lindsey’s journey: home > asheville > savannah > back

I spent the first week in September on a road trip to explore two of the south’s most charming cities, Asheville, NC and Savannah, GA.   Alongside my handsome travel partner, we set out to enjoy the last few weeks together before a deployment would take him overseas for the next three months.  First stop was Asheville and its historic Biltmore home.  As avid Downton Abbey fans, we couldn’t wait to tour America’s castle.  With three floors spanning the living quarters of the Biltmore family, down to the butler’s pantry, through the indoor pool and bowling alley, not only was this home magnificent it was also very period accurate with many original finishes.  We also spent our time in Asheville exploring a downtown art festival, hiking part of the Appalachian Trail and tasting some of the country’s best craft brews.

Our next stop was the charming east coast city of Savannah.  Our goal here was simple . . . eat good food, indulge in frivolities and take as many tours as we possibly could.  We definitely accomplished this goal and ended up spending an extra day here, unable to tear away from all these cobblestone streets had to offer.  If there was a tour presented to us, we obliged and bought the souvenir photo & cup.  Because, why not?

I took this opportunity with new landscapes and free time to practice shooting film on our Fuji GF670.  This camera is so many things and a great one to delve into the art of shooting film.

-Lindsey

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Heather + Kenneth | Florida Destination Weddings

We might not have made the best first impression on Heather and Kenneth when our studio remodel was underway, forcing us out into the world of public meeting space, aka Panera. We have the coziest studio and love any opportunity to show it off, but this place was in mega shambles this spring and there was no way we could have made it decent enough to impress a potential Pure7 couple.  This NorCal couple was so extremely cool, when we sat down with them we instantly clicked over music, travel and mutual friends. We spent the morning with them over coffee and were elated when they confirmed that they were going to book our trio of greatness, including Ryan & Lindsey for photography and Alan for his video talents.

September arrived and the time came for this San Franciscan couple to make the cross-country trip for one of the the most awesome Florida destination weddings ever. The nostalgic cottage of Anna’s Veranda, in Inlet Beach, FL made the perfect location for them to gather with their family and friends for a celebration of their two lives merging. Kenneth, although being nothing short of a man’s man, was choking back tears on more than one occasion. There’s something so visceral about love between two people when you see a man brought to tears of joy. Their reaction to receiving their photos & highlights video had us in tears as well:

Heather:  “My productivity went out the window this afternoon! AMAZING!!!  I’m in LOVE with these photos.  I can’t stop laughing at the dancing photos, what a fun night.  I cannot thank you all enough for the gorgeous effort you put into these photos.  You captured the day perfectly.  I’m sad the wedding day is over but so thankful for all these beautiful memories.  I feel so blessed to have been able to work with such an amazing team!  Thank you so much.”

Kenneth:  “Heather and I are continually amazed by the level of professionalism and excellence that everyone on your team has show us, the love and appreciation for your art form really shines through your work. From our first meeting at Panera Bread we knew that we were going to love working with each of you. You have not only exceeded both of our expectations, but our families were also so pleased that each of our precious moments were captured on film. We have looked at our pictures countless times, and we can’t stop replaying the highlight video, everything is amazing. When I look at the pictures they automatically bring me back to those moments. You all did such a great job of capturing the love and affection that Heather and I feel for each other. That day was the best day of my life, from beginning to end it was awesome and I am so thankful that you guys were there to capture it for us. Heather and I had an immediate connection with your team,  you put us at ease and ensured us that we had made the right decision. We felt that you understood us, our likes and dislikes, the look we were going for at our wedding, and were able to translate that into the timeless photos and video that we will enjoy for the rest of our life. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, hopefully you will be able to help us capture more amazing moments in our families future.”

We treasured the opportunity to share this day with you, Heather & Kenneth, and are thankful you chose us.

If you are reading this and feel a connection with our work, please contact us by clicking here. We’d love to speak with you!

