rosemary beach photo safari

Highway 30-A is a little stretch of scenic road in South Walton County between Destin and Panama City Beach, Florida. Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach are among the iconic neighborhoods that make up Hwy 30-A. We have been staying in this area for years and rarely vacation anywhere else. We spent last week in Seacrest Beach which neighbors my favorite of the 30-A landmarks, Rosemary Beach. It was just a short walk from our condo to the town square, so on our last night Allen and I headed over to snap a few photos before sunset. There are a lot of random photos in this post, but these were a few of my favorites as we strolled through town.

I am teaching Allen how to master my cameras so that I am not the only one who has to take photos in our daily life. He used my backup Canon 50d to practice and get comfortable controlling the camera manually. A few of the photos in this post (like the dinner table above and the porch/water shot below) are his. He is getting pretty darned good, and I am really excited to see him take an interest in learning!

One of my favorite things about Rosemary Beach is the individuality of the homes. They all have such unique characteristics while maintaining a uniformity which completes the neighborhood. We ended up with a lot of photos of the porches and garages, and I had a hard time narrowing them down. (This next one is another of Allen’s shots.)

Even though we were together, I was really doing my own thing and wasn’t paying attention to what Allen was shooting. When I looked back through our combined images there were a lot of pictures of me shooting! It’s kind of a fun thing since I never really get to see that side of my photography, but I totally busted Allen taking this one.

This spiral staircase is one of my favorite spots in Rosemary Beach.

A few random details…

His perspective…

…and mine.

I couldn’t let us leave without a self-portrait. Allen LOVES when we do these (not!). This is me testing the light and getting everything set up for the shot below it.  By the way… I promise I don’t always look this awesome! — We had been out on the beach all day and not realizing I might be in a few photos, I figured I would just shower when we got back. Lesson learned.


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Steve Love these photos! I want to go to there :o)May 27, 2010 – 10:20 pm

Tina So cute! It’s always fun seeing “behind the scenes” shots:)May 19, 2010 – 6:34 pm

Heather Love me some 30A and Rosemary is gorgeous! My favortie place within walking distance though is the little coffee shop in Alys Beach. We used to have a house in Seacrest and I miss the coffee shop most. Great pics!!May 19, 2010 – 5:14 pm

Will Super Smooth Peeps = Super Smooth Photography :) Snapalicious Photos!May 19, 2010 – 11:50 am

Allen Ha! You must have done a lot of work on that table shot. I don’t remember it looking that good :) Great post until the two greasy slob pics at the bottom :) That was a lot of fun, can’t wait to do again. If I could just remember that magic appature setting you put on the camera for me that day????May 19, 2010 – 11:05 am

Coe It’s so nice to get a little taste of “Pair” with this blog. Love “seeing” how you view your art!! Great work A&A!!!May 19, 2010 – 8:14 am

Wynter I love this post, Amanda! So much fun! I have got to visit this place. It is so beautiful and your photos are perfect! :)May 19, 2010 – 7:39 am

Ravyn Love these photos! I want to go to there :o)May 18, 2010 – 9:19 pm

jennrob by the way, i really like the post comment box flashing while it’s loading my post. it politely tells me “i’m still working for you, don’t push my button again!” and that makes me smile. i have a slow computer and i get button-happy when it doesn’t work quick enough for muwah!May 18, 2010 – 9:03 pm

jennrob oh wow. i want to move there and rotate houses each week! i’m impressed with allen. he was doing so good at jill’s wedding too. love the house w/ the 2 green pots. great pics. makes me want to visit.May 18, 2010 – 9:00 pm

Melissa I am commenting then going back to look at the rest! The table is my fav so far and I am so proud of Allen for taking it.
I hope you can teach me to be that good!May 18, 2010 – 6:59 pm

Byron These are awesome! Love the spiral staircase and the Super Hero shot of Allen. Seeing both perspectives is very nice!!!May 18, 2010 – 4:04 pm

kristen LOVE the safari. Allen’s pictures are great – my favorite is the table shot. This post has me craving (even more) that little section of 30A, it’s been far too long.May 18, 2010 – 3:33 pm