Emerald Coast Magazine Editorial Shoot | GUSU Paddlesports

Every once in a while we get asked to step outside our weddings and portraits routine to be part of a really cool collaboration. Lucky for us it happened again not too long ago and we had the pleasure of doing an editorial shoot for Emerald Coast Magazine. The shoot was for their upcoming feature on GUSU Paddle & Surf.

We might be biased, but working with GUSU was a blast.  If you won’t take our word for it then look through the photos we captured below. They’ll speak far better than we ever could and might even help you find your sense of adventure to sign up and take a class.  They hold their ongoing class at Calhoun Park on Thursday mornings at 9:15. You can pre-sign-up by calling/texting 850-974-2005 or through their website.

Classes cost $25 if you need to rent a board and go down to $10 a class if you bring your own. You can also get a discount when you prepay for classes and for no extra cost they will schedule a special class as long as you have four or more people.  Of course some may want a private lesson and they are more than happy to schedule one for an additional cost.

If you just can’t get enough of GUSU and want to see everything they have to offer then head on over to their website and keep a look out for their feature in Emerald Coast Magazine.

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Our schedule is filling up fast, so contact us now to make sure we’re available for your next special moment or family trip.

Digital Graffiti 2014 | Pure7 Studios Proud Sponsor

There is an entire culture of people who consider graffiti an art. After seeing some of the pieces by Banksy or Shepard Fairey and the messages they spread, we can’t disagree. Their pieces require artistic talent and much like musicians, painters, photographers and all artists; graffiti artists are inspired by the world around them.

We only bring this up because in just three weeks, the white walls of Alys Beach will become a gallery of graffiti art. The only catch? It’s all digital graffiti.  The city hosts a digital graffiti festival in conjunction with Visit South Walton, celebrating the talents of digital artists everywhere. Around this time each year artists come from all over the world to showcase their ability to design using the newest technology. Of course like all great festivals, Digital Graffiti attracts musicians, filmmakers, photographers, digital artists, and even celebrities.

If you’re not familiar with digital graffiti as an art form or event, you soon will be. Scroll through our photos and watch the Pure7  highlight video of Digital Graffiti 2014. Our work will show you everything you need to know. Plus, as digital artists in our own right, Pure7 Studios remains a proud sponsor of Digital Graffiti for the third year in a row.

Consider this your personal invitation to come join us at the festivities and see the latest digital graffiti up close and personal. The entire #Pure7Fam will be there doing what we do best – documenting all the happenings of the festival and celebrate the talented artists working outside our medium.

Buy your tickets for the Digital Graffiti festival (June 4-6th) on digitalgraffiti.com

Keep up with Digital Graffiti 2015 on Facebook, Twitter (@DGAlysBeach), and Instagram (@DJAlysBeach).

Can’t wait to see you there!

Digital Graffiti 2014 | Pure7 Studios, Proud Sponsor


Digital Graffiti 2014 | Pure7 Studios, Proud Sponsor

Digital Graffiti 2014 | Pure7 Studios, Proud Sponsor

Digital Graffiti 2014 | Pure7 Studios, Proud Sponsor


Digital Graffiti 2014 | Pure7 Studios, Proud Sponsor












Happy Valentine’s Day |Reliving A New Orleans Wedding Shoot

It’s no secret we love what we do! Not only do we live in Destin and get to shoot the best destination weddings in the world (we might be a little biased), we also get to photograph the most beautiful, love-filled moments couples and families experience. Then, we get to watch them relive those moments when they see their photos in our photography studio for the first time.

We wanted in on the fun, so we did some reliving of our own this week. After looking through several of our beautiful Rosemary Beach wedding and engagement sessions we stumbled upon a destination wedding inspiration shoot from 2012 (shot in New Orleans with Sapphire Events).

It’s a given every beach wedding or engagement session we shoot is unique and beautiful, but there was something about the elegance, playfulness and pink color scheme within these NOLA wedding photos that quickly made it our Valentine’s Day pick!

