Family Portrait Session | McGuinness Clan

We had so much fun with this lively bunch at a recent family portrait beach session! When they met us at the studio a few days later to go through the photos, we seriously felt like our friends had come to hang out. The icing on the cake was the email we received later that afternoon:

“Thanks again for everything! We had so much fun shooting with Ryan and again today going through all the photos with you guys. Didn’t think I would cry but that’s how you know they’re good pics, right?”

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We totally agreed! As we got to know them a little better, we understood why everyone was all smiles the entire week. A really big, wonderful thing was about to happen.


Senior Session in Santa Rosa Beach | Madeline Quarrier

Senior photos are a rite of passage. Not all kids fit the mold, though, and their senior session should capture who they actually are during this crazy, exciting season. So it was really a no-brainer when we planned this shoot because we happened to know this girl personally, and she’s definitely got her own style. It was an easy choice to skip the beach and wander down some side streets and back roads with a film camera added to our usual arsenal of digitals.


Madeline’s images are breathtaking and everything she had to say about life at this age reminded us of ourselves not that long ago (except our senior session pics were never this cool – trust us).


Beach Portrait Session | Jones Family

What do you do when the kids are scattered about the country and mom has a milestone birthday coming up? Gather everyone and convene in the spot where the family has vacationed for 40+ years, of course. Oh, and place a special order for absolutely perfect weather because, well, it’s for mom.
A regular on a plethora of top beach destination lists, this beach portrait session proved why the Destin area was the perfect choice for this boisterous family’s celebration.


Santa Rosa Beach Family Photos |The Whyte Family

It’s not everyday we get a call from California asking about our pricing and packages for family beach photos. In fact, it’s probably one of the most rare calls we’ve had. None the less, last summer the phone rang and we had the opportunity to shoot Santa Rosa Beach Family Photos for the Whyte family.

This was a fun and special shoot for us for a few reasons. First,  we got to share our sugar white sandy beaches with some Californians. This may seem like no big deal to those of you locals out there because you’re spoiled with our beaches in Destin and 30A. But for those not used to seeing it, it’s always a treat to see the awe in someone’s eyes as they take in all the beauty our little corner of the world has to offer. To make the shoot ever better, one of the boys was graduating from a program in the Navy. It’s the real reason they all came together to celebrate and let us document their special time together.

It’s hard to pick a favorite in the collection below but if we had to choose, their family beach photo of everyone sitting in the sand would probably be it. The colors they’re wearing match perfectly with the skyline and the water.  Of course the black and white family photos in front of the fence show so much texture we can’t exactly rule them out.

Do you have a favorite? Let us know which photo in the comments below.

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If you’re interested in booking your own family beach photos just contact us to discuss our current packages and availability.


Classic Beach Photos in Destin | Braswell Family

We had so much fun shooting the Braswell family in Destin this past year. They totally changed it up from what we normally see.  They traded in the traditional white and blue beach look for classic beach photos in black. (Yes, you read that right.) Black. The Braswell’s dared to go dark wearing black tops for their family beach photos. We must say, we’re pretty pleased with the results.

We love them for staying true to themselves and wearing what they felt comfortable in. While not just any old outfit will photograph well, being comfortable and confident in your appearance is huge. Lucky for us this darling family of four has taken their turn in front of our camera several times over. Year after year we get to check in, take some photos, and see how they boys have changed and grown. Having a history of  together just makes everything go a littler smoother. They know the drill and come ready to bring it.

Our relationship with the Braswells is truly special bond for us to have with a client here on the Emerald Coast. We’re a destination wedding and leisure vacation spot so we get to capture beautiful weddings and family beach trips for those who figured out we have the best beaches in the world.

Whether we get you once or a bunch, we cherish our time with each and every client. A warm and heartfelt thanks to Tara and her men in black for once again letting us preserve their family in photographs. We can hardly wait til we meet again.

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If you’re coming to our beautiful beaches this summer and want your beach photos of your family, contact us for pricing and availability.


Santa Rosa Beach Maternity Photography | Crystal

For those of us who live and vacation on the Emerald Coast, there’s no debating we have the most beautiful beaches in the world. Magazines and websites have listed us in their Top 10s over and over. Most would probably go as far as saying there isn’t anything you could do to make them even more beautiful. We know better than that at Pure7 Studios. We’ve shot too many beach weddings to ignore how much better the beach is when you fill it with people celebrating their love of one another. Some of our latest maternity photography is another worthy example of just how beautiful the beach really can be.

Crystal and her husband met us in Santa Rosa Beach, FL to get some of their first “family of three” photos. Her romantic style was present in every photo.  The pinks and floral designs coordinated without being too ‘matchy’, and nothing about what they wore is common or cliché. From outfit to outfit, as we went to each location, everything just flowed seamlessly. Maybe it’s just us, but looking through their maternity photos is sweet and calming – much like a mother’s voice singing her baby a lullaby.

Of course, seeing how much love they already have for their little one really is the best part of doing maternity sessions. There’s no doubt in our minds this Pure7 Couple will be great parents. They have style, love and the Lord on their side. They even personalized their shoot displaying a scripture in some of the photos.

Maybe you didn’t notice that Mom wore pink and dad wore blue either way, we’re not telling! Any guesses on if they’re expecting a boy or a girl?

Leave a comment below, #teampink or #teamblue!

We recently photographed their newborn session at the gorgeous Springdale Estate in Andalusia so stayed tuned to our blog to find out!

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Contact us if you want to add your beauty to our beaches with one of our many different photography sessions.

