Waves of Grace | Patrick Family Beach Portrait

It’s spring along our gorgeous Emerald Coast, which means there is no shortage of families frolicking on the beach at sunset. The beach portrait session families are easy to spot, as they’re the ones fully clothed with a photographer hovering nearby. Not all of the laughing families are on a carefree vacation, however. A few have arrived on the brink of utter exhaustion, grateful for the brief reprieve from a reality that has consumed every last ounce of energy and then some.

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All families matter to us, but some hit our hearts harder than others. Sessions like this one with the Patrick family are the ones that leave a lump in our throat.

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Spring Wedding Seaside Style | Victoria & Spencer

When the whole crew headed out to cover Spencer and Victoria’s Seaside wedding a few weeks ago, we knew, based on their engagement session we shot last fall, that this day would be bright and colorful. It did not disappoint! From the fabulous Valentino’s Victoria scooped up from eBay at $500 below retail (true story!) to the pink flamingos that became an unplanned theme, the details of the day perfectly showcased this couple’s funky personality.

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Our tag team of Ryan & Lindsey were everywhere with film and digital cameras, while Alan was the usual fly-on-the-wall for the day, shooting video in his trademark style. The highlight reel is at the end of this post; if you want to see the groom cry, skip to the 01:06 minute mark.

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Seaside Wedding Highlights Video | Jennifer & Steven

The weather on March 19th was absolutely perfect. As we packed up our gear that morning and headed out to shoot their wedding video, we were convinced that Jennifer & Steven had ordered it specifically for their special day.

Seaside is just beautiful, so a wedding at the Chapel followed by a reception on Kelly Green in neighboring Alys Beach is a fantastic combination. Every intricate detail was attended to by the talented planners at It’s A Shore Thing, so we knew this would be a stunning wedding. We were not disappointed and, as captured in the highlights footage below, neither were the guests.

Our fly-on-the-wall and eye-in-the-sky coverage will make you feel like you were there. You’ll see that everyone had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the entire day, start to finish. The real question, though, was what would Jennifer & Steven think. We didn’t have to wait long to find out, and were thrilled with their response.

“We just watched the wedding highlights film and we are so in love with it!” Jennifer wrote. “Alan did such an amazing job!!”

Stay tuned for the full-length video coming soon (yay!), and feel free to forward this to any friends who are planning their wedding. We’d love to chat with them about creating their custom wedding video.

Oh, and if you want to catch the look on Steven’s face when he turns to see Jennifer for the First Look, skip ahead to the 01:10 mark. It will just…well, see for yourself. Then go ahead – watch it a few more times. We did (true story).

Senior Session in Seaside | Suzi Sober

Suzi didn’t need to schedule hair+makeup for her senior session with Rachel Marie, Pure7’s apprentice photographer (more on Rachel in a future post!) because she cut off all her hair. If you know Suzi, you know she didn’t think twice about parting with her gorgeous curls at a time when many girls would be adding extensions. That’s because donating her hair to make a wig for a cancer patient was the priority on her to-do list. And that was just one of many things we loved about this girl and her senior session.

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Pure7 Goals | Community Over Competition – Part 1

In our business, as with most any field, competition is fierce. We live in a premiere destination wedding location and there is no shortage of vendors from which clients can choose when planning their big day. It would seem, then, that business growth conferences and networking groups would get first dibs on our calendar. What caught our attention a year ago, however, was a national organization called The Rising Tide Society that fosters a completely different mindset. Their monthly TuesdaysTogether gatherings are based on the philosophy of community over competition, which fit perfectly with who we are – so much so that Pure7’s co-owner, Erica, decided to start a local chapter. Almost immediately, it was clear that this concept resonated with more than just the #pure7fam. Erica just returned from the first national conference in Charleston (fab photos below!). With over 50 local creative entrepreneurs coming to next week’s meet-up, we thought we’d chat with her to find out why this is such a big deal.

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Pure7 Commercial Video | Nodaway Live in Nashville

Wedding Season is our favorite, for sure. Well, Portrait Season is, also, because we meet the most amazing families, and how great is it to spend sunset on these gorgeous beaches for a living? And then there are the engagement shoots in NYC and commercial filming in Nashville, which makes us feel like we really do have the best of both worlds.

Our latest commercial video was a live recording session at Nashville’s Starstruck Studios for the band Nodaway, using a synchronous multi-cam setup. Our own Alan LeBlanc was all over it, of course (assisted by second shooter Erik Maynard), so we chatted with him about this project. If you’re interested in a little behind-the-scenes detail, read on after the video.

