Welcome! We sell Happiness!
We are local, full time beach photographers and we specialize in wall portraits from your vacation beach photos.
We welcome children and families of all sizes, couples, high school seniors, clients with special needs, babies and even pets!
We are a husband and wife team featuring two professional beach photographers that allows us to capture great portraits, candid photos, and the casual behind the scenes fun!
We look forward to hearing from you.
We also serve the beaches of the Emerald Coast from the West direction of Pensacola, Navarre, Ft. Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, The Destin Harbor, Harbor Walk, Shoreline Village, Holiday Isle, Destin Beaches, Henderson Inn to Crystal Beach and Miramar in Destin, FL.
We are located in Miramar Beach, FL on Scenic 98 Scenic Gulf Drive in the Seascape Golf Resort. We will travel to area beaches to the East like Sandestin, Blue Mountain, Santa Rosa Beach, Hwy 30A, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Watersound, Inlet Beach, Carillon and Panama City Beach for sunrise and sunset family beach photography sessions on a beach near you.
There is a world-wide movement in photography today called “Print. The Movement” and it is based not only in science, but our cultural history. As citizens of the world, are we losing our heritage? Yes.
What will the millennials have to show their kids about what life was like for them while they were growing up? Nothing.
Well, maybe a version of their pictures from childhood and teen years on the cloud somewhere or wait, will the cloud even exist by then? What will they see, hold, touch? No real actual photographs? Sounds sad; but it is true.
A wise man once said “wall portraits are like very fine furniture and we must treasure and treat them so”. Do you have family wall portraits with your kids in them? What family heirloom are you passing down?
We have portraits galore from my Mom’s childhood and we love it. She is 80 now and a grandmother of eight! We know what she looked like, what she wore, and where she played. Thankfully her father, my grandfather was quite the photo buff and documented their lives on paper. Actual photo paper; remember that? We have tons of photos of the nieces and nephews but somewhere along about the year 2005 we stopped getting them printed. We were in the digital age and they were on CD’s.
We all still have those great photos now and love looking at them and hearing their stories…opening Mom’s albums and boxes of photos is like stepping back in time with her…no selfie on an electronic device in the future that may not even open like their CD’s.
Well, it has happened…the most photographed generation of all time is going to be left with a giant Snapchat of their lives. You know the image that disappears a few seconds later? Well, so is our cultural heritage. There are no actual photographs on paper or even canvas.
Your kids may be able to sit among your family and forefathers in the dining room at the very same table they once sat around telling stories like all the generations before, but something is missing. Where are the photos? We have photographs of our family, our grandparents, even great grandparents and we can trace our family back to Ellis Island, Germany and Switzerland…we have photos to prove it. We can see our family eyes looking back at us over time and through generations. What are your wall portraits telling you?
Print Your Legacy, Print Your Photos!
Order a Wall Portrait or Start an album with actual, real photographs on paper.
Announcing Our New Artistic Paintings
Let me create a unique work of art for your home featuring your family!
I am so excited to announce our latest edition to our fine art line, Ocean Impressions. I have been looking for a way to blend my painting talent and photography for a long time and I have finally found the perfect combination that allows my painting ability to finesse your portrait into a one-of-kind painting.
I start with your favorite photo and I work my magic with my digital tablet and pen creating digital brush strokes while using the original photo as an underlying reference. I want your painting to be an emotional expression of your child or family and I fashion it with a painting in mind.
Since these digital paintings are each created by hand, the delivery time will be longer… so order your Christmas gifts early to ensure your painting is ready in time!
Impressionist Digital Portrait Painting
Custom designed by Leslie
with watercolor effect edges
13x19 -$449 SALE $225 ea
*16x20 -$659 SALE $329 ea
New 16x20 size just added
16x20 -$995 SALE $849
“I lost my flash drive….do you still have my beach portraits? This past week, a former client contacted me asking if I still had access to her beach pictures as she had lost them all. Really? Why? Did she not get them printed?
You have paid to have these wonderful images taken by a professional photographer and you do not have proof of the event other than a few shared images on Facebook? I understand, I have been there. Time and life gets in the way. Even as a photographer we tend to keep memories in a file on a hard drive…but now is the time to take action! Print your images today or even better, let us!
