the evolution of pure7….

where did pure7 begin? well it began as ryan manthey photography….actually it started as me taking photos of my first born, joslyn. i have always been intrigued by art & photography. in high school i would have never imagined being a photographer, at the time it was not “cool”. so, out of high school i worked with my family doing manual labor & driving a dump truck. i know, i know dump truck driver to photographer. . . quite a change! it was a sheer blessing working with my dad. he instilled good work ethic in me and come to find out taught me how to handle a business.  now fast forward to september 23, 2005. our daughter, joslyn, is born. one of the best days of my life! having her really re-birthed  my love/interest in photography. i believe it was that Christmas in ’05 that erica bought me my first dslr, the canon rebel with a kit lens (18-55 5.6). the photos that i took of joslyn were actually pretty good. our friends & family loved what they saw, they told their friends who had kids so i shot their family who told their friends and so on and so on. all these sessions were free. with us having a new baby and all we decided that maybe i should start charging for these sessions. i think the first one i charged like $75, not much, and i think that included the disc. this goes on for about a year. one day as i was driving dump truck for my dad i see a vehicle with a photographers name & logo. its was gina yra of yra photography. i felt something inside me & for whatever reason i wrote down her name on the jeans i was wearing that day. a week or so goes by and i finally called her. as it turns out she has a studio in destin, right down the road from where we live. me, erica & jos walk into the studio and immediately i knew i wanted to be a photographer. her studio was just amazing. i would go to her studio whenever i could, i wanted to soak everything in. gina really took me in and taught me so much valuable information, letting me shoot some in her studio of joslyn and some of her clients. i know she would disagree but i have her to thank for so much. thanks g, i love you & thank you for letting me hang out & for all you taught me.  in the meantime, another friend from church, lori saczynki, asked me if i wanted to second shoot a small beach wedding with her. although i was happy with the images i shot, i was very stressed out with the whole enormity of shooting such an important event. i came home that night and told erica that i would never shoot weddings again, only portraits. i continued shooting studio and outdoor family sessions until fall 2007 when gina convinced me to try again and second shoot a wedding with her.  once again i was freaked out & scared… not excited. the wedding came, we shot it and it was actually really fun. by january 2008 gina & formed pure7studios and were in business together shooting weddings. things changed & gina had to move to mississippi, and it became too hard to be in business together & have to travel back & forth for weddings. in 2009 we decided to split, she became contagious photography and i continued on as pure7studios. in 2008 gina & i booked & shot 8 weddings & in 2010 i booked & shot 30, using many great local photographers as my 2nd shooters. fast forward to present day, 2010. we now have a full time employee (lindsey) who is ever so fabulous! she is not only our studio manager but also my 2nd shooter for all of our upcoming weddings. i can not tell you how crazy this “journey” has been. there have been many ups & downs but i know without a shadow of a doubt that this is where i am meant to be! when erica & i came together as one & asked God to help us make one of the biggest decisions in our lives we listened and followed the path He set out for us.

first business card

HERE ARE SOME FROM MY FIRST WEDDING EVER!!! :/

AND NOW SOME CHEESY PORTRAITS

an enlightened opportunity…

erin of enlighten events approached us with the idea of shooting a totally unique handmade concept dress covered with beautiful fresh mokara orchids, chile roses & circus roses. it was truly one of a kind! we immediately knew the make-up would have to be done by the fabulous renee of two fishes artistry. ashley with pure & couture in destin did a phenomenal job with the hair adding to the essence of the shoot. as soon as we arrived on location in watercolor the heavens opened up and downpoured for a good hour. so we lost some light, big deal. i was still very happy with what daylight we had left. the rain created a fresh/lush feel to the images which further enhanced the look of what i had envisioned. since we weren’t quite ready to hang the dress up and the sun had set, it was time to bring out some dramatic off-camera lighting. this is something that i take great pleasure in using to produce emotion through light.  we are already talking about our next concept dress. erin, it was a pleasure working with you and i look forward to again in the future. ~ryan

