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graphic designers, technology changes so fast that I’ve found the design and user interface of any site tends to become outdated quickly.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! 

Warmly,

Ryan

“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.

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.

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Rosemary Beach Lifestyle

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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.

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Baby Elliot

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We are overjoyed to announce the latest addition to the Pure7 family! On September 28, our longtime photographer, sales manager and friend, Lindsey, and her fiancé Josiah welcomed their first child into the world. Having known Lindsey for 7 years, and having considered her a part of our family for equally as long, we here at Pure7 would like to extend to her our most heartfelt congratulations on the birth of her baby boy,Elliot.

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Annual Showdown of Florida vs Florida State

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If you keep up with college football, you know all about rivalries. If you keep up with college football and you live in Florida, you know all about the annual showdown of Florida vs. Florida State. If you’re a photographer in Florida with credentials, you grab your gear and head to Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee for the biggest game of the year. That is exactly how our lead photographer Ryan Manthey spent his Saturday, thanks to a press pass from Larry Davidson at Emerald Coast Magazine.
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What to Wear for an Engagement Shoot

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The What to Wear Conundrum 

From finding the perfect dress to picking out wedding china, planning your big day can feel like a dizzying whirlwind. One big decision on a bride’s mind around the eight to six month mark is “What in the world do I wear for our Engagement photos?!”

Whether you’re keeping it casual or playing dress up, here are some basic guidelines to help you capture that “enchanted love” feel as opposed to the highly feared “cheesy Christmas card” look.

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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.

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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.

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#Pure7Baby!

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It is with excitement beyond belief that we present the maternity portraits of our very own Lindsey of the #pure7fam!  We’ve also included some of her handsome fiance, Josiah.  (Gotta give the daddies love, too!)  But back to the wonderful “Miss Lins”…

As lead associate photographer and portrait sales manager, Lindsey has been an integral part of the Pure7 team for the past 7 years, literally becoming part of our family.  Heck, she’s even helped raise our family and has even been the nanny to our kids while we were away!  Coming to work everyday, she’s been a staple in our business and family since our kids were babies.  Our daughter idolizes her like a cool, hip, older sister and our sons treat her like a big sister, too.  The kind that gives you loving discipline when needed and that you secretly love and adore (but would never admit to it)!

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