A Dog & His Girl: Tucker & Lula | New Year, New Baby

Meet Tucker. Although he was not the focus of this adorable newborn shoot one morning a few weeks ago, his presence made it clear that Lula had quickly become his pride and joy. No matter that our own Lindsey Bray is dubbed “The Baby Whisperer” because of her effortless way with the littles, as well as their brand new moms and dads; Tucker stuck around throughout the morning just to make sure all was well.

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We truly adore love stories, and when we get to follow a couple from a gorgeous Santa Rosa Beach wedding to the coziness of a sweet, quiet nursery a few years later, we consider it a privilege to continue the tradition of preserving their priceless family memories. So while we were busy prepping cameras and polishing lenses, Brandy and Greg were changing diapers and choosing outfits, all in preparation for our first newborn shoot of the year (and their first newborn shoot ever!). And, as with any event involving babies, anything can happen.

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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.

Which photo do you think the Guthries should 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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One Of A Kind |Klibanoff Family’s Coalesce Session

The Klibanoff family is just as unique as their name.  Individually they are all one of a kind yet as a family they are one. We had the pleasure of taking their family beach photos during their Fourth of July trip and just like them, their family beach photos are one of a kind.

The best part about their photo session with us? They chose to do a Coalesce Session so we got to bring Alan along to shoot a family highlight video. These videos are a fast favorite around the studio – and with the clients who want them –  because every family member is interviewed and leaves a little piece of their heart in the project.

Alan films everyone describing their family members and memories they have together giving viewers like us a deeper look into their life. Photos can speak a thousand words but there are times when actual words mean the most. We strive to let our coalesce sessions be one of those special places so those meaningful words live forever in film.

Once you’ve watched the Klibanoff family highlight video you can draw so much more from their family photos. The fun facts and personality that shines through in the interviews begins to show up in the photos. You don’t just see love, you see their love.

Knowing how they came to be a family can also allow others to relate to our clients. That’s part of why we love doing what we do. It’s a dream when we get a new client because they saw a family photo or a wedding video that just speaks to them.

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Whether you’re coming for a family vacation or a destination wedding we’d love to help your life moments live on. Contact us and we can share all of our packages and pricing to find the best fit for your family.

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.

 

 

It’s a Wonderful Life in Watercolor | The Woolseys

We know it’s not Christmas time and we didn’t take pictures of anyone named George Bailey. But here at Pure 7 Studios we spent a family portrait session with the Woolsey family in Watercolor, FL. (Try saying that five times fast!) Looking back at their family portraits remind us why it’s a wonderful life. When things are wonderful we can’t keep it to ourselves.

He’s only three months old but we got to see some great personality from this little guy. Learning and seeing new things in the world for the first time. Watching him take it all in was priceless. Look at all of his different expressions below. Now just imagine what he’s thinking. How cool would it be if as adults we could remember our first thoughts. Perhaps we’d all show more appreciation for the little things.

Things like having a healthy and happy little one. It’s easy to forget how many couples face additional challenges and struggle to find ways for their child to grow up with the comforts today’s world can offer. Families come in all shapes and sizes and like George Bailey’s family, they come with a story. The Woolseys are writing the next chapter in theirs and since they smiled in awe the whole time, we think it’s going to be a good one.

It’s no secret we all face insecurities and struggles but there is much to be thankful for. Take our Pure7 Challenge and think of a few reasons why it truly is a wonderful life. Share one of them in the comments below or on social media with the #pure7challenge. Together we can make a wonderful life even better as we see the world through each other’s eyes.

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Contact us for information about our sessions and availability. We love growing the Pure7 Family.

Mother to Be + Baby |Watercolor Maternity Session

Here at Pure 7 Studios it’s always exciting to photograph a mother to be and her baby. It’s no secret that pregnancy (despite all its discomforts, surprises and sicknesses) is a wonderful thing. New fears and excitement set in when you’re expecting. Whether it’s your first or a new addition, each and every pregnancy is different. Women and their families are evolving constantly as the world around us changes. Perhaps the only thing one can count on being the same pregnancy to pregnancy is getting the beautiful pregnancy glow.

Today’s world focuses a lot on beauty and the way we should look. Unfortunately it is often a skewed, narrow, and unattainable beauty not even actresses and models can live up to. Even though we all know this, it is still very easy as a woman to get caught up in what we see in the magazines. When we do get away from the media, we start comparing ourselves to our friends. It’s sad all talking beauty now has a negative affect on the way we view ourselves. That is unless you’re a stunning and very pregnant Prudence Lo.

We met Prudence in Watercolor just over a year ago to shoot a sunset maternity session. What a wonderful evening we had preserving a moment in time from when she was oh so happy for the baby adventure to begin. She carried herself with such confidence and it really shows in her maternity photos. While some hide their belly and try not to be seen or photographed pregnant, Prudence wanted to remember her pregnancy and honor her almost little one.  With no sway from the world’s negativity Prudence proudly posed so we could capture this special time in her life.

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Be sure to check out more of our Maternity Sessions and if you’re interested in booking a photography or video session with us, Say hello for pricing and availability.

Rosemary Beach Summer| Burnley Family Photos

A Rosemary Beach summer is one of the best. Last summer when we met the Burnleys was no exception. Jennifer reached out to us wanting family beach portraits with an emphasis on the two kids. In the process of setting everything up we got to know her a little bit. One of the things we learned was her two favorite charity organizations: Orphan Care Network and Addi’s Faith Foundation.

Orphan Care Network came to be when a group of families in the Houston, Texas area came together to support and care for orphans. Many of the families got involved because of their desire to become foster or adoptive parents. If you or anyone you know might be interested in joining this growing community and their cause direct them to their website for information.

Addi’s Faith Foundation is a nonprofit organization on a mission to end childhood cancer. Named after Addi Faith Bender, who lost her life to cancer at only 1 year old. Go to the website to donate or see how else you can help.

We are grateful for the Burnleys and their interest in making the world a better place for kids. Thank you for sharing your family with us and for showing us a few ways we can help families in need. In their family photos below you’ll see the kids are two peas in a pod. Photo after photo they let us in look in on their  bond and love for one another. We’re so happy to have you as one of our #Pure7Familes.

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If you’d like to get family portraits of your own just contact us!