a rainy day wedding…. carillon weddings at carillon beach

brooke & keith planned a gorgeous wedding at carillon beach. nature threw a little wrench in their plans so instead of a beach ceremony, they were wed in the beautiful meeting house. to make up for it, God gave them one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve ever seen and *WOW* was it amazing! brooke, keith, and the rest of their friends and family didn’t let the rain get them down and dined and danced the night away. thanks to brooke & keith for choosing us to photograph their unforgettable day. thank you, as always, to all of the wonderful talent listed below who helped make this wedding so beautiful.

venue and full service planning & coordination: carillon weddings at carillon beach (victoria & avis)
bridal gown: nicole miller
bride’s shoes: tory burch
bridesmaid dresses: ann taylor
bridesmaid shoes: haviannas
bride/groom/bridemaid jewelry: gregg helfer ltd.
groomsmen apparel: island importer
groomsmen shoes: rainbow sandals
makeup: salon baliage (joanie day)
hair: salon baliage (kevin)
flowers: nouveau flowers
catering: townsend catering
cake: confections on the coast
dj: gulf talent services
ceremony music: wedding music plus
photography: pure 7 studios

a 90210/32550 engagement

when our friends, brian & tara, hired us to photograph their october wedding we were super honored and excited. when brian offered to fly ryan out to LA and put him up while he shot their engagement session, we were even more excited! any chance to get to a new place is fun for us, and beautiful california proved no different. we spent 5 days between orange county and LA, and brian (being from CA) had tons of fun stuff planned for us to do (and eat)! it was also a treat that another couple that are also previous clients and friends (remember the beautiful wedding of Christen & Graeme?) came along on the trip. right after our plane landed we hopped on the freeway and were off to a dodger’s game. the dodger’s won! the next several days were filled with eating yogurt, shopping, sight-seeing, eating yogurt, checking out tattoo shops (high voltage included), eating yogurt, beach-bathing, mechanic bull-riding at the saddle ranch, celebrity spying (the only 2 we saw were dennis rodman and jalen rose), advancing our muffin-tops at in-and-out burgerdel tacorubioskean coffe, having brunch at the most amazing place on earth (plums)… oh and did i mention eating yogurt? brian is an amazing dj (him and christen own the fantastic b-boy productions), and ryan had fun tagging along with him to an elegant california wedding at the saint regis hotel. we were also able to attend a service at brian’s former church, the crossing which was awesome! reminded us a lot of our own amazing church, shoreline. brian saved the last day for the engagement session, and we had a blast visiting a few different spots including the top of the standard hotel. it was a bummer to finally come home, but we were missing our kids (a little). we can’t wait to go back in jan! thanks to brian & tara for giving us one of the best weeks of our life!!

p.s. if you are thinking some of those look like NW FL you would be correct. we had a little wardrobe malfunction in CA (as in brian forgot to bring anything that matched tara) so we decided to re-shoot some here in sunny FL. 😉

brooke & keith’s carrillon wedding sneak peek

rain rain & a little more rain, then it stopped and the good Lord gave us the most beautiful sunset i have seen. everything turned out absolutely beautiful. i captured the sweetest photo, its the last photo so enjoy.

there will be more to come …………..

jennifer & jake’s hot and steamy carillon beach wedding. . .

if there is any way to prove staying power in a couple, let planning a wedding during the hottest part of the summer be the way. . .july 17th to be exact.  we thought we were going to get lucky with some clouds and then the clouds turned into a short late afternoon shower.  which you’d think would lead a bride to intense panic.  however, not the case with jennifer.  she was nothing but happy to simply be marrying jake.  everyone that was attending the wedding was an absolute blast!  from the beginning of the reception to the very end the dance floor remained full of energy and some interesting moves i’ve never seen before!  we had such a fun time with everybody there and can’t wait for jennifer and jake to come back to fl!

