Posts with tag: "Beach Photographer Gulf Shores"
Friday, August 31, 2018
By Andrea McDaniel Photography
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We started out doing a regular photo session, waiting patiently for the plane to arrive. Gabby had no idea, it was perfect.  Suddenly Collin told Gabby to turn around and surprise!  Many blessings to the happy couple!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Andrea McDaniel Photography
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I get asked all the time from brides-to-be what I think about a first look and my answer is always, yes do it.  It's not for everyone, of course. 


There are benefits of doing a first look and I wanted to list them.


1.  You get to enjoy a special moment.  You get to enjoy and savor that first moment of seeing one another on your wedding day without all your guests watching. You are able  to hug, kiss,cry,laugh,smile and not feel like you have to hold back. Having that instant reaction and tender moment documented is priceless. 


2.  Timing. Doing a First Look provides much more time for photos without being rushed. Immediately after the First Look, I typically photograph the bride and groom together for a little while. 


3.  Calming those nerves. Brides are definitely less nervous for the ceremony and the rest of the wedding day when they do a First Look. They are just as excited and anxious, as are the grooms, but less nervous since they have already had time with their soul mate before the ceremony.


Here is a first look we recently captured.  And if you haven't considered it for your wedding day I highly suggest giving it a thought. 


Wednesday, April 04, 2018
By Andrea McDaniel Photography
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It's almost summer, so lets meet at the beach!

Are you ready to preserve your vacation memories?  Now is to the time to get yourself on the calendar. 

Book Online Today

Booking online is simple.  Just select the package that works for your family, then select the date, fill out the required information and submit your retainer/session fee of $150.  The remaining balance will be due the day of your session.  You will receive text and email reminders before your session.  So easy. 


Are you ready to reserve your date?   Just click the Book Now button below.  I would love to meet your family at the beach this summer!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018
By Andrea McDaniel Photography
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Remembering the BP Oil Spill  of 2010

I know a lot of my readers come to my blog to read about the gorgeous beaches we have here on the gulf coast and to look at photos to get inspiration for their photo sessions.  But the wildfires in California reminded me of the BP oil spill we had in 2010 and how we went from a thriving tourist town to suddenly the worst nightmare on earth. Encase anyone doesn't remember, the BP oil spill happened because of a flawed well plan and then a horrible blow out.  An estimated 184 million gallons of oil spilled into the gulf.  Fisheries, wildlife and tourism were all affected.  It was the worst thing I had ever witnessed,  thick oily water and then black oil clumps washing up and covering our beautiful white beaches, there wasn't anything I could do but sit there and cry.  The emails and phone calls started pouring in, one cancellation after another.  Business was over before it had even become peak tourist season.  Almost 8 years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, the affects still linger.  Officials had released 1.8 million gallons of Corexit into the Gulf before the well was even sealed.  Cleanup crews walked our beaches in hazmat gear picking up the clumps that washed ashore.  Almost 8 years later people are suffering from migraines, anxiety, seizures, dizziness, neurological problems, depression and nerve damage.  Some clean-up crews wives experience missed periods, or even stopped having menstrual cycles all together which was linked to washing their husbands oil-drenched clothes.  But this post isn't supposed to be about the BP Oil spill of 2010.  This is about the California Wildfires. 



Wine Country Weddings are waiting for you!

I feel California's pain.  We didn't have to evacuate in horror due to sparking flames, horrible smoke, falling trees and raging fire.  Weddings in the Wine Country are big business, just like here at home. The seventeen fires that raged across the state of California burned at least 245,000 acres and forced thousands to evacuate from their homes in complete and utter fear for their lives.  It's estimated that about 9,800 structures were destroyed by the raging fires and that damages cost about $9.4 billion across the state.  But,

I'm here to tell you the wineries are open for business! 

Yes, that's correct.  the wine country is as beautiful as ever.  While the fires were a terribly, tragic disaster the damage to Napa Valley wine country was not widespread.

Take a look at these recent gorgeous photos provided to me. I mean, who on earth wouldn't want to get married overlooking the beautiful vineyards and have their reception at a stunning country estate? 

Samar Hattar at Blissful Event Planning is ready to help you plan your perfect day.  With 11 years of experience, Samar has produced amazing weddings for both US and international brides.  Visit her blog post about Beautiful Wine Country Weddings.  And if you want to, perhaps show some love on social media, you can follow her Instagram or Facebook page.

So if you have a friend planning a wedding in the California area, send them to Samar for all their wedding planning needs. 

And Samar, if our tourist and wedding industry made it through the horrible BP oil spill, I'm confident you guys will too!

Friday, February 16, 2018
By Andrea McDaniel Photography
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Not so Basic Invitations

If you recently got engaged, Congrats!


If you are like most brides, you have a Pinterest board full of wedding dresses, floral arrangements and details you absolutely adore.


Weddings invitations should be on the top of your list of must haves because they really do play a huge role for your big day.  Your wedding invitations are the first impression your guest will have on what they can expect from your wedding celebration.  You want your invitations to be you and to match your style and not to mention, the process of viewing and ordering should be simple as well.


Don't let choosing an invitation be stressful.  I'd like you to meet Basic Invite.

Invitation Sets

Basic Invite is an awesome site that has over 800 designs to choose from.  Each wedding invitation is conveniently part of a set, so you will find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even the matching thank you cards.

Almost Unlimited Color Selection

Once you have chosen your design, you can easily customize it by changing the color of each element on the card with over 180 different color options and instantly preview it online.

Custom Samples

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows clients the ability to order a printed sample of the invitations so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.  Kinda cool huh?

Want to make your invitations really stand out?  You can customize your invitations even further with over 40 different colors for your envelops.  They're all peel and seal so your envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.  No nasty licking involved.  Another way Basic Invite makes things easier for you is with their free address collection service which allows you to share a link to collect addresses from your guest for free envelope printing.  How convenient is that?



Portraits aren't the only thing you should keep from your wedding.  Think about years down the road when your kids or grandchildren  are looking through your keepsakes and they find your beautiful stationary from your wedding.  How amazing would it be for them to touch your invitations. 

Yes, I know, I'm getting very sentimental now.  I'm known to do that.  Perhaps that's why I do what I do. 

And let's not forget your Bridal Shower Invitations

Free Wedding Websites


Basic Invite provides a free wedding website with no restrictions.  Their wedding websites are completely customizable, just like their invitations and are mobile friendly and super easy to use.  You just upload all of your wedding details, along with images and a map with directions.


Keepsake Guest Books


Perfectly personalized guest books are a great addition to your wedding.  These customizable guest books have a ring hidden inside which allows them to lay perfectly flat for a classy look.  With sophisticated designed pages, this guest book is perfect for your guest to leave sweet words and well wishes.


As a family and wedding photographer it is extremely important for me to partner with companies that I can trust and resonate with.  When Basic Invite reached out to me, I was more than impressed by their passionate customer service and quick response to emails.  I spent numerous hours viewing their products and absolutely fell in love with the simplicity of the their site and their clean, stunning designs.  Not only can you find formal wedding invitations but you can find save the dates, engagement party invites, baby announcements and many more options on the site as well.  No matter what theme, I promise, you'll find it over at


If you've loved the samples you've seen here today or you're looking for more inspiration, why not show them some love on social media.