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.

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Fuji XT-1 Review

I fell in love with the Fuji XT-1 after playing with it at a workshop I attended in April. It was extraordinarily difficult to find at first, as everywhere I looked it was on back order, but at last I was able to obtain the camera & kit lens. I think the lens this body is shipped with is capable of breaking down prior notions that kit lenses perform less than desirable. My eye was on the 23mm 1.4, as 35mm is a comfortable focal length for me, although the 18-55mm 2.8-4 I received is a nice piece of glass. Upon seeing the package had shipped I nearly squealed like a school girl. A piece of gear hasn’t had me this excited in a long time.

Examining the images after my first shots revealed the images from the 23mm 1.4 are sharp and clean. To my surprise the camera produces beautiful colors similar to the Fuji film I’ve grown to love, and handles shooting in undesirable and harsh lighting conditions. As opposed to traditional Nikon or Canon viewfinder, the EVF (electronic-view-finder) system will blow your mind and is one of my favorite features. If you have big hands like I it may take sometime to grow familiar with the positioning of the button and dials. If you can look beyond its similarity in appearance to a point-n-shoot, the compact size provides more benefit than setback. It’s a relief to have a compact camera capable of producing images similar to a full-frame body, as shooting 7+ hours on larger bodies and lenses definitely takes a toll physically on ones body.  ~Ryan

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Photographer INTERNSHIP 2013……..we want you!

Essential is your ability to learn by observation. The intern schedule will average assisting* on 1-2 sessions per week, and 1 – 2 weddings per month (*camera-bag carrying, observing, etc.). Outdoor sessions typically take place on weekdays from 3:30-5:30pm (currently) and 5:30-7:30pm (summer). Weddings times vary, are usually on Saturdays, and average 8 hours. We are willing to work with your schedule, but you must have high availability during the above stated times. Like most things in life, you will get out of it in proportion to what you put into it.

If you are interested in the photographer internship, please email Ryan directly at ryan@pure7studios.com. Please include a phone number, and a brief description of why you would like to be considered. Please also include a brief description of your experience as a photographer or experience in photography and confirm that you have read through the above schedule & eligibility requirements.

Look forward to hearing from enthusiastic individuals!