Are your memories on your walls or in your files? This is the most photographed generation ever, yet the images will not remain. They will not become a part of our history. Why are they disappearing? Estimates say they will not last beyond a year….a YEAR? These moments get replaced with new moments and new interests…but where is the history? Photographs are no longer important enough to print…or are they? It is estimated that less that 1 out of 100,000 photographs taken today will actually end up being a printed photograph. Seriously?
You probably have countless pictures that are just randomly stored and no real way to access them easily. You probably plan to get them printed soon…only to realize it has been 4 years now and the kids are teens. So here is where we can help! Let us print those images for you! Let us help you get those images on your wall!
Do you have photos that you love and want to see them on display…send them to us! We will tweak them and make them better and then send them to our pro lab. We can help you save the history of your family and the history of this generation. Professional photographers are becoming America’s historians. Order prints from your digital images today…before they are lost forever.
Photo retouching, editing, effects, and filters. Do I need it if I have photo editing software or apps? Should I pay extra for retouching or edited photos on my digital images?
Photo editing is the changing of images. Some types of editing, such as airbrushing, are done by hand and others are done using photo editing programs like Photoshop. Photo editing is used to remove blemishes and make the model better. This is usually called retouching, airbrushing or Photoshopping…. Other reasons to edit a photo include fixing errors (red eye, contrast, brightness, etc.). From Wikipedia
The answer is yes! Even if you have some editing software at home or the office, you need a professional to make it perfect! I have been working with retouching photos for more than 20 years. As a Photoshop artist I can now swap heads or even replace people in photos.
I have so many tricks and techniques to make you look younger and slimmer without changing your true look. I edit each individual image by hand with my digital pen and tablet. We do not just rely on filters and apps that blur the pixels together and let it go. We take our time and make the water and skies more colorful with layers and the result is not over saturated with too vibrant colors or orange skin tones that you often get with apps, effects and filters.
Here is a before and after image. before hair edits and retouchingwe edited out his blowing hair, the sand in his hair, and the red eyes.
Before edits on hair and eyes
hair after edits
After editing his hair out and removing the red eyes
The little boy has sand in his hair and red eye as well as blowing hair. Now you can print out a wall portrait if you like. Maybe you look great already and it is something we could not fix the day of photo shoot, like the weather, bad seaweed in the water, stormy ocean colors, or dark clouds. We can fix them all. In this photo, we needed the blanket to protect the baby and decided later to remove it. This is why you need retouching and editing on your photographs.
After Editing and Retouching the digital imageRemoved the towel from under the baby in Photoshop and smoothed her skin by hand and reoved the scratch.
After edits and retouching.
Removed scratch, face redness and the white towel.
In this next image we needed to add a girl who was not present for the session. These changes can be made for a fee. Notice how we removed the people and condos from the background and enhanced the sky and water color. This is now a large canvas wall portrait in their home.
Before editing no retouchingBefore photo with people and condos in background before adding person in digitally.
After editing added personWe enhanced the colors and edited in a cousin.
After Photo with added person.
So, go ahead...get those digAfterital files edited and retouched. It is worth it!
They are here just in time for the Holidays!
Order your custom designed folded metallic foil stamped photo cards from us!
Minimum Order of 30 cards!! Comes with matching foil lined envelopes. Choose from red, black, silver, and gold foil stamp.
These are beautiful Holiday photo cards!
Summer is here and so are our tourists! I am so glad that families from across the country are putting their trust in local professionals to capture their beach memories. When so many people can “do their own snapshots” I am glad there are those that understand the difference.
I felt sorry for the family that approached us tonight on the beach with their nice camera that had fogged over inside the lens from the beach moisture and temperature change. We could not fix it for her.
It can happen to anyone, but we plan for it and consider it whenever we move our equipment. We watched as their children became cranky waiting for the camera to clear…and the mom looked tired and sad. So, here are 5 reasons to leave your beach photos to the pros.
The Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer for your family vacation beach photos.
1. Take away the stress! Let someone else stress over your temperamental toddler. You can relax while someone else chases her for a while! Remember this is Mom’s vacation too! It is hard enough to get the kids and Dad ready for the session, much less yourself…and finally after all that work who wants to try and get smiles out their kids. We promise to take the stress out of it and let Mom enjoy her photo session and even get some great portraits with her too!
2. Kids behave better for us. It is true, we can get expressions and real portraits, that moms, uncles or grandmothers struggle with. We know all about it…photographing your own family can be very hard. No one wants to behave for their own family and they’re so easily distracted. We find that children respond well to us and listen as we are “new” to them and they take it much more serious and have fun. A young man commented last week that “It was great! Mom you didn’t tell us we were going to enjoy it…we hate it when you take them.”
