Waves of Grace | Lake Family Portrait

Although this is definitely the thick of family portrait season, we shoot them pretty much year-round. Such was the case with the Lake family, who enjoyed our beautiful beaches during the cooler months courtesy of Nashville-based Waves of Grace. This organization is one of several that provide beach vacations for families dealing with cancer, giving them a refreshing, life-giving change of pace from daily routines defined by medical appointments and prescription refills.
Though they love living in Nashville, Jennifer Lake said she and her husband Bruce were so happy to have some time away from cancer treatments to laugh together and relax with their daughters. The sobering reality of their life for the past year or so made them appreciate more than usual the opportunity for family photos.
“Having our family pictures taken is a gift we will treasure for the rest of all our lives,” Jennifer said. “We feel it is a gift to future generations of the family, as well.” And the Lake family certainly has had a huge impact on future generations. Though there are only four of them in the photos, the Lake family tree has had 22 other family members grafted into it for a very special reason.


Waves of Grace | Patrick Family Beach Portrait

It’s spring along our gorgeous Emerald Coast, which means there is no shortage of families frolicking on the beach at sunset. The beach portrait session families are easy to spot, as they’re the ones fully clothed with a photographer hovering nearby. Not all of the laughing families are on a carefree vacation, however. A few have arrived on the brink of utter exhaustion, grateful for the brief reprieve from a reality that has consumed every last ounce of energy and then some.


All families matter to us, but some hit our hearts harder than others. Sessions like this one with the Patrick family are the ones that leave a lump in our throat.


Eden Gardens Portrait Session | The Fortenberry Family

In case you missed it, the first wave of “Season” has hit. Locals know that, among other things, “Season” means it now takes 30 minutes to get to a location that was only a 10-minute drive a few weeks ago.

It also means that portrait season is here! With breathtaking shoot locations such as Watercolor and Rosemary Beach, it’s no wonder that families love to have their photos done when they come to our beautiful coast for vacations and weekend getaways. The beach isn’t the only gorgeous location for a family portrait session, however, and you don’t have to be on vacation to set aside an afternoon for pictures. The Emerald Coast has some fantastic locations that are a little off the beaten path and provide a fresh setting in which to capture the fun, sweet moments of what makes your family unique.


We had a blast recently at a lively portrait shoot with the Fortenberry family, set in lovely Eden Gardens State Park. They are active members of the community as well as local business owners. Right off the bat, we could tell that they thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. Nobody was fussing over super coordinated outfits and nobody cared that everyone wasn’t looking at the camera at all times. As a matter of fact, during this shoot, there were some tears, a little pouting, a couple of sullen expressions, glaring, and a rather fantastic trip-and-fall within the first few minutes of the session that resulted in a freshly skinned knee. And guess what? That’s real life. That’s what your family photos should reflect – who you are in real life.

We love the first photo in particular, because it makes us feel like we could plop down on the steps next to them and get in on whatever was so funny. Scrolling through the rest of these pictures confirms that there is never a dull moment in their house!

Call us or shoot us a message and let’s talk about booking your family’s session. Before you know it, school will be out and the summer will be flying by. So don’t wait; go ahead and start that group text to coordinate schedules and get everyone on board. When you’re flipping through your family heirloom album over the holidays, you won’t have one single regret. We guarantee it.











While They’re Still Little | Heirloom Portrait Photography

The FedEx truck pulled up to the studio the other day, as it does most days of the week, delivering yet another stack of packages. One of those boxes, however, was not just another box. It was a precious collection of moments in a season of life that is flying by so fast it makes your head spin. Wedding photos, perhaps? Nope, not this time.

We eagerly opened the albums, as we always do, our freshly-washed hands brushing invisible specks of lint from the smooth leather covers, our fingers gently turning every page. We poured over each one, checking to make absolutely sure that every detail was perfect and the finished product reflected the investment everyone had made – the photographer in his art, the publisher in their hand-crafted work, and the client in their decision to purchase the product. Satisfied, we turned the last page on the final album and caught our breath as the poignancy of that photograph sank in.



Andy Saczynski + Ryan Manthey | A 30A Painted Photography Collaboration

We have a creative piece hanging in our studio that blows our minds on a daily basis. We’ve had it up for about two weeks now, and we are still mesmerized every time we come into the room. It’s not just our opinion, either; everyone who walks in the door stops mid-sentence and stares because it’s just. that. cool. And, in our humble opinion, so are the guys who made it.

This one-of-a-kind exclusive collaboration between Pure7 Studio’s 30A photographer Ryan Manthey and nationally-known 30A mixed media artist Andy Saczynski is literally a dream come true for both creative professionals. They rolled the dice on something neither had done before, and no one could believe how it turned out.


Getting Family Beach Photos Like the Guthries |Seaside

We met up with the Guthrie’s in Seaside and had a wonderful session staring into the biggest baby blues we’ve ever seen! Their oldest daughter won the gene pool lottery with her big blue eyes; which isn’t surprising once you see her mom and dad. Today we’re excited to share their family beach photos and promise even if you don’t have baby blues of your own, getting family beach photos like the Guthries isn’t impossible. All you have to do is be yourself – Ryan and Lindsey will take care of the rest.

