Emerald Coast Magazine Editorial Shoot | GUSU Paddlesports

Every once in a while we get asked to step outside our weddings and portraits routine to be part of a really cool collaboration. Lucky for us it happened again not too long ago and we had the pleasure of doing an editorial shoot for Emerald Coast Magazine. The shoot was for their upcoming feature on GUSU Paddle & Surf.

We might be biased, but working with GUSU was a blast.  If you won’t take our word for it then look through the photos we captured below. They’ll speak far better than we ever could and might even help you find your sense of adventure to sign up and take a class.  They hold their ongoing class at Calhoun Park on Thursday mornings at 9:15. You can pre-sign-up by calling/texting 850-974-2005 or through their website.

Classes cost $25 if you need to rent a board and go down to $10 a class if you bring your own. You can also get a discount when you prepay for classes and for no extra cost they will schedule a special class as long as you have four or more people.  Of course some may want a private lesson and they are more than happy to schedule one for an additional cost.

If you just can’t get enough of GUSU and want to see everything they have to offer then head on over to their website and keep a look out for their feature in Emerald Coast Magazine.

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Our schedule is filling up fast, so contact us now to make sure we’re available for your next special moment or family trip.

Family Photo Tips | Burton Family

Have you ever had a friend or family member come try and take some family photos and felt awkward because you didn’t know how to pose or what to wear? Do you take countless photos with your phone but never take the time to get them printed or organized? It seems today with technology at all our finger tips photography isn’t as fun or meaningful as it can be. To try and “bring sexy back” to photography we put together a list of some of our family photo tips so you can get the most out of your family photos. Below are the Burton’s and their family beach portraits measured up against all our tips. You can look at them for examples.

Pick a Palette. Deciding what to where can always be VERY stressful when trying to dress a group. Everybody has their own ideas about what looks good. Your clothing is meant to enhance your look, not distract from it. Our best advice to accomplish that is to stick to three colors at the most. Then you’re coordinating and everyone can wear their own style. Along with liking what you’re wearing, picking something that flatters is key. If something doesn’t fit right, you won’t be comfortable and it will show. The Burton’s picked blue, white, and a red/coral color. Everything goes great together so your eye isn’t distracted by something that feels out of place or mismatched.

Bend the Body. In life we are constantly moving around. Bending our knees to run, sit, or jump. We bend our arms to wave at someone, eat, text, and work. We turn our heads to get a different point of view whether we want to get the sun out of our eyes or get a better look at something far away. The point is, you need to be natural and bend the body when you take your photos. Don’t stand or sit stiff. In every single family portrait of the Burtons they have bend in the body. They look alive with natural movement. Notice the hand on the hip, sitting cross legged, an arm behind someone, and even holding hands.

Get Goofy. Here’s your chance to really showcase who you are. Feel free to make jokes, laugh, dance, and just be exactly who you are. We realize this is easier said than done, but look at any two photos where one group is sitting in a perfect pose with stiff smiles to the camera and the other is the first family photo in our collection below. None of the Burtons are looking at the camera and it almost looks like it could be a candid shot between actual shots. That’s the beauty of getting goofy. We’d rather look at the Burton’s any day because their photo tells a story as each person is expressing part of their personality.

Hire a Professional. This is probably the best tip we can give you about family photos. We hear over and over how people are taking all of their photos with their phone but doing nothing with them. They just sit on the phone or a hard drive waiting for someone to “get to it” so they can be organized, printed and put on display. On top of that, lighting, focus, framing, making sure everyone has fun and getting the shot is what we do. It makes for a stress free experience after which we offer you a variety of ways to make a keepsake you can display or share for years and years to come.

Hopefully these tips come in handy as you take your next trip or have a fun family day you want to remember. If you have any tips you’d like to add, please do so in the comments below.

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If you like what you see but want to see more, check out more of our Pure 7 Families and their family beach portraits.

If you’ve seen enough and you’re ready to book your next session. Contact us for pricing and availability ASAP! Our calendar is filling up fast.

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!

 

Bride and Groom |Another 30a Featured Friday

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve celebrated some of our published weddings which truly feature the Bride and Groom. Let these couples and their pictures inspire you as every wedding photo collection is a unique visual expression representing the love between the newlyweds.

The first wedding we’re sharing is Jamie and Matt‘s which was featured on 30a Weddings.  The groom accented their neutral look with a green tie which coordinated perfectly with her bouquet. They chose earth tones for their colors and it matched them perfectly. Everything about them and their celebration emphasized how much natural beauty there is in the world if we just pay attention to the people, places, and things.

Our next feature can be found on Every Last Detail showing off Lindsie and Shane‘s white wedding which took place in coveted Alys Beach.

“Well besides the fact of walking down the aisle and seeing my future husband steps in front of me, my next favorite thing about my wedding has to be the setting and how quaint it was.” – The Bride

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Lindsie! Be sure to look at the full feature to read all of her thoughts on their special day.

We didn’t think it could get any better, but then we had Katie and Michael featured on Borrowed and Blue. Without wanting to spoil their amazing wedding with our words, I’ll just say the phrase “it’s all in the details” has probably never been more true. Everywhere you look within these beautiful weddings, there’s inspiration for every bride and groom.

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Classic Beach Photos in Destin | Braswell Family

We had so much fun shooting the Braswell family in Destin this past year. They totally changed it up from what we normally see.  They traded in the traditional white and blue beach look for classic beach photos in black. (Yes, you read that right.) Black. The Braswell’s dared to go dark wearing black tops for their family beach photos. We must say, we’re pretty pleased with the results.

We love them for staying true to themselves and wearing what they felt comfortable in. While not just any old outfit will photograph well, being comfortable and confident in your appearance is huge. Lucky for us this darling family of four has taken their turn in front of our camera several times over. Year after year we get to check in, take some photos, and see how they boys have changed and grown. Having a history of  together just makes everything go a littler smoother. They know the drill and come ready to bring it.

Our relationship with the Braswells is truly special bond for us to have with a client here on the Emerald Coast. We’re a destination wedding and leisure vacation spot so we get to capture beautiful weddings and family beach trips for those who figured out we have the best beaches in the world.

Whether we get you once or a bunch, we cherish our time with each and every client. A warm and heartfelt thanks to Tara and her men in black for once again letting us preserve their family in photographs. We can hardly wait til we meet again.

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If you’re coming to our beautiful beaches this summer and want your beach photos of your family, contact us for pricing and availability.

 

Sharing Our Photography On Social Media

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware Pure7 Studios is on social media. In fact, most of you probably found this very blog post on one of our social media platforms. At any rate, we just wanted to take a few minutes and talk about why we love sharing our photography on social media and where you can get social with us. Plus, we’ve recently added a new social aspect to our repertoire that’s just stellar.

Facebook

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It’s the most obvious place you can find us. If you ‘like’ and follow our facebook page (be sure to hover over the ‘like’ button and select ‘get notifications’ so you won’t miss our posts!), you’re getting the biggest variety of what we share socially. Here we get to introduce all of our new #pure7couples and shout out to previous clients when our photos of them are featured in various wedding magazines or on online. We’re also working hard to keep our photo albums up to date with our most recent work, in addition to posting each of our new blog posts. This is also a great place to interact with us and the wonderful vendors we work with year round.

Google+ 

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Another great place to see pretty much anything we put online. Whether it’s our latest blog post, a shout out to a client, or photos featured in various publications; you’ll be able to see it on Google+ in full force. We recognize not everybody likes the same platform and we’re also too proud of the photos and videos we create for us not to share socially on all platforms possible. If you don’t have currently have a Google+ account, it’s definitely something to look into. Behind Facebook, it has more users than any other social media app.

Twitter & Periscope

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Some like quick and candid interactions. For that, we have Twitter. We use this primarily to share our blog posts. Using only 140 characters, we’re able to be short and concise sharing one great photo from the post to give followers a sneak peak. We definitely recommend pairing Twitter with one or more of our other social sites in order to make sure you don’t miss anything!

You can also now find us on Periscope, which is a new live video-streaming app by Twitter, available on iTunes. Follow is to view a live porthole from time to time for a sneak peek of our photographers in action, and even some family time while out & about in Destin, Rosemary Beach, or 30A!

 Pinterest 

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Anyone that knows how Pinterest works can see why we love to use it to showcase our wedding and family portrait photography. The BEST part about it is we can easily group and share things on Pinterest that we can’t anywhere else. Here we have a board with tips and tricks to picking colors for family photos.  Putting together quick but helpful bits of information is so easy. It’s also a very visual platform so we can showcase all of our clients and use our photos to inspire other couples, families and photographers to get what they want out of their next professional session. This is a great place for anyone to get inspired.

