Best Places To See A Sunrise In The St. Augustine Area

If you’re visiting St. Augustine, Florida, you’ll want to get up early and see the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. Our co-owner April Creighton has found some of the best places to do this! So here’s April’s list of the 3 best places to see a sunrise in the St. Augustine area.

 

The Rocks At Washington Oaks State Park, Palm Coast

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This beach across from Washington Oaks State Park has a very different look than most beaches in Florida.  This is due to the Coquina rocks, a soft rock made of ancient marine reefs and limestone.  However, you may or may not see the rocks due to the weather and tide.  At times, you may just see a few bumps in the sand.  At other times, the coquina rocks form caves, nooks and crannies in the sand.

Bonus:  Just 3 minutes north of the rocks in Marineland, you’ll find Ragga Surf Cafe, a converted school bus serving coffee and food!

St. Augustine Lighthouse

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The iconic Saint Augustine Lighthouse is a must see! It sits in a historic neighborhood that’s loaded with quaint little cottages that showcase what Florida used to look like long ago.

Just a short walk or drive east of the lighthouse is Anastasia Island State Park. This is number 2 on our list of places to catch a sunrise. Be sure to grab a smoothie at Juicy and pack a bag for the day. The park is large enough to stretch out and has clean bathrooms. It does not offer free parking so make sure you get your pass early on in your trip!

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach is located along A1A on Anastasia Island, just south of St. Augustine, The community gets its name from the natural shape of the coastline.  Minimal vehicle traffic is allowed on Crescent Beach.  There is a fee for vehicle access between March 1 and September 30.  Horseback riding is also allowed at certain times and subject to an access fee.  

Family Photography And A Proposal In Gulf Shores

Alex contacted us to book a family session in Gulf Shores, but there was a twist! Her sister’s boyfriend was planning to propose on the beach during their session. As you’ll see from the photos, the family was prepared for the big event by having a big sign that said “Madelyn Will You Marry Me?”

Congratulations to the newly engaged couple and thank you Alex for choosing

Family Photography On Honeymoon Island

When the Lynch family got together for a family reunion in the Sunshine State, they contacted us for family photography on Honeymoon Island. Their group consisted of 4 couples and 5 children ranging in age from 6 months to 7 years old.

Honeymoon Island is north of Clearwater on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The island features a variety of birds, a couple of small cafes, kayak and paddle board rental, and a state park.

Family Photography At St. Pete Beach

Family photography at St. Pete Beach with the Garrett family. Kellie said it had been a long time since they’ve had family pictures made with their two adult sons. Since they were getting together at Pass-A-Grille (the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach) to celebrate their oldest son’s birthday, this was the perfect opportunity.

There was a big surprise in store for the birthday boy. He did not know that his younger brother was going to be there! Although the Garretts only spent a couple of days together in Florida, their family photos on the beach will provide them with lifetime memories of their time spent at Pass-A-Grille!

Fall Beach Photography In Gulf Shores

Fall beach photography in Gulf Shores with the Guffey family. We were so happy to see this family for the second year in a row. When they visited us in October of 2022, Megan was pregnant with Daisy. This year, Daisy was a part of the family’s beach photos along with mom, dad, and her 5 siblings.

Senior Portraits In Destin

The Knapp family scheduled a session with us for family photography and senior portraits in Destin. We’re here for any occasion! Whether it’s family photos on the beach, an engagement, proposal, anniversary, or senior portraits, let us capture it for you.

Family Photography At Martinique On The Gulf

Family photography at Martinique On The Gulf on the Fort Morgan Peninsula along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. This beautiful resort offers luxury condos, cozy cottages, and rental homes along 600 feet of sugar-white sand beaches. It’s away from the crowds, but still close to Gulf Shores, so it’s the perfect peaceful retreat on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

This family needed to update their photos because they have added a grandson and daughter-in-law since their last vacation.

Panama City Beach Family Photography

A Panama City Beach family photography session at St. Andrews State Park. Florida has a lot of beautiful state parks, but this one is one of our favorites! When you enter the park, you’ll see plenty of deer and other wildlife as you’re driving to the beach. Once you arrive at the beach, there’s plenty of space to have your own private beachfront area away from everyone else.

Family Beach Photos In Gulf Shores

The Hershbergers contacted us to get updated family beach photos in Gulf Shores. How long has it been since you got the whole family together for photos? If you’re planning a vacation to Gulf Shores or any of the other beach communities we serve, we hope you’ll contact us get those amazing beach photos at sunrise or sunset. We make your beach photography session a fun experience that you’ll remember forever!

