Duke Family | Destin Family Portrait Session

We just posted a new Destin family portrait session to our photo gallery page!  Below are  a few sneak peeks, and be sure to check out the entire project
here!   Lindsey loved photographing the Duke family,  and can’t wait for them to see the fine art portrait collection that is in the works for their beautiful home.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win a family portrait session of your own, and be sure to check our blog often for future updates and contests. Destin Family Portrait Session

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Connect 2014 Workshop

Connect 2014 photographers workshop was an amazing event that Zach and Jody Gray started in 2013 and is geared toward married couples who own photography/videography businesses.  The rustic Winshape Retreat provided a serene location being set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  In addition to Zach & Jody, guest speakers included Jeff & Julia Woods and Katelyn & Michael James.  It was a time of personal reflection and growth for both Erica and I.  This event was something that every couple owning their own business should look into.  We saw couples come to Connect broken and beat up, and leave molded and transformed.  The change that took part was something that has affected our business but more importantly, our family.  Running a business with your spouse is a challenge that tests the strength of your marriage and Connect made us face those challenges head on and realize what’s really important.  The relationships we formed with others in the same shoes in three days are like those of lifelong friends.  To me, being a photographer is not just about taking pretty pictures . . . it’s about changing and impacting the lives of our clients.  We will be attending Connect for as long as it takes place.  ~Ryan

Cameras used: Hasselblad 501c

Film stock: Kodak Portra 160

Processed at Indie Film Lab

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Lindsey’s Adventure to India

So many people have asked me why I chose India when learning of my decision to travel to the other side of the world alone to become a yoga teacher.  This wasn’t something I arrived at hastily but when I thought of the kind of teacher I wanted to be, I felt strongly that India had to be the place to prepare me. Studying this ancient practice in its original birthplace, from the relatives and students of great teachers, was the only way for me to understand just exactly what kind of gift I would be sharing when I returned home.  “Aren’t you scared?” was the obvious next question and my answer was always a cool, “Not really”.  I didn’t come to know the feeling of fear and the gravity of my choice until I arrived to the departures terminal at the Atlanta airport nearly three hours early.  With too much time to think, I nervously called everyone I loved for some much needed confirmation on just exactly why I chose India.

Although this was my second time to the far east, my love for this country didn’t blossom until I was on this trip, seeing everything with my own eyes.  Embarking on this journey alone was more than unnerving but after 20 hours in the air and three hours in a cab (complete with stops to see a golden Ganesha and breakfast at a roadside restaurant), my fears melted and I realized this would be more.  More than I imagined it would be.  More than time off of work.  More than just yoga training.

Our quaint school, Ashtanga Yoga Mysore, is set outside the city of Mysore’s center, amongst colorful abodes constructed closely to one another.  The neighborhood was friendly and welcomed the many traveling yogis who, for the next 30 days, would be calling it home.  For the first four weeks, I was completely immersed in all things yoga.  Beginning at 5 am for two hours of asana (Sanskrit for posture) practice my new Monday – Friday became philosophy, asana adjustments, meditation, asana theory and anatomy. It was both exhausting and exhilarating.  After the first couple of days with my new schedule, my old friend Doubt came back for a visit and I wondered if I was cut out to be a teacher at all.  Was I physically strong enough?  What if no one took me seriously?  Would I find my teacher ‘voice’?  Ashtanga yoga is not for everyone (as one of my teachers explained to me) and after realizing that it was filled with postures I had never attempted or been introduced to I wondered if I was one of those people.  However, quickly witnessing transformation from the mental and physical challenge reassured me just enough to continue on the path.

Aside from yoga, this first month was also a time that I got to spend making some new friendships with beautiful people from all over the world.  I never imagined that I would be making such tight bonds; loneliness was one of my biggest fears.  Knowing that each of them had the same doubts and intentions made it easy for us to trust each other.  Being able to share this time of growth with such wonderful people made this experience what it was.  I am positive it wouldn’t have been the same without each of them.  Any free time from classes was spent together exploring temples, taking tuk-tuks into town for shopping, drinking coconuts, feeding the holy cows our fruit scraps and spending all day in cozy cafes.

With the course coming to an end, I decided to head south ten hours to the beach for some much needed relaxing.  After an overnight bus ride and a four hour train trip, I joined two members of the group we dubbed ‘Quadonasana’ (similar to the posture Trikonasana, meaning three but since there were four of us we opted for quad; makes perfect sense) the day after our certification in the town of Varkala.  The three of us set out to do absolutely nothing.  Our $12 per night treehouse was set back far enough to not catch the sounds of backpackers at night and still a short walk to the beach.  The four days there consisted of sun bathing, eating, lazing in the hammocks, bargaining with vendors for souvenirs, eating, swimming in the deep Indian Ocean, Saluting the Sun, eating, exploring the South Cliff and also a lot of eating.  It was glorious.  We didn’t want to leave.  But my trip had to continue North and on the fifth day I flew into New Delhi.

