Now Booking Spring 2016 Beach Sessions on 30A

Announcing dates for Spring 2016 Beach Sessions! A limited number of sessions will be offered March 27-31 at the beautiful beaches and beach towns along Highway 30A in South Walton, Florida. For more information and to book online click here.

“My Family was very excited to get our family photos back from Heather, and all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW! Heather has a gift for capturing beauty in every shot she takes. I am always so amazed by the way Heather is able to capture the very essence of my children in her pictures. Heather puts everyone at ease immediately and this makes for a fun photo shoot and fabulously natural pictures. Through out the years, Heather has captured so many wonderful expressions and moments of my family. My family will treasure these pictures always, and we plan to use Heather for all of our future family photo shoots.” — Bronwyne Chapman, 2015 Alys Beach Session

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Kylee & Brooklyn at Rosemary Beach

I first met Kylee and Brooklyn when I did an impromptu 4th of July themed kids shoot 2 summers ago. You can see that Rosemary Beach Stars and Stripes shoot here. Later that year, their grandmother asked to book a shoot when I came back the next summer. I had the best time roaming one of my very favorite 30A beach town’s with these girls, who get to live at the beach most of the summer. Lucky girls!HDP-Halverson-21_WEB.jpgKylee and Brooklyn's Beach Session at Rosemary Beach, Heather Durham PhotographyHDP-Halverson-5_WEB.jpgHDP-Halverson-100_WEB.jpgKylee and Brooklyn's Beach Session at Rosemary Beach, Heather Durham PhotographyKylee and Brooklyn's Beach Session at Rosemary Beach, Heather Durham PhotographyKylee and Brooklyn's Beach Session at Rosemary Beach, Heather Durham PhotographyKylee and Brooklyn's Beach Session at Rosemary Beach, Heather Durham Photography Kylee and Brooklyn's Beach Session at Rosemary Beach, Heather Durham PhotographyKylee and Brooklyn's Beach Session at Rosemary Beach, Heather Durham PhotographyHDP-Halverson-3BW_WEB.jpg
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Hogan Family at Watersound Beach

I’ve known Mandy and her family since our kids were in preschool. She moved from Alabama to California years ago, but we’ve kept up through social media. I was so excited she asked me to photograph her family at Watersound Beach so I could hug her neck, catch up, and see her kids who are so grown up and adorable! I also enjoyed meeting her extended family since they were all vacationing together.

I arrived at the beach the afternoon of their session and it began pouring rain right as we were about to start shooting. Since they were leaving the next day, we decided to shoot very early in the next morning before they departed. I love what we were able to capture! Such a pretty place. Such a pretty and sweet family!HDP-Hogan-104_WEB.jpg
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Higgins Family at Watersound Beach

This session was all about family, and celebrating the matriarch of the family who is almost 100 years old. Everyone convened at the Higgin’s Watersound Beach house, and they invited me to capture their gathering. I enjoyed getting to meet this sweet family and spend an afternoon at the beach with them.002blog_HDP-Higgins-8_WEB.jpg
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Carr Family at Alys Beach

Bronwyne and I worked together years ago as Art Directors in the magazine publishing business, so it’s always a treat to get to catch up with her and photograph her beautiful family. Bronwyne’s parents are getting ready to build a home at Alys Beach, so they wanted to capture them with their children and grandchildren where they are about to make so many more memories. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful place, bathed in all white with hints of colors that mimic life by the sea. Definitely one of my very favorite Beaches of South Walton beach towns along 30A.

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The Montgomery Family at Rosemary Beach

This is such a sweet family and the twins are absolutely adorable. So glad I get to photograph them in Birmingham and at the beach! We’re working on their wall gallery from this trip now and it’s going to look great!

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The Alford Family – Watercolor, FL

I’ve known the Alfords for years; and although they live in Watercolor now, I’m hoping to get them back to Birmingham soon! However, if I was them I wouldn’t want to leave there either! What a beautiful and fun place to call home!

I was so excited when Elizabeth asked me to photograph their sweet family while I was down at the beach for my weekend family vacation this month. I still remember their son and our daughter on their first Halloween, dressed up (or swallowed up) in their costumes! I can’t believe that was almost 9 years ago and their days of costumes are now numbered!

Hope you don’t mind, but I’m including a lot of images in my post from this session. I could have shot all day!

Across the street from their home is a pond with bullrushes surrounding it. The light on those bullrushes was so amazing that I asked if we could climb over by them and shoot there before we headed over to the beach. I just couldn’t waste that incredible sun flare of golden light!

Oh! And as we headed over to the beach, we realized we were sharing the beach with the Nashville Predators dance girls who were being photographed for their calendar. Let’s just say we weren’t the most exciting ones to watch on the beach…at least to some people! 😉


The sunset was amazing that night, with bright, vivid colors that changed as the sun was dropping…a beautiful reminder of God’s awesomeness!