Gulf Shores, AL--Sometimes fate hands you a better deal than you could have engineered yourself. That's what happened five years ago when we decided to follow our dream of moving to the Alabama Gulf Coast. We sold our business in Monticello, AR and moved to the coast, after coming here on vacation for about fifteen years. Today I am the owner of Diane Davis Photography in Gulf Shores- Orange Beach area. I offer family beach photography services to all of my customers and clients from all over the US. I love the fact that I get to capture their life's special moments in a place I call paradise. My dream has finally come true. The path to the gulf was long and hard but worth every minute of it. My love of photography started at the age of 10, when my mom and dad hired a local photographer to take photos of my sister's wedding. I met Ms. LeVella Porter, the photographer for the wedding. As I grew up in Monticello, I started taking photos about age 13 after being inspired by Ms. Porter. After graduation from high school and a year of college at the age of 19 I was lucky enough to land a job with Olan Mills as a portrait photographer in Little Rock, AR, later moving to New Orleans, LA, to work in the position of studio manager of the largest pho- tography studio at that time in the south. I was promoted to District Manager where I traveled the 5 state areas hiring and training new photographers for their studio. It was at that time I was sent to the beach in Florida to work for a month. I fell in love with the beach and knew someday I would live close to the ocean. After being on the road for 3 years as a photographer, I decided to move back home Orange Beach, AL--Join us for a Flippin' Fun Event that will Help Find A Cure! October 6, 2012 (12pm-7pm) Hosted by: Flippers Restaurant & Tiki Bar at Bear Point Marina Orange Beach, Alabama. Flippers will be offering a Shrimp Boil all afternoon that will have all the trimmings and you have to be sure and get our Flippin' for Ta-Ta's souvenir cup filled with our famous "PINK Bushwacker!" Same delicious bushwacker recipe....just PINK!! The Tiki bar will have Live entertainment all afternoon THANKS to Scott Koehn & Friends!! And just around Sunset there will be a "Not so GIRLY Ta-Ta Pageant." These guys will be sure to show their best GIRLY Fashion! Bring your dollar bills because for $1 per vote you can support your favorite contestants and our cause! There will be a Silent Auction, Raffle, and Bake Sale throughout the day thanks to all of the generous people & businesses in the community! Some of the prizes include restaurant gift certificates, boat rentals, overnight boat slip rentals, fishing rods & tackle, private dolphin cruises, gift baskets AND MUCH MORE!! While you are at the dock be sure to hop aboard one of the participating Dolphin Cruises or Sailing Cruises at our location. They will be donating a portion of their tickets sales of the day to our cause!! Be sure to bring the KIDS too!! There will be a 65' Waterslide THANKS to Pelican Pete Party Rentals!! We will be selling wristbands for all the sliding you want to do the whole afternoon!! MORE INFO COMING SOON! Check our website for details too! For more info and if you would like to donate any gifts for our Silent Auction, Raffle or Bake Sale please contact Paula Taylor @251-943-3510 or Kathy Adams@251-981-3547 The funds raised from this event will be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Brenda Woerner Cook. A beautiful woman that is greatly missed by many! Brenda is the daughter of Flippers Restaurant owner Eddie & Sharon Woerner. Also the niece of Flippers Restaurant owner Ray & Kathy Adams. to Monticello, AR to be around family and friends. That is where I met my husband and we raised our three children of whom we always brought to the Gulf Shores beaches on vacation for over 15 years. The chance came up for us to sell our business and it was our time to follow our dream of moving to the gulf. It has been the best decision we ever made. We love the laid back coastal lifestyle here. Once here my husband and I secured jobs, I first worked at all the little places I said I wanted to work at such as LULU's selling tshirts. I have spent most of my summers taking my family and friends beach photos, posting them on my Facebook page. Just as I took a job at the local Gulf State Park this year, one of Arkansas's local TV stations came to Orange Beach to give away a beach Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL - The beauty of Alabama's beachfront communities was recently recognized by the Paint Quality Institute's competition to find the prettiest painted places in America. According to the institute, both of the coastal cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach advanced to the next round of competition as nearly 200 nominees vie for a place among the nation's 12 "Prettiest Painted Places." Other Alabama communities advancing include Guntersville, Huntsville and Selma. "It is an honor for the City of Orange Beach to have been selected as a nominee in the "Prettiest Painted Places," and it is a great testimony to the focus that our city leaders have maintained for many years on the image and impression that our skyline makes," said Ken Grimes, Orange Beach city administrator. "We are proud to display our internationally recognized architecture and building design that complements our coastal re- vacation. As fate would have it, I was able to get on the Good Morning Arkansas Show and talk about my road to the coast and my photography; GMA showed my photos for the two day broadcast here. Needless to say my business exploded after that. I am working in photography again with a new passion because of the digital age. No more film developing. My love for photography has just grown deeper while living here. I love sunrises, sunsets, dolphin trips and just walk- ing the beach. I am thankful to be blessed with a gift that I love and the ability to make money doing what I love. Find me on Facebook under Diane Davis Photography. Book your next family beach photo session now. Diane Davis Photography 251-978-4754 cell Email: Facebook/Diane Davis Photography

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Communities Advance to Next Round in Prettiest Painted Places in America Contest

There were nearly 200 other national entries

sort feel, which blends right alongside waterfront cottages and beach bungalows. Orange Beach, Alabama was incorporated in 1984 and although young in years of existence, our city has blossomed with style and creativity while following strict building codes and design standards that are positively impacting the tourists experience while visiting our beautiful beaches and bays." Along the same lines, Grant Brown Director, parks and recreational cultural affairs for the the City of Gulf Shores said that "Gulf Shores is honored to be selected as a nominee for one of the "Prettiest Painted Places" in America. Our 'small town, big beach' atmosphere is accentuated by the vivid colors of homes & cottages lining our pristine, white sand beaches. Our community is home to some of the most picturesque scenes of architecture and coastline in the world and offers an unmatched family-friendly atmosphere to residents and visitors alike."

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