Tiffany + Aaron | Miramar Beach Wedding

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” – Andri Cauldwell

It’s hard to imagine a time when wedding films weren’t a thing and wedding photography was only one simple black and white photo of the couple with maybe one or two more of the newlyweds with their parents.  Back then, all of the beautiful colors had to be remembered or written down because they couldn’t be captured for the eye to see.

It’s even harder to imagine we didn’t have color when we look through all of the wedding photography Ryan and Lindsey have generated over the years. We never tire of seeing all of the beautiful colors that make up the Emerald Coast.  From Destin and Miramar Beach down to 30A  and all the way out to Panama City Beach, the sugar-white sand and emerald green water serve as the signature to the area and a staple in every one of our beach weddings.

Tiffany and Aaron’s beautiful beachfront wedding took place on Miramar Beach at Ocean Reef Resorts.  As you can see below,  they let us merge what’s old and new to create a stunning collection (at least we think so) to represent their big day. The black and white photos of Tiffany are so timeless and elegant and then adding in the color photos which bring everything to life really gave their record of the day something unique.

We hope your soul is as delighted as your eyes.

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To see more look through our photo gallery and learn about all of the sessions we offer.

If you want to inquire about pricing or booking for your upcoming wedding, click here!

THE GOULD FAMILY BEACH PHOTOS | SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL

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!

 

FEATURED FRIDAY | ROSEMARY BEACH AND SEASIDE BEACH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

It seems time to once again count our blessings and take a moment to feel proud of our wedding photographers Ryan and Lindsey!  Last week Grey Likes Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes, and Nardos Imam each featured our wedding photography on their blog! Our videographer, Alan, also had his editorial wedding film of our Rosemary Beach styled shoot featured on the Green Wedding Shoes feature, so be sure to check his fantastic video out as well!

You probably recognize Katie and Patton Van Veckhoven by now – their Seaside Beach wedding was featured by Nardos Imam and Grey Likes Weddings. Nardos Imam (located in Dallas, TX) is the bridal salon Katie worked with to design her dream wedding gown.  They talked about where they found design inspiration to create her the perfect dress and included our images to showcase how stunning it was when all was said and done.

Grey Likes Weddings took a different angle in covering Katie and Patton’s wedding, doing a fun Q&A style article with the bride. They asked Katie all the right questions and shared all the right photos – showing off the couple’s blog worthy style. We just can’t get enough of the natural table settings or her fur shawl or the beautiful bouquet or . . . well, you get the idea.

Last but certainly not least, Green Wedding Shoes featured an incredibly fun GEODE-inspired editorial shoot we did. It was coordinated by Flowers by Milk & Honey  who set the stage at Rosemary Beach.  Every detail was accounted for and we couldn’t be happier or more humbled for getting to work with such a great team of vendors to bring this vision to life.  We can’t say thank you enough to everyone involved (a full list of vendors is included in each feature via the links above) and furthermore to everyone who has already expressed how much they love these photos. Your praises continue to push us to strive for excellence in our art bringing Destin, 30A, Seaside Beach, Rosemary Beach the best wedding photography we can.

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If you loved these features, check out the rest of our FEATURED FRIDAY blog posts.

To inquire about our wedding photography and other services please 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!

 

Courtney & Brandon | WEDDING VIDEO

Every time Alan is hired to create wedding videos we get excited.  Something about preserving the day in motion really compliments the beach wedding photos traditionally taken at destination weddings. In wedding videography not only do you get to see the day unfold as everybody does their part to make it perfect, you get to live it. The wedding video Alan made for Courtney and Brandon’s Carillon Beach wedding in Panama City is a perfect example!  Their wedding had so many beautiful elements to it and he captured all of them. You get to watch as Brandon’s face lights up when he sees Courtney for the first time in her dress.  You catch every subtle expression of love the couple shares be it the quick squeeze of holding hands or a stolen kiss between poses.

From everybody getting ready or using vintage family wedding photography as decorations, to the beautiful beach ceremony followed by dancing and celebration –  as you watch you just feel like you were there.  The love Courtney and Brandon have surrounding them by family and friends is so apparent and Alan was able to preserve it all.

Click the play button to experience Courtney and Brandon’s wedding video for yourself.

To see more of our wedding videos, click here.
To learn more about how to book us to shoot your wedding video, 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.

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PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS | PART 2 OF 2

I couldn’t be more excited to share today’s photos completing the collection of film photos Ryan took of our family outings, vacations, and daily life shenanigans the past few years. If you saw part one of our personal photographs then you know I don’t love getting my picture taken. You also know I let Ryan take my photo anyway because I know how much it means to him and at the end of the day . . . and I love having the photos of me with the kids to look back on. Many of the below photographs were taken in the small farm town that Ryan grew up in (Ramona, South Dakota). There are also some gems from our travels to visit my family in Pittsburgh, PA.