As fall sets in and is starting to actually feel like fall, we realized the holidays are just around the corner. It will be time to send out Christmas cards before you know it. We love Christmas cards with pictures best and not just because we’re photographers. Here at Pure7 we just really feel like family is everything. Whether it’s the one you’re born into or a family of friends you chose, the holidays are a special time of year.  Loved ones gather together to create new memories while keeping up with old traditions. Getting to show what another year together looks like just can’t be beat.

That’s why we drive all along 30A to places like Rosemary Beach or Seaside. It’s there we get to take family beach photos, wedding photos, and even newborn photos. Any one of our sessions can end up on a Christmas card and as the years have gone by it’s been fun to see which photos our Pure7 families choose.

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If you want family photos before the holidays to put in a Christmas card or if you want family photos when the family is all together at Christmas time; let us know.

Working with Waves of Grace

Today we’re sharing the family beach photos of families who came to Destin, 30A, or Panama City Beach on vacation with Waves of Grace. Our partnership with Waves of Grace is one we are both proud of and thankful for, and we get so much more out of these sessions than we could ever possibly give.

Waves of Grace is a non-profit providing beach vacations to cancer patients and their families.  They want to give these families an opportunity to come to the beach without the stresses of life at home or the worries of budgeting for a trip while medical costs pile up. As part of their trip they get a professional photographer to take family beach photos of them; that’s where we come in. It’s a pretty new organization, so we’ve watched them grow sending more families to our beautiful Emerald Coast. To learn about how you can donate or nominate someone who could use a trip for family fun and healing, please visit their website.

The first family photographed below is the Griers. They were given a beach vacation after three year old Faith went into remission and became a cancer survivor for the second time. Most of her life she’s faced sickness, pain, and suffering – yet in every photo she is smiling. We look at their family photos in awe. A picture can say a thousand words and none of theirs let on to the hardships and uncertainty they’ve faced over the past three years. As parents, Tiffany and Michael inspired us so much. It’s impossible to imagine what they’ve experienced and overcome together. May their best days be ahead.

We were also lucky enough to meet Jon and Robyn, as well as the Spivey family (both pictured below), while taking family beach portraits during their Waves of Grace vacations.  Not pictured are several other families photographed more recently, and we look forward to sharing their images as well in a future post. Spending time with these famililes reminds us how easy it is to get “busy” and lose sight of what really matters in life. Meeting the families WOG sends to our beaches helps us keep perspective here at Pure7 Studios. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we were blessed to create them.

Thank you, Waves of Grace, for giving us the opportunity to meet these families!

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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.


We Duked It Out |Family Beach Photos at Henderson Beach State Park

Today we’re excited to share another great collection. It’s family beach photos of the Duke family. Working with them reminded us we have the best clients. Ones who push us to be more creative and have more fun as we work together to make memories they can keep forever. What you’re about to see is the end result of when we Duked it out at Henderson Beach State Park.

The first thing we want to point about about these photos is Mrs. Duke. Every single photos of her is just a sparkle of love. How she feels about her family is so clear in every shot. There’s no guard up. She’s not worried about the camera’s angle or “looking pretty” she’s just present in the moment with her family. As you look through their family portraits you’ll quickly see that’s the most beautiful thing of all.

The rest of the family looks pretty great too. These four are truly in sync despite their individual personalities and style. Speaking of style, we couldn’t show you these photos and not comment on the outfits. Some “what to wear in photos” blog posts might warn against having multiple patterns and colors but the Dukes look awesome. It just proves that while their are great guidelines that even we suggest, ultimately the rules are, there are no rules!

Here at Pure7 Studios we are here to help you make the best memories last forever. To create works of art you can hang on your walls, display in photo albums, and share on social media with your friends and family. Thanks to the Dukes for opening up their hearts to us in order to create their family beach photos. 
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To schedule your family photos just contact us! We can’t wait to work with you.

Fun Family Portraits in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park | Seale Family

We aren’t sharing our fun family portraits of the Seale family to make you jealous. We promise! It just felt rude not to share because the Seale’s are just so footloose, fancy free and everything a family portraits photographer dreams about. If you’re not careful you might start dreaming about them too. We sure wouldn’t blame you for it.

The only thing we’d blame you for is not sticking around long enough to scroll through all of their family photos below.  Every single one is different. Every. Single. One. They aren’t just different framing from one another but as a collection. Honestly, we’ve seen and even taken some of the most incredible family photos but none of them quite like these. The Seale’s stepped a little left of traditional.

That’s part of why their photos turned out so great. They looked sharp. We’re loving one of the newest trends where one family member (usually mom or daughter) wears a bold pattern and everyone pulls a color from it. On top of that, no one was stiff or uncomfortable. Working with them in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park felt like recess where everyone just wanted to play photo shoot. (If that’s not a recess game then it should be!)

The bottom line. We were able to curate this collection to include black and white photos, beach and mountain-like photos,  playful action shots, and even a few traditional shots because of the Seale’s open minded confidence. In the moment some might get mad to see bunny ears, running around not staying in place and kids who don’t look straight at the camera. In the camera lens, it makes the photo.

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To schedule your own fun family portraits session please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.