Coordination: Shelby Peaden Events
Photo & Video: Pure 7 Studios

Florida Destination Weddings

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Baby Adalynn | Destin Newborn Photographer

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Michael and his beautiful wife, Lacy, welcomed their first child (beautiful baby Adalynn) into the world his summer. Ryan & Lindsey were absolutely honored to have the opportunity to photograph them during one of our signature Lifestyle Newborn Sessions at their home in Niceville, FL. Being a Destin Newborn photographer, Our goal is to make the process of documenting this special time in our clients lives the most relaxing, enjoyable time possible, with our intention being to create heirloom quality wall portraits, canvases and albums to display in their homes and pass down to future generations (to learn more about our products, click here and scroll down to ‘Heirloom Products’).  While in years past we chose to use studio lights, props, and silly hats galore, we have now transitioned to natural in-home and outdoor newborn sessions. These types of photography sessions lend themselves perfectly to capturing the intimate, fleeting moments of ‘real life’ with your newborn – in a way that cannot be achieved within the confines of a studio. Photographing these types of sessions also enable us to use our beloved film cameras, the resulting images of which our clients adore! Michael, the handsome daddy featured in these images said: “I love that you guys use the old school film along with the digital to capture that moment.” We agree, Michael, and we love the art of film photography as well. After the session, the entire family (grandparents on both sides and all!) came to the studio to view their images and make their purchases. We’re currently in production of an 8×8 Heirloom Portrait Album with 30 portraits beautifully displayed within it, as well as a beautiful Gallery-Wrapped Canvas to grace the walls of their home. We’re so thankful that this family chose Pure7 to document such a sacred time in their lives, and look forward to the opportunity to watch (and photograph) Adalynn as she continues to grow. ~Erica

Cameras used: Contax 645, Fuji GF670

Film stock: Fuji Pro 400H

Processed at Richard Photo Lab

 

Sandestin Hilton Wedding | Bridal Portraits + Video

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We’re excited to feature Christie & Scott’s elegant Sandestin Hilton wedding photos + highlights video on the blog today! Ryan & Lindsey had a blast photographing it, joined by our very own videographer, Alan, who had the pleasure of filming and creating their wedding video.  We met with Christie and her mother-in-law, Brenda, a little more than a year before their wedding as they began their planning. Many couples having an Emerald Coast destination wedding are planning it remotely and don’t have the opportunity to meet with us prior to retaining our services (in which case we still enjoy meeting via phone, email, and Skype!), so it is always a treat to have clients to the studio to meet in person during their wedding planning. It was evident upon meeting Christie and hearing her story how absolutely in love with her groom (to be) she was! In Christie’s own words,

“Scott and I met through mutual friends four years ago and did long distance while he was stationed in New Orleans and I was living in Destin, FL. The Coast Guard ended up moving him to Mobile, AL where I decided to join him. It was our first Christmas in our new home when he asked me to marry him. He hid the ring in my Christmas stocking and I was completely surprised when he asked! We were engaged for a year and a half and my future mother-in-law at the time did most of the planning. She was incredible and the wedding turned out to be more than I could have ever dreamed for! The day of the wedding I was surprisingly very calm. It was very overcast and I was worried about the pictures coming out perfectly. Luckily our photographers captured so many wonderful moments and the cloudy day made for some beautiful pictures! Everyone kept telling me that my wedding day is going to go by so fast and be such a blur, they were absolutely right! I am so happy we decided to do the video as well. I have watched our wedding video at least a hundred times already. Pure 7 really made this day even that much more special and we will always be so thankful.”

Before the wedding we also had the opportunity to photograph Christie’s bridal portraits at Eden Gardens State Park which were proudly displayed at the wedding reception. We’re in the final stages of the album design process of Christie & Scott’s gorgeous bridal album (and Brenda’s parent album), and are so excited for them to see them soon!  Thank you, Christie, Scott, and Brenda for choosing our team to document your wedding day!  ~ Erica

Wedding photography & video: Pure 7 Studios

Coordination: Kiss the Bride Wedding & Event Planning

Floral Design: Florals by the Sea

Makeup: Adrienne Brackett Pure & Couture

Music: Prime Source Entertainment

Megan & Blake’s Wedding Highlights Film | Rosemary Beach Videographer

Just east of Rosemary Beach, Megan & Blake’s Inlet Beach wedding was truly a beautiful sight to behold, and one that Alan really enjoyed filming.  The ceremony led way to a fantastically fun celebration at Grande Point Pavilion, also in Inlet Beach.  The color palette that Meghan, a talented stylist at the Crown Beauty Bar in Arkansas (follow her on Instagram, under ‘this_is_meganharris’, she’s amazing!), chose for her wedding was very vibrant and pretty, and lent itself perfectly to a visually stunning wedding video.  The “getting ready” portion of the day also proved super fun to film . . . it doesn’t get much better than bridesmaids jumping on beds singing Miley Cyrus!  This couple chose the uber talented Arden, of It’s A Shore Thing, as their wedding planner and together they created a wedding dreams are made of.  Alan also enjoyed working with their amazing photographer, Dear Wesleyann, who is always a joy to work with. We hope that you enjoy their wedding film as much as we did creating it!  ~ Erica