Coordinated by the wildly talented Sapphire Events, the editorial shoot came to life with the expertise of Mrs. Vintage Rentals, Kim Starr Wise, and countless others. Style Me Pretty even decided to feature it on their Little Black Book blog! It was a blast to shoot (photographers love to travel) and almost as fun to relive.

We hope you enjoy this stunning editorial wedding as much as we do!

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To see the full editorial shoot, click here.

On this holiday dedicated to the celebration of love and romance we want to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! Spend it making memories with loved ones and take a couple photos so you can forever relive your moments of love.

To say hi or learn more about having us take the photos while you make the memories, go to our contact page.

Digital Graffiti | Alys Beach Commercial Videographers

This past June, we had the opportunity to photograph the spectacular Digital Graffiti event, which takes place every year in Alys Beach.  It’s an event that draws thousands to its incredible digital projection artwork, displayed on the stark white backdrop of ultra-chic Alys Beach architecture.

We were obviously stoked to be the photographers for this amazing event — even cooler is that Alan, of our Pure7 Films side of the house, was able to capture an incredible video of the two-night event.  We’re always excited to show off Alan’s mind-blowing commercial films!

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If you haven’t experienced the awesomeness of Digital Graffiti, well, then, I’m afraid you just haven’t lived.  I mean, not to be all condescending or anything, but who on earth wouldn’t want to experience two nights of wicked-cool artwork projected digitally onto the pretty white backdrop of Alys Beach and a big ol’ party with fancy refreshments and block-rockin’ beats?  Color me crazy (see what I did there?), but this is only like THE party of the year.  And, as an official Digital Graffiti sponsor, we got to photograph it!  We’re even on the t-shirt and everything.  How cool is that?

Wanna know what else is cool?  These pictures!  That artwork!  The lady in the acrobat-contraption-thing hanging from the pretty tent (ok yeah, that was pretty much mind-blowing)!  The knock-your-socks-off Saturday night party where everyone danced and sang and sipped and laughed!  Oh, also – Alys Beach photography opportunities – that’s like the coolest thing, ever.

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Pure 7’s very own Erica {and her weird friend, Jen, who looks slightly terrified of the obviously very scary light show}

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 Life-sized Lite Bright!  Told you this event was super-awesome and cool!

 If you haven’t experienced the out-of-this world amazingness that is the Caliza Pool, then you really need to meander on over there.  Soon.  Like, yesterday.  Ridiculous, I tell you.


What an amazing event!  We’re pretty darn honored to have been one of the Digital Graffiti event photographers and can’t wait to see what next year has in store!  (Erica’s looking forward to upping the ante and trying out for the acrobatic-swinging-lady gig.  We’ll be sure to dedicate an entire blog post to something that amazing…)

Commercial Photography for End Zone Apparel | Destin

We love doing commercial photography because we’re big fans of small businesses – especially small business that have super-cool sports apparel!  When our friend, Kristal, of the very hip and awesome End Zone Apparel, wanted to have a little fun with her latest marketing idea, we couldn’t have been more excited to don our flip-flops, sling our cameras over our shoulders, and take some really pretty photos of some really pretty people!  Our very own Lindsey even had a chance to get on the other side of the lens for a few shots!  {Seriously, people, Ford Models ain’t got nothin’ on this girl.  Or the rest of the group for that matter.}  When we’re not out modeling and shooting weddings or portraits, you can find us tackling {ha!  get it?  “tackling”?} some pretty fantastic commercial photography opportunities in and around the Destin area.

Now that we’ve overloaded you with anticipation and excitement, take a gander at some of this stuff!  It doesn’t get any better than this, people.  This is quality sports apparel – and even if you don’t give a rip about sports, you will after you see/touch/feel/obsess over this stuff.  And if the images here just don’t quite satisfy your need to see pretty people dressed up in cool clothes, be on the lookout for the ad these fine folks are featured in at Destin’s very own AMC Theatre over at the Destin Commons.  We’re everywhere, I tell ya!

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I spy with my little eye . . . a Lindsey!  

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The clothes, people.  Look at the clothes…


We even managed to recruit a couple guys for this one.  We’re all about equal opportunity you know.

