Sand Hippie Galleries: Blog https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog en-us Mark Benjamin (Sand Hippie Galleries) Sun, 25 Apr 2021 15:40:00 GMT Sun, 25 Apr 2021 15:40:00 GMT https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/img/s/v-12/u966625708-o710631077-50.jpg Sand Hippie Galleries: Blog https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog 96 120 Destin Beach Portrait Photographer https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2021/4/destin-beach-portrait-photographer Okay! Well, it’s just about that time to get started again for the 2021 season. I hope this year finds everyone in good health and happy. Ordinarily, I would be starting my season in February; however, I just wanted to wait until I received my final vaccination before I hit the beach! Which will be April 29, and I will officially start my season on May 1. In the meantime, I will be working on losing a  little of that quarantine fat that I have accumulated. I feel that it is essential as a beach portrait photographer in Destin, Florida, to work in the deep sand without wheezing, LOL. So anyway, I’m looking forward to this season’s adventures. I will be continuing my $175 beach portrait photography special. This special includes everything. There are no hidden charges, and I do not require a deposit. Also included will be a copyright-released disc with all the edited beach portraits and a password-protected webpage. Remember, there are many photographers in Destin, Florida. There is one Sand Hippie.

 

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Photographer in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2021/2/photographer-in-destin-florida I'm back! Looking forward to an awesome 2021 season be sure to book your sessions early they're going fast. Can't wait to get back in action again it seems like it's been forever. I look forward to seeing some old friends and making new ones as well. Call or text me at 850-307-2628 or email me at gtobradley@gmail.com.
Sand hippie Beach PhotographySand hippie Beach PhotographyAvailable for beach portrait sessions 365 days a year. Destin Florida photographer with many decades experience. Check out our specials! See y'all in the beach

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Eye exam, Winter Schedule, Fun Affordable Family Beach Portrait Session https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2020/1/eye-exam-winter-schedule-fun-affordable-family-beach-portrait-session Hello this is Mark your hippie photographer, I just wanted to touch base with you I know it’s been a little while since I’ve last made any entries into my blog. Anyway the other day I had an eye appointment a couple days ago, because I was having some issues with my non-camera eye so I had a complete eye exam to my relief they really didn’t find anything wrong. I had some floaters and it was told there’s not a lot they can do about that. One interesting thing they noticed was the optic nerve in my camera eye was much larger than the optic nerve in my non-camera eye. I thought that was interesting I don’t think they really know how that happens is probably of some sort of birth defect but I like to think it’s because I’ve been using that camera eye of mine since I was a little kid maybe the overuse of my right eye caused my optic nerve to get larger LOL. Another thing I wanted to bring up was the fact that my winter schedule is light as usual so I will be spending a lot of time this winter working on my fine art images and trying to add on to my inventory so if you get a chance check them out at www.sandhippiegalleries.com and remember if you’re planning a family beach vacation here in the Destin Florida area or anywhere in the Panhandle and you’re looking for some fun affordable family beach portrait’s be sure to give me a call at 850-307-2628 you can call or text me at that number. Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there’s only one beach hippie one Sand Hippie

 

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Clothing Tips for Beach Portraits https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/12/clothing-tips-for-beach-portraits What should we wear? That is the one question I hear most often. First of all let's start with what to avoid such as stripes, plaids, T-shirts with logos, and bold patterns. This particular type of clothing will draw the viewer's attention away from the true subject of the image, which are the faces and the beach itself. Instead, you should choose neutral colors such as khaki, white, and off-white. Try very hard to avoid more trendy styles. I have found that keeping it simple is the better clothing choice. Also, I have found that trends have a tendency to pass away after time, which detracts from the timeless nature of the image itself. Try to choose clothing that fits nicely. Loose clothing has a tendency to fold and crease in the wind. You should also try coordinating the style of clothing as well. Have everyone dress in a similar style. In other words, keep it beach casual which means pastels, coral works really well on our beaches. You can go with the khaki pants and the white shirts if you like personally I think that’s been done to death but if that works for you it works for me. Last but not least if you plan on spending time on the beach before your photoshoot please remember to use plenty of sunscreen. Especially on your face that way we can avoid the reverse raccoon eyes!Oh yes one other thing we changed our other webpage around a little bit so check us out at www.sandhippie.com