Selecting the photos to share gave me a revived appreciation for the world we live in. Ryan captured so many point-of-view shots capturing what we saw in addition to who we are. Plus, I love looking at the world the way he sees it. He has such a talent for finding the right frame or angle to expose a moment for what it truly is. I feel that’s what makes him such a great portrait and wedding photographer. He’s able to take a beach wedding at 30A , family portrait or engagement session and really show you the unique personality and love shared at each one. No two families are exactly the same. I hope you enjoy the craziness that is ours!  ~Erica

Some of the cameras Ryan used include (but are not limited to) :

Fuji GF 670, Contax 645, Hasselblad 501C (using a variety of film processed by theFINDlab and Richard Photo Lab).

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day |Reliving A New Orleans Wedding Shoot

It’s no secret we love what we do! Not only do we live in Destin and get to shoot the best destination weddings in the world (we might be a little biased), we also get to photograph the most beautiful, love-filled moments couples and families experience. Then, we get to watch them relive those moments when they see their photos in our photography studio for the first time.

We wanted in on the fun, so we did some reliving of our own this week. After looking through several of our beautiful Rosemary Beach wedding and engagement sessions we stumbled upon a destination wedding inspiration shoot from 2012 (shot in New Orleans with Sapphire Events).

It’s a given every beach wedding or engagement session we shoot is unique and beautiful, but there was something about the elegance, playfulness and pink color scheme within these NOLA wedding photos that quickly made it our Valentine’s Day pick!

Coordinated by the wildly talented Sapphire Events, the editorial shoot came to life with the expertise of Mrs. Vintage Rentals, Kim Starr Wise, and countless others. Style Me Pretty even decided to feature it on their Little Black Book blog! It was a blast to shoot (photographers love to travel) and almost as fun to relive.

We hope you enjoy this stunning editorial wedding as much as we do!

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To see the full editorial shoot, click here.

On this holiday dedicated to the celebration of love and romance we want to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! Spend it making memories with loved ones and take a couple photos so you can forever relive your moments of love.

To say hi or learn more about having us take the photos while you make the memories, go to our contact page.

Wedding Albums | Guest post

 

 We’re so excited to have a guest post today, written by our wonderful album designer of The Album Design! We’ve worked hand-in-hand with Brandon for over four years, and he currently designs all of our gorgeous album layouts. Creating a custom heirloom album for our clients is one of our favorite things about the wedding photography process, so we are excited to present this topic to you!

 Designing a Classic and Memorable Wedding Album

Hey guys! I’m Brandon from The Album Design, we’re a post-production company that works with photographers (some amazing ones at that, like Pure 7 Studios!), and would’ve never imagined that a small side hobby would turn into a fully staffed operation only a couple years into it. We’ve partnered with hundreds of photographers over the years . We’ve been designing albums for 7 years now; we’ve seen it all, and designed it all. Erica and Ryan asked us to share a bit of the knowledge that we’ve accumulated over the many hundreds of wedding albums that we’ve designed, and we were happy to oblige.

So, we’re going to quickly chat about our mindset, our methodology, how we see things, etc., but first things first. Let’s chat about the why.

Why order an album? I already have all the images on a disk!

Most photographers these days give a disc with all of the high-resolution images from your wedding on it, and then allow you to do what you wish with them. This sounds great! So you shouldn’t need anything else right?

Well, not exactly. I know from experience, that images on your computer don’t get looked at quite as often as something physical. Just recently, I got married, and we opted to get a wedding album instead of just the high-resolution images, and we show the wedding album to everyone who comes over to visit. You can be sure that we’re not opening up the computer and sitting in front of it with all of our guests. The experience of a gorgeous, high-quality printed album really makes everyone want to look through the album and re-live the moments. This is especially true for grandparents, or less tech-literate relatives: they really appreciate being able to see the images in a format that they’re used to.

Secondly, it’s about durability. Images get lost, and computers get stolen, but a wedding album that’s kept in your house typically becomes a treasured heirloom. Most wedding albums these days are made to last a lifetime (or more), and you end up treating it with a lot more care than the images in a folder on your computer. Technology changes so quickly, that it’s never guaranteed that images will be viewed the same way digitally. We all remember looking at our parents wedding albums (although they didn’t look exactly the way they do now), and being able to have a hard copy will ensure that they last a lot longer.

Lastly, it’s about leaving a memory behind, a legacy for your children, grand-children, and your grand-children’s grand-children. They may not ever get the chance to really know you, but they will get to look through the photos 40, 50 or even 100 years later and experience some of the joy that you felt on your wedding day. Think of it as a window into your personality, the details you chose, the way you got down on the dance floor, how you looked into his eyes while you were saying your vows. One day your grandchildren will talk about how beautiful grandma was on her wedding day and how dashing grandpa was in that three-piece suit!

Okay, you convinced me. So how should it look? What type of album should I order?

