Sand Hippie Beach Photography, Destin Florida
$175.00 Beach Portrait Special

$175 Beach Portrait Photography Special  

No Hidden Fees!  

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No deposit required!!

The only information needed in order to book your session is your name, a location (So we can select a good spot that is close to you), and a cell phone number
​This package includes:
  • At least one hour with the photographer
  • copyright released DVD disc containing all of the edited images (of which there should be at least 200)
  • ​All editing and postproduction work
  • No limits on poses and outfit changes
  • A password-protected webpage

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Sand Hippie Beach Photography, Destin Florida

Unpredictable Northwest Florida winter weather

by Mark Benjamin on 02/21/20

 This is your friendly neighborhood hippie photographer, I thought I’d check in with you guys real quick. The weather for the last few days has been typical for this area in February, which is highly unpredictable. There are still plenty of beautiful Northwest Florida days for awesome beach portrait sessions. March is coming up, which is normally one of our more brutal weather months but don’t let that scare you off, even if you schedule in the weather will not cooperate the worst-case scenario would be that we would have to cancel our session which is one of the main reasons I do not require a deposit believe it or not I really do not lose that many bookings because of weather sometimes I have to reschedule to get a session in but we get it done. So if you have questions or would like to book a session you can call or text me at 850-307-2628 I look forward to hearing from remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there is only one Sand Hippie.

Eye exam, Winter Fine Art Photography inventory, Family Beach Portrait's

by Mark Benjamin on 01/25/20

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 found nothing 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 it 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 spend a lot of time this winter working on my fine art images and trying to add on to my inventory so if you have time to check them out at www. 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 call me 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 Sand Hippie.

Yes, the sun does set over the water in Destin in the wintertime!

by Mark Benjamin on 12/31/19

Hello this is the Sand Hippie again had an awesome time at my photo shoot yesterday evening with a wonderful little family from Oklahoma. They were a fun bunch and we had a great time. The weather was beautiful, the water was an amazing emerald green, and we had the most awesome sunset. Speaking of sunset in the winter time in Destin the sun actually does set over the water instead of behind the condos in the summer. That is one advantages of having your beach portraits done in the wintertime anyway give me a call at 850-307-2628 and set up your fun affordable family beach portrait photography session with the Sand Hippie. Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there’s only one Sand Hippie

Peace, Mark

Beautiful Northwest Florida beach weather

by Mark Benjamin on 12/30/19

Wow... What a beautiful day! I spent the morning working in my garden.  Now I’m getting ready for my session this evening. You know the usual charging batteries making sure my gear is all squared away. But before I leave I just wanted to drop a quick line to let everybody know that we do have relatively mild winters here on the panhandle of Florida (usually mild I might add) sometimes we do have a little bitter weather but for the most part not bad so come on down and schedule your family beach portrait’s. Give me a call at 850-307-2628 or text me at that same number and set up your session today. We would love to see you down here on our beautiful beaches enjoying yourself and memorializing your family vacation at the same Time. Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but there’s only one Sand hippie give me a call come on down enjoy yourself on our beautiful Northwest Florida beaches!

Peace, Mark

Yes we are open this Winter

by Mark Benjamin on 12/28/19

Hello! Sand Hippie here. I just wanted to drop a quick line to let everyone know I am still open in the winter with our $175 beach portrait special in effect. So call or text us at 850-307-2628 and schedule your family beach portrait session. I hope you all have a wonderful winter and I hope to hear from you soon! Remember there are many photographers in Destin Florida but only one Sand Hippie.

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Destin Florida 
Rebecca L.
Mark was great to work with and was very patient with my dogs! I would definitely recommend Juniper Lake Photography for your family photos at the beach!!