 

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Occasionally over the years, clients have expressed concerns about typical weather conditions on the beach, and are disappointed that the photoshoot was not conducted under studio conditions. The first thing to understand about beach portraiture is that it is not conducted in the studio, and Mother Nature is the boss! As a photographer, she has a direct effect on the very approach I’m going to take towards a family beach portrait session, and she loves to throw me core balls on a daily basis, and as a beach portrait photographer, I need to be able to deal with this. Don’t think I’m complaining, in fact, this is what I love most about family beach portrait photography in Destin Florida. I never get bored, and I get a different studio just about every day. One thing I have learned about beach portrait photography is that you have to construct the photoshoot around the weather conditions, don’t fight it that just leads to tons of frustration. Just go with it, these images are being captured to memorialize this particular time and place with friends and family in which weather conditions are a big part of the composition of the portrait. Remember these images are to be handed down through the generations and I feel that the weather conditions should play a big part in the memories of that particular day in your life story. So when families and friends gather on the beach for a beach portrait session keep in mind that this can be an adventure and in fact a lot of fun! Keep in mind there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there’s only one Sand Hippie.

 

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Landscape photography by Mark Benjamin, photographer in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/9/landscape-photography-by-mark-benjamin-photographer-in-destin-florida Hello! It’s Mark Benjamin from Sand Hippie Beach Photography again! I just wanted to drop a quick line to let you know that not only do I do family beach portrait photography in Destin Florida on the beach. I also have a large inventory of fine art and landscape photos available for sale at www.sandhippiegalleries.com. So feel free to browse around my galleries take your time and if you see something you like you can purchase the image right through my webpage. Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there’s only one Sand Hippie. So give us a call or drop us a line at 850-307-2628 and book your fun affordable beach portrait session today!

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Beach Portrait Photographers in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/9/beach-portrait-photographers-in-destin-florida Hello! I know it’s been a while since you have last heard from me I have had a very busy summer thank goodness. Being a Destin Florida beach portrait photographer it’s really hard to catch your breath until after Labor Day. Anyway, what I wanted to talk about was family beach portrait’s this winter. I am from this area, therefore, I live here year-round. So for those you who would like to visit our beautiful beaches in the winter and would like to have your moments captured by a photographer in Destin Florida, give me a call at 850-307-2628 or email me at gtobradley@Gmail.com for your family beach portrait session. I look forward to hearing from you! Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there’s only one Sand Hippie.

 

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Photographer in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/7/photographer-in-destin-florida Hello!

I trust everyone is having an awesome summer. The couple quick reminders it is been hot is a blast down here in Destin make sure you hydrate well, in other words, drink plenty of water, and stay in the shade. Due to road construction, the traffic in Destin this summer has been most horrible. So make sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to where you’re going. Especially if you are on your way to a family beach portrait session by Sand Hippie Beach Photography. I want everyone to arrive safe and stress-free. Be sure to book your sessions as far in advance as you can. My calendar is filling up fast! Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there is only one Sand hippie. I look forward to hearing from y’all, be sure to drop me a line or give me a call at 850-307-2628 to book your fun, affordable family beach portrait session by The Sand Hippie a photographer in Destin Florida.

 

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photography by the Sand Hippie, Photographer in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/6/photography-by-the-sand-hippie-photographer-in-destin-florida Sand Hippie here, just wanted to drop a quick reminder for those of you who are planning a family vacation to our beautiful Northwest Florida beaches, be sure to book a family beach portrait session with the Sand Hippie. So give us a call to have your Destin Florida vacation memories photographed and saved forever, and have a good time doing it! Sessions are going fast so be sure to give us a call or text is at 850-307-2628 remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there’s only one Sand Hippie.

