Gulf Shores / Orange Beach Photography Team

April Loyle

I was born and raised right here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I’ve lived here for 32 years. I grew up playing on the beaches of Alabama and Florida. I’m a true florabama girl. I split my time with family between Panama City and Gulf Shores for many summers. I would be on the beach from early in the morning until the sun went down at night.

When I’m not taking photos, I am thinking about taking photos. It’s pretty much in the front of my mind at all times. I’m usually thinking of how to get better or of new things to try.

Brittney Rush

I grew up in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, but moved to the Gulf Coast 12 years ago, so that I could always work with my toes in the sand!  I had lived and worked in Los Angeles for several years and while I liked living on a coast, I didn’t care for the hectic lifestyle. My family had vacationed in Gulf Shores when I was little and it seemed like the best place to combine beautiful scenic beaches, and the hometown feel that I missed so much while living in a big city.

Walt Loyle

I’m originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania. I moved to Gulf Shores in 1998 after a stint in LA. I spent most of my summers in my youth visiting grandparents in Gulf Shores. I loves the coast but find the Gulf Coast beaches to be the most beautiful.

When I’m not taking family portraits on the beach, I’m on the beach or on my bicycle.

Linda Zills

I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised all over the country.  I decided to make the move down to the beach with my family after meeting with April and discussing career opportunities.  Best decision, ever!!

I really love to read and spend time with my family.  Anything that gets my kids interested in being outside and using their imaginations is what I strive for.

Colette Baker

I’m originally from Michigan.  After living in California for a year, my husband Brandon and I decided to move back home to Alabama to be closer to family.

Photography has been my passion for over 6 years now, and what I love most is the ability to create a beautiful lasting moment.

Michelle Hatcher

I’m originally from Buras, Louisiana (about an hour south of New Orleans). I grew up in the bayou, with lots of time spent fishing and satsuma picking as a kid.  I’ve been in Gulf Shores for about 6 years.

I love to read, travel (usually for music), salvage and refinish antique furniture, hang out in my back yard with friends and my dog, and spend lots of time at the beach.

Austin Hanes

I grew up a military brat, so I lived a rather nomadic life. I’ve lived all over the US, and several countries overseas (Germany, England, Taiwan). If I had to put a pin on a map of where I an originally from, it would have to be San Antonio, Texas.

I like that photography offers the ability to not only be creative and create art, but it also allows for you to forever capture a moment in time that would otherwise only live in one’s memory. That smile or quirky grin; that special moment; that moment in time that you want to remember for ever and ever.

Trisha LaCoste

I was born in Ohio, spent most of my childhood in Wisconsin, and moved to Alabama at 16.

When I’m not taking pictures, I’m either designing a logo, building a website, creating a video, or doing some other form of work. I’m a terrible workaholic. But the rare cases when I’m not working, I love to travel, work out, read, and listen to music. I also play piano and guitar so music has always been a big part of my life.

Crisco Zills

I’m originally from Decatur, Alabama and I’ve lived in Gulf Shores since 2012. April inspired me to move back to the Gulf Coast to pursue my art.

In my free time, I try to pursue other artistic endeavors such as interior design, crafting, videography, abstract painting, and karaoke.

Dylan Mitchell

I’m originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. I moved to South Alabama in 2006.

When I’m not taking pictures, I’m restoring photos, designing something, working on a video, or doing some other form of creative work.

On the rare occasion when I’m not working, I love to travel (mainly to Walt Disney World in Orlando), read, watch movies, and listen to music.

Brandon Baker

I’m originally from Daphne, AL.  After living in California for a year, my wife and I moved to Orange Beach, AL. We wanted to live closer to family and still live by the water.

I love traveling around to new places in my VW bus with my wife.  My favorite thing about photography is the places it can take you and the people you meet.

Rachel Kellett

I was born and raised in New Mexico, went to school for 2 years at NMSU and then moved to San Diego to finish school for Interior Design in San Diego.  After school I moved to Colorado where I lived there for 6 years, created my photography business and loved every minute of it.

I moved to the Mobile area 1 1/2 years ago with my husband, and am so happy that we did.  When I am not doing photography I am the children’s Pastor at The River Church in Semmes AL.

Andrea McDaniel

I am one of the few lucky enough to say “I grew up on the Gulf Coast.” After moving away briefly, my husband and I moved back in 2000 and started to raise our family. When I’m not playing photographer, I am homeschooling our daughters or shuttling our youngest to gymnastics practice and competitions.

Photography provides me the opportunities to capture moments and tell stories, one frame at a time.

Hannah Roberts

Hi Y’all! I am Hannah Roberts and I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yee Haw! I am married to a beard loving, youth pastor and together we have a two-year-old daughter, two corgis, and two cats. We moved to Southern Alabama about three years ago.  I have been doing photography for almost four years and have totally fallen in love with the joy and challenges it brings. One thing that sets me apart is my ability to work with kids. I am my husband’s partner in youth ministry and spend a lot time nurturing the kiddos.

Cody Hitchcock

I spent 12 years on active duty in the US Navy flying F-18F Super Hornets, and am now a Navy reservist/photographer/banker.

I was born and raised in and around Pensacola, FL but now call Elberta, AL my home with my wife and three boys.

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