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.