you deserve the
best 30A and Destin Beach Photographer
for your family
beach portrait photography
family Beach photography is a specialty of all of our Full-Time Wave photographers. If you’re vacationing along the Gulf Coast, let us document your stay with a beach photoshoot.
We know the best secluded beaches for family beach portraits, from the towns of 30A (Rosemary Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, and Santa Rosa Beach), to Pensacola Beach, to the Alabama coast (Orange Beach and Gulf Shores).
If you’re on a dream vacation, schedule a family beach portrait session and make memories that will last well beyond the summer.
Just a few of Our favorite destin and 30a vacation places
Emerald Grande Harbor Walk
HarborWalk Village is a great place to spend an afternoon. Winding along the shores of Destin harbor, the walk is lined with restaurants, shops and bars - fun for all ages! It’s also a great place to catch a dolphin cruise or fishing charter. The Emerald Grande resort anchors the walk and is the perfect place to stay if you want to be right in the action.
This is a great shopping area with a mix of stores that appeal to all ages. There’s a movie theater, Whole Foods, Bass Pro Shops and Chipotle, in addition to many clothing and accessory shops. It’s right across the street from the beach so you can make a day of it and still catch the sunset over the Gulf.
Henderson Beach State Park
right Smack in the middle of Destin is Henderson Beach State Park, a huge piece of land right on the water that is protected from development. You can camp there, rent a pavilion for the day, use the playground, or just enjoy beaches that aren’t as busy as those behind more developed areas. This is a great place for your family portrait session because the long beach is unspoiled and beautiful.
San Destin Resort
On the east end of Destin is Miramar Beach, home of the expansive and diverse San Destin resort. This community is a perfect place to stay, play, and of course take family photos! The Gulf side has condos and restaurants, all overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The bayside is home to the Grand San Destin, a beautiful hotel with suites, graceful porches with tall white columns, and beautiful green spaces - the perfect spot to start a photo session before heading to the beach at sunset! From the resort, you can take a short walk down a beautiful pathway to Baytowne Wharf, a small “town” inside the resort that is always bustling with events and things to do!
Watercolor is one of the largest villages along 30A, and it has a ton of variety both for photo sessions and vacationing! Their park system is large and beautifully landscaped, making it one of the prettiest picture spots along 30A. Being a watercolor beach photographer lets us live the dream of starting a photo session in the picturesque Cerulean Park, then making our way through the village just in time to capture an unforgettable portrait on the beach at sunset.
Rosemary Beach is on the east end of Highway 30A. The community is anchored by The Pearl, an incredible luxury hotel that draws guests from around the world. Every street is picture perfect, so we can literally start your photo session right outside your door.
As the premier seaside beach photographer, we get a lot of opportunities to enjoy Seaside’s funky blend of unique, coastal architecture and artist-driven spaces. It’s another spot that allows for a family photography session to showcase both the village and beach, giving more variety than a simple session! Ruskin Park is one of our favorite spots - we love the green park and the incredible homes lining the walkways.
Watersound is a coastal community with an incredible beach access. It abuts Deer Lake State Park, which means that the Watersound beaches feel incredibly private and natural. The long boardwalk to the beach is a peaceful stroll any time of day, and also a great way to start family photos - especially if you want to include older family members who might have trouble on the sand.
Alys Beach looks like a sliver of Greece right here on Florida’s Gulf Coast - everything is whitewashed and is the ultimate luxury experience. Nature paths connect the areas, lined with native trees and gorgeous art installations. Lake Marilyn is my favorite spot - with weeping willows and a gorgeous bridge arching over the water, it looks like a fairy tale.
The perfect choice for clients who want to walk away with finished prints that can be given away as gifts or hung on the wall.
The Print Experience session fee does not include any prints or products. You will purchase your choices after viewing your proofs.
You choose the product! We offer custom-framed wall art, canvases, and loose prints.
Best for clients who primarily want digital versions of their photos.
The Digital Experience session fee includes high-resolution digital copies of your favorite 10 images from your session.
WANT MORE THAN 10? YOU CAN OPT TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL IMAGES or upgrade to the full gallery ONCE YOU SEE YOUR PROOFS.
We know that you have choices! Take a quick look at what makes Wave Photography the best beach photography experience, quality and value on the Gulf Coast!
