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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Murdock Family at Grayton Beach

I’ve known Dana since high school and we went to Alabama together, so it’s always fun when I get to see her and catch up. and This was our second beach session together. Last year we photographed her family in Rosemary Beach and this year we shot at her Mom & Dad’s beautiful home and neighborhood in Grayton Beach. This was one of my favorite shoots of the summer. I love it when there are three generations in photos!Family Beach Session at Grayton Beach Florida, Heather Durham Photography, 30A photographer

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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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Milburn Family at Rosemary Beach

Loved getting to meet this sweet family while I was down on 30A for shoots in July. I happened to be sitting at the pool one day and a sweet woman named Judith and I struck up a conversation. While we were chatting, I answered a call from a bride to discuss some of her wedding day details. When I got off the phone Judith asked if I was a photographer and said that she meant to book a photographer for their extended family on this trip and time got away. Her sister has been ill and going through treatments out of town and just made it down for the trip to enjoy some quality family time. Judith was so sweet and said it was just meant to be that we met and that she wanted me to take their family beach pictures at Rosemary Beach. I was scheduled to leave the next morning, but was able to scramble to find a hotel room and extend my stay one more night…which of course I didn’t mind doing at all, since I never like to leave the beach!

Hope you enjoy the photos of this family and the happy cousins together. And, if you have room in your prayer life, pray for healing for Judith’s sister, April.

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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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Goodbye Summer [30A Beach Portraits]

Hope you don’t mind this post with a few images of my own kids. Goodbye summer. We took our last beach trip of the season last weekend. Glad I have these photos to remember it and their little sun kissed cheeks. They will change so much in just one year.

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Waterlogged and back from vacation

After being gone for 9 days, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! We started with a trip to Lake Martin to shoot a few family sessions. Then we headed straight from there for a family vacation at the beach for the 4th of July week. I had high hopes of lots of sunshine on the beaches of 30a, and watching the Seaside 4th of July parade and fireworks. But, nope… it didn’t happen. That was the rainiest beach vacation ever! Out of 6 days at the beach I think we had a total of about 8 hours without rain. The Seaside amphitheater was even flooded! I will say it was definitely a restful vacation and we made the best of it we could. One of my favorite memories is of my daughter and me bike riding from Seagrove to Watercolor in the pouring down rain. We discovered new paths and bridges all over Watercolor and had the best time on our adventure getting soaking wet! You can check out some of the Instagrams I took along the way with my iPhone here.

The silver lining to all the rain was the gorgeous sunset skies with colors that changed by the minute. There wasn’t much of a dry opportunity to pull out my camera on this trip, but I did manage to grab a few shots of my kids playing our first and last afternoons there. Hope you don’t mind me sharing some of my own kids, but I had a lot of fun capturing them with those rainy skies as the backdrop.

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