Extended Family Photography In Gulf Shores

The Farley family spent their Fall Break vacationing on the Alabama Gulf Coast and scheduled us for extended family photography in Gulf Shores. Their group consisted of 11 people, including a couple of 2 year-old cousins.

If you are looking for a photographer for your extended family vacation, we would love to be your beach photographer! To book your session with one of our experienced, fun photograph

Extended Family Photography On 30A

The Keane family spent their fall break vacationing along the beaches of 30A in the Florida Panhandle.  The grandparents along with their 6 kids, 2 in-laws, and 2 grandkids took advantage of the cooler temperatures and less-crowded beaches of 30A by visiting in early October.  Honestly, we feel that fall is the best time to visit the beaches!

Thank you, Keane family, for choosing us for your extended family photography on 30A.

Outer Banks Family Photography

Another Outer Banks family photography session from photographer Jessi. This family rented a vacation home in the Four Seasons community of Duck, North Carolina.

If you’re planning a family vacation to Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, or any of the other beautiful towns along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we’d love to be your beach photographer!

Pensacola Beach Vacation Photography

This was our second time photographing the Case family and we were so happy to see them again during their beach vacation in Pensacola Beach, Florida! They are so photogenic and their three children are so adorable! We loved everything about this session, from the outfits to the way the family enjoyed the beach without “posing” for their photos. This is our favorite kind of session because it just shows a family having fun and enjoying their time together on vacation.

Thank you for choosing us for your Pensacola Beach vacation photography!

Hilton Head Family Photography

Since this family had an 11-month old, they chose to have their Hilton Head family photography session in the grassy, tree-lined areas around the Palmetto Dunes Resort community.

Why We Love The Outer Banks

If you’re looking for a unique vacation experience, look no further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina!

Here are a few reasons why we love the Outer Banks…

WILD HORSES

Take a safari tour to see the wild horses in Corolla.  These mustangs are descendants of the horses brought here by the Spanish more than 500 years ago.

BODIE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

We think it’s one of the most beautiful lighthouses in America.  The Bodie Island Lighthouse stands 156 feet tall.  

DUCK TOWN PARK BOARDWALK

This mile-long boardwalk is lined with shops and restaurants.

CAMPING ON THE OCEAN

Cape Hatteras National Seashore features four campgrounds, plus there are several other RV parks in the area offering oceanfront camping.

WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Air travel began in 1903 when the Wright Brothers flew their airplane over the Outer Banks for 12 seconds.  The Wright Brothers National Memorial is located in Kill Devil Hills.

HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE BEACH

Ride a horse through the forest of Frisco and along the beach.  Rides last about 2 hours.

PLENTY OF FREE PARKING AND BEACH ACCESS LOCATIONS

There are plenty of free parking lots all along the beaches of the Outer Banks.  Just pick one, park, and go enjoy the beach!

These are just a few of the reasons why we love the Outer Banks.  It’s a beautiful place for beach photos, so we hope you’ll contact us to book a session when you visit the area!  Here are a few pictures from one of our recent family sessions.


How to Spend the Perfect week in Gulf Shores Alabama

If you are looking into booking a stay on the beautiful island that is Gulf Shores, Alabama, we have lot’s of tips for your week. Let’s hop right into it, with some of our top picks!

Of course we’ll start with some of the restaurants that should be on your list. There is so many to choose from, and this is just a few. For breakfast make a stop at Foam Coffee to fulfill your latte, and breakfast needs. Even equipped with a grab n go cooler, you can make a stop and then make your way to the water. When lunch time come around, there is a new spot right on the water, and we recommend the Mango Tuna Tacos, this will be found at “Coastal” a new restaurant concept that was brought to the Gulf Coast. Lastly for your late night dinner stop, you and the family should try out Cobalt, with menu choices for every age, and liking! (we recommend a reservation).

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Now to kind of state the obvious here, in order to make a perfect week in Gulf Shores, you should definitely book a session with Shore Shooters. You and your crew are all together, so let’s update those family photos for you guys. We can make it even easier by clicking right here to book!

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A week in Gulf Shores wouldn’t be made with out trying some of the local breweries and bars! Check out the Big Beach Brewing Company, or if you’re looking for some hectic fun, head down to FloraBama, right on the Alabama, Pensacola Line. This will give the adults that fun, and break from the kiddos they are looking for, time permitting 😉

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Lastly, of course – Just HAVE FUN!! There is so many hidden gems along the coast for you to explore. Spend lot’s of time on the water, eat lot’s of good food, and wear sunscreen. You and your family will have the greatest time here in Gulf Shores, and oh book your session with Shore Shooters here!