3. No Technology or Camera Issues. No breakdowns, no worries. Forget your camera or the charger? Had a bad IPad experience? Are you worried about power for the flash or what the sand will do to your equipment? We use two cameras and have a backup. We know all about cameras, technology and power issues. We face it every day and prepare for it. Relax and let us fret over the gear.
4. Photoshop and Professional Retouching or Editing. We make you look fabulous. No, not just some app that makes everyone look plastic and perfect, we make you look real, using artistic hand retouching with our digital pen. We can remove that crazy hair from the wind, people in the background or change the seaweed stained water. We have years of experience and can perform weight loss, clothing alterations and even head swaps if needed. Let our magic pens make you look wonderful!
5. Outstanding Wall Portraits. We take more than photos of the kids, we capture family heirlooms of the entire family. Our images can be purchased as digital files in collections or you can get a beautiful canvas printed by our pro lab. Either option will offer you a beautiful piece of art for your wall rather than just some snap shots only big enough for your Christmas cards. We print images from clients IPads or smartphones and they break up in sharpness at a 5x7 size. Want something larger? We specialize in custom wall portraits and it is time to fill your living room with that perfect image of your family. 20x30 and up!
Hello! Welcome to our beach photography website! We have made some awesome changes to our products and prices and we are excited to offer you the high quality and value you expect from your beach portrait session.
We have changed our prices for the summer vacation photography season in the hopes that is would be simpler to use, and easier to follow. We know how overwhelming shopping after the session can be! With hundreds of photographic products out there…we chose to offer the classics, those timeless pieces that you will enjoy for generations to come.
Canvas, Fine Art Watercolor Paper and Classic Photo Luster Paper. We have samples in our studio that have been with us for more than 30 years and they still look wonderful so we are going to focus on those! If you are interested in other products not listed on our new price list, please contact us for more information and price quotes.
Big News on Digital Files!
We are now offering digital files with a choice. You can order them to include retouching if you like. We combined the retouching fee to the image price so you are now getting the best of both worlds. You can choose to purchase them retouched or choose to get a few edited or retouched. We want you to be proud of the images you share or get printed on your own. Check out our new prices and keep in mind that we are going to make you look great in them all!
Extensive retouching fees will continue on body slimming, head and face swaps and anything that really requires some detailed time to retouch. Changing the water color, sky color or removing heavy seaweed will be considered extensive as well.
Call us and get a quote on putting your ideas to work. We look forward to capturing your family vacation memories on the beach this summer!
What does your image online look like? Is it a great professional head shot or one that is a little blurry with your husband cut out? Personal Branding is not just another tech buzzword. It is your online impression. I recently decided I was probably sending the wrong message to potential clients when I did not even include a photograph of myself on my LinkedIn profile.
Honestly, as a photographer and professional photoshop expert, I always made excuses for not having a portrait good enough to publish, so I did it! I had Ray take some of me at my art gallery location. I have added it to my social media sites, and business cards.
Personal branding essentially means how we go about marketing ourselves to the world. How do people describe you to others? Do they use words like strong, capable, trustworthy, great business mind, fun, creative? All of these ideas are part of your brand...those descriptive words that make you special.
We all know a picture is worth a thousand words...well what does the blank icon with no actual photo say about me? Are they getting the fun, energized, happy and hardworking creative Leslie or just a blank question mark?
I am a professional artist as well as photographer and I spend a great deal of my time especially in the winter months creating artworks that I am proud to show off and sell. Nothing excites me more than seeing where one of my creations has been sold from our local gallery.
Do they know what I am like? Did they try and imagine the artist as she created it? Well, now they don't have to imagine me. So are your clients having to imagine you?
We can help! We are offering clients a new way to brand themselves online and in print. We will take your photograph in a scenic setting or in your office or like me where you "create". My easel and paint splattered studio is great...but so is my wall at the gallery! We can come to you and get those outstanding portraits that will make you stand out from the crowd and improve your brand.
According to online branding specialists...(yes that is a job)...you need a great photograph or several that tell the story of you. Do you have one on your business card?
Website? Social Media? Corporations know the importance of personal branding and pay us to create great images of their employees so what about you? The small business owner or artist? Realtor? Professional House Painter or Landscaper? Do you have a personal brand?
