Pure7 Studios Unveils New, Redesigned Website

    I would like to extend an invitation to explore the new, streamlined Pure7 Studios website! Since our studio’s launch 10 years ago, this is only the 3rd time we’ve made a complete website re-haul. Although I loved our previous two custom-designed sites and was fortunate to work with some of the country’s best graphic designers, technology changes so fast that I’ve found the design and user interface of any site tends to become outdated quickly. My vision behind this new site was to go “back to the basics” of my very 1st website (launched under ‘Ryan Manthey Photography’ in 2007). My original website focused solely on showcasing my work and a had a clean, simple user interface – whereas our subsequent two sites became more about the quirky site design and user interaction (animation, visuals, etc.).  Although those things were great and served their purpose at the time, I found myself feeling like the actual images were getting lost in the mix. I’m excited to finally present visitors with a more comprehensive display of the culmination of my work.

    The progression and growth of Pure7 has been an unpredictable journey of self-discovery and realization. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how the unexpected changes that came about were like pieces of an out-of-focus puzzle, all coming together to form the cohesive brand that we are today.

    When I started Pure7 in 2007,  I had a general idea of where I wanted it to go. Back then, I wanted to grow the studio to have a team of shooters and staff and have my own stand-alone retail and shooting space. I envisioned growing things really big.

    As it turns out, God had a different plan…

    It’s been three years since our previous website was published and in those years, a lot has changed. We’ve had administrative staff and seasonal interns come and go, including our talented videographer and dear friend, Alan. He’s recently branched out on his own with our full support to pursue his love for travel and adventure films, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him! We were blessed to have had him on our team for over 3 years, and know that his insanely talented wedding videos will be missed by many. Many of you have asked about our #pure7fam’s Lindsey, who joined our team 7.5 years ago and has been there for much of our growth. She went on maternity leave in September for the birth of her first child. While she’s still a part of our team (and a huge part of our hearts), she’s on extended maternal leave to be with her child and we couldn’t possibly be happier for her. As skilled as Lindsey is in photography and sales, motherhood has been her best job yet and she’s amazing at it!

    I would’ve never imagined that in the three short years since our last website debuted, I’d be the only one working in the studio on a daily basis.  However, this dramatic shift has helped me grow and opened up new possibilities. It’s made me realize that, up until now, I was depending on others to do the things that I could have been doing. Things that I’d been telling myself I was incapable of.

    In finding myself back where I started, back at independence, I’ve found a renewed faith in God’s plan for me and my business. With each persons’ coming and going throughout the years of Pure7’s existence, and in spite of every obstacle that’s come our way, His plan is what has always remained constant. It’s what has led me here, which is exactly where I need to be.

    My wife Erica, who’s been beside me every step of the way, expanded on how Ryan’s epiphany led to the creation of the new website. “The last two sites were my projects,” she explains. “This time, I’m stepping back. For the 10-year anniversary of our business, Ryan has decided to go back to the basics of his very first site, where it’s clean and simple and more about the photos than about having the quirkiest and coolest site design. I’m so excited to see him using 100% of his God-given talent and following his own vision. To see Ryan single-handedly reimagining the new site that will lead our company into its next 10 years is awe-inspiring. I’m so proud of him, and I think the new site better reflects the direction he’s taken as an artist.”

    To help emphasize this new direction, I’ve added sections showcasing the distinctive portraiture that’s become my niche, in addition to Pure 7’s unique art prints. Furthermore, I’ve included a section that will highlight my venture into commercial photography, under Pure7 Creative.

    I encourage everyone to check out the new site at www.pure7studios.com and feedback is always appreciated! 



“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

-C. JoyBell C.

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The Knot Florida


Pure7 Studios is excited to have once again been featured in The Knot Magazine. TheKnot.com has become the #1 trusted authority on all things wedding, pioneering the online wedding marketplace and spawning off multiple platforms that have been utilized by millions of couples in planning their big day. The Wall Street Journal has called The Knot “the best-known wedding site on the Web” and they’ve more than earned that distinction. From convenient apps that assist with organizing every detail of their wedding to a line of best-selling books, The Knot is an essential tool for anyone looking to expertly plan an unforgettable wedding. We are happy to be included in their network of over 250,000 local wedding professionals around the country and it is always an honor when one of our shoots is highlighted in the pages of its flagship publication.


Rosemary Beach Lifestyle

Pure 7 Studios Rosemary Beach Lifestyle Photography 30A Community Walton County

Pure 7 Studios is delighted to announce that Bombora Sun & Surf and The Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Department has chosen us for a lifestyle photography shoot of one of the most exclusive communities along 30A: Rosemary Beach. At just over 100 acres, Rosemary Beach is truly a unique setting. Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Walton County, this microcosm of Paradise is home to those seeking a vacation from the common predicaments of modern day life. From biking along the narrow, tree-lined streets to dining in any number of award winning local eateries; from window shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques to finding that perfect piece of art for your home back in the real world, every moment spent here is a reminder of why you came. You’ll encounter everyone from casually clad families in town for a week to well-dressed celebrities taking a welcome break from Hollywood and Broadway. The one thing that everyone seems to have in common, regardless of their background, is their mutual acknowledgement that Rosemary Beach is an escape into contentment.