Heule & Gillis Family Portraits| Destin, FL Photographers

We know we say it a lot, but we love being Destin, FL photographers. Lindsey had the pleasure of photographing a Destin beach portrait session for these lovely families during their recent vacation.  The moms, Erika & Jenny, have been friends since high-school and their families vacation in Destin, FL together each year.  This year they decided to have photographs taken to commemorate the occasion and we’re so glad to have had the opportunity to do so for them! Ericka and her husband, Chris, had this to say of their portrait session:

“Thanks to Pure 7 for helping make our family vacation a wonderful experience with photos to last a lifetime. You captured our precious moments with our loved ones and best friends and we hope to continue to make this a tradition with you all.”

Thank you, Heule & Gillis families, for entrusting Pure7 to capture these photographs during your stay on the Emerald Coast!  ~ Erica

Destin, FL photographers

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Beach Photographers | Family Portraits Rosemary Beach

Ryan so enjoyed this Rosemary Beach family portraits session taken last month. They were such a sweet family.  When asked what made this particular 30A vacation so special, Jennifer’s response was so great we couldn’t help but share:

 “We had so much fun at Rosemary Beach.  It was our first time there.  The last time we went to FL beaches, we went to Destin 6 years ago when our kids were 2 and 5 months old to escape Hurricane Ike which hit Houston pretty hard.  This time was much, much different!  Our kids have obviously grown a lot since then and were able to bike all over Rosemary Beach, Seacrest and Alys Beach.  They were able to toss a football with their dad or play tag with other vacationing kids outside our door on the Eastern Green (where the family portrait of all 7 of us was taken).  They swam at the pool and played at the beach every day.  They woke up late, weren’t on any sort of schedule all day and went to bed late which sounds pretty perfect for a vacation.  They went to Sugar Shak almost daily and got things there that sounded repulsive to us adults like a yard-long gummy snake or a yard of bubble gum.  Basically, they got to be kids and make a lot of the choices for a week.  And they got to spend the whole week with their baby cousin who they adore.  They say the part they’ll miss about our vacation the most is being able to play with their cousin any time they want.

These pictures are special to us because they mean family time to us.  They mean slowing down and letting everyone relax and letting kids be kids rather than the faster pace that we keep during the school year at home.  Also, our family of 4 had never had a professional family photo before.  We get the kids pictures professionally done at least 3 times a year and have lots of canvases of them all over our house, but this was truly our first family photo.

We are very, very thankful for you guys at Pure 7.  We were blessed that you were available when we were in FL, that Ryan was so patient with us and loved his easy going personality.  We felt at ease with Ryan were also amazed at the quality of the pictures/shots Ryan got.  And Lindsey has also been a pleasure to work with.  She’s also been so patient with us!  I’ve changed my mind a few times (too many great choices to choose from) and added on, etc., etc.   At our purchasing appointment, she was on time and valued our time so that we could get back out to having fun on the beach.  She was so great about going through the images with us as many times as we needed without guilt to hurry, and she helped give us pointers when we couldn’t decide or had a hard time choosing.  We are looking forward to working with Lindsey for our final Pure 7 item… Christmas cards. We are really excited about our session and getting our images in our hands so we can show all our friends and family!”

Thank you, Jennifer & family, for sharing what your Rosemary Beach, FL vacation and portraits meant to you.  We look forward to seeing and photographing you during future vacations to our Emerald Coast!  ~Erica

 Rosemary Beach Photographers | Family Portraits Rosemary Beach

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Senior Session in Destin | Taylor Hanna

