Christopher Architects Lake Martin Home [Published, Birmingham Magazine March 2016]

A month ago I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful Lake Martin home designed by Christopher Architects. Chris was my neighbor growing up from kids to college, so it was fun to collaborate with him on this editorial project. And, I always love any excuse to go to Lake Martin and grab lunch at Catherine’s Market. Be sure to pick up the March issue of Birmingham Magazine and read the article about this amazing lake home design.

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The Barrentine Family at Lake Martin

I enjoyed getting to spend a sunny, late summer, afternoon photographing this sweet family at their home on Lake Martin. (The session was a birthday gift to Mom.) And, I loved watching the dynamics of their big family, full of love and laughter.

While there, I also took some shots of Ellie, their beautiful high school senior who is headed to Auburn next fall. And finally, right before sunset, we headed out to the dock and on the boat for some water sports shots. It’s so much fun to capture families at the lake, where they make so many amazing memories together!



The Cajuns Come to Town

Last July, this Louisiana family had their first visit to beautiful Lake Martin, Alabama. We met at Children’s Harbor where I photographed their combined families, who were vacationing together and celebrating their matriarch and patriarch’s wedding anniversary. I think they’ll be back for another visit to one of my favorite places!

Lake Martin Family Photo Session, Heather Durham Photography


Mary Patton and Franklin

Over the Labor Day weekend I had the opportunity to photograph these adorable kids who I’ve know since birth and photographed almost every year of their life. And, I got to do it at one of my favorite places…Lake Martin. We took off late one afternoon for our little adventure, stopping first in the high grass near their family lakehouse. It was quiet and peaceful when we went to The Stables at Russell Crossroads, with Spring House Restaurant perched on the hill behind us and horses meandoring in the field. Yeah, pretty much my happy place! Here are some of my favorites…









The Thompson Family Lifestyle Session [Lake Martin Photographer • Heather Durham Photography]

Recently I’ve started offering Day-in-the-Life sessions. These sessions are about storytelling…my favorite kind of shooting. I think that’s what I love about shooting weddings so much…you get to tell the story of the day in images. So, I decided to bring that aspect into my kids and family sessions this year. The resulting photographs are a peek into your life and how you live it…the casual and spontaneous moments that make you who you are as a family.  Then, these images can be made into a custom designed album or printed for a wall gallery.

A few weekends ago I spent time with the Thompsons, at their family lakehouse on Lake Martin, for their Lifestyle session. Our family has known Mike for years, so when he asked me to photograph his family I jumped at the chance. I knew it would be fun! I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know his wife, Laura, and his three boys, whom I’ve heard so much over the years. His boys were a hoot! There’s just something about brothers and how they cut up with each other that’s extremely entertaining!

Laura told me that she wanted to start with portraits, then capture all the boys playing. Mike’s favorite late afternoon lake activity is cooking hot dogs and Conecah sausage with his favorite tunes playing in the background, so we had to document that too. This post includes some of my favorites…and consider yourself warned…Day-in-the-Life sessions are lengthier posts. There’s lots of moments to capture in the four hours I’m with these families, and I consider it a privilege that the Thompsons chose me to spend a day in their life. I always walk away with something to think about after spending time with my clients. This time, I left humming the Chris Tomlin praise music they had playing in the background and reflecting on some of the conversations we had about how they feel the Lord is working in their lives and directing their family. They got photographs. I got encouraged. What a great day!



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Laura said that their middle son, Joshua, plays “pretend” baseball in the grassy area beside their house all the time, so I snuck over to spy on him a little…

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Dinner time (and a little mini-date while the kids were playing)!

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I’ve been a little obsessed with our gorgeous Alabama sunsets lately. All these rainy days make for amazing skies at the end of the day! This one was no exception. And I love how the colors were reflecting in the water.


A little electronic downtime while they waited on dinner…


Time to eat!