Category Archive: Destin

  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.

    Beach Safety


    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. Senior Squad: Senior Photography Session in Destin

    Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

    Hey, Hey, Hey!  Things may have been quiet on the front end of my business, but that isn’t the case behind the scenes!  We have a huge announcement to make for all of our High School Senior freinds! We are officially opening up applications to be a part of our very first Elite Senior Squad for the class of 2017! What is this magical unicorn of a Senior Squad we speak of, you may ask?! Let me tell you! We are looking for seniors from all of the surrounding high schools including, but not limited to Fort Walton Beach High School, Choctawhatchee High School, Niceville Highschool, Collegiate High School, and South Walton High School! As a part of our Senior Squad you will be a part of a community of like minded seniors that will use their power for good in our local community.  There will be lots of swag and you will have your images published Nationally in magazines and blogs.  It’s going to be so much fun, and honestly there is just way too much to explain via this blog post. So let’s make this easy! Fill out this application form and let’s see if you are a good fit! Once we’ve received your application you will get an email from us to set up round 2 of the application process! We can’t wait to meet you!! ….AND oh yeah, this is a great way to enjoy your Senior Photography Session around Destin.Senior Photography Session in Destin

  3. Beautiful Bennett | Destin Family Photographer

    Destin, Florida Pompano Joes

    As a family photographer my job is to tell a story visually, but sometimes visuals don’t always share the whole story. This is one of those instances. You would probably never guess that the little three year old in these photos has cancer. That her family is just living day by day terrified and praying for a miracle. I want to share this story with you so that you too can pray for a miracle.

    ” There are certain days and/or events that remain transfixed in your mind forever because of either joyful or tragic endings. The day you met your future spouse, your wedding day, the birth of your children, the death of a loved one, all leave a lasting impression on you for the rest of your life. The day we discovered Bennett’s brain tumor is one of those days. I can still smell and feel that Central Baptist triage room as well as vividly recall every detail of that horrible day. I can still see the doctor’s lips moving but not hearing anything coming after the words – brain tumor. Billy and I just stood there in the middle of the ER holding each other and sobbing, crushed by two little words that would ultimately change our lives forever. January 15, was another one of those days. Let me begin where I last left you…”

    You can read the rest of their story here.  Also they never mentioned this link to me, but I want to share it with you incase you feel inclined to donate to this family. You can see that here.

    Special thanks to Jennifer of Waves of Grace  and Erica and Lindsey of Pure 7 for all of your help with setting this up. Thank you Katie and Billy for trusting me and Autumn to document this time for you. You are in my prayers. xo