30A Editorial Photography & Education » 30A editorial photographer. Serving 30A & Panama City Beach, Florida.

After taking some time off of shooting to focus on life, I’m finally up and about, ready to take on limited editorial shoots.

Recently, my friends at Rowland Publishing gave me a call for a shoot for Emerald Coast Magazine. The assignment was to photograph a freelance chef and highlight his favorite salmon creation. Which, to me, combines a few of my favorite things – good food, photography, and kind people that are excited to share their passions. Bill McGinn proved to live up to all my expectations and his food? It was spectacular. Which, coming from this foodie, means a lot.

Head on over to Emerald Coast Magazine online to view his full recipe and keep scrolling for a preview of what you’ll find published in the magazine!

– Holly

I can almost smell it. The rich scent of the leather…  The softness of the cover… The thickness of the pages…  Sorting through the images I can’t help but imagine what the final product will look like…  Imagine the excitement of the couple as they open their heirloom album for the first time…  Think about how much they’ll enjoy it as they flip through the pages as time goes by.

Designing albums has always been fun, but lately I can’t help but get a little… emotional about it. I may not be shooting weddings (for now) but the art and business of photography is still alive and well in my soul. The other day I had a couple from a few years ago contact me and tell me how their wedding album was “their most treasured possession” and how it’s sat on their coffee table for others to enjoy.  Their photos are special. Treasured.

As I’ve been working on Andrea & Daniel’s wedding album I can’t help but think of what the other couple said or how much their album meant. THAT is one of the things I love most about photography. How the little moments, documented the right way, become more than just a memory. They become a reminder of the sacredness and joy of a day that went by all too quickly.  Another thing I love to do is share some of my favorite images of those sacred moments.  It’s something that I neglected to do for a while because I was so busy shooting and then became ill, but now that things are slowing down (hopefully) I wanted to share a few with you.

Andrea and Daniel are a wonderful couple with lots of love and spunk – my favorite type of people. I can’t wait to hear from them years from now, with stories of how much their wedding photos have continued to remind them of the love and laughter they shared on their wedding day. Here is a selection of special moments from their day.

– Holly

(Scroll down for a list of wedding vendors)

 

Thank you to the amazing vendors that helped make this special day a success!

Ceremony & Reception location: Rosemary Beach Town Hall

Wedding Coordinator: Savoir Faire Weddings, Stefanie Tate

Florist: Celestine’s Special Occasions

Cake Artist: Sweet for Sirten

Officiant: Pastor Samuel Delaney

Makeup & Hair: Lanna Bloodworth

Music: Lucky Town

Dress: Augusta Jones

Ring Designer: Southeastern Jewelers; Birmingham, AL

Spring has sprung here in Florida and we’ve been hard at work planting in our garden.  We find that when we plant our own food we not only have a lot of fun, but gain a real appreciation for where our food comes from.

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Half the fun of gardening is planning out what we want to grow and busting out all the colorful garden tools.

The kids always love to lend a helping hand and take any opportunity to sow their own seeds.

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We have tried a variety of different garden types, but what we currently use is a series of several raised-bed, square-foot gardens.  We constructed them out of cedar and now are up to four beds – three 4×4′ gardens and one 12×3′ bed.

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My favorite thing is watching everyone work hard and get dirty. Well, mostly everyone…

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And, of course, no garden is complete without a gnome!  We’re looking forward to another season of fresh veg and can’t wait to watch our little seeds grow!

– Holly

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Back in fifth grade, I did a research paper on chemicals in cosmetics – despite not actually wearing any makeup, somehow the topic was something I was already concerned about… I remember receiving hand-written letters from executives at big cosmetics companies along with pamphlets and vague ingredient lists and being grossed out by all the chemicals. This stuck with me, and once I graduated from college and found myself having to fix myself up more I was able to stay true to my younger self. I researched cosmetics and household products, and back before blogging was even a thing I started a blog to share my findings with others. But then babies and life happened and I found myself grabbing the cheapest/easiest skincare option I could find…
A few months ago I looked in the mirror and decided it was time to pick back up my old research. I tried out a whole bunch of skincare lines and finally decided to give up on finding something that a) works with my painfully sensitive skin b) isn’t full of harsh chemicals and c) won’t break the bank. Admittedly, I had completely written off any and all products sold directly (“because, if it’s that good why wouldn’t they sell it in the store???”). Fortunately, I remembered that there was this one company with a social conscience I’d heard about but not looked into- Beautycounter. So, one wild Friday night I dug into researching the ingredients used in their product line for safety and sustainability so I could come to my own conclusions. And boy, was I pleasantly surprised! After trying it out for a few months, my whole family is addicted. Not only are the products top-of-the-line, but they are completely transparent about their ingredients – so much so that my super-allergic preschooler has not only tried their line but begs to use it. (He says “It makes my skin feel so good!”) 

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For the food allergy parents, just a heads up – there ARE a few products that contain almond oil. However, they are so completely transparent about their ingredients that you know which ones to avoid.  I’m not looking to make money off this –  I just wanted to share because when I find something I truly believe in I can’t help but be overly enthusiastic. My hope is that I can encourage a few of you to research the products you use every day, so in the end you and your family can be safer and healthier!

If you’d love to learn more about Beautycounter products and their mission, be sure to check out their site.  If you’d like to schedule a social and win free goodies, leave me a comment and we’ll chat!

– Holly

Howdy friends! We’ve been taking a hiatus from blogging because… life. We have lots of things planned to post about, but figured we would kick it off with this VERY important post to make sure everyone knows that there has been an Epi-Pen recall! The recall is a “voluntary recall” of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto-injectors.

According to the FDA, “While the number of reported failures is small, EpiPen products that potentially contain a defective part are being recalled because of the potential for life-threatening risk if a severe allergic reaction goes untreated.”

As the parent of a child whose life has depending on administration of epinephrine, this is clearly concerning!  The identified batches are:

Product/Dosage NDC Number Lot Number Expiration Date
EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg 49502-501-02 5GN767 April 2017
EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg 49502-501-02 5GN773 April 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 5GM631 April 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 5GM640 April 2017
EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg 49502-501-02 6GN215 September 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM082 September 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM072 September 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM081 September 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM088 October 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM199 October 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM091 October 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM198 October 2017
EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM087 October 2017

For full information on the recall, be sure to check out the FDA’s recall page here.

Stay safe, friends!

  • Holly