Category Archive: Children

  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. Family Photographer | EASY Ways to Keep Memories Printed

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

    Being A Family Photographer is all about Family!

    I took these pictures of my daughter in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort over near my old house. I’ve passed this little spot thousands of times and not thought too much about it. One day while I was out for a walk I noticed how gorgeous the leaves were as they hung lit up by the sun. In true photographer form I ran home, dressed up my daughter, and headed over for a few quick pictures. That was last year. I’ve shared one or two of these on my Instagram account, but honestly I hadn’t really looked though all of them. I’m in the middle of printing albums of this years photos and last years photos because I really didn’t make printing for myself a priority over the past 10 years [insert gasps]. What’s the saying? ” The Cobblers children have no shoes.” Yeah, well I don’t want to be the family photographer who has no prints of her own family… so, no more! I have a few resources I love for printing so I thought I’d include some of my favorite EASY ways to keep my memories printed.  Grab a coffee, a tea, a beer, or whatever floats (oooh did someone say float? Root beer float? Who am I kidding I don’t have the macros left for that today!) your boat and settle in for some mind blowing goodness.

    Insta Goodness!

    In the day of the iPhone, there is a lifesaver I adore by the name of Chatbooks. Seriously, Chatbooks is the best thing ever for a busy mom like myself.  I subscribed to their Instagram books and because I’m very particular about the images I share (hey! they have to be perfect! Check them out and see for yourself! here and here lol) not all of my beloved pictures make the “Instagram” cut. Enter Chatbooks iPhone favorites subscription. This makes me feel like I am on top of all of life’s snapshots. I love it! Pro tip: These little albums make great little gifts for loved ones!

    Procrastination Kills!

    My next area of printing organization is QUIT PROCRASTINATING! Yes, that’s me yelling at myself. Seriously though, find a system that works for you to keep your digital images organized. This makes printing a breeze! So just do it. Personally, I am still figuring out the best system for myself.  I think I’ve found a great way that works for me, but that doesn’t mean it would work for you. My suggestion for non photographers would be as soon as you upload your images to your computer, cull through your images and get rid of the snaps that aren’t worth printing. You know, the images that are blurry, the one with your cousin’s eyes closed… you know. Once you have the images you would want to print uploaded, you have a few choices.  You can print everything as a 4×6 and buy a cute insert album from Michaels, you can use Chatbooks to print little books, or you can save those images in a folder and create a huge book at the end of the year. All of these are good options and aren’t that hard to manage. Either way just make sure you are backing up your pictures (especially if you are waiting to print them all at the end of the year in a giant book)! I’m getting a little ahead of myself, so hold tight and I’ll get back to backing up your photos. My favorite printing resources for my non photographer friends for these options are Mpix, Blurb, and drum roll please…… Chatbooks. Seriously, they aren’t paying me for saying this. I just really love them. Also, they’ve teamed up with Rifle Paper Co. and I’m obsessed.

    Back That Thang Up!

    Let’s get back to backing up your images. You know those CD’s, USB’s, and external hard drives that you’ve been using to back your stuff up? Those have a shelf life! They aren’t meant to be long term storage for your digital photos. In this day and age we have so many resources to back our photos up so make sure you take advantage of those! I have backups of my backups. Personally, I have a method that has worked for me thus far and here it is. I store my images on my computer, then I copy them to two different external hard drives, then I run my Mac time machine, then I make sure all of this is also being backed up offline by an off site company, then I throw salt over my should, click my heels three times, and wish upon a star. I mean business when it comes to my memories yo.

    They were framed!

    I know there are a thousand and one ways to do things so I hope this, in the least, will give you some ideas when it comes to printing and organizing your own photos. My final pro tip is this. If you know you aren’t going to print the photos you pay a professional to take immediately after your session, invest in them. As a professional family photographer I can tell you this. We know what we’re doing when it comes to turning your digital photos into functional heirlooms. What do you mean by functional you ask??  For instance, I don’t love canvases hanging up in my house (don’t hate on me lol), but I love framed prints. Framed images can change as quick as my children grow and at a lower cost. Life hack! Perhaps you feel the same way and didn’t even know it? Talk to us, we can help. I’ve never regretted the money I’ve spent on professional photographers. The only regret I’ve ever had was perhaps not investing enough. Going the cheap route for important pictures, never pays off unfortunately. AND it makes me sad to think that your beautiful photos aren’t being adored the way they should be! So there you go! Cheers if you made it all the way through this post! Now feast your big, beautiful eyes on these fantastical pictures below! xo

    Family PhotographerSandestin Family Photographers

  3. Breathe, Just Breathe ~ Photography experiments

    Destin, Florida

    Photography experiments: Today has been a pretty good day. My husband let me sleep in until 9:30am which was AMAZING. Normally I can’t sleep past 8am, but for whatever reason I did today and it was magnificent. I got up and got ready for the day and decided to start checking some of my TO-DO’s off of my list. One of the things I had been wanting to do was experiment with my gear a little bit. I went to the craft store and got some things to add to my little bag of photography tricks. I’ll post more on that at a later date, because it’s pretty cool and I want to share. Fast forward through the rest of my errands and I was barely back home before the sunset. I quickly assembled my new little photography creation and decided to head out to the beach with my girls to play. By the time I got to our destination the sun had slipped behind a cloud mountain and was gone for the remainder of the time we spent on the beach. The light was the key to my new creation so I had to file that away for another day. I decided I didn’t want to waste this beautiful evening with my girls so I grabbed my Lensbaby and decided to play with a different toy. :)

    My girls are definitely little water babies. They could not stay out of the water if they wanted too. I, of course, can’t complain because it makes for great pictures. I snapped a few and really enjoyed watching them play. It’s crazy because this isn’t a new activity for us. I’ve been dragging them to the beach since they were tiny so that I could take their photos. No matter how many times we’ve done this each time is so different. They’re different. They’re growing and it makes me so happy and so sad at the same time. It’s like that old song “Breathe” by Anna Nalick says:

    “And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
    No one can find the rewind button, girl
    So cradle your head in your hands
    And breathe… just breathe,
    Oh breathe, just breathe.”

    That song always breaks my heart, but it makes me happy at the same time. Like I should say, “Thanks for the heads up!” All while toting my camera around as if it were a magic time stopping device. Haha! I guess it really sort of is that. Anyway, we had a good evening. I’m so proud of these little girls. Halle is such a little fireball and at the same time such a sweet, thoughtful, sensitive girl. She’s our Princess. Lyla is my tiny little fairy. Everything about her is so damn cute! She randomly asks me to call her strange nicknames like, “Florey” or “Boots.” It cracks me up! These two are as close as sisters can be. I’m glad they still love being my little muses. I love these images of them. They aren’t technically perfect by any means, but for me it’s about the feeling these images give me and the memories they will become. Thanks for reading. xo SantaRosaBeachChildrensphotographer