Best Gulf Shores Family Beach Photographers

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So you’re making vacation memories and having a great week in Gulf Shores, but over time will those memories fade? We hope not.

Sure you have your phone and maybe you even brought a DSLR or GoPro, but there’s still that difference between the novice and the professional at capturing those moments with your family. Plus, when you’re the one behind the camera you’re not in them.

You shouldn’t have to worry about making sure you captured some good photos from your vacation. 

Hiring a local professional photographer that specializes in beach photography can eliminate the stress of getting those perfect sunset shots, and will make sure everyone looks natural too.

Gulf Shores has a handful of photographers that will do just that. Check them out below and visit their websites for the most current pricing, packages, and availability.

Here are my top photographers in the Gulf Shores area.


Anna Cirlot
In her own words, “Anna Cirlot offers beach photography to happy families who are vacationing and want to remember happy days on the beach.”

And when you look at her website it just makes you, well, happy. She does a fantastic job of capturing families large and small enjoying their vacation on the beach.

We’ve had families that have stayed at our property use her and they were blown away by the photos she delivered.

Anywhere in the gulf coast area, Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan, or Gulf Shores, Anna Cirlot is a great option for family photos you’ll cherish forever.

Check out her website to get a feel for her style of photography. She tends to capture a lot of emotion in her shots and does an amazing job of capturing the ocean and sky of the gulf coast as well in that golden hour time frame.

Her sessions typically last up to an hour. All the details about what she offers for families vacationing on the gulf coast can be found here. Make sure and fill out her form to get the booking process started.


Anna Laura Caldwell
Another Anna. Her style is simple, clean, and timeless. 

She leans towards whites, and neutrals, and brings a natural look to photos.

Her passion is capturing memories of families that they will treasure forever.

Anna will take photos in Daphne, Alabama, and the gulf coast.

Her photo sessions typically are one hour, but more information can be found on her website. For full pricing, it’s best to contact her through her website by filling out her contact form with your details.


Sun Shots
Maggie and Ryan Carver have been serving the Gulf Coast area by taking family beach portraits for over 20 years!

So they know a lot about the best spots to take photos around Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Perdido Key.

They offer professional sunrise or sunset family beach portrait sessions and are by appointment only.

One customer of theirs wrote, “Maggie and Ryan make a great team. They not only had my children laughing, but they had them belly laughing. My kids had a blast. Maggie and Ryan are masters at what they do. I think from now on we can only vacation in Gulf Shores or at least near it because I want Sun Shots to take my family’s pictures every year from now on. WOW, what an awesome experience, and on top of all that I don’t have enough space in my house to display all the beautiful pictures they took, honestly!”

They do an hour-long session with no hidden costs. Check out their website for the most current pricing packages here.


Beach Shutters Photography
Cynthia and Trey are Beach Shutters. They are a husband and wife photography team based on the coast of Alabama. 

They specialize in beach portraits in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Fort Morgan.

Their digital photos are high-quality, enhanced, and heavily edited to ensure they deliver the perfect family beach memories from your vacation. 

They deliver jaw-dropping, magazine/Instagram-level images as you can see on their website.

Their sessions are 30, 45, or 60 minutes depending on the size of your family/group.

You can check out all the details on their packages and pricing here. As well as get an idea of what to expect before, during, and after the photo session.

If you’re looking for professionals who have been at it a while and know how to capture a family making unforgettable memories on the Gulf Coast, look no further.


Beach Life Photography
Tyla and Trey are Beach Life Photography.

They are available to shoot photos in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, and Perdido Key.

Tyla and Trey create art, that captures the “now moments” of your family during your vacation in Gulf Shores that will last forever.

They also describe their approach as getting the real and raw moments.

Beach Life Photography is a seasoned team with more than 10 years of experience capturing family memories along the gulf coast.

Depending on the size of your family there is a range of photo session options. All of the information can be found here.


Angela Mott
Angela and Demond Mott are a husband and wife-team.

Their style is classic using natural light. They’ll do the traditional poses but also get some candid shots as well.

As you can tell from their portfolio, beach photos are their jam. And they’ve been at this for over 10 years.

With their experience, they know how to handle large groups as well as young kiddos. Their goal is to make the photo session fun for everyone and painless.

From recommending bringing snacks and beverages for the kids to giving suggestions on how to do your hair (if it’s long), to how they edit photos, and what kind of props you could bring, they are extremely thorough on their website so that you are prepared and end up with fantastic photos of your family. You can just tell that their desire is for you to know all you need to know before the shoot.

They typically photograph in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Perdido Key, and Fort Morgan. But they are willing to travel as well if you’re a little outside of this area on your vacation.

There are different beach package options that they offer. Check out their package, pricing, and session information here.


Scottie Mae Photography
Meet Macy, owner and lead photographer of Scottie Mae.

She loves chasing sunsets and capturing simple family moments together as a beach photographer. She personally knows the true value of capturing family photography as she’s experienced it herself as she writes on her “about” page.

If you’re interested in working with Macy the best way to get started is by filling out her form on her contact page here. From there you can let her know what you’re looking for as far as capturing your family vacation on the gulf coast.

You can just tell she knows her stuff and will take care of all the little details no matter how good or not-so-good of a day your family has had (it happens). Macy’s even put together a fantastic free guide to help you get your family ready for your photo session.


Jon Hauge
If you’re looking for someone that really knows how to use light to make photos look amazing this is your photographer. Just check out his work here.

Jon is willing to photograph your family in many different towns including Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, Robertsdale, Fort Morgan, Perdido Key, Dauphin Island, Fairhope, and the surrounding Mobile, Alabama area. Pensacola, Florida, and other cities along the Florida Panhandle including Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, and Destin are also within his coverage area.

No matter what the conditions end up being like outside for your photoshoot he’s ready. He uses studio lights, so he’s not as dependent on natural light. So he can shoot well past sunset when the summer temperatures are not as hot and the sun isn’t blinding.

If you’re looking for some unique photos for your family while still capturing the beautiful details of the gulf coast check out Jon Hauge.

For the latest information on photo packages, get all the details here.


Tony Thagard
Tony serves the Gulf Coast of Alabama & Florida. His primary coverage area includes Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Pensacola. He also routinely serves Destin, Florida (including 30A) and Mobile, Alabama.

His family beach photography is beautiful capturing the moments, the expressions, and the landscape of the gulf coast.

You can get a feel for his beach portrait work here.

He has different packages available depending on what you need for your family.


We know it’s challenging getting all of the family together sometimes or even just getting a vacation on the calendar with all that goes on in the day-to-day. We want to help provide ways to make your vacation even better.

Knowing you’ve got some spectacular photos of your family from your vacation is one more way we feel like we can help do that. 

We know it’s also not for everybody, but if you’re a family that enjoys looking back at beautiful photos of your family from the memories you’ve created on vacation consider adding a photographer to the mix on your next vacation.