grouchy-in-need-of-a-nap moments of daily life. The half or full day session ends with a formal fine art portrait session, giving our clients the best of both worlds.

Family Beach Sessions

Our style is Not your run-of-the-mill “sit down, smile, take your beach photos and be done” portrait shoot. 15+ years of professional portrait experience has shown us that creating an engaging and relaxed atmosphere–in which your family can interact and truly “experience” a good time rather than fabricate a “cheese” moment–creates the best photos. While we take posed portraits during our session, our main focus is making photographs of genuine moments. Whether you are a group of 2 or 30, we have a portrait package to fit your needs!

High School Senior Sessions

We have one main aim in our high school senior sessions: to creatively capture the unique personality of our clients with amazing photographs. No two senior sessions are the same, because no two seniors are the same. We celebrate what is special about each senior.  We work with clients prior to the session to determine the best locations, props, and clothing choices for them. Sessions typically last 2 hours.  

Celebration Sessions

Let's CELEBRATE life's greatest milestones! From engagements, maternity, newborn, anniversary, birthday - you name it - we're there to celebrate with our clients. Our celebration sessions include a blend of lifestyle and portrait photography.

Our Goal

The goal of all of our portrait sessions is for them to be fun, memorable, and authentic  We make photographs that showcase our clients' unique personalities. Our standard sessions last about an hour–depending on how many people are in the group. We like to be fun, creative, and have a great time with our clients– because we KNOW that the more relaxed everyone is the better the photos are!

Product + Turn Around

After the session, your image collection is meticulously edited and uploaded to an online gallery. (Photos are uploaded an estimated 1-2 weeks from the session. Editing times/seasons vary and it can take shorter/longer for final edits depending on the time of year. Clients can also purchase same week upgrade for images to be uploaded within the same calendar week as session.) This gallery is where you are also able to purchase online prints, canvases, and other photographic products. If you have purchased the deluxe package this is also where you will download your high resolution digital images.

Session Times + Weather

Session days are Monday-Thursday, and times are determined by Pullen Portraits. Evening sessions are are typically within 1 hour of sunset.  and our morning sessions begin in the Spring/Summer between 6:30-7:00 a.m. (We want to make sure that you have the best light of the day for these sessions!)  In the event of inclement weather, beach, high school senior, and celebration sessions will be rescheduled to our next open appointment. It is up to Daniel Pullen Photography to cancel/postpone session due to inclement weather. Decision to postpone session will be made by Daniel Pullen Photography within one hour of the session, as weather patterns change frequently on the Outer Banks. Please note, DOC Sessions are held rain or shine.

Trusted Professional Experience

We have built our business on a reputation of exceptional service and in-depth experience & knowledge of our craft, lighting, and the environment in which we shoot. We know the optimal place and time to shoot, as well as the the optimal lighting equipment needed for each session, and we come prepared. Sometimes “the stars align” and we work in pristine conditions, but when that is not the case, our clients rest easy knowing we know what it takes to get amazing images even when Mother Nature might not be on our side. We use professional off-camera lighting and accessories, cameras, equipment, backup equipment, and are covered by liability insurance. All of our files are saved in multiple locations with backups: to ensure the safety of your digital images. We archive images for 1 year after the session.

Booking Policy

The first step to reserving a session is to contact us so that we can check our availability and answer any questions that you might have. To book the date we require a signed contract and a non-refundable 50% retainer. The balance of the package is due at time of session. This balance can be paid via credit (Master/Visa), check, or cash. Once we receive the contract and retainer, you will receive an email with your online client site. This will include helpful tips for planning your session, receipt of retainer, and signed contract.

Every moment is a gift .

It's that simple.