WE ARE A TEAM
We are a team of award-winning artists with only one job… to provide the highest quality photography and experience for every session we shoot. Unlike other photography companies that subcontract your session to part-time photographers or work as a photographers on the side, all of our photographers are full-time salaried employees of our company.
WE CAPTURE ART
Many photography companies shoot hundreds of photographs and toss them all at their customers, assuming quantity is the goal of the modern photography customer. Instead, we work everyday to create the quality images that deserve to be hung in your home for decades. We offer both print and digital options to our clients and create a collection that best meets your needs.
WE OFFER AN UNMATCHED EXPERIENCE
We are the only photography company on the Gulf Coast with a full-time Client Experience Manager. Her only job is to ensure that every client has a premier photography experience to match the unforgettable images they will receive.
WE BELIEVE IN BALANCE
Faster is not always better. In most cases, we have a proofing gallery available to our clients within a couple of days of session. We are careful to make sure that the images we deliver meet only the highest standards. Subsequently, all of our clients are given the opportunity to proof and select their images online at their convenience. Some choose to visit with us at our downtown studio in Pensacola and see their images and our prints and products in person.
WE ARE PROFESSIONALS
Our team shoots over 100 weddings and countless portraits each year, from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to Destin and 30A. We deliver approximately 250,000 high-quality images per year to clients who fall in love with our studio. We shoot with natural and artificial light each and every day. We only use the highest quality professional equipment. In short, we demand excellence and professionalism from ourselves, as you would expect from a modern photography company.
WE DELIVER TRUE-TO-LIFE IMAGES
We strive to produce the best version of our beautiful clients and the stunning dreamscapes that nature provides. No fake skies or heavy photoshop in our images! We have a timeless, modern, and fresh style that won't look dated in a decade.
WE KEEP IT SIMPLE
If it rains out a session and we can’t reschedule, we refund your session fee (in full). No nickel and dime convenience fees. No travel fees. All of our collections are posted on our website. No nonsense.
Beach Session testimonials:
“Wow! You are amazingly quick! We are so grateful to you for making this such a positive and fun experience! The proofing room is the bomb!! These pictures mean so much to us. Thank you for capturing such a precious moment in our lives so beautifully. I don’t want to fan-girl all over you, but I sincerely love, love, love these photos. And the fact that my daughter’s harshest critic (herself!) loves them too says so much. Your talent and skill shine through in each gorgeous photo—As well as my daughter’s beautiful spirit. Thank you again.“ -debbie
“terrific group photos”
“The photographers did such a lovely job of getting wonderful pictures of our large family as a big group and then taking great individual family photos on the beach! We now have some terrific group photos to pair with our wonderful memories thanks to the Wave Photo crew.” -hope
Beach Photography session DETAILS:
SUNSET SESSIONS USUALLY BEGIN ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE SUNSET, AND SUNRISE SESSIONS START 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE.
WE SERVICE THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA, AS FAR WEST AS FORT MORGAN, ALABAMA AND AS FAR EAST AS ROSEMARY BEACH, FLORIDA. THIS INCLUDES DESTIN, 30A, SANTA ROSA BEACH, SEASIDE, WATERCOLOR, SEAGROVE, MIRAMAR BEACH, OKALOOSA ISLAND, FT. WALTON BEACH, NAVARRE, PENSACOLA BEACH, PERDIDO, ORANGE BEACH, AND GULF SHORES.
as the top Destin beach photography company, WE KNOW THE BEST SECLUDED BEACHES (TO KEEP THOSE PESKY CONDOS AND BEACHGOERS OUT OF YOUR PHOTOS!). WE DO GREAT PHOTOSHOP WORK, SO NO WORRIES IF A FEW SNEAK IN!
IN THE SUMMER, WE USUALLY SHOOT a family beach portrait SUNSET SESSION EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND THEY BOOK REALLY FAST, SO TRY TO CONTACT US At least a COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE YOUR SHOOT.
IF YOU ARE A VACATIONING CLIENT, WE PROBABLY WANT TO SCHEDULE YOUR photography SESSION EARLY IN YOUR VACATION (BOO… RAIN). IF IT RAINS, WE TRY ANOTHER DAY. IF WE CAN’T MAKE THAT WORK, THEN YOUR SESSION FEE WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL.