Family Beach Photos in Watercolor, FL |Beckett Family

Last summer Lindsey had the opportunity to shoot a 90 minute family beach photo “sunset session” with the Beckett family in Watercolor, FL. As I sit staring at their collection all I can do is smile. From start to finish, the Becketts were a delight. Everything about these people and their photos just makes me happy. I decided I wanted to understand WHY they make me so happy so I took some time to really dig down into the specifics, and I think I finally figured it out.

#1.  Magic.  Some of you may not fully understand this answer but, no matter what, this collection can never be recreated because something aligned that day letting the magic happen.

#2. The Beckett’s were comfortable being themselves.  It’s very clear in these photos their home is filled with love… support doesn’t come at a price and confidence is encouraged. We work hard in every shoot to help our clients relax and have fun. These photos are a perfect example of why.

#3. Timing.  Lindsey moved through the beautiful light mother earth gave her effortlessly (or so it seems). Lighting isn’t always the most cooperative thing, even in the sunshine state, because as you all know…  Mother Earth can often be a fickle one.

#4. Variety.  Some of the photos are traditional poses, while others look completely candid in that “too good to be true” kind of way. (The kind of candid shot some magazines would spend a half a day trying to create!) Plus, Lindsey capitalized on ALL of their surroundings – moving from their beach house, to the lush greens of 30A, and eventually onto the beach we’re known for here in Destin and 30A.  Oh, I can’t leave out having both black & white photos mixed in with color. This is quickly becoming a favorite twist on a portrait collection. (Another great example can be found here.)

#5. The Heirloom Album.  The Becketts loved their photographs so much, that they allowed us to take them ‘out of the computer’ and onto the pages of one of our carefully crafted Heirloom Albums. A testament to how happy these photos make them (and sitting down with a portrait album on your lap to relive memories does so in a way that no computer ever can)!

We hope looking through their photos makes you happy.  We work hard to find the magic in every family and let that lead the way to a timeless photography collection.

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To see more of the “magic”, check out our photo and video pages.

If you want to learn more about availability, pricing, or all of the services we offer, say hello!




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.

You can also socialize with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Family Beach Portraits Seaside FL | Photography

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Ryan absolutely loved meeting and photographing this beautiful family during their vacation in Seaside, FL.  We always love to hear what makes vacationing on our Emerald Coast so special to each family we meet, and here is what they had to say of their stay:

“We typically vacation at a new place every year – not usually big on repeats.  We went to Destin last year and literally decided to put our home on the market during our trip.  It sold in like 3 days!  So, my husband did paperwork the whole time and didn’t get to really enjoy it, so that’s why we went again this year.  We heard so many things about Seaside and decided to check it out.  We all LOVED it so much, we’ve already talked about going again next year.”

As you can see from their below family portraits, these adorable siblings just adore one another . . . as do their parents!  During our family beach portrait sessions, our photographers love capturing the family unit as a whole, and also the relationship between siblings as well as mommy & daddy.  The kids may cringe looking at “romantic” pictures of their parents now, but one day these images will surely hold a very special place in this family’s legacy.  At their purchasing appointment in our studio, they loved the images so much that we’re currently in production of four gallery-wrapped canvases and a gorgeous 10×10 heirloom portrait album with 40 portraits.  Mama had this to say of their experience:

“Our family had an instant connection and comfort level with Ryan.  His amazing work will provide picture-perfect memories of our family’s vacation for years to come.  We also appreciated the personal, low-key, no pressure service provided by Pure 7 Studios.”

We are so humbled and grateful that this family (and countless others) chose us to capture these priceless times in their family history.  Wishing all of our beloved clients a safe, blessed, and beautiful Labor Day Weekend!  ~Erica

Beach Photographers | Family Portraits Rosemary Beach

Ryan so enjoyed this Rosemary Beach family portraits session taken last month. They were such a sweet family.  When asked what made this particular 30A vacation so special, Jennifer’s response was so great we couldn’t help but share:

 “We had so much fun at Rosemary Beach.  It was our first time there.  The last time we went to FL beaches, we went to Destin 6 years ago when our kids were 2 and 5 months old to escape Hurricane Ike which hit Houston pretty hard.  This time was much, much different!  Our kids have obviously grown a lot since then and were able to bike all over Rosemary Beach, Seacrest and Alys Beach.  They were able to toss a football with their dad or play tag with other vacationing kids outside our door on the Eastern Green (where the family portrait of all 7 of us was taken).  They swam at the pool and played at the beach every day.  They woke up late, weren’t on any sort of schedule all day and went to bed late which sounds pretty perfect for a vacation.  They went to Sugar Shak almost daily and got things there that sounded repulsive to us adults like a yard-long gummy snake or a yard of bubble gum.  Basically, they got to be kids and make a lot of the choices for a week.  And they got to spend the whole week with their baby cousin who they adore.  They say the part they’ll miss about our vacation the most is being able to play with their cousin any time they want.

