Sand Hippie Beach Photography
$175 Beach Portrait Photography Special  

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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
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The story behind the name, Sand Hippie Beach Photography

by Mark Benjamin on 05/13/15

The story of the name Sand Hippie


About 15 years ago I returned to my home turf, the Panhandle of Florida. Shortly after I arrived I started a new photography business named Juniper Lake Productions Photography. I really wanted to pursue my first love in photography which was landscape imagery. Anyway I had bills to pay so I resumed my beach portrait business under that same name.

Whenever a client would ask me to describe myself, so they could find me at the location of our photo shoot, I would tell them I look like a beach hippie with a camera because I am a beach hippie with a camera. For some reason they absolutely no problems finding me. About 10 years ago while crawling around in the sand photographing small children one of my clients said; you're just a regular sand hippie! For some reason the term sand hippie really appealed to me. Probably it's because I am a hippie and I love the sand so the two words worked really well for me. Initially I really did not do a whole lot about rebranding my beach portrait business I had the look and the attitude but not the name, except to refer to myself to my clients as the Sand Hippie. For the most part their reaction was very positive; in fact several of them suggested that I change the name of my business to Sand Hippie Photography. Finally after years of urging by my clients I named the beach portrait division of my company Sand Hippie Beach Photography. This technically is the beach portrait division of Juniper Lake Productions Photography.

So anyway that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Peace, The Sand Hippie

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,

Sand Hippie

Full-service Destin Florida Beach Portrait Photographer covering the entire Panhandle of Florida

by Mark Benjamin on 12/28/14

Although I am based out of Destin Florida I do cover the entire Panhandle of Florida. From  Orange Beach Alabama, Cape San Blas Florida. And all points between!Which includes; Pensacola Beach Florida, Navarre beach Florida, Fort Walton Beach Florida, Destin Florida, Miramar Beach Florida, Crystal Beach Florida, Grayton Beach Florida, Seagrove Beach Florida, Inlet Beach Florida, and Panama City Beach Florida. So if you are planning to spend your vacation on our beautiful beaches give us a call! We would love to capture timeless, professional portraits so you can remember the time you spent with us for years to come! 

 beach portrait photography by the Sand Hippie, Mark Benjamin

Fun Affordable Beach Portraits by Professional Destin Florida Beach Photographer

by Mark Benjamin on 11/25/14

We are up and running for the winter photography season book your holiday sessions now our $175 beach portrait special will be in effect until the end of this year. Call or text us at 850-307-2628 two discuss our wedding packages. We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Beach Portrait Photography Destin Florida

by Mark Benjamin on 11/11/14

Well this season is winding down. This is been without a doubt the busy season I've ever had which is awesomely awesome. I am pleased to announce that there will be no price increases next year. I will hold my fees steady at $175. As I mentioned before I had a really busy season covering a lot of territory from Orange Beach Alabama to Cape San Blas Florida. We will be booking beach portrait session this winter. Just call or text us at 850-307-2628 or just Google Sand Hippie Beach Photography. I look forward to hearing from you, have an awesome winter hope to see again this spring!

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Destin Florida -Panama City Beach Florida - Pensacola Beach 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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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 am a Destin photographer, however I do 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! 

There are many photographers in Destin Florida you can choose from. For a fun, affordable Beach Portrait photography session Give us a call!
Come hang out with the Sand Hippie A local Destin photographer!
You won't be disappointed
I look foward to hearing from you!
Peace, Mark Benjain, Beach Family Photography in Destin Florida
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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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