 

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Fun affordable family beach portrait photography by a, Destin Florida Photographer https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/6/fun-affordable-family-beach-portrait-photography-by-a-destin-florida-photographer Hello, this is Mark with Sand hippie Beach Photography I just wanted to drop a quick line to let everyone know that we will be offering our sunglass sessions again for the 2019 Destin beach portrait season. I will be offering these family photography sessions at a 20% discount from our normal price, so if you’re planning a family vacation to the Destin Florida area and are interested in some family beach portraits by a photographer in Destin Florida give us a call or text is at 850-307-2628. Remember there are many beach photographers in Destin Florida fun affordable family beach portraits call the sand hippie

 

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Fun affordable family beach portrait photography by A Destin Florida Beach Photographer https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/5/fun-affordable-family-beach-portrait-photography-by-a-destin-florida-beach-photographer One thing I like to challenge y’all to do when you visit our beaches, find a quiet spot (and they are out there you just have to look) turn off the radio put away the books and the fishing poles, kick back and enjoy the serenity of our beaches listen to the rhythm of the waves, and the call of the seabirds. You would be surprised by the thoughts and ideas that come to you during this time. I have answered so many complex life questions just walking down the beach! I know that the beaches of Destin Florida contain a lot of attractions which I have to admit our blast. There comes a time when you just need a little piece quiet in serenity in your life and that’s what vacations are all about. So just take a minute, sit in the sand and enjoy what so many of us take for granted. I should I’m sure that you have noticed that at sundown there are many photographers in Destin Florida. Just remember there’s only one Sand hippie. I am from here I grew up here in the Destin Florida area and have worked as a Destin Florida beach photographer for many years, and I am never leaving. Remember to book your family beach portrait photography session now. They are going fast. So just call or text us at Sand Hippie Beach Photography at 850-307-2628 or email us at gtobradley@Gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Peace, Sand Hippie

Beach Photographer in Destin Florida

 

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Family beach portrait photography by the Sand Hippie, Photographer in Destin Florida, https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2019/5/family-beach-portrait-photography-by-the-sand-hippie-photographer-in-destin-florida Wow! Memorial Day weekend just snuck up on me. LOL, that’s cool as a Destin Florida beach photographer I’m ready to get my session on anyway. What I like to talk about is, once again I will be offering my $140 sunglass sessions these sessions will be held approximately two hours before sunset the lighting conditions are less than ideal in that is very very bright at that time down on our Northwest Florida beaches hence the name sunglass session. That is why I offer these sessions at a 20% discount for $140. My regular fees this year for my beach portrait photography will be at the same rate they have been for years $175 this one price includes everything there are no hidden charges and I do not require a deposit. So be sure to book your family Beach photography session now they are going fast for both types of photo shoots. Remember there are many beach photographers in Destin Florida but For fun, affordable family beach portrait's there’s only one Sand hippie.

 

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Family Beach Portrait Photography-Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/12/family-beach-portrait-photography-destin-florida First of all seasons greetings from Destin Florida. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, and Happy Hanukkah! I hope your holiday season is peaceful, and full of awesomely cool times with friends and family.  From all of us science geeks out there, Happy Birthday to Sir Isaac Newton!
 

One thing I'd like to mention real quick is our Christmas family beach portrait sessions are starting to fill, so give us a call or drop us a line at 850-307-2628 you will not be disappointed.
 

Our $175 beach portrait special is still in effect and will be until the spring of 2019. This special includes at least one hour of photography time, a copyright released DVD disc containing all of the edited photos, all editing, and post-production work, no limits on poses for outfit changes, and a password-protected web page where I will post your family beach pictures as I edit them.
 

We all know how what a stressful time Christmas can be. But there's no better way than to work out the stress lines than a laid-back day on the beach. Even better than that, how about a fun, affordable family beach portrait session with the Sand hippie, a local photographer in Destin Florida. Destin Beach photography can be quite tricky at this time a year so it's good to trust in a local Destin photographer who is familiar with the changing conditions on our beaches.
 

Along with beach portrait photography, I also do beach wedding photography, Mini beach photography sessions, Engagement photography, And family reunions. I also work with both natural light and flash photography.
 

Although our low $175 winter family beach portrait session is a cheap photography price. However, I am not a cheap photographer in my approach to beach portrait photography, in that I put a lot of time and attention into the small details of every beach portrait, along with the overall big picture issues that are so important in the making of an awesome beach portrait photograph. Anyway, I could go on all day about that. Y' all have an awesome holiday season and I look forward to hearing from you!
 

