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  • Hello and THANK YOU for taking time out of YOUR busy life to look at the latest updates from Lana Williams Photography. PHOTOGRAPHY is my passion!! I Love, LoVe, LOVE taking photos of people like YOU, it makes my heart smile.

    My photography business is located in Panama City, Florida. I specialize in Newborn, Maternity and Boudoir Photography. I LOVE encouraging women to feel great about themselves and what better way than to dress up sexy and have photos taken! If you've ever wanted that "Special" photo for that certain someone, but didn't know who to ask, now you do!

    I also Love to shoot Beach Portraits here in the Florida Panhandle on our sugar white sand beaches and what can I say about engagement sessions, you guessed it, Love them too!

    Yes, I know, I have used the word "LOVE" a lot, but I do Love what I do and it's how I feel. I hope I can share my love for photography with you. Please subscribe to the RSS feed which will notify you when I have posted a new update on the blog. Lovin Life, Lana

A Panama City Florida Photographer That Loves To Cook!

Recently I posted photos of a meal I had prepared on my Facebook page.  The meal was very simple, a Mesclun Green Salad with crab cakes!  This meal seemed to get more attention then any other food photo I had ever posted and many people asked for the recipe.  So I decided to just do a blog post here and give everyone that reads my blog the recipe.  It is not a hard recipe, it’s just a little labor intensive, but SO worth the time to make them.  These are FULL of crab, the way a crab cake should be, no bread fillers.  The next time you want to “impress” your guests, pull out this recipe and serve, you won’t regret it!  They will think you are a top chef and have no idea you’re just a small town girl from Fort Payne, Alabama that is living her dream being a Professional Photographer in Panama City, Florida!  Ha!  I’ll temp you with the photos first and then the recipe below,:) Please let me know if you make them and how you liked them!


“Spicy Crab Cakes with Mango Puree” by Somethins Cookin
1 pound lump crabmeat
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I, Lana, use all natural “Lemonaise, made with cage free chicken eggs)
3 tablespoons minced chives
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons Champagne Mustard
1 tablespoon Pretty Peppers (drained)  I put them in both the crab cakes and the Mango Sauce!
Pepper Pizzaz
1 Mango Peeled and cut up
1/2 to 1 Tablespoon Sweet Chili Sauce (depends on how spicy you like your food)
3 large eggs beaten
2 cups Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs
Flour for dredging
1/4 cup oil for cooking the cakes
1 cup Musclun Greens (per person)
Riesling Vinegar
Combine crabmeat with: Mayo, Chives, Lime Juice, Honey, Champagne Mustard, Pretty Peppers and Pepper Pizazz. Season with a little salt and pepper if you like.  Form into 8 crabcakes, put on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.   While crab cakes are in the fridge make the Mango Puree.  In a food processor add Mango, Sweet Chili Sauce, Pretty Peppers and 1 Tablespoon of the oil until blended well.  
Add a little of the oil to a grill pan and start to heat oil.  Put a little flour on each side of the crab cake,  then dredge the crab cake through the beaten eggs, then coat well with the panko crumbs.  Add crab cakes to pan and cook until browned and crisp, approximately 3 minutes on each side.  Place on a paper towel and keep in warm oven while cooking the remainder of cakes.
Drizzle the Mango Puree on a plate and place your cakes on top of the puree.  Serve with Mesclun Greens with a drizzle with a mixture of Riesling Vinegar and 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil.  Serves 4.

Thanks for taking the time to read!  Please share with your friends and remember to tell them about me the next time they want Professional Photos taken in and around Panama City, Florida!

Lana Williams Photography, LLC – 850-215-7555 –


Panama City Photography – Fall Family Sunflower Session

Here we are close to the end of 2013 and what a year it has been!  Most of my blog followers and clients know that I lost my Father this year to cancer and it was devastating to me.  It was the single worst day in my life and it’s not been easy to move on since we lost him in June.  I pretty much took this year off from my photography business focusing on his needs, while he was with us, and then on my Mother’s needs afterwards.  I am thankful to have been able to have spent so much time with them both and do not regret the time away from my Panama City Photography studio because of it.

In October one of my longtime clients mentioned to me that she would like to have a family photo shoot, in a sunflower field, for Christmas cards.  After doing some research I found a farm that grows acres of sunflowers every year.  The family I am featuring here on the blog is actually the 2nd family I photographed that day and is also my cousin David Corbin and his family.  I feel comfortable posting the information about my Father on this blog post because they were very close to my Dad.  There were many times we made a call to Wendy, who is our family doctor, asking questions about Dad’s illness and for medical advice.  We are so very thankful for all she did during Dad’s bout with cancer.  Dad and mom also kept Davis, their son, from the time his was a little fella until he went to school and have kept sweet Sydney many an afternoon since she was born.  Since Dad has past, Sydney will occasionally ask Mom if her “Uncle Jerry” is watching them from heaven?  :)

FAMILY, it’s all about family and I am so blessed to be a part of a wonderful family and have wonderful friends!  They, along with my fabulous and caring husband, have truly helped me get through this tough year.  Now that I’ve filled you in about me and what I’ve been doing this year, let me share some of the gorgeous photos from their sunflower/pumpkin picking photo shoot.

Panama City Photography Studio ~ Lana Williams Photography, LLC

Family Lifestyle Sessions start at $325.00   Call or email Lana today for more information on how to book your very own fabulous family photography session!  850-215-7555 or

Panama City Photographer – Senior High Photo Session

The Class of 2013 will be all smiles before to long because they will be starting a new chapter in their young lives.  Each year when I photograph these young ladies and gentlemen it reminds me how quickly time passes…especially when I have known them since they were born.  Jenna has grown into a fine young lady and I wish her all the best in her upcoming  journey of life, post high school!  For those family members and friends of Jenna’s that would like to have several of her photos on your phones or tablets, just click this link to download Jenna’s album directly to your mobile device.  It’s best to have a wi-fi connection as it will take several minutes for the album to download as there are many more photos there then you see on this blog post.  If you have any questions about the album download, please contact me!  :-)

Panama City Florida High School Senior Photography by Lana Williams Photography, LLC

Prices begin at just $250 for High School Senior Sesssions, contact Lana today at her studio in Panama City for more info.  850-215-7555 or email her at

Panama City Photography – Free Halloween Pictures

Can you believe it’s less then 3 weeks until Thanksgiving 2012?!  Before we bake the turkey and make the dressing and stuff ourselves with all the wonderful desserts, lets take a peek at some adorable kids!  Their parents brought them by my Panama City Florida Photo Studio, this past Saturday, for a FREE Halloween Costumes Photo Shoot.  I have decided that this will be  the 1st Annual Halloween Costume for Kids photo shoot and will always be FREE!  Click the following link,  ”like” and subscribe to My Photography Page on Facebook, for an announcement for next years date.  I had such a great time seeing all of these adorable kids in their cute costumes!  Please tell all of your friends to subscribe and be ready, Halloween 2013 will be here before you know it,;-)


Panama City Photography – Children’s Photographer Panama City

I couldn’t help but smile as I was editing these photos from Grey’s first birthday session.  Believe me, he is all boy and packed full of energy.  I had to catch him when he would stop for 2 seconds to decide where he was going next,:-).  I’m really happy with the images that we were able to capture.  I especially love the one of the entire family on the bed.  It was not planned to get the entire family, but this one that I’m including on my Panama City Photography Blog  just worked and I love it!