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"Capture Every Moment As If It Were Your Last" Because Every Picture Has A Story To Tell.
Daily along the beaches of 30A , Santa Rosa Beach, Miramar, Destin, and locations between!
Beach Permitted and Insured!
*During the School Year (August through May), Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Navarre, Ft. Walton, Okaloosa Island Locations Limited to Premium and Above Sessions on Saturday and Sunday Only*
*All Appointments Must be Booked Through Website*
For beach sessions, if you have direct beach access where you are staying (meaning a condo/house on the beach that provides me an on-site parking space/parking pass to utilize), I come directly to you if preferred.
If you do not have direct beach access with available on-site parking for me, depending on where you are staying, these are the available locations for your session:
Santa Rosa Beach
Grayton Beach State Park - 357 Main Park Road
Henderson Beach State Park - 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
James Lee Park - 3510 Scenic Hwy 98
Ft Walton Beach
John Beasley Park - 1550 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
The Boardwalk/Okaloosa Pier - 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Panama City Beach
M.B. Miller County Pier - 12213 Front Beach Road
Beach Pier at Pier Park - 17001 Panama City Beach Parkway
St. Andrews State Park Pier - 4607 State Park Lane
I also enjoy getting to photographing at non-beach locations. My favorites:
Eden Gardens State Park - 181 Eden Garden Rd - Santa Rosa Beach
Cerulean Park at Watercolor - 45 Watercolor Blvd W - Santa Rosa Beach
Barrett Square at Rosemary Beach
Camp Helen State Park - 23937 Panama City Beach Pkwy - Panama City Beach
I am Deanna Rhea Miller. An original Texas girl, I spent 34 years in Middle Tennessee and have had some amazing photo adventures there and throughout my travels.
I have always had a love for photography, but sometimes life puts things on hold until the time is right. For me, that timing arrived in 2019 with encouragement from a friend & fellow photographer. Maybe it was a little later than planned, but it's never too late to set goals and do what you love to do! As the saying goes, "If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal!"
I am a girly-girl at times but love running 5k's to 1/2 Marathons, Football (TN Titans & TX Longhorns), Hockey (Nashville Predators), and Baseball (Atlanta Braves!)
My camera goes everywhere I go, so when not "shooting" people, I love capturing nature, abandoned buildings, and rusty cars & trucks, finding beauty in things most overlook!
Most people call a roof and four walls a home. To me, home is anywhere I am with my camera! If you took away my camera, you would take away the very essence of my soul!
In October 2020, I moved to Orange Beach, AL to work for a wonderful company to help after Hurricane Sally - while commuting back to Nashville, TN a few days a month. In April 2021, a permanent offer was made, relocating me to Santa Rosa Beach, FL mid May 2021. While I definitely miss the OBA/GS area, I am enjoying new adventures along the Emerald Coast! I have met and photographed some amazing couples & families and look forward to many more!
I am not one of those "Get the booking, shoot the shots, deliver gallery & done" type of photographers.
I like to build relationships and get to know the individuals & families I work with before & during the session and build a bond that lasts beyond the shoot!
My goal as a photographer is to make sure you come away with incredible images that you will treasure forever! While I do use Photoshop to crop and touch up images with a little "contrast here or shadows there", I don't generally use presets or edit with background replacements. The beaches along the Emerald Coast provide such a natural beauty, doing so is unnecessary! However, if you have interest or prefer your images be touched up artistically with a styled preset, I am more than happy to do so as I have discovered some pretty cool tools that I actually like!
I have my standard "go-to' poses and vision for sessions and love to capture some of the candid, natural moments, but I also want to make sure to incorporate your ideas as well.
This is your session, so bring your inspiration too and let's make the most of it! Whether Serious or Fun, bring out your personality & let it shine!
I have managed to capture some of the most amazing images in situations that on the surface seem less than ideal. Families with children know that things don't always go as planned when trying to capture that perfect smile from everyone at the same time in that group photo. That is perfectly ok, it really is! This is where we get to see the genuine emotion and personalities, where the moments and memories are truly captured.
So, relax - No need to stress or apologize. Together, we've got this and your images will be amazing!
Then of course the weather! I've learned, never trust the forecast along the coast! It may be pouring rain 5 minutes before the scheduled session, then suddenly, the skies dry for some of the most amazing images! Even when there are storm clouds in the distance, you will be wowed!