At the end of the day, it’s really about your own personal taste. There are plenty of different options from paper, size, cover, finishing, presentation boxes, etc. Let’s go through each of the options quickly.

Size: To start with, you’re going to want an appropriate representation of the day. It can be difficult to cut images out, or leave out any parts of the day, that’s why we really recommend not going with a small album. If your budget doesn’t necessarily allow for that size of an album, then of course you have to do what makes sense. However, being able to tell your story with the images is the ultimate goal for your wedding album. For an average sized wedding, we’d recommend about 25-35 spreads (that’s two pages side-by-side).

Paper: Most of the mid to high-end albums come with thick pages, which are actually printed pages mounted on a thick backing. They give a super high quality finish, and add to the durability of the album. Again, if you’re a bit more conscious of your budget, there are “coffee table” style books that are simply high quality pages that are bound like a hardcover book. These are still a good option, and most album providers make a fantastic coffee table style book.

Binding: There are two options for this. You can get flush-mounted albums, which are also called “lay flat” albums. They have no page gutter in the center, and they lay completely flat. Then, there’s also a typical coffee table style binding, which goes hand in hand with the coffee table style books, of course. These have a gutter in the center of the page where it can be hard to get them to lay flat when you’re showing the album to people or viewing the album yourself. When we design these albums, we leave a bit more room towards the center of the book.

Cover: The typical option for high-end books is a plush, leather-bound cover. There are tons of different colors and patterns to choose from, so the choice is totally yours! You can also get albums with a linen or fabric finish, but the durability is about the same between the two, so it’s purely an aesthetic choice. Again, there’s also a slightly cheaper option of just an image wrap hardcover, still durable, but a bit more simple.

Presentation, finishing, etc.: Some album companies provide the albums in a beautiful wooden or linen box for storage, durability and safe-keeping. Some may also offer it as an extra charge, but it can be a nice add-on that looks quite nice on a coffee table or shelf.

I think I know what I want now, but which images should I choose?

The most important thing of any album is telling a story. More specifically, telling your story. You have memories of the day that you may want to tell, but your photographer may have another perspective and moments during the day that you didn’t get to experience. So we would typically recommend a combination of both, select your favorite images that you couldn’t live without, and then allowing your photographer (or us!) to fill out the rest of the album with the story of the day.

Family Formals: If you have any partners or guests of relatives that may not be around in a couple of years, it may make it strange to include them in the family formals, as they’ll be in the album forever! This will be unique to everyone, of course, so use your best judgement.

Portrait Images: Portrait images are often the most impacting, and look amazing when spread over two pages. You’ll definitely want to capture some of your favorites to display throughout the album.

Dancing/Fun: We LOVE throwing a big collage at the end of every album with a bunch of shots of your guests gettin’ down. It’s such a fun closer to the wedding, and really shows everyone (even your older relatives) having a great time.

At the end of the day, your album is about you. Your story, your special day. Don’t leave those images to rot in a folder on that computer downstairs. Display them, show them off! A wedding album is a perfect way to keep those memories forever.

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 Thank you so much, Brandon, for this awesome post. Below are some pictures of our actual client’s albums and layouts (designed, of course, by The Album Design – the best album designers in the world)! Now lets look at some pictures of actual wedding album layouts and albums!

 

These beautiful wedding album layouts were used in creating a gorgeous 12×9 Premium Leather Flush Mount Album from Natalie & Parker’s Seaside, FL wedding (coordinated by It’s A Shore Thing):

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This is the beautiful 10×10 Coffee Table Book from Brandy & Greg’s Celebration Hall wedding:
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Here are some images of the beautiful new line of premium RedTree wedding albums that we proudly offer (images courtesy of RedTree):

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To contact us about photographing and creating a beautiful wedding album from your destination wedding, click here.

Personal Photographs | Part 1 of 2

 Ryan loves photographing our family (our three kids & I) with his film cameras. Here are some fun, personal film photographs taken over the past few years during our outings, family vacations, and daily life shenanigans. As you can see, we have a lot of fun while about and about in Destin, 30A & even visiting family in Pennsylvania! Being married to a photographer can prove difficult at times, only because I’m not really wild about having my picture taken. However, this helps me relate to our clients – as having your portrait made isn’t always the most ‘natural’ thing in the world. Luckily, Ryan has a natural gift for making even the toughest of subjects (including me) at ease . . . which is one of the things I admire most about him. Recently, these pictures were used by Ryan to create an amazing family portrait album by Artifact Uprising! It is now displayed proudly on our coffee table, and will be a treasured heirloom for generations to come. I hope you enjoy this little peek into our daily family life! (This post is Part 1 of 2, and Part 2 will be posted next week!)  -Erica

Some of the cameras Ryan used include (but are not limited to) :

 Fuji GF 670, Contax 645, Hasselblad 501C (using a variety of film processed by theFINDlab and Richard Photo Lab).

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