5 Reasons Why You Should Vacation to Clearwater Florida

You and the fam are planning the perfect vacation to the Florida area. Let us give you a little insight on the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area.. If you happen to be heading towards the infamous Disney World, we recommend hopping on I4, to make your way towards Clearwater. Beautiful beaches, along the coast, restaurants, and downtown strips will make your trip all worthwhile

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The Clearwater area has been a big hot spot for many beach “go-ers”since the early 50’s. Florida is currently one of the largest growing states in the U.S, and there is a reason for that. The beautiful coastlines with give you experiences, and memories unlike many others.

The photos we have attached to this are from one of our recent retreats! We took some of the crew to Fort De Soto and shot along the coast – let’s just say it did not disappoint. If you want photos much like these were going to add in a little like for you to click right.. here . This is the perfect addition to any family getaway – from 1 to 20+ people, we’ll do it all. 😉

Clearwater is about 30 minutes from the St. Petersburg are. Here you are going to find the most beautiful downtown strips, with yummy restaurants, coffee shops, disco bars, and Art depots. Theres is something each member of the family is going to love. We highly recommend taking a stop in this area!

If you’re looking for more activities for the kiddos, check out the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. If you know the movie “Dolphin Tale” this is the past home of Winter the Dolphin. You can watch some fun dolphin shows plus experience some of the other exhibits.

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Lastly, we can express this much more!! The coastline in Clearwater, is simply unmatched. You get the beach experience without being drowned in hotels, and resorts. You can easily find the perfect spot for you and the family. Not to mention the crystal waters…

Let us know if you decide to check out the area! You need to fill us in on your stay.. we’re sure all good things! We look forward to you’re responses!

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8 Reasons to Vacation in Outer Banks

As everyone knows the Outer Banks have become all the craze in the past few years, thanks to Netflix, but have you thought about visiting? The Outer Banks offer a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and relaxation. Nestled on the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks have so much to offer. These are the top 10 reasons why you should vacation in the Outer Banks.

  1. Beautiful Beaches in Outer Banks –

With a stunning coastline, and soft sand beaches, the Outer Banks will surprise you all it has to offer on the coast. From Family events, restaurants, and of course a day on the water, it’s hard to beat the feeling you will feel in OBX.

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2. Professional Outer Banks Photographers

Miles of pristine beachfront await you, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, water sports, and of course a photoshoot for you and the fam. Listen – you and your family dressed in neutrals along the infamous OBX – with photos returned within 3 days – I mean you can’t beat it!

Let’s Make it easy for you – book here – https://shoreshooters.com/outer-banks-photographers/

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3. Outer Banks Local Eatery

The Outer Banks has lots of local cuisines to choose from, if you’re in the area check out some of the spots along the coast! We recommend Food Dudes Kitchen, and Beachcombers Wood Fired Grille & Tiki Hut. You may even have to let us in on your favorite spot 😉

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4. Art + Culture

The art scene in the Outer Banks is definitely a must see, with many local artists, and vendors to look over. With Art Festivals, this is an event for the whole family to join in on!

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5. Horse Tours

Okay.. this one is a no – brainer. You and the fam, on a tour of the OBX, while horse back riding. Not only is this a fun option for the whole family, but can honestly be a cheaper option. This is 2 hour tour will take you through the historic town of Corolla, in the OBX area.

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6. The Outer Banks is Non – Commercialized

You may be wondering what we mean by this one, the Outer Banks is one of those spots that you can easily get away. The Outer Banks coast is not filled with hotels, restaurants, and tourists – this ultimately makes the perfect spot for you and the family to relax on the beautiful sand in the OBX.

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7. Surf

This one is for those looking for a spot with surf. Being along the East Coast, you may think having much of a surf is not possible. Here on the OBX you will be pleasantly surprised when it comes to the surf that is available.

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8. Easy to Get Away

The Outer Banks is one of those spots that you can easily get away in. Once you get there, you have the ability to relax without the chatter, and commotion of big crowds!

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Let us know your experience in the Great Outer Banks!

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Proposal Photography In St. Pete Beach Florida

While vacationing in Orlando, this family made a trip over to the Gulf Coast for family photos at sunset on the beach. However, there was one detail that daughter Rachel didn’t know…her boyfriend Juan was planning to propose during their beach photography session!

After the family photos were done, just as the sun was setting, Juan dropped to one knee and popped the question!