Peace, Mark

 

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$175 Winter Beach Portrait SpecialFor Destin Florida and surrounding area! https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/12/-175-winter-beach-portrait-specialfor-destin-florida-and-surrounding-area To all of our friends from up north, the land of the ice and snow, I am pleased to announce we will be extending our $175 beach portrait special through the winter of 2018-2019. Give us a call or text is at 850-307-2628 I'll be glad to set you up with a beach portrait session in Destin Florida or surrounding areas. Check out our galleries see what you think and give us a call looking forward to hearing from you!
 

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Beach Photographers in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/6/beach-photographers-in-destin-florida   I am pleased to announce we have a new special I call it the Sunglass Session Special. This particular session will not be a sunset session and I will only use them when my sunset sessions are booked up for that particular day. Needless to say the lighting for the sessions will be less than ideal as a photographer I can work with bad lighting however there is a squint factor involved with people who have photosensitive eyes, hence the name "Sunglass Session" . I will be offering the sessions at a 20% discount. Which would bring the total price to $140 again there are no hidden charges and I do not require a deposit one price covers all. Remember there are many beach photographers in Destin Florida but there is only one Sand Hippie. So give us a call or text is at 850-307-2628 let us set you up with a sunglass session.

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Photographers in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/5/photographers-in-destin-florida Greetings again from Destin Florida smack dab in the middle of Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast. Just a quick reminder to let y'all know my $175 special is still in effect give us a call or drop us a line at 850-307-2628 remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there's one Sand Hippie. Give us a call!

 

 

 

 

 

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Early-Season Photo Shoots Photographers in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/3/early-season-photo-shoots-photographers-in-destin-florida The weather's getting warmer our beaches are becoming more enticing each day. For those of you who are taking it an early vacation this year or just down for a weekend, don't forget to book your beach portrait session. Our $175 fee covers everything there are no hidden charges and I do not require a deposit. So call or text us at 850-307-2628 and book your session now!

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For those of you who hear the beach is calling come on down and why you're here be sure to book you a beach portrait session and memorialize forever your families trip to beautiful Northwest Florida! Our our $175 special is in effect this includes everything no hidden charges also I do not require a deposit. So call or text us at 850-307-2628 or drop me a line at gtobradley@gmail.com.

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What should we wear?!! That question is easily answered by this one statement, keep it simple!First of all let's start with what not to wear such as stripes, plaids, T-shirts with logos, and bold patterns. This particular type of clothing detract from the composition and should be avoided at all costs. Instead you should choose neutral colors such as khaki, white, and off-white, and of course all pastels. Try very hard to avoid the more trendy styles. I have found that some trends seem to fade more quickly than others, which detracts from the timeless nature of the image itself. Try to choose clothing that fits nicely. Loose clothing has a tendency to fold and crease in the wind. You should also try coordinating the style of clothing as well. Have everyone dress in a similar style. In other words keep it beach casual. Last but not least if you plan on spending time on the beach before your photo shoot please remember to use plenty of sunscreen. Especially on your face that way we can avoid the reverse raccoon eyes!

Peace, Mark

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Beach photographers in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/2/beach-photographers-in-destin-florida Wow! What a crazy world we live in. Things have really gotten topsy-turvy in this country both politically, and socially.
It's time to login some beach time! Put all that nonsense behind you, get all your stuff together, load the kids in the car and come on down to our beautiful Northwest Florida beaches! Whether it's just a long weekend, a day trip or full-fledged vacation I promise it will be just what the doctor ordered.
Nothing eases stress like a little beach time so come on down. It sure gets the job done for me! There's no way I could survive without having a beach close by. 

While here make sure you have some awesome beach portrait's to kick back and enjoy with your family and friends when you get back home. Check out our $175 beach portrait special. This price includes everything there are no hidden charges and I don't require a deposit. So give us a call or drop us a line at 850-307-2628 would love to hear from you! Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there is only one Sand Hippie.