Santa Rosa Beach Family Portraits | Chiffoleau Family

People have been taking pictures ever since the first camera was invented in 1840. Interest in photography has consistently grown and now many people (the Pure7 Studios family included) have full fledged businesses all because of that very first camera. The invention of that camera and the art of photography have changed the world and will continue to forever.

History is being recorded through visuals. Newspapers and Magazines all looking for the perfect cover shot. We’ve seen photos become iconic as they are shared across the world. Time Magazine even did an article called The Best of Life  showcasing decades of their best photographs. Just like publications strive to find “the shot” we work hard to tell the story in front of us capturing photos that will make a keepsake for our Pure7 Families.

After spending some time with the Chiffoleau family shooting their Santa Rosa Beach Family Portraits we were really excited to get back to the studio and see what the work looked like. Which moments of theirs did we preserve and could one of them be their iconic family photo.

As you scroll through their beautiful collection of photos you’ll get to a black and white photo of the whole family. Everything about it screams iconic to us. Timeless. It’s a genuine moment filled with emotion so perfectly expressing their love for one another.

We couldn’t be more proud or humbled to be the photographers preserving the personal histories of our Pure7 families and couples.

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Here’s a link to our Family Portrait Sessions for those wanting to see more.  If you’re ready to book your own Family Photos, please contact us.


Living in Destin near 30A and Santa Rosa Beach (among others) means the majority of our awesome clients are from far away and typically want wedding photography or some family beach photos while here enjoying a nice vacation. But, every so often we get a local!! We love our locals and the Gould family is no exception.

Here for her husband’s current Army assignment, Daniela originally reached out to us to have Lindsey take newborn portraits of Daniel when was he was born.  Sadly, she was away in India and unable able to do the shoot. So when Daniela later asked us to take family beach photos of their beautiful family we were excited and said YES!!

By then, Daniel was around 10 months old and cuter than ever (seriously… just look at the photos.) We did an afternoon/sunset session on Santa Rosa Beach. The light reflected on the water and hit the sugar-white sand creating the perfect setting. Lindsey captured the new family of three in every combination and shot some great photos of Daniel on his own. (Him in his bow-tie peeking over the back of the chair was a fast favorite!)  She even had the opportunity to photograph three generations together.

After all was said and done Daniela was gracious enough to share their experience with us.

“We had such a great afternoon with Lindsey!  She made the entire session so incredibly easy and fun.  Because of her sunny disposition we felt very relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, enjoying every moment with our sweet baby Daniel the entire time.”

We feel so lucky it worked out for Lindsey to meet this beautiful family!

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To see more examples of family beach photos, go to our blog.  If you’re interested in booking your own beach family portraits, contact us!


Baby Alexandra | Destin Newborn Photographer

I know we’re always saying we love what we do. (It’s the truth!!) When we get the chance to do a newborn session it gets a little truer. Being able to take the first family portrait with that new little one is like getting an extra cherry on top!  We were lucky enough to meet baby Alexandra and her loving parents for two separate Newborn Lifestyle Sessions to take Alexandra’s newborn portrait along with some beautiful family portraits.

Ryan went to their home in Destin to do the newborn sessions where he found Alexandra’s room fit for a princess. Every little detail complimenting the room’s overall regal look. It’s clear these parents want the best for their baby girl and love her more than anything. Not just because they gave her a beautiful room to grown up in, but because the love they have for each other is undeniable. Alexandra’s entire world is filled with beauty and love. Ryan was lucky enough to spend time with this family on two different occasions and captured Alexandra as her personality is starting to shine through.

We love watching new families like Alexandra’s build and grow especially during that first year where so much learning and growing takes place. It’s the main reason we decided to offer our Milestones Collection (three session in a year) in addition to our Maternity and Newborn Sessions. We hope you enjoy their family portraits (and swoon over this baby room) as much as we have.

This session was photographed using a combination of film & digital cameras, including the Canon Mark II and Contax 645 (using Kodak Portra 400 film). Film processed by theFINDlab.

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For an example of our milestone collection check out Danielle & Chad’s maternity session and meet their son, Baby Zeke!

To book your own maternity session or newborn portrait, contact us!


Baby Grey | Newborn Session

When you fall in love, you learn to love someone more than you love yourself. When you become a parent, you learn to love others more than you love yourself. For some reason those words have stayed with me since first hearing them. When seeing Baby Grey’s newborn portraits these words instantly came to mind.

This collection of newborn photos evolves and tells a story. Moving through color and black and white photos while also starting farther back and moving in close. Only the essentials were kept in frame really capturing more of Grey and his mother. There’s such a stillness and reverence about Grey in his mother’s arms. He’s so new to the world yet so loved and protected.

The first few photos are in color and such an innocence is present. The innocence stayed throughout the newborn session and the use of light in the black and white photos invites a very raw, exposed tone. You can see the black and white newborn portraits were taken up close. Here, what you don’t see is as important as what you do see. The closeness allows for a vulnerability only a beautiful new life would share so freely.

Following the black and white photos we’re given a stunning bright and lively close up. The blue of his eyes draws you in. Last and anything but least, we see a photo of Grey by himself looking in the camera.

We’ll leave you to your own devices to view the final photo of this newborn session and let you end this story wherever it takes you. Welcome to the world Grey! Thank you for letting us in to preserve some of your first moments.

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For more of our newborn portraits, look at our PHOTO page.

If you’re interested in booking a newborn or lifestyle portrait session, please CONTACT us.

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