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” - Alfred Eisenstaedt
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind
" When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!" - Ted Grant
Since the majority of my photo sessions are shot at the beach, there are some things to keep in mind to get the best images possible.
Minimizing Crankiness with the Littles - Kids will be kids and naturally can sometimes be cranky at session time. Try to make sure they've gotten their nap and a snack when considering session time. If they have a favorite toy that needs to accompany them in the photos to calm them, by all means bring it along. We will get incredible images regardless, but this will help Mom/Dad reduce their own crankiness & stress.
Lighting & Timing - Sessions leading up to Sunset are optimal to avoid harsh lighting. Depending on the cloud cover, the afterglow of the sunset provides incredible background color, from cotton candy colored skies to varying shades of "fire"! Even a sky filled with storm clouds make for some amazing images!
What to wear? Whatever makes you the most comfortable is appropriate! Many choose the khaki/white/navy combo, while others choose pastels (aqua, coral, etc.) Don't be afraid to mix it up with colors that complement each other. Some of the best images when choosing a color scheme is to mix it up with patterns & solids. Regardless of what you choose, it will be perfect!
Hair & Wind: You are at the beach, so it can be a bit windy at times. Unfortunately, there is only so much a photographer can do to minimize with posing. Hairspray, hair ties, headbands & bobby pins can be a girls best friend! Of course an "up-do" is always a great solution to avoid the "fly-away" hair! For those who still want to show off their gorgeous long hair, a great option would be a long, side ponytail.
Sand: At times there will be images taken while sitting or kneeling in the sand. I caution against applying lotion to your legs and feet prior to your session as it causes the sand to stick and is difficult to brush off!
Of course, I try to capture the images near the water at the beginning of your session so it isn't too much of a factor.
Distractions: Please discourage others in your group from taking pictures with their phones while I am photographing your session (especially weddings!) Not only is it a distraction to me having to ask them to move aside to keep from tripping over them, but it takes away from your experience and image quality when everyone is looking off toward the person with a phone instead of the photographer you have paid.
A Sneak Peek of at least 5 images provided within 72 hours from the end of your Standard through Super Deluxe session and within 1 week for Wedding Photography.
YOUR COMPLETED ALBUM of DIGITAL IMAGES FOR STANDARD THROUGH SUPER DELUXE SESSIONS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU WITHIN 7-10 BUSINESS DAYS
(Example: Monday Session images delivered as early as the following Monday but by the following Wednesday)
YOUR COMPLETED ALBUM of DIGITAL IMAGES FOR WEDDING SESSIONS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU WITHIN 21-45 BUSINESS DAYS (DEPENDING ON CEREMONY SELECTED)
HARD COVER PHOTO BOOKS OFFERED WITH SPECIFIC SESSIONS DELIVERED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY
30 DAYS AFTER IMAGES TO BE INCLUDED HAVE BEEN SELECTED
(YOU MAY ALSO REQUEST A 20 PAGE 8" X 8" FOR $25 OR A 20 PAGE 12" X 12" FOR $50 FOR SESSIONS THAT DO NOT INCLUDE THIS OPTION)
CANVAS PRINTS OFFERED WITH WEDDING SESSIONS DELIVERED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 30 DAYS AFTER SELECTION HAS BEEN MADE
I PROVIDE TOUCHED UP DIGITAL IMAGES ONLY.
I DO NOT PROVIDE RAW, UNEDITED IMAGES TO CLIENTS.
Your Reservation/Retainer Fee is Paid at the time of Booking and goes through Square with the preferred method of Credit or Debit Card. (Your card information is NOT stored.)
The Session Balance Can Be Paid by Cash, PayPal @DeannaRMiller, or
Each Session requires a Non-Refundable Reservation/Retainer Fee (varies depending on Session selected) that reserves the date and time agreed upon when booking appointment and provides that I, as your photographer will not make any other reservations at any other location whether indoors or on the beach, or accept any other clients for said date and time.
For regular Photo Sessions, your balance is due on the day of your Session and will be reduced by the required Non-Refundable Reservation/Retainer Fee.
(Example: $275 Session requires a $75 Non-Refundable Reservation Fee. The balance due on Session Day will be $200)
For Wedding Ceremonies, your balance is due 24 hours prior to ceremony.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA
DeannaRheaPhotography@Outlook.com 615-961-2455 If I Don't Answer, I Am Probably In The Middle Of A Session And Will Return Your Call As Quickly As Possible. Feel Free to Text Anytime or use Contact Me Form for Questions
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