Although I didn’t want to leave the warmth of the beach in the South I knew that this part of my trip would give me a warmth that would last even in the cooler temperatures the North provided.  The non-profit organization, Planting Peace, is something I am lucky enough to support.  A Destin native and dear friend co-founded the charity that de-worms children all over the world and creates projects to promote peace in a suffering world.  The charity has two orphanages outside of New Delhi in Faridabad where the roads are rocky and the air is thick with dust and exhaust fumes.  Dr. Bandhu, director of the orphanages, opened up his home to me and I felt as if I was the fifth member of the family.  In addition to spending time with our 14 children, I traveled around town with him being introduced to various projects . . . the Eco Slum School, a Women’s Empowerment group and a Slum Clinic providing basic first aid.  Groups of volunteers from all over the world travel here to give their time to these causes, seeing their own fortune in a new light and having a lesson in selflessness.  I was cheerfully guided through the slum that populated the school with three beautiful young women, one proudly holding my hand as if to say I was hers.  Touring this neighborhood of bright blue and green homes lining a waterway, I was excitedly invited in and served chai at every opportunity.  Dimly lit, these houses were smaller than most bedrooms with a solitary gas burner adorning the floor and an entire life crammed into four walls.  Each homeowner asked me to sit on their bed and then gladly showed me invaluable pictures of family members.  To say I was honored isn’t sufficient.

My week here wasn’t long enough and somehow my time in India was over.  The days went by too quickly and I wasn’t ready to return to life in the US.  Coming home was difficult after living so simply with little to no worries.  My body didn’t know how to adjust to the nearly 12 hour time difference and my mind was troubled with adjusting to so many frivolities.  India has a way of opening your heart to loving with complete abandon . . . love for yourself, for others, for life.  I am already awaiting January’s arrival for my love affair with this vast country to continue for another two short months.

To merely be grateful to Ryan and Erica for this opportunity seems lacking.  I can’t put into words how much their support means to me and I’m beyond fortunate to call them friends.

If you would like more information on sponsoring one of these beautiful children for a modest donation of $25 a month, contact Planting Peace.

-Lindsey

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Tara & Chris | WaterColor Wedding

Tara and Chris were married just last month at the Watercolor Inn & Resort, which is only one of  THE coolest and most beautiful beach resorts ever.  Their ceremony was held at the picturesque Western Lake Park, with a reception following in Watercolor’s newest wedding venue, the Lake House.  If you haven’t seen this incredible venue yet, then you’re in for a treat!  Completely breathtaking.

We absolutely loved being Tara and Chris’s Watercolor wedding photographers.  Not only are these two madly in love and adorable, but Chris’s sweet daughter (and flower girl!), Claire, was an absolute doll!  Beautiful wedding, beautiful setting and a beautiful day made this a great way to kick off 2014!

Our as-always amazing wedding team:

Coordinator: Joseph Lanzy

Event + Floral Design: Fisher’s Flowers

Hair: Johnathan Doria

Makeup: Yvette Nation

Water Color Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers in Watercolor and Seaside Florida

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Koster + Trevor | 30A Wedding Photographers

30A weddings are always some of our favorites.  The beach communities that are tucked along this gorgeous beach highway between Destin and Panama City all have their own unique personalities — and offer incredible backdrops for weddings!  Take Koster and Trevor’s colorful nuptials, which took place on a quiet beach in Seagrove, followed by a super-fun reception at the beach home they rented for the weekend.  Not a single detail was missed with this gorgeous soiree, and we were thrilled to be there to capture it all!

Wanna know what else was pretty exciting?  Seeing Koster and Trevor’s awesome wedding gracing the pages of the Floridian Weddings blog!  It’s always such an honor to have our weddings featured, and we couldn’t do it without the incredible talents of our fabulous wedding pros working together to bring these events to life.

Many blessings and tons of love to you, Koster and Trevor!  We loved being a part of your super-fun wedding!

Venue: Triple Crown Home | Planning + Coordination: The Eventful Planner | Event + Floral Design: Florals by the Sea | Pastry Chef: Bake My Day | Hair + Makeup: Jessica Austin, Make Me Blush | Officiant: Eric Partin | Band: Emerge 

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Sloan + David | Rosemary Beach Weddings

We couldn’t think of a better time to feature Sloan and David’s Rosemary Beach wedding.  With the promise of spring just around the corner, this full-of-life, colorful beach wedding gets us pretty darn excited for warmer temps and our upcoming spring wedding season.

Sloan and David were SUCH a fun, hip couple — totally our style!  😉  Not only was Sloan a super-cool and laid back bride, but their ridiculously adorable little girl, Georgie, completely stole our hearts the entire day.  She was full of energy and totally stole the show!  Pair all of that with gorgeous decor, amazing food, cakes that were completely fun and reflective of their personalities, and a night full of non-stop boogying on the dance floor — and you have yourself one heck of a party.

We loved being a part of Sloan and David’s day and are so blessed to photograph so many Rosemary Beach weddings- especially this one!  A huge thanks to our incredible team of wedding professionals who made it all happen!

