Pure7 Goals | Have More Fun!

 When we’re better people, we’re better artists who help our clients tell better stories.

Happy January! While we kicked off our 2016 blogging season with some gorgeous wedding features, we’re excited to incorporate more personal content this year. Everyone is setting goals and making resolutions, so we jumped on the bandwagon this week, but with a bit of a twist. During our recent Pure7 team meeting, we went beyond the typical topics of reviewing upcoming shoots, scouting fresh locations, and brainstorming new marketing ideas. Instead, we talked about what we like and how we’re going to have more fun this year.

We like to laugh. There may or may not be video footage of a spontaneous one-minute dance party from a couple weeks ago that we might post later probably won’t ever see the light of day. But trust us: we’ve got moves, y’all.READ MORE

Fresh Vintage Watersound Wedding | Carley & Justin

As wedding photographers located at in beautiful beach destination community, the weddings we shoot are almost always on the beach. While we always love a jaw-dropping Alys Beach or Seaside beach wedding, it is a breath of fresh air when we get to cover a wedding on land instead of in the sand.

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Carley and Justin’s Fresh Vintage Watersound Wedding was just that. For starters, we all know what vintage usually looks and feels like.  As you oo and ahh through the photos, you’ll notice they didn’t overdo it or try to theme their wedding at all. The Vintage feel is very subtle and fresh.

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Say WOW to this Regatta Bay Wedding| Lauren and Layne

To make sure we start the year off strong, we’ve been dying to share Lauren and Layne’s Regatta Bay Wedding. As we looked through these photos, we just knew there was no way Lauren pictured it better than this as a little girl. The colors are bold. The attitudes are bright. We just couldn’t help but say “Wow!” to this Regatta Bay Wedding.

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As you can see Lauren opted out of doing the 30A beach wedding and stuck to the native lush green Northwest Florida has to offer.

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Resort Quest Commercial Video | The Crescent

We are so pleased to present our latest project, a commercial video for The Crescent, a ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals property located in Destin, Florida. This allows potential clients to get a comprehensive picture of how warm and wonderful their vacation will feel.

There are so many places folks can stay when coming to the Emerald Coast or 30A. We have beautiful hotels, luxurious condos and private beach houses with breathtaking views, which gives a plethora of choices for families of all sizes. Endless options means the competition is fierce, and a commercial video such as this can give owners and property managers a solid advantage. This market is growing, as we’ve been commissioned to film several similar projects over the past few years to help companies better showcase their products.

As with all Pure7 films, Alan shoots every detail intentionally, so as to specifically create a thorough, realistic experience of the property and highlight its best qualities. Having a video allows clients to visualize their own getaway without having to read a laundry list of amenities or search through listings for specific features. They are able to make a quicker decision to book because they are able to see their destination come alive.

If you own a rental property, are selling properties in the Destin or 30A area, or have a product you’d like to highlight with a commercial film, we can help! Just contact us and we’ll put together a customized quote that fits your specific needs. In the meantime, here are more of our commercial videos.

Why We Love Seaside Engagement Photos | Hannah & Sam

We love working on 30A. There are so many pretty beach communities that line the Gulf of Mexico and if you ask us, they are all on 30A. Lately Seaside seems to stand out as a top pick for engagement photos. The more we shoot there, the more we love it so today we’re using Hannah and Sam’s photos to talk about why we love Seaside engagement photos.

First there’s the obvious reason. Seaside has it all! We can choose the beach, the lush green trees that are native to Northwest Florida, or beautiful buildings that make up Seaside to serve as our backdrop.  Having so many different environments to work with gives couples a chance to show a different side of their personality. This is important because not everyone thrives or feels comfortable in the same settings.

Second, different backgrounds means different clothing. Just like certain environments can make you feel more or less comfortable; different colors or outfits do the same thing. You’ll notice in some of the photos Hannah chose to wear a dress. The way a woman feels in a dress is very different than being in a comfy sweater and jeans. The same thing goes for Sam. Bright colors attract different energy. We love Seaside for giving us easy excuses to diversify our engagement photos.

