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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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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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 Stodgehill Family at Rosemary Beach

This Atlanta family was so natural in front of the camera and I had the best time roaming the streets and shoreline at Rosemary Beach with them. And, I found out that Angie owns a salon. No wonder their hair looked so amazing! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the best perk of my job is getting to meet new people.

 

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The Murdock Family at Rosemary Beach

Dana and I went to school together at Alabama, so I enjoyed getting to capture her family 4th of July week at Rosemary Beach. Her kids were also in the Stars and Stripes shoot I did that week, which was featured by 30A on Twitter and Instagram. I love the Beaches of South Walton. Truly one my very favorite places on earth. Now, here are some of my favorite shots of this beautiful family!

 

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Stars & Stripes Shoot at Rosemary Beach, FL

While on 30A for a working vacation July 4th week, I set up a little impromptu Stars and Stripes shoot I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Thanks to the families that brought their adorable kids in their patriotic swimsuits to join in the fun.

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The Byers Family in Rosemary Beach, FL

I’ve had the privilege of photographing this fun and sweet family twice! The first time I met the Byers was 3 years ago when I second shot Sarah and John’s wedding and reception at their family ranch with my friend Emily Kicklighter. I left that wedding with an imprint of them on my heart. Their joy was infectious. All day, I observed how much these siblings love each other and how close knit their family is, which is a testimony to Mark and Dana’s parenting. Their relationship with the Lord was obvious in the precious prayer Mark prayed right before they left for the church. So, when Mark contacted me to photograph their family as a surprise for Dana’s birthday, I happily agreed. And, the bonus of getting to photograph the Byers again, was that I got to do it in one of my favorite places…Rosemary Beach, Florida. I love the people I meet and the places I get to go because of my camera.

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Keepin it Real

For those of you who think it’s easy for photographers to photograph their own kids…you are wrong. Our poor children have been test subjects for lighting, posing, locations and other experiments since they were babies! Some days my kids will humor me and other days it’s “No more pictures, Mom!”

Fall is a very busy time for my business, so I try to knock out my own kids’ session for our Christmas cards early. The past two years we have been at the beach in September on vacation; so I’ve chosen to do it then, thinking it will be relaxed and fun. Every year I hope for it to be an easy task, but it usually ends up that everyone is in a hurry to get to dinner when my lighting is just perfect, and this year was no exception. So, I decided we would eat first in hopes that everyone would be happier with full tummies. We ate dinner at George’s in Alys Beach, so I decided we would shoot in Rosemary Beach, just a short drive down the road. Of course, dinner took longer than expected and I was running out of daylight fast, so I had to work quickly and promise lots of treats at the Sugar Shak when we were done.

So you see, I too have to juggle meals, moods, lighting and offer bribes occasionally; so don’t feel alone in your crazy efforts! However, I will say I think it’s much easier to photograph your kids than it is my own! Just keepin it real! Here’s some of the highlights from our session…

I told them to hold hands and dance around, not spin each other at warp speed!

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This series makes me laugh because it defines my kids’ personalities. Olivia was doing exactly as she was told, trying to hold Luke’s hand and waiting on him to cooperate. But, Luke decided to break into dance right there in the middle of the street. She just kept waiting patiently with her hand out.

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Every year I do a shot looking down on my kids faces right into their eyes. Just want to remember the details (especially the freckles) of their sweet faces from year to year.

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The dancing worked a little better here than it did earlier on the lawn.
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I wasn’t sure that I had gotten all that I wanted in the short amount of time shooting that evening, so we went back the next afternoon to Watercolor, and of course, there were two weddings going on where I wanted to shoot! I had about 20 minutes left of that beautiful golden light before sunset so I quickly found another spot. The light was changing in each image as you will see. Yes, it was effort, but Mom and I got a few good laughs with the kids in the process.

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This one cracked us up because Luke looked at me and said “Wait, Mom, this is gonna be cute”, then he did this little move.
My mom and I laughed so hard!
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Again, Olivia doing what she’s told and waiting on Luke to quit clowning around…

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And if you are interested in a session at the Beaches of South Walton, FL along Highway 30A, email me at heather@heatherdurhamphotography.com.
I can schedule one weekend and/or week of sessions spring break, in the summer or early fall.

Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!

I hope your family has a wonderful Christmas season, remembering and celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus, the free gift of salvation through grace and the reason we have hope.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 7:14

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Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations,
“The LORD reigns! — I Chronicles 16:30

To my clients — Thank you for a wonderful 2012! I enjoyed capturing your families, your weddings, your sporting events, and most of all your memories. It’s my passion, and I consider it a privilege that you chose me.

I’d like to share our personal Christmas card (opened out flat), with photographs I took in the beautiful towns of Rosemary Beach and Watercolor, Florida while our family was on vacation. Thank you for making it possible for me to be a work-from-home mom and a photographer. I love being both!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Heather

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And, stay tuned for “bloopers” and more images from my session with my own kids…