my family………

i do not blog enough personal photos so i thought why not do it today. here is a recent photo of my wife ( aka the brains of pure7 ) and some of my beautiful kids.


Proverbs 22:6

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

chris+jennifer engagement session

its funny, i actually worked with chris, when we were both much younger, as a landscaper. its crazy now seeing him all grown up and getting married, i am getting old!!. they are getting married in new orleans this year. we are so happy for you guys and know you future will be blessed.


Baby It’s Cold Outside! | New Orleans Weddding Photographer

We couldn’t have picked a more appropriate day for this one — because baby, it IS cold outside!  And since we’re not quite ready to admit that the holidays are officially over (a lot of people are still off this week, right?  And the kids — all three of them — are still out of school, our tree is still up and pretty with its sparkling lights, so we’re still feeling quite festive…), we thought we’d give you just one last dose of holiday-inspired goodness.

We recently had the opportunity to pack up the Pure 7 team and venture over to New Orleans for this incredible editorial shoot.  We were thrilled to work with the lovely and ultra-talented Sapphire Events team, Valerie and Liz, and absolutely adored each and every one of these event professionals who brought this shoot to life.  We had a BLAST on this, and you can imagine our excitement when we learned it would be featured on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book blog!  What an incredible and fun experience — and hanging out with this group of New Orleans wedding professionals made it that much more awesome.

Valerie, owner of Sapphire Events, was the mastermind behind it all, so we thought it best that she give us a little background on the specifics and inspiration for this holiday-inspired shoot.  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

*After you’ve looked through all the fun photos, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to check out the behind-the-scenes action captured by Alan!

“Inspired by the upcoming holiday season, we designed a modern inspiration shoot with a twist on traditional holiday décor!  We developed a design that diverted from the expected red and green so often used in Christmas decor. The inspiration for this shoot came from a favorite fabric we found in pink and gray tartan plaid – a traditional pattern with an unexpected pop of fun and flirty pink! This fabric was the central focus for the overall design and informed our decision making in selecting the venue, invitation design, tabletop décor, and even the delicious naked cake! 

With mixed metals, white sequins, metallic curly willow, a touch of glitz and glamour, plus the lovely floral centerpieces from Kim Starr Wise, we juxtaposed natural elements with glamorous touches. The venue’s exposed brick, wooden beams, rustic chandeliers, and plentiful natural light pouring in from the skylight above set the ideal backdrop for our holiday scheme. Think about Santa coming down the chimney into this winter wonderland – and having a party to kick off the festivities! The naked cake we designed exposes the structure of the confection’s delicious layers, topped off with a sparkle glaze drizzled down the sides and a touch of the floral scheme to carry over the table top design.

Tupelo Honey executed the perfect stationery suite for our event, incorporating shades of pink, silver and gold with calligraphy that sparkled. How could anyone say no to such an invite? Holiday wreaths and pink flocked trees were festive additions to the backdrop. The contemporary yet cozy lounge area with textured and striped wallpaper, silver couch, and mirrored table is perfect for snuggling up with the one you love! While it may be cold outside, our couple has their love to keep them warm (and hot cocoa, too)! Steaming mugs of cocoa with marshmallows are a staple that this holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without!  

Cheers to a merry and bright holiday season!”


Event Design and Planning: Sapphire Events New Orleans | Photography: Pure 7 Studios | Venue: Tomas Bistro| Floral design: Kim Starr Wise| Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Stationery: Tupelo Honey Design | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Vintage cake table: Mrs. Vintage | Linens:  La Tavola | Tartan Fabric: Mood Fabrics | Wallpaper: Graham & Brown | Hair: Katie of GLOW Hair and Beauty Bar | Makeup: Ashley Sievert | Long dress: Romona Keveza from Wedding Belles and the Stationer | Short dress: Annie by Modern Trousseau from Wedding Belles and the Stationer | Veil: Wedding Belles and the Stationer | Tuxedos: John’s Tuxedos | Calligraphy Print: Lindsay Letters | Models: Barry and Kate Mendelson | Videography: Pure7 Films

Jamie & Matt’s Watersound Wedding is Featured in The Knot Florida Magazine!

