Category Archive: Beaches of 30A

  1. 30A Thursday: Beach Safety

    The Beaches of 30A and Destin

    For this week’s 30A Thursday I want to talk about Beach Safety. Here in Walton County we have a flag system on our beaches to give beach goers a heads up on the water conditions (as you can see below). Please be aware of the conditions before you dip into our beautiful emerald waters. Note these aren’t just suggestions! The red flags aren’t something to mess with. I personally don’t get in the waters when there is a yellow flag and I’d never get in the water with the red flags either.

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    Another danger lurking in the water here are riptides. Please, please! I beg you to watch this video about rip tides before visiting our area. Far too many times do I read articles like this one. It happens all the time and the worst part is it is preventable. When I first moved to the area from Plano, TX I got caught in a riptide. I had no idea what it was and I’m lucky that I didn’t drown. I have a little bit of a water fear (I know funny right considering my photography style) so I am always hyper aware of the shore. I remember getting in the water to cool off and noticing I was being swept out into deep waters rather quickly. I panicked at first and started trying to swim towards the shore and noticed that my efforts were in vain. I looked to see if anyone was near me to call out to them and I saw a person in the water walking back towards the shore. I decided to swim towards that person (horizontal to the shore) because I figured if they could walk through the water there, I should be able to do it too. I swam horizontal and felt the current eventually let up and I was able to swim back to shore from the spot I saw that person. A bit later, I saw another swimmer having the same trouble so I yelled to them to swim like I had. They were able to get out too. I didn’t realize how lucky I was at that time. It honestly took me a while to figure out that what I had experienced was a riptide. Not everyone is as lucky as I was so I would like to do my part in educating the families that visit the 30A area. Watch this video and please share it with your loved ones!

  2. 30A Thursday: Places to Eat on 30A

    Seaside, Florida

    I often get emails from clients asking me about family friendly places to eat on 30A while they’re visiting, so I figured I’d spotlight one of my favorite family friendly places for lunch. If you haven’t ever been to Seaside, Florida put it on your bucket list right now. It’s such a quaint little town right in the middle of our popular little beach area in Santa Rosa Beach known as 30A. My favorite spot to eat in Seaside is right on their Airstream Row. I’m such a sucker for airstreams so for me this spot is just a little bit magical. If you go at dusk these little restaurants are all lit up with twinkle lights which totally adds to that magic.  They have several delicious options to choose from so you’re bound to find something for those picky eaters in your life. I personally love the grilled cheese airstream, Meltdown on 30A. They have a goat cheese and pancetta grilled cheese which is to die for. Seriously. Seaside also boasts an amazing hotdog airstream with equally delicious dogs called Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs. It’s mouthwatering. As you can see below, this is a great little spot to visit with your family. The family below chose the yummy Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs for their dinner. They ended with a delightful little snow cone from Frostbites. Sounds like a perfect little evening right? It is!

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  3. Scenic Hwy 30A Photography Sessions: Seagrove Beach

    Seagrove, Florida

    Seagrove is one of my favorite areas for Scenic Hwy 30A photography sessions. It’s right outside of Seaside and feels like one of the more authentic little beach towns that sit along the gorgeous beaches on the gulf of Mexico. I met this family at the cutest little beach house that overlooked the gorgeous Emerald waters. I was introduced to a sweet little boy by the name of Joshua. Joshua is my brother’s name so instantly I felt at home with this family. Joshua was mesmerized by the sand and the little pieces of driftwood that washed ashore during our session. The light was so beautiful (I mean when is it not?) and we played until the light dipped below the horizon. That sunset gave us the most gorgeous light and gorgeous pink clouds. I’m such a sucker for anything pink so of course I’m absolutely obsessed with each of these images. They are absolutely perfect. You can see for yourself below!

    And for my photographer friends that may be wondering these images were shot with my Canon 5d MK IV and my Canon 1DX.  The lenses I used were my 85mm 1.8 and my 24mm 1.4!  I shoot with both bodies simultaneously because I’m a glutton for punishment. ;) HAHA! Enjoy and thanks for reading!!

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