Let's talk camping adventures as a family, motherhood, adoption, current inspiration and family portraits in 30A. 


Welcome to the blog! This is the place that I love to share recent camping trips with my family, thoughts on preserving our stories through portrait preservation and of course family photoshoots on our renowned 30A beaches. 




Growing up, my family and I would vacation in Fort Walton Beach not knowing that 25+ years later we would call this area home. Not only that, I am now photographing families who come here on vacation like we did as a Fort Walton Beach photographer. While some families find multi-generational families chaotic, I love […]

While I tend to lean more casual in my approach to beach photos, I have always loved heirloom photos at the beach. I feel like the skit where someone says, “I have a complicated order!!” Ha! I am either suggesting my families be in swimsuits with a beautiful kaftan or heirloom dresses for photos. There […]

I am not sure blogging is even still a thing – but here we go. I actually still love reading old blog posts that I come across when I am googling something. It feels more authentic than the ‘gram and usually when I read posts by someone that’s a known professional, it makes me appreciate […]

There is no nobler career than that of motherhood at its best.  There are no possibilities greater, and in no other sphere does failure bring more serious penalties.  With what diligence then should she prepare herself for such a task.  If the mechanic who is to work with “things” must study at technical school, if the doctor into […]

A group of kids swim in the Choctawhatchee Bay on Okaloosa Island.

… because there’s a difference. My sister and I were talking yesterday about homes we remember growing up. In true fashion I pulled out old photo albums with the intention of looking for photos that were taken in a friend’s home or our own to see what it was like. Was it like we remembered? […]

Let me start off by saying something I always say – the best family photo outfits you can wear for family pictures are the ones that you already have. Gasp! But it’s true! Chances are if it is in your closet already it is something that you wear on a normal basis that is comfortable […]

A little girl wearing pink snorkles rises up from the water while swimming in 30A Florida.

January is the month that I evaluate what worked in family photography over the past year, what needs to change for this year and also sit for a minute with a few questions.  Is my current work true to my vision as an artist?  (If it’s not you will quickly burnout.) Is it serving families […]

Have you ever wondered how to take better pictures – especially of your own family? Over time I have come to believe there are two different types of photos. One is an image you want to archive and treasure forever. The other is one that simply makes you feel good when remembering a fantastic memory. […]

I met Laura and her beautiful family at their home in Panama City, FL. Close to sunset we trotted down to the bay where they skipped rocks, did handstands, picked wildflowers and watched as the sun sank below the coastal pines.

A little girl plays in the sand in a white heirloom dress as the sun sets behind her in Grayton Beach, Florida.

There is so much history in the Destin/30A area – especially Grayton Beach Fl. There are few that know it better than the Trautmann family! It was such an honor to meet and photograph them in Grayton Beach Fl recently. The Trautmann’s have been coming to the Panhandle of Florida for over fifty years!! As […]

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