 As Taylor and her family were planning their summer vacation to our Emerald Coast, Taylor knew she wanted to have her senior pictures taken by a professional photographer on the beach while here. We locals often take for granted just how special and unique Destin’s natural features are. Sugar white sandy beaches, sea oats, dunes, and gorgeous turquoise sparkling water . . . all of which lend themselves beautifully to an awesome family portrait or senior session. Taylor and Erica connected via email first, and we were so humbled when Taylor stated:
“I knew I wanted my senior photos in Florida while on vacation so I Googled tons of photographers and I came across your page and I LOVED your work the most and thought you guys would be the best pick for me and my style. I just loved your work, its amazing and fits my personality best!”
We can’t ask for a better compliment than that and emails like those are what keep us passionate about what we do! While we typically shoot more family beach portraits and weddings, we do offer senior portraits by request and were so happy that Taylor had found our senior sessions online and connected with them so deeply. She and Ryan (and also Taylor’s mom) were able to speak on the phone several times in the days leading up to the portrait session, and collaboratively came up with a location to suit the look Taylor wanted to acived with her senior portraits. What resulted was a super fun, relaxed, two hour beach session in Destin. Taylor and her mom, Donna, came to our studio for their proofing & purchasing appointment the next day and we were so happy that they loved her images as much as we loved creating them. We’re currently finishing up on their custom-designed 10×10 Coffee Table Book and 24×30 Wall Canvas, and can’t wait to hear their reactions upon receive their heirloom products in a few weeks. Thank you, Taylor & Donna, for choosing Pure7 to document such an important time in Taylor’s life. We’ve throughly enjoyed getting to know you both, and look forward to the opportunity to photograph your family again during future vacations.   ~ Erica

 

Destin Senior Portraits

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Fuji XT-1 Review

I fell in love with the Fuji XT-1 after playing with it at a workshop I attended in April. It was extraordinarily difficult to find at first, as everywhere I looked it was on back order, but at last I was able to obtain the camera & kit lens. I think the lens this body is shipped with is capable of breaking down prior notions that kit lenses perform less than desirable. My eye was on the 23mm 1.4, as 35mm is a comfortable focal length for me, although the 18-55mm 2.8-4 I received is a nice piece of glass. Upon seeing the package had shipped I nearly squealed like a school girl. A piece of gear hasn’t had me this excited in a long time.

Examining the images after my first shots revealed the images from the 23mm 1.4 are sharp and clean. To my surprise the camera produces beautiful colors similar to the Fuji film I’ve grown to love, and handles shooting in undesirable and harsh lighting conditions. As opposed to traditional Nikon or Canon viewfinder, the EVF (electronic-view-finder) system will blow your mind and is one of my favorite features. If you have big hands like I it may take sometime to grow familiar with the positioning of the button and dials. If you can look beyond its similarity in appearance to a point-n-shoot, the compact size provides more benefit than setback. It’s a relief to have a compact camera capable of producing images similar to a full-frame body, as shooting 7+ hours on larger bodies and lenses definitely takes a toll physically on ones body.  ~Ryan

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Michael & Jordan (Rosemary Beach Wedding Highlights)

Michael & Jordan’s wedding ceremony & reception took place at the Eastern Green in Rosemary Beach, FL.  This was such a fun video to create given the awesome personalities found in both wedding parties.  You can really see the fun both were sharing in their Rosemary Beach Wedding film, which made it a blast to capture for us as filmmakers.  We came equipped to shoot the day with a mixture of both Mark II’s and Mark III’s and set off using only Manfrotto fluid monopods.  It was extremely helpful to have a large space that was well lit, in which the girls interacted with one another and were very dynamic in their movements & placements within the room.  It’s so common, and very unfortunate, when a bride is cooped up in a corner or surrounded by mirrors in a tightly knit bathroom or space.   The blocking of the bridesmaids allowed us to change positions and shoot their interactions including laughs, smiles, and expressions from different angles.  It was this that created for the fun whip-pans, or directed movements between the girls while in discussion.  If the filmmaker is capable of panning and hitting their ‘mark’ on the ending frame, it is said to be more impactful and helps progress the story than a traditional cut.  While sometimes we are more inspired by music, or pacing than story telling, we try our best to construct sequences with actions and re-actions, whether that be among the guests or tying together similar clips to create a greater meaning.  Essentially in this instance, the movement of the pan rather than an additional cut helps to prevent the viewer from consciously acknowledging they are watching a film.  I really enjoyed expressing my thoughts here on how impactful camera movement can be, and hope to do so again in the future!  Please enjoy Michael & Jordan’s highlights film as listed below.

-Alan

Coordination: Stephanie Tate, Savoir Faire Weddings
Photography: Dede Edwards
Band: Azz Izz
Florals: Florals By The Sea
Cake: Sweet For Sirten
Catering: Townsend Catering
Makeup: Paint Me Pretty
Hair: Mindy Noris, JS Salon