The 10 Best Family Photographers in Destin

There are few better places than the warm white sandy beaches of the Florida Panhandle. The city of Destin is particularly well-placed for outdoor photoshoots. Not to mention, there are so many great Destin family photographers willing to collaborate with you for future family keepsakes! Fortunately, we’ve narrowed down the list to the top photographers for you to get to know better.

1. Lindsey Morgan Photography

Lindsey Morgan sees her photography as a gift from God. And she honors that gift by channeling her love of light and connections into her family photography. The pastel tones she prefers works marvelously at adding notes of abundant natural light, family, and a cheerful mood to her images. It’s a perfect fit for her maternity, family, wedding, engagement, and newborn photography focus.

2. Mylissa Messer of Lasting Images Photography

Weddings and family portraits are what Mylissa Messer focuses on. With over 20 years of experience working with clients in the Florida Panhandle, she’s an excellent person to turn to if you’re unsure about how to begin. Mylissa describes her style as “50’s Jackie O to hippie/beach bum!” Yet her eye for clean white apparel, sugar-white sands, crystal waters, and flowing sunshine ensures that her portfolio has a signature continuity!

3. Langley Kate

If you’re looking for a Destin family photographer who knows the ins and outs of children’s photography, we’d be hard-pressed to recommend anyone other than Langley Kate! She is masterful at not only encouraging children to take on gently guided poses but also finds those moments of authentic expression that really shows viewers who your kids are.

No doubt her own experience as a mother informs her photography approach here. Langley also creates maternity images that can be solo or including the entire family in creative, smile-inducing ways.

4. Meshea S. of Olive Gray Photography

Meshea S. describes herself as a lover of light, connections, and the in-between moments. What better description of a Destin family photographer could there be? Her photography journey started with the birth of her own daughter.

As she watched her child grow and documented every step of the process, she realized she not only had a gift but could also offer Destin families this same gift! Mesha hopes to capture the hugs, smiles, and even the tears, in order to tell the story of the families she meets with her camera.

5. Whitney Port Photography

As a Florida Panhandle native, Whitney Port knows the ins and outs of the Emerald Coast. And it’s the local sunsets that call to her as a natural family photography backdrop. This Destin family photographer prefers bringing her families to the beach where she encourages them to bring as much spontaneity and joy into the shoot as they can! If you want to forever remember your children splashing in the waves and running with hearts full of joy then Whitney is the photographer for you.

6. Samantha Bailey of Wanderlust Memories

Samantha Bailey has been passionate about cameras for as long as she can remember. She credits her mother and an endless supply of disposable cameras as starting her on her photography journey. Plus, she’s a recent import to Florida but has come to love the abundant sunshine and smiles of the families she works with.

We love the more toned-down approach that Samantha uses in her photography. Rather than bathing her subjects in white light she adds soft shadows, a misty or overcast mood, and other elements that give her a signature style apart from many other Destin family photographers!

7. Brianna Merritt Photography

We absolutely love Brianna Merritt’s approach to family photography: “I take moments and turn them into meaningful art. Pictures aren’t meant for seeing, they’re meant to be felt.” And looking through her portfolio we can see how her attunement to connections as a mother informs her way of bringing emotional moments to life.

Eye contact, intimate compositions, radiant smiles, and a celebratory atmosphere help anyone who views her work feel in love with her subjects. And Brianna’s preference for rich contrast and saturated tones adds extra visual interest to her photography!

8. Kelly Garrett

Families, children, maternities, and couples are what Kelly Garrett loves most to photograph! And her warm color tones and eye for strong directional lighting adds extra mood to an already emotional scene! We love seeing classic posed portraiture done so well and the way she collaborates with her clients to match their clothes to her style and the environment is clear to us. Yet there’s always room for spontaneity, especially in Kelly’s engagement and children’s images.

9. Dan and Renee Howard of RHoward Photography

RHoward Photography is a collaboration between Dan and Renee Howard, a husband and wife duo whose own intimate bonds inform their family photography! They also capture senior, maternity, and newborn images for 30A residents and visitors alike.

The Howards masterfully use both outdoor flash and natural light for a classic portraiture style we love to see. They also use a high contrast monochrome style for those moments where expressions, textures, and feelings can carry all of the visual weight!

10. Ti Adoro Studios

Ti Adoro Studios goes above and beyond classic images to provide fine art family portraiture for Emerald Coast residents and visitors. These family keepsakes are meant to be viewed on a living room wall, historic family album, or another place where physical prints are put on display.

The poses on display are classic and evocative in character. And the radiant sunshine is perfectly balanced with fill flash to leave their subjects wreathed in warm lighting. And if you love their style so much that you’d like their help in solidifying your brand’s messaging, look up Ti Adoro Commercial imagery as well!

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