These pictures are special to us because they mean family time to us.  They mean slowing down and letting everyone relax and letting kids be kids rather than the faster pace that we keep during the school year at home.  Also, our family of 4 had never had a professional family photo before.  We get the kids pictures professionally done at least 3 times a year and have lots of canvases of them all over our house, but this was truly our first family photo.

We are very, very thankful for you guys at Pure 7.  We were blessed that you were available when we were in FL, that Ryan was so patient with us and loved his easy going personality.  We felt at ease with Ryan were also amazed at the quality of the pictures/shots Ryan got.  And Lindsey has also been a pleasure to work with.  She’s also been so patient with us!  I’ve changed my mind a few times (too many great choices to choose from) and added on, etc., etc.   At our purchasing appointment, she was on time and valued our time so that we could get back out to having fun on the beach.  She was so great about going through the images with us as many times as we needed without guilt to hurry, and she helped give us pointers when we couldn’t decide or had a hard time choosing.  We are looking forward to working with Lindsey for our final Pure 7 item… Christmas cards. We are really excited about our session and getting our images in our hands so we can show all our friends and family!”

Thank you, Jennifer & family, for sharing what your Rosemary Beach, FL vacation and portraits meant to you.  We look forward to seeing and photographing you during future vacations to our Emerald Coast!  ~Erica

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Kaylor Family | 30A Beach Photographers

I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Julia when she called in early June to inquire about our 30a family portrait options and the possibility of us photographing her family during their upcoming vacation.  Their family experienced some huge milestones this year, and we were honored to have the opportunity to document this very special time in their lives.  As grandmother, Julia, put it: “This family vacation was filled with celebrations.  We celebrate Rachel’s remission from leukemia and her big brother, Tyler, becomes a teenager.  The quality of the pictures captured our shared happiness in this beautiful environment and become permanent memories.”  Ryan photographed their beach session right where they were staying (on the gorgeous stretch of fabulous 30A beaches), and we just loved capturing the affection between these two adorable siblings.  Lindsey had the pleasure of hosting their proofing & purchasing appointment in their beach house and we’re almost finished with their heirloom products, which included a canvas, wall portrait, and two albums.  We are so excited for them to receive them!  Thank you, Kaylor family, for choosing and allowing Pure7 to be part of such a momentous time in your family.  ~Erica

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Semertsidis Family Portrait Session | Destin, FL Photographers

We’ve added a new family portrait session to the ‘Families’ gallery on our website.  Here are a few sneak peeks, but be sure to check out the full gallery, here!  The Semertsidis family were wonderful to work with, and their Destin portrait sessions is one of our favorites this year.  Anna had this to say of their experience:  “Our family reunion was so special and everyone agreed that working with Pure7 made it even more amazing!  They were able to capture beautiful moments with ease and brought out the best in all of us.  The Pure7 team is flexible, warm, and their sincere personalities made for a seamless photo shoot.  They will forever be our family event photographers!”  Thank you, Anna, for your kind words!  We would be honored to photograph your family during future vacations to our Emerald Coast!

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Rice Family Beach Portraits | Destin, FL

Rice Family Beach Portraits: During the rainiest week in May we had a beautiful family from Kansas scheduled to come visit the beach and have some moments captured together.  The plan was to have some family portraits made while in Destin as a surprise for Mother’s Day.  What mother (seasoned or brand new) wouldn’t be thrilled with the idea of her family together for beach portraits?  We were particularly excited about meeting this family since, Julia (the sister with the super cool and funky pants) is friends with a bridesmaid from a wedding that we shot a couple of years back.  The highest compliment we can be paid is that of a referral from a previous client that is pleased and feels confident in our ability enough to send their loved ones to us.

Unfortunately, it decided to rain on the day that we originally had their shoot scheduled so we had to squeeze them in the day before they left to go back to Kansas.  This is one of the reasons why we suggest scheduling your family beach portraits session toward the beginning part of your stay so we are able to get you in with the instance of inclement weather.  Luckily both of our schedules permitted us to shoot with just enough time and they didn’t leave the beach without portraits!  With a little wind to keep us cool, the weather held out for us and crafted a perfectly pastel sky.


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