Local Artist and her new branding Photos
Schedule your Personal Branding Photo Session Today! Contact us now for special deals on business and branding sessions.
Why do I need Retouching? ...or is it Editing? What does this really mean?
Most professional photographers use the term retouching for “fixing” your images. Edit usually means taking something out and we do this with every session. We actually do remove images before you see them. When we “edit” your images we are removing the ones where your eyes are closed or you are making a weird face…in other words these are the images no one wants to see. We like to use the term “Retouch” instead of “Editing”.
Most true Professional Photographers still call it Retouching. Years ago it was airbrushing or pencil work…that is because we came from the days of film when you had to physically work on the actual print or negative to make corrections.
Retouching or editing usually involves manipulating the image to make it better. I make my changes and enhancements with a large digital tablet and pen.
I am a professional at Photoshop and can do amazing things to your photos with the right amount of time. We can remove stray hair, acne, sunburns, tattoos, bruises, glare on glasses, soften wrinkles, or and even create weight loss. For a small fee I can even swap faces, smiles, remove braces, scars and tattoos.
Do you need our retouching/editing service and is it worth it? We think so.
We get some great images and perfection is overrated….but I also know that nature is unpredictable. I expect to “fix” something in just about every image we make on the beach...whether it is removing the orange floating buoys out in the ocean, people walking by or just innocent bystanders to the session in the water.
You can expect us to fix these things and we gladly do it for free. Yes, FREE. We will remove all the extra people out of your images and not every photographer will do it. So, if your photographer offers to download your images on the beach and give them to you right then these are not “edited” and are definitely not “Retouched”.
Do you need more than just the people being removed from the background? YES. Everyone deserves a great image and that is what retouching creates.
We remove the pieces of hair flying across your face or swirling up in the air from a gust…we take out those harsh red marks under your eyes from sunburn or the red in your eyes from the saltwater…we even remove the fake tattoos from children.
We soften the shine on your face, whiten your teeth and make you look the best we can. We are proud of our retouched/edited images and think you deserve only the best. So, Retouched it is…digital files or prints…we can retouch them all!
Senior Portraits at the Beach!
Have your senior photos made while you are here in Destin or on the Beaches of Hwy 30-A, Panama City Beach or Ft. Walton Beach.
We can come to you!
Senior Portraits that are different and reflect who you are!
NO sitting Fees!
Graduation Senior Session for sunset or sunrise includes numerous outfits & locations.
Purchase prints, digital files or custom graduation announcements!
Basic Senior Session
30 minutes (you come to our beach)
Sunrise or Sunset Senior Session
4 outfits, clothing changes and locations.
Senior Experience Session
includes the digital images, numerous clothing changes,
and props. Several Beach and Resort locations.
Call us for more info.
We have some great places to photograph here at Seascape Resort in Destin or we can come to you!
A lake, gazebo, palm trees, tiki huts, boardwalks and of course the white sand of Miramar Beach in Destin!
Bring lots of outfits!
We can help you choose the best ones for your senior photos and you can change several times for no extra fee on the full session.
The majority of seniors decide to do it after they get here!
So, what a great excuse to hit Silver Sands Outlet Mall or some of Destin’s great shopping areas like the Destin Commons and The Grand Boulevard!
Bring your Stuff. Your ride, guitar, skateboard, surf board, bathing suit, hat, or what ever says “You”!
What to wear?
Girls should choose a dressy outfit, think short prom dress or a less formal dress, a great casual beach look, some cute shorts and flowing top. (avoid ruffles)
Jeans, dressy top & hats are great.
Choose an outfit just for fun, and of course remember your sunglasses!
Forget the shoes except for some shots off the beach.
Guys… jeans and shorts are classic, a button down oxford in more than one color. Several polo type shirts, your swim trunks, flip flops, and your favorite hat.
Khaki pants and solid dress shirts and your car!
Call us today for info and to book your senior photography session at the beach!
Senior Photographs printed on custom Fine Art Watercolor Paper, Black and White Portraits, and Custom Announcements and Thank You Cards.
Foil embossed logo for thank you cards and invites. Make your senior announcements stand out!
Foil embossed thank you cards and graduation announcements and invitations.
Seaside Senior Photos on contact cards for graduation! Replace the traditional wallet in your invite to your business card!
Return address labels in custom die shape stickers for graduation card envelopes