Erika B.
So glad that we chose Juniper Lake Photography! Marc was great to work with!!!
LK'S Closet
WE LOVED WORKING WITH MARK! AWESOME GUY!!! Cant wait to see all of our pictures!! Anyone that can get my 3 kids to look at the camera is pretty awesome!!
King Family 
We love our pictures that you took of our family during our recent vacation. We were so happy with your prices as well. Couldn't have asked for anything better. You were really great to work with and were great with our youn g kids. You reAlly tried to get our Kids to smile the whole time. Thanks for Really giving us some good memories! Great deal and great quality! Could not believe we had 300 pictures to choose from! Thanks sand hippy!
Saiful I
I don't want just anyone capturing the moments of family.. Mark is one of the best photographers that I have had the opportunity to work with. He goes above and beyond just "taking pictures." He truly does care about his clients. I would recommend him to anyone!!
Katie H
Affordable prices hi quality images I highly recommend JLP Photography
Kara S
I went to a friend's wedding in Florida and she used Juniper Lake Productions from Defuniak Springs. The photographer that she had was on the ball! He really had a keen eye for memorable moments. If I were getting married in Florida, I would definitely use this company. Not only do they have outstanding package pricing, but they take your wedding very seriously to make sure you have wonderful memories to look back on forever! My favorite picture that the photographer took was when the couple kissed on the beach. He made sure to get the sunset and water in the background, but they were the main focus in the picture! It was beautiful!
Excellent photographer, great prices, very good with kids and families. We loved JLP!!!

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Sand Hippie Beach Photography
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PO Box 220, Defuniak Springs, Florida 32435

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Shea T
Mark was absolutely amazing with our 2 1/12 year old!!! Not sure she's laughed that much or that hard EVER! ! Highly recommend Sand Hippy Beach Photography for special moments!!! Thanks so much!!! 
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I serve the entire Panhandle of Florida which includes: Destin Florida, Grayton Beach Florida, Miramar Beach Florida, Crystal Beach Florida, Pensacola Beach Florida, Panama City Beach Florida, Mexico Beach,Cape San Blas Florida, and all points between! 
I have no problems calling myself a cheap (affordable) my prices may be cheap but my work is tight!

 For a fun, affordable Beach Portrait photography session Give us a call!
Come hang out with the Sand Hippie!
You won't be disappointed
I look foward to hearing from you!
Peace, Mark Benjain, 
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M King
What can I say about this guy!! Mark is AWESOME!! He is very patient, accommodating and caught very beautiful pictures of my daughters wedding!! Hiring a photographer is always a nervous contract to get into, because events, moments and memories cannot be recaptured...But Mark is the best!! He captured every beautiful moment for my daughters wedding and we couldn't be happier with our photos! Not once have we said anything negative about them or him. Priceless!! I would hire him again in a heartbeat!! I recommend him to anyone who is looking for a photographer in the Destin FL area!! I also have to add that he is very down to earth and just all around good people. Thanks Mark!! We are looking forward to the rest of the wedding uploads.
Jennifer S
Mark - I just want to thank you so much for everything! I just went through our gallery and the photos are GORGEOUS! Thank you so very much for being so wonderful, easy to work with and accommodating our family. I know Stella was a little stinker, but somehow you would have never known it from the photos you have taken. We are forever grateful for the memories you have captured for us. I cannot wait to share them with family and friends. Thank you for sharing your talents and heart with us! 
Stacia H
Another awesome sunset picture session with Mark!!

Elaine J
I just wanted to drop a note to let you know that we were extremely happy with the photography you did for us of our wedding renewal and family beach photos.  We took one of the whole family that was taken on the beach and had it put on canvas. It is awesome!  Also, we have had some good laughs at the "jump" photo.  Lots of great pics for a very special trip!

Thank you so much.  I would highly recommend!
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Brock R
I highly recommend Mark to take your family beach photos. He made the whole experience fun and was with the kids!! He has great pricing, makes the process super easy and gives you all the pictures on a disk for one fee.
Genelle H
Sand Hippie Photography is the best. We have 3 children, two of which are toddlers. We were not sure how they would do, but Mark was patient and fun with them. We ended up with amazing family photos, in two different outfits with a one, two and thirteen year old!
Tonya M
Mark is amazing! He is so easy to work with!
He did our engagement, family, senior photos and now our wedding. On all of these shoots he was accommodating to whatever we needed. He has a simple way of capturing your families uniqueness. 

He is quick to respond back to you. He was prompt, professional and so sweet! We loved his laid back approach to all our photography needs! 

We will always use Mark for any of our photo needs! 

Thanks Sand Hippie
 Jacklin L
We had best time with Mark during our photo shoot. His laid-back hippie style approach was just what we needed. I never realized a photo shoot could be so much fun! We will definitely use Mark next year when we visit Destin. 
Carol V
Awesome photography with great prices! Mark is so good with small children Which created a relaxed atmosphere for everybody else. I highly recommend Sand Hippie Beach Photography to all my friends and family.
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