Pure 7 Studios Featured in VIE Magazine

Pure 7 Studios is grateful and excited to have our recent collaborations with artist Andy Saczynski featured in VIE Magazine. This award winning luxury lifestyle magazine is an asset to our community and a true representation of style, taste, culture, and class. Having had the pleasure of working one on one with VIE’s publisher, Lisa Burwell, and their creative team, we can genuinely call this a gratifying experience. On top of possessing a sincere zest for life and an admirable work ethic, Lisa clearly has her finger on the pulse of what’s trending in this day and age. VIE Magazine has consistently published meaningful content that touches on the importance of artists worldwide and we are humbled to be included among them. We want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Lisa and the crew at VIE for the exceptional exposure on a nationwide level. The article has created an unprecedented amount of buzz and the feedback has been nothing short of amazing. What started as a simple idea to enhance our photography has turned into a successful endeavor and we are eternally grateful for VIE’s contribution to our dream.

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“Creating any type of art for a living is a risk that goes beyond the bottom line all the way to your soul.”

A couple of high school buddies coming together to create an original art style might sound like something out of a Mark Twain novel but that’s exactly how this all came about. The beginning of Andy and Pure 7’s relationship dates all the way back to high school. Some time later, despite both of them having realized their dreams of running their own art studios full time, neither of them had ever seriously discussed working together. When Ryan finally decided to approach Andy with a painted photography concept that had been tucked away in the back of his mind for nearly ten years, he was astounded to find that Andy had been contemplating the same idea! Apparently, great minds really do think alike.


Making Waves in the Fight Against Cancer

A Local Charity is Making Waves in the Fight Against Cancer

“As I was walking along the beach with my Lord… I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord.”

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From the pristine waters of Miramar Beach, Florida to the pure white sands of Orange Beach, Alabama, something very special is transpiring. Small groups of charitable donors have joined hands to offer families dealing with a cancer diagnosis a much needed escape from their usual everyday routine. Waves of Grace, a non-profit organization, is providing patients who are undergoing cancer treatment, along with their families, an all-expenses-paid getaway to the tranquil beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in hopes that some sun and sand might help unburden them and offer some much needed healing.READ MORE

SWFW | South Walton Fashion Week 2016

Alan has had the pleasure of filming South Walton Fashion Week – SWFW the past two years. In anticipation of this year’s events which we’re looking forward to attending as guests next week (Oct. 5-8), we thought we’d share a few of the fun fashion videos from last year’s runway shows. In case you aren’t familiar with this fabulous event, here’s more from the SWFW website:

South Walton Fashion Week (SWFW) was created in 2013 by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) as a way to showcase South Walton’s growing fashion scene and increase cultural tourism while raising funds for the CAA’s Art For All Program, which provides much-needed arts education dollars to teachers, students, artists and arts organizations.


Pure7 Summer | Hangout Music Festival Shot on Film

As we wrap up the last full week of summer break and summer beach portraits, we thought we’d take a look back at a session that was definitely not your average beach shoot.

Pure7 Studios Film Hangout Summer Music Festival 2016

One rainy Friday morning in May, our own Ryan Manthey joined the throngs of the faithful making the annual pilgrimage to the mecca of music festivals. Held along the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, Hangout Music Festival cannot be explained; it has to be experienced. And experience it, he did.


Emerald Coast Weddings | Featured Friday

Featured Friday is here! It’s been quite a while since we’ve celebrated some of our published weddings and we are excited to show you! It always brightens up our day when that “You’ve Been Featured” email drops into our inbox, because that means we’ve gotten to photograph yet another bride with a truly unique sense of style. And when we have one picked up by multiple outlets, including a print publication, we are just beside ourselves.

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We hope you enjoy viewing these recent features as much as we’ve loved shooting them!


Pure7 Goals | Community Over Competition – Part 1

In our business, as with most any field, competition is fierce. We live in a premiere destination wedding location and there is no shortage of vendors from which clients can choose when planning their big day. It would seem, then, that business growth conferences and networking groups would get first dibs on our calendar. What caught our attention a year ago, however, was a national organization called The Rising Tide Society that fosters a completely different mindset. Their monthly TuesdaysTogether gatherings are based on the philosophy of community over competition, which fit perfectly with who we are – so much so that Pure7’s co-owner, Erica, decided to start a local chapter. Almost immediately, it was clear that this concept resonated with more than just the #pure7fam. Erica just returned from the first national conference in Charleston (fab photos below!). With over 50 local creative entrepreneurs coming to next week’s meet-up, we thought we’d chat with her to find out why this is such a big deal.



Andy Saczynski + Ryan Manthey |30A Painted Photography – Part 2

Greetings from a stunningly beautiful 68° day along the Emerald Coast! Go ahead – you’re allowed to be jealous for a minute. Wedding Season has started, and that means only one thing: Portrait Season is coming. Our little black book is filling up, so please don’t wait to contact us to book your session. We’ve already had some fun family shoots that we’ll be blogging soon, which means we’re all warmed up (literally, thanks to this fabulous spring weather) and ready to shoot.

So what have we been doing in the off-season? Oh, just a little exclusive collaboration with a nationally-known artist. You know, nbd.

Actually, it’s a REALLY big deal. We were beyond excited last month to debut a brand new painted photography project with mixed media artist and high school buddy Andy Saczynski, who is fast becoming a household name in the art community. The short version is that Ryan, our lead photographer and studio co-owner, takes a photo and prints it on heirloom-quality canvas. He then hands it off to Andy, who contemplates it for a few days and then paints on the photo whatever inspires him. The results have been nothing short of fantastic and the first one sold in one day. For real. That’s why the next step seemed like a no-brainer.