 

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Family Beach portrait photographers in Destin Florida https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/2/family-beach-portrait-photographers-in-destin-florida Greetings from the Sand hippie!
Wow, I can't believe it's already February next thing you know it's going to be March things are starting to warm up It's almost time to get all that beach gear out of storage and ready to go. I know I'm ready.  I just wanted to remind y'all that we are still offering our beach portrait sessions in Destin Florida and surrounding area at $175 this price includes everything no hidden charges so just drop us a line or give us a call at 850-307-2628 
Peace, Mark

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Sand Hippie Galleries https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2018/1/sand-hippie-galleries UncertaintyUncertaintyFine art photography by the Sand hippie Mark Benjamin, Sand Hippie Galleries

 

This picture I titled Lurking Disaster. The reason for this ominous title is, I took this series of photos included into this composite at the beautiful Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida in 2010 right after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. If you look at the photo closely you'll see little black spots those were actually pictures of tarballs. Needless to say, when I put this image together I was in a very dark and pissed off mood.  This was right after Hayward the former CEO of British Petroleum was whining and pissing and moaning on the air about how he wanted his life back, oh boo freaking who. What a damn baby. Multi-billionaire wants his life back. Go buy you one dumb ass! I see I am going off on a tangent again I need to come back to the image, fortunately, our beautiful Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida was not impacted heavily by the oil spill. Nevertheless, as a consequence of the negative press, I almost went out of business hence the name "Lurking Disaster"! I have many other fine art photography prints available for sale along with my landscape photography galleries please feel free to hang out with us and shop in our galleries got some really cool stuff there! Oh yes, you happen to be visiting our beautiful beaches in the Destin, Pensacola Beach, and Panama City area of Florida check out our awesome beach portrait package.
Peace, Mark

 

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Fine art and landscape photography by the Sand Hippie https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2017/12/fine-art-and-landscape-photography-by-the-sand-hippie Hello this is Mark Benjamin from Sand Hippie Galleries I know it's been a while since I've posted anything my apologies. Anyway what I want to do is I want to promote my landscape and fine art photography. I have many many awesome pictures available-for-sale at affordable prices! So check out our galleries. I spent a lot of time traveling and capturing landscape images over the years I would love to share that with you. So just go into my landscape galleries I have several of them and look around you can buy your prints right there on line and have them shipped to you. You can also order canvas wraps and mounted images. All at affordable pricing. So come on in and check us out!
Peace, Mark

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Christmas beach portraits by the sand hippie https://www.sandhippiegalleries.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-beach-portraits-by-the-sand-hippie If you are visiting our beautiful Northwest Florida beaches, be sure to have your Christmas portraits captured by the sand hippie. The price is $175 this includes everything, no hidden charges, and I do not require a deposit. Christmas props are more than welcome so bring all you like! No limit on poses for costume changes. So give us a call at 850-307-2628 and set up your appointment now, you won't regret it! At Sand Hippie Beach Photography we feel that the holiday season is for everyone, which includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Sir Isaac Newton's birthday, and everyone else. So please don't leave our beautiful beaches without having your memories captured by a professional Destin photographer. We wish all of you peace and prosperity for the upcoming year!

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Photographers in Destin Florida on the Beach

by Mark Benjamin on 01/27/15

 In the summer of 1982 I was still in the U.S. Navy. Although by then, I had been a shutterbug for quite some time and even had a few events such as weddings and reunions under my belt.  The concept of beach portraiture had never quite crossed my mind. Until one day when some of my shipmates (I was stationed on the USS Lexington in Pensacola Florida at the time ) approached me about photographing their families on the beach during our next shore period. They promised to pay for my film and buy me a bunch of beer. Based on that (especially because of the beer thing) I consider that to be my first professional beach portrait session. The location we chose for this session was Fort Pickens in Pensacola Beach. We all showed up at Fort Pickens about 2 1/2 hours before sunset to give us plenty of time considering this was my first ever beach portrait session. Everything just seemed to fall into place I felt right at home. Maybe it's because I grew up on these beaches, or maybe it's just because I am a natural born beach hippie. Who knows? Anyway the beer started flowing and next thing I know I was having a blast. The pictures came out awesome! I did not have a darkroom at the time so I sent the film to a photo lab that was recommended to me by another photographer. The pictures came out awesome in fact I regret very much losing the negatives from the photo shoot. Oh well! Like they say (whoever they are) “you never forget your first time”!

Peace and Hair Grease,

Mark

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