venue & coordinator:  carillon weddings

catering:  townsend catering

florals:  events by nouveau

cake:  confections on the coast

hair & makeup:  two fishes artistry

ceremony music:  bay arts string trio

reception music:  rendezvous

paper goods: mag & mimi designs

gown boutique: the bride room, nashville

groom/groomsmen apparel: jos a bank

photography:  pure7studios


elizabeth & michael… seaside wedding photographer; eden gardens state park wedding

elizabeth & michael, who reside in memphis, spent the last several months planning their beautiful wedding. were they going to let a little rain, thunder, and lightening dampen their spirits? no way! their intimate ceremony took place in the seaside chapel. they headed over to their eden state gardens wedding reception in style with one of the awesome vintage vehicles from a bride’s ride. everyone had a great time and danced the night away after dining on the delicious fare provided by the always *amazing* townsend catering. elizabeth’s uncle had a special treat for the bride and groom and entertained the crowd with his break-dancing! thank you, elizabeth & michael for inviting us to share in and photograph this special day. please stop by the studio next time you’re in town.. we’d love to see you again soon! ~erica

ceremony venue: seaside chapel; seaside, fl
reception venue: eden state gardens
hair & makeup: sandestin golf & beach resort spa
bride & bridesmaid gowns: ballew bridal
tux rentals: mr. burch
tent rentals: panama city rentals
guitar, 1st dance: jay liles
ceremony violinist & reception dj: gulf  talent services
catering: townsend catering
vintage cake topper: the constant gatherer; katie runnels
getaway car: a bride’s ride
photography: ryan & lindsey; pure7studios
groom’s cake: pastry arts (birmingham)
flowers: florals by the sea

paige & will…….we’re not in kansas anymore! ~Alys Beach Wedding Photographer

paige & will were one of our many couples that planned their wedding remotely, with the help of the awesome planner jennifer, of it’s a shore thing. it was one of the few times that we did not have the pleasure of actually meeting the couple before their wedding day. when the day came, we all became fast friends.  paige, will and their families & friends are so warm, loving (and just a little bit crazy) so we all meshed together VERY well! their ceremony & reception was held at the pristine alys beach resort. this is one of our absolute favorite venues to shoot, so it was a treat for us. they decided to hire our “photo-booth” service which was a BLAST. we brought along our nifty chalkboard speech bubbles and boy did this wedding party put them to good use! we have displayed some of our favorite photo-booth images in a slideshow at the end of this post for your viewing pleasure! thank you, paige & will, for inviting us to share in this wonderful day. we look forward to seeing you again soon! ~erica

full service planning & coordination: it’s a shore thing
venue: alys beach
photography & photo-booth: pure7studios


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keri & grant’s ‘palazzo del sol’ wedding

we met keri & grant back in september when they came to destin to plan their beach wedding with help from the eventful planner. that seems like ages ago.. we thought may would never arrive! this was a great wedding to cap the busy month off with. it is always a treat to work with our friend, tammy who owns the eventful planner (she is an *amazing* wedding planner & caterer). this wedding proved no less: classy, elegant, and beautiful and the food… to die for. thank you, keri & grant, for choosing pure7 to photograph and share in your special day!

venue: Palazzo Del Sol
planning & catering: the eventful planner
flowers: nouveau flowers
cake: bake my day

jill & scott’s carillon wedding- panama city wedding photographer

we were so excited to shoot  jill & scott’s wedding at the beautiful carillon weddings property in carillon beach, florida! the ceremony took place in the meeting house, and the reception took place on the beautiful village greens of carillon. victoria and avis worked hard with the couple to plan a wonderful wedding full of taste, style, and fun! thank you, jill & scott, for choosing pure 7 studios to capture this amazing day! ~erica

photography: pure7studios
venue and full-service planning & coordination: carillon weddings
tents: elegant tents & events
ceremony music: wedding music plus, inc
caterer: townsend catering
florist: nouveau flowers
cake: confections on the coast
dj service: todd sparks, gulf talent services