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A New York City Love Story | Ben & Randi’s Engagement Shoot

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

Joe Fox knew what he was talking about. That line from one of the best-loved movies in cinematic history perfectly describes the reason the #pure7fam headed to the Big Apple last fall for an adventure-filled engagement shoot with Ben and Randi.

Randi is the first to admit that she didn’t want to do engagement photos, initially. She didn’t even want to date Ben, initially. Luckily, everyone’s persistence paid off. He got the girl and, after assuring her that we really do love to travel, so did we. We packed our gear and met them in the city where they fell in love.

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From the corner bistro where they had their first date to the newsstand below their apartment and the flower shop down the street, we spent a whirlwind week in New York capturing all the places that brought their story to life – a story that almost wasn’t written, thanks to the infamous Friend Zone.

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Eden Gardens Portrait Session | The Fortenberry Family

In case you missed it, the first wave of “Season” has hit. Locals know that, among other things, “Season” means it now takes 30 minutes to get to a location that was only a 10-minute drive a few weeks ago.

It also means that portrait season is here! With breathtaking shoot locations such as Watercolor and Rosemary Beach, it’s no wonder that families love to have their photos done when they come to our beautiful coast for vacations and weekend getaways. The beach isn’t the only gorgeous location for a family portrait session, however, and you don’t have to be on vacation to set aside an afternoon for pictures. The Emerald Coast has some fantastic locations that are a little off the beaten path and provide a fresh setting in which to capture the fun, sweet moments of what makes your family unique.

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We had a blast recently at a lively portrait shoot with the Fortenberry family, set in lovely Eden Gardens State Park. They are active members of the community as well as local business owners. Right off the bat, we could tell that they thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. Nobody was fussing over super coordinated outfits and nobody cared that everyone wasn’t looking at the camera at all times. As a matter of fact, during this shoot, there were some tears, a little pouting, a couple of sullen expressions, glaring, and a rather fantastic trip-and-fall within the first few minutes of the session that resulted in a freshly skinned knee. And guess what? That’s real life. That’s what your family photos should reflect – who you are in real life.

We love the first photo in particular, because it makes us feel like we could plop down on the steps next to them and get in on whatever was so funny. Scrolling through the rest of these pictures confirms that there is never a dull moment in their house!

Call us or shoot us a message and let’s talk about booking your family’s session. Before you know it, school will be out and the summer will be flying by. So don’t wait; go ahead and start that group text to coordinate schedules and get everyone on board. When you’re flipping through your family heirloom album over the holidays, you won’t have one single regret. We guarantee it.

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Andy Saczynski + Ryan Manthey |30A Painted Photography – Part 2

Greetings from a stunningly beautiful 68° day along the Emerald Coast! Go ahead – you’re allowed to be jealous for a minute. Wedding Season has started, and that means only one thing: Portrait Season is coming. Our little black book is filling up, so please don’t wait to contact us to book your session. We’ve already had some fun family shoots that we’ll be blogging soon, which means we’re all warmed up (literally, thanks to this fabulous spring weather) and ready to shoot.

So what have we been doing in the off-season? Oh, just a little exclusive collaboration with a nationally-known artist. You know, nbd.

Actually, it’s a REALLY big deal. We were beyond excited last month to debut a brand new painted photography project with mixed media artist and high school buddy Andy Saczynski, who is fast becoming a household name in the art community. The short version is that Ryan, our lead photographer and studio co-owner, takes a photo and prints it on heirloom-quality canvas. He then hands it off to Andy, who contemplates it for a few days and then paints on the photo whatever inspires him. The results have been nothing short of fantastic and the first one sold in one day. For real. That’s why the next step seemed like a no-brainer.

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Pure7 Studios | Best-of Highlight Film

Chatting about an upcoming video shoot for a cool new product to launch soon on Kickstarter reminded us of this highlight film reel by our ridiculously talented filmmaker, Alan Leblanc.

With clips of everything from South Walton Fashion Week to commercial lifestyle films, this reel shows the scope of projects that we’ve worked on recently. In addition to cinematic wedding films, which we absolutely love, we take pride in our ability to tell all types of stories through video.

Digital Graffiti was a filmmaker’s dream! We hit the jackpot with unrestricted access, a longer format, and free reign creatively to capture the high energy and colorful atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind event. Music videos, couture fashion shows, live concerts, and lifestyle films each give their own unique opportunities to step outside the box and find the angles that others miss. That’s why footage that ends up on the cutting room floor for no reason other than time constraints will always find a home in a film highlight reel.

When you’re ready to showcase your company’s best of our breathtaking beaches or preserve your event memories beyond photos, let us know because we’d love to chat!