Instagram

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I’m sure it’s not shocking to see photographers on a photography app. We love this app because it’s the easiest and most fun way for us to intermix personal photos and happenings with our professional wedding or portrait sessions. When you start to follow us, you’ll see we keep it simple. Just Pure7 photos and videos for your eyes to feast on.

Steller

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If you haven’t figured it out by now, this is the newest addition to our social media mayhem. Steller is a storytelling app bringing together visual art, design, and writing. Here, you’ll get to see our photography tell a story with short quotes or thoughts tying everything together. If you love art and stories that are thought provoking and have the ability to stir up emotions – Steller is for you. If you also love art and stories that are whimsical, silly and entertaining – Steller is for you to. We feel at home on Steller and think everyone else can, too.

First Family Beach Photos in Destin, FL | Bennett Family

It is said, “good things come to those who wait.” We’d like to think when it came to the Bennett’s first family beach photos we had a hand in making that come true. See,  a little over a year ago Amanda reached out to us wanting to do a professional photo shoot with her family because they’d never taken professional photos of their son. We set an appointment during their vacation to Miramar Beach here on the Emerald Coast and the rest is history.

When we finally got to meet the Bennetts for their session, we couldn’t wait to get started. Being the first portrait photographer to capture their child’s innocence and personality on camera just tickled us. We had a great time on the beach getting to know them and couldn’t be happier with the collection of family portraits we created for them.

One of the best parts of their beach portraits was the way they used the natural beauty of our unmatched beaches.  Instead of using the emerald green water behind them for every shot, we also used the natural vegetation and flowers making a perfect backdrop as we photographed fun family moments. Of course, it wouldn’t matter how beautiful the background was without a great family to work with.

The Bennett’s photos only turned out so great because of their willingness to be themselves in front of the camera. While some of the photos are of the family sitting posed, most of the day was spent getting great shots of them just interacting. They experienced a new first together as a family on the beach that day, and it was our pleasure to be with them preserving the memories they made. We feel so lucky to have met them and couldn’t be more proud they asked us to take their first professional family portrait.

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Contact us for information about our services and availability. We’d love to meet your family!

Grandparent Portraits in Watercolor, FL |The Abneys

We are so excited to share the family beach photos we took of the Abney boys on their trip to Watercolor, FL. The main reason is because this was grandparent portraits session of Grandpa and his three grandsons. It’s not very often we get to spend an entire session shooting the special bond between these generations. Grandma even came and got in a few of the photos making it even more special for everyone.

Hopefully as these three boys grow up they will think back on this special trip and look at these photos appreciating the time they spent on our beautiful beaches with their Grandparents. They are definitely some of the lucky ones.

If you don’t have photos with your Grandparents it’s definitely something to consider doing. Even if you don’t  takes trips with them or want to use a family portrait photographer.  They would make a great father’s day present or addition to any family photo album.

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If you like what you see, you can see more family portrait sessions on our website.

To find out when we’re available to shoot your family or special event send us a message.

Digital Graffiti 2014 | Pure7 Studios Proud Sponsor

There is an entire culture of people who consider graffiti an art. After seeing some of the pieces by Banksy or Shepard Fairey and the messages they spread, we can’t disagree. Their pieces require artistic talent and much like musicians, painters, photographers and all artists; graffiti artists are inspired by the world around them.

We only bring this up because in just three weeks, the white walls of Alys Beach will become a gallery of graffiti art. The only catch? It’s all digital graffiti.  The city hosts a digital graffiti festival in conjunction with Visit South Walton, celebrating the talents of digital artists everywhere. Around this time each year artists come from all over the world to showcase their ability to design using the newest technology. Of course like all great festivals, Digital Graffiti attracts musicians, filmmakers, photographers, digital artists, and even celebrities.

If you’re not familiar with digital graffiti as an art form or event, you soon will be. Scroll through our photos and watch the Pure7  highlight video of Digital Graffiti 2014. Our work will show you everything you need to know. Plus, as digital artists in our own right, Pure7 Studios remains a proud sponsor of Digital Graffiti for the third year in a row.

Consider this your personal invitation to come join us at the festivities and see the latest digital graffiti up close and personal. The entire #Pure7Fam will be there doing what we do best – documenting all the happenings of the festival and celebrate the talented artists working outside our medium.

Buy your tickets for the Digital Graffiti festival (June 4-6th) on digitalgraffiti.com

Keep up with Digital Graffiti 2015 on Facebook, Twitter (@DGAlysBeach), and Instagram (@DJAlysBeach).

Can’t wait to see you there!

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