Be sure to head on over to see Kristal and all her awesome goodies – whether you need a gift or just need to update your wardrobe, this place has it all!  End Zone is located right next-door to Johnny O’Quigley’s in Destin – right across from the Commons.  How much easier can it be?  Go get all gussied up in your team’s stuff, and march right over to O’Quig’s to catch a game!  And then call us and tell us how right we were.  {Ryan’s always looking to be right about something.}


Baby It’s Cold Outside! | New Orleans Weddding Photographer

We couldn’t have picked a more appropriate day for this one — because baby, it IS cold outside!  And since we’re not quite ready to admit that the holidays are officially over (a lot of people are still off this week, right?  And the kids — all three of them — are still out of school, our tree is still up and pretty with its sparkling lights, so we’re still feeling quite festive…), we thought we’d give you just one last dose of holiday-inspired goodness.

We recently had the opportunity to pack up the Pure 7 team and venture over to New Orleans for this incredible editorial shoot.  We were thrilled to work with the lovely and ultra-talented Sapphire Events team, Valerie and Liz, and absolutely adored each and every one of these event professionals who brought this shoot to life.  We had a BLAST on this, and you can imagine our excitement when we learned it would be featured on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book blog!  What an incredible and fun experience — and hanging out with this group of New Orleans wedding professionals made it that much more awesome.

Valerie, owner of Sapphire Events, was the mastermind behind it all, so we thought it best that she give us a little background on the specifics and inspiration for this holiday-inspired shoot.  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

*After you’ve looked through all the fun photos, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to check out the behind-the-scenes action captured by Alan!

“Inspired by the upcoming holiday season, we designed a modern inspiration shoot with a twist on traditional holiday décor!  We developed a design that diverted from the expected red and green so often used in Christmas decor. The inspiration for this shoot came from a favorite fabric we found in pink and gray tartan plaid – a traditional pattern with an unexpected pop of fun and flirty pink! This fabric was the central focus for the overall design and informed our decision making in selecting the venue, invitation design, tabletop décor, and even the delicious naked cake! 

With mixed metals, white sequins, metallic curly willow, a touch of glitz and glamour, plus the lovely floral centerpieces from Kim Starr Wise, we juxtaposed natural elements with glamorous touches. The venue’s exposed brick, wooden beams, rustic chandeliers, and plentiful natural light pouring in from the skylight above set the ideal backdrop for our holiday scheme. Think about Santa coming down the chimney into this winter wonderland – and having a party to kick off the festivities! The naked cake we designed exposes the structure of the confection’s delicious layers, topped off with a sparkle glaze drizzled down the sides and a touch of the floral scheme to carry over the table top design.

Tupelo Honey executed the perfect stationery suite for our event, incorporating shades of pink, silver and gold with calligraphy that sparkled. How could anyone say no to such an invite? Holiday wreaths and pink flocked trees were festive additions to the backdrop. The contemporary yet cozy lounge area with textured and striped wallpaper, silver couch, and mirrored table is perfect for snuggling up with the one you love! While it may be cold outside, our couple has their love to keep them warm (and hot cocoa, too)! Steaming mugs of cocoa with marshmallows are a staple that this holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without!  

Cheers to a merry and bright holiday season!”


Event Design and Planning: Sapphire Events New Orleans | Photography: Pure 7 Studios | Venue: Tomas Bistro| Floral design: Kim Starr Wise| Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Stationery: Tupelo Honey Design | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Vintage cake table: Mrs. Vintage | Linens:  La Tavola | Tartan Fabric: Mood Fabrics | Wallpaper: Graham & Brown | Hair: Katie of GLOW Hair and Beauty Bar | Makeup: Ashley Sievert | Long dress: Romona Keveza from Wedding Belles and the Stationer | Short dress: Annie by Modern Trousseau from Wedding Belles and the Stationer | Veil: Wedding Belles and the Stationer | Tuxedos: John’s Tuxedos | Calligraphy Print: Lindsay Letters | Models: Barry and Kate Mendelson | Videography: Pure7 Films