Venue: St. Augustine Lawn, Rosemary Beach, Florida

Coordinator: The Eventful Planner

Caterer: Townsend Catering

Event + Floral Design: Events by Nouveau 

Pastry Chef: Yascha Becker 

Makeup Artist: Two Fishes Artistry

Hair: Kristin Harrison

Entertainment: MVP

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Destin Real Estate + Aerial Video

We’re so excited to officially announce the launch of our aerial real estate films!  Using state-of-the-art drone and media technology, we produce engaging, dynamic films showcasing our client’s properties and residing communities, giving the viewer an in-depth view of all that each premise has to offer.  The perspective offered by our aerial videos is truly a one-of-a-kind viewing experience!

We recently showcased one of Alan’s incredible real estate films of the Gulf-front Adagio property in Blue Mountain Beach (also seen below), which offers the viewer a virtual step inside this gorgeous property.  Much more than your standard run-of-the-mill “virtual tour” or slideshow of static images, our professional real estate videos truly bring a property to life.

Taking the “virtual tour” to an entirely new level with in-depth aerial views of a property and its surrounding communities is something we’re incredibly excited to offer in and around the Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida areas.  We’re confident that Alan’s professional training combined with his unmatched talents and ability to produce high quality aerial video will take your real estate marketing to an entirely new level!

Girls’ Night Out | Destin Event Videography Services

Who doesn’t love a good girls’ night out — especially when it takes place at an incredible restaurant (on the beach!), and includes things like a rockin’ DJ, a talented band, beautiful decor, the best photo booth in town, and gobs of fun?!?    That’s exactly what we experienced at the 7th Girls’ Night Out {GNO}, hosted by Proffitt PR this past September at Elephant Walk in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.  These GNOs aren ‘t just any ol’ event — they’re one of the Emerald Coast’s largest women-only social events designed to provide an outing for talented female professionals in the area to come together to benefit a local charity.  In this Arabian Nights-themed GNO, over $12,500 was raised to benefit The Shelter House Domestic Violence Center of Northwest Florida.  Now that’s a girls’ night to brag about!

Not only did we have a great time, but we were super-honored to have had Alan film this event!  Thanks to everyone involved, and especially to Proffitt PR for asking us to provide our event videography services for such a great group of women.  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next GNO!

Wes + Kelly | Watercolor, Florida Wedding

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best things.  Take, for example, the very sweet, very intimate, and very simple beach wedding ceremony of Wes and Kelly.  Held on the gorgeous beach of the Watercolor Inn and Resort, their Florida wedding ceremony was truly a beautiful celebration of love.

Wes and Kelly opted for Ryan to capture just their wedding ceremony, where they were surrounded by those closest to them — their parents and their children.  We were honored that this awesome couple chose us to photograph their beautiful wedding day!

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Featured Friday | Florida Wedding Photographers

It’s a great day to share the love — and show off some of our most recently published wedding photos!  We’re so incredibly blessed and honored to have our destination wedding photographers and photography featured across so many publications, and couldn’t have done it without the hard work and talent that goes into each of these incredible events.

You may remember the undeniably gorgeous love-note inspired wedding of Brittany + Zach, which was held last fall at Eden Gardens State Park.  Can you say INCREDIBLE?  We still swoon over this wedding, and adore the fact that Brittany was so excited to see herself (and handsome groom!) on the cover of Northwest Florida Weddings magazine, that she bought 10 copies!  Now that’s love, you guys.

Stephanie + Sam’s Solaris wedding was classic and timeless, featuring cobalt blue and a whole lotta love!  Their wedding photographs are also featured in Northwest Florida Magazine, and we couldn’t have been happier to been a part of their incredibly gorgeous wedding day.

Lauren + Brett.  <happy sigh>  This incredible Gulf Place wedding has been everywhere!  Pinterest, Floridian Weddings, Destin Magazine, and now Northwest Florida Weddings magazine!  Gorgeous wedding + sweet and awesome couple = the perfect combination for capturing love.

A nice little surprise appeared in our inbox recently: Jessica + Clark‘s Destin beach wedding was published  on The Knot Florida‘s online publication!  We loved this colorful, vibrant, chock full ‘o awesomeness wedding!

 

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Thanks to everyone involved!

Eden Gardens State Park | Serene Occasions | Pascalli Foods |  Gilmore Productions | Rev. Don Goodrum | The Big Day Rentals | Horizon Entertainment Make Me Blush | Kyle LaMonica | Fishers Flowers | Kelly’s Closet | Bella BridesmaidBake My Day | Gulf Place Weddings | Events by Nouveau Flowers | Townsend Catering | Pure 7 Films Chris Alvarado Music Entourage Makeup | Bonnie Rich Hair |  Santorini House Hayward McKenzie Caterer | RSVP Events & Rentals Sweet for Sirten Supposey Wedding Florals | Solaris Weddings |  The Cake Destination | FaceTime Photo Booth | Ya Ya’s Salon  | Trotline Band