We’re excited to announce that the very beautiful wedding of Jamie & Matt Ullum has been glorified in print in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of The Knot Florida Magazine! If you’re a bride-to-be planning a 2013/2014 wedding, this magazine is beautiful and packed with lots of great inspiration. Every detail of Matt & Jamie’s wedding, featured on pages 100-102, was seamlessly woven together by the brilliant full service coordinators at It’s A Shore Thing. The vendor team that IST put together for this adorable couple fit them to a T, and those fabulous hard-working professionals are listed below. Thank you to Matt & Jamie for choosing us to photograph this once-in-a-lifetime day, and to their entire vendor team for giving us such fabulous wedding-day details to photograph.

venue & catering: watersound beach club
full service coordination: it’s a shore thing
wedding photographers: ryan manthey & lindsey bray, pure 7 studios
menu cards: sweet bay prints
music: beachside dj
cake: yascha becker




full service coordination – it’s a shore thing

wedding photographers – ryan & lindsey, pure 7 studios

claire & matt are one of the sweetest couples we’ve had the joy of photographing. and SO in love, as you can tell by the adoring glances in their images. we’ve also loved getting to know claire’s wonderful mother, lori, over the past few months while working with her to on claire & matt’s stunning wedding album and lori’s beautiful parent album. i will let the images below speak for themselves, but it goes without saying that the It’s A Shore Thing team rocked this wedding out and it was STUNNING. every last detail was executed flawlessly, and the entire day went off without a hitch. love it when that happens! thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who came together and gave their all to give c+m the day of their dreams.

p.s. be sure to be on the lookout for the upcoming ‘best in destin’ issue of destin magazine, in which this wedding will be featured!


duley family

here is the duley family. what can i say about them? well, they are super sweet and their kids are pretty funny. we shot these beach portraits for them a couple months ago at watersound. hope you enjoy. have we mentioned that we love our jobs as family portrait photographers?…especially when we get to shoot family portraits in beautiful settings like the beach at watersound.


aleah+will-Destin Beach Wedding

we are excited to share with you one of our recent late summer beach weddings at the beautiful palazzo del sol house in destin.  we got to know aleah and will a little over the past few months when they came down for their engagement session.  will is from Lexington and is an avid kentucky basketball fan.  as a gift to each of his groomsmen, he gave them monogrammed louisville slugger bats.  so unique!  they live in austin and love music as much as we do so having the perfect band was of utmost importance.  the house rockers definitely had the guests dancing all night.  paired with the late summer temperature, this destin beach wedding was a hot one!


coordinator: Beck England (BE Events)

florals: Fisher’s Flowers

cake: Sweet for Sirten

caterer: Kenny D’s Beach Bar and Grill

videographer: Life in Motion

band: The House Rockers

first dance song: The Meters – Darling, Darling, Darling



Madison The Ballerina

When Madison’s sweet mama contacted us wanting to do something ‘non-traditional’ for her ad in the Northwest Florida Ballet program, we were pumped! As most of you know, we are drawn to things labeled as ‘non-traditional’ and when given the chance, jump at the chance to shoot something contradictory (such as a ballerina by a run-down old building)! This sweet little angel is a student at The NFB Académie, which is an integrated arts and academic education program for third through eighth grade boys and girls who demonstrate the potential to excel in dance. As you can tell, little miss M is destined for {Nutcracker} fame! Please enjoy some of our favorite images from this ‘editorial’ session.
P.S. Just a shameless lil’ plug… If you need an AMAZING local dentist or orthodontist, Madison’s dad  is the head honcho over at Miramar Beach Dental & Orthodontics and he totally rocks! Our kids actually ASK to go to the dentist… no lie!