We are a husband and wife, Wedding and Portrait Photography Team, serving clients throughout the greater Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and South Walton area of the Florida panhandle.
The earliest memories I have of photography go back to when I was a child watching my father shoot, then following him into the darkroom where the magic of photography happened. I was always in awe when I saw photographs come to life under the enlarger and see them magically appear in the development bath… I loved seeing images appearing in the tray. The whole process didn’t really come together for me until I picked up a camera in the early 80’s, once I started to shoot and create images I knew I was hooked. The first camera I ever used was one of my Dads, a Nikon F, a completely manual film camera with a light meter added to the view finder. I shot black and white film, learned how to process and develop my own images; and continued doing this through high school shooting for the yearbook.
After high school I rarely picked up a camera. Over the next 20 years I took a few pictures here and there but only got back into it in 2005 when I purchased my first digital camera, a Nikon D70. The digital age was an adjustment for me, not the shooting part, learning post processing and lack of the darkroom experience took some getting used to. Seeing what I shot instantly seemed strange at first but I soon embraced it and regained my drive to become better at my craft. In 2007 I started learning the business of photography and decided I wanted to be a professional… life as well as business have had their ups and downs but I still love the art of photography.
“To me photography is not just my business; it is and always has been, my vision, my passion and my dream.” ~John
My wife is more than just my partner in business, she is the second shooter, and handles the business side of J Cragin Photography. She is also the owner of Etheria Day Spa in Fort Walton Beach… Which offers the ultimate in beauty and relaxation for your upcoming event.
We take on a limited number of weddings per year in order to give our clients the attention that they deserve, and would love to hear more about your wedding to see if we are a good fit for each other!