The third reason we love taking engagement photos in Seaside is because we can break up the session and get to know our clients as we move from place to place. Not everyone gets settled and comfortable being in front of the camera right way. Being able to explore Seaside with our couples helps inspire our work and makes each engagement session unique. It also encourages us to escape anywhere that doesn’t feel just right.

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If you love Seaside as much as we do but don’t need engagement photos, contact us to learn more about our family portrait sessions, wedding photography, milestone package, and videography services. We would love to see you in Seaside for a session that makes sense for you.

How To Get Romantic Engagement Photos | Colton & Mary in Rosemary Beach

If Mary Poppins had ever chosen to take a beach vacation it most certainly would’ve been to Rosemary Beach, Florida. It’s practically perfect in every way. That’s why it was the perfect place for Colton and Mary’s engagement photos. While getting engagement photos is probably a given, we want to share how to get romantic engagement photos like theirs.

  1. Choose a Professional. Unless you’re a model, it’s not everyday you get to be the subject of a photoshoot. So being photographed by a professional is a special thing. Special just like your engagement and the love that got you there. If you treat it like it’s special than the experience will be special and the photos will turn out so much better because everybody involved had a little more invested in it.
  2. Location. Location. Location. Whether it’s walking on the beach or somewhere in a city, pick a spot that is special and representative of you as a couple. It personalizes the entire experience and invites you to be yourselves. Recently, we traveled to meet a couple in NYC for their engagement photos because that’s where they met and fell in love. While they don’t live there anymore, New York is part of their story.  We saw a completely different side of their love in the city which is another testament to why location can make a difference. Pick a place that’s not just picture perfect but one that’s part of your love.
  3. Be yourself. It’s cliche but true that “everyone else is taken.” We bring this up because it’s really easy to get caught up in what other people have done before you. Everyone wants to give you advice. Sure, it’s all probably great advice but we’ve learned over the years that advice usually comes from experience. Don’t let what other people wanted for themselves dictate who you are or what you want. Be yourself and everything else will romantically fall into place.
  4. Coordinate Don’t Compromise.  Nothing is worse than having a big moment ruined by being told to wear something you hate. As you prepare for your engagement photos, pick outfits that look good together but still express who you are. Remember, you fell in love with your fiance for a reason. If it wasn’t for their fashion sense then help them out but don’t pull them so far from who they are they get uncomfortable. You can’t afford to compromise anyone being uncomfortable with how they’ll look on camera.
  5. Have Fun. There is a lot of stress that comes with planning a wedding and we’re determined to make sure getting engagement photos isn’t one of them. As you can see in Mary and Colton’s engagement photos, they look like they’re having fun because they are. They were able to do the first four things on this list which gave them the freedom and permission to experience this last one.

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Contact us for pricing and availability and then take a look at some of our other romantic engagement photo sessions while you wait for our prompt response.

Engagement Session Seaside Style | Victoria & Spencer

For most people, getting engaged is the official beginning of happily ever after. Sure you can love someone with all your heart and dream about spending your days together but until it’s official there’s always an element of “the unknown” that makes it seem like dream. When we got the call to shoot an engagement session because Spencer turned Victoria’s dream into a reality we were ecstatic. As we talked with them it became clear we were going to do an engagement session Seaside style.

As you can see in the pictures, Seaside is one of the best places you could possible choose to take your engagement photos. There are so many fun and beautiful places to capture the couple’s love and excitement as they take there first steps to building a life together. Mixing fun with beauty never fails to deliver the most captivating collections of photos. Be it engagement photos, wedding photos or even family beach photos, the combination is truly empowering.

Just look at Victoria and Spencer in every shot. Seaside effortlessly pulls out their personalities. We see so many sides to the two of them as a couple and as two wonderful individuals. It’s hard to say which location was our favorite because everywhere we went brought out a different and equally lovely dynamic.

From the bikes to the beach, Victoria and Spencer did a great job being true to themselves. Their clothing choices were flawless. Always coordinating but in the most spectacularly subtle way. Not to mention, each outfit paired with each location to perfection. With their few simple changes we were able to get several completely different sides of Victoria and Spencer all linked together by their love for one another.

If you’ve got engagement photos or even family photos coming up. This is a great engagement session to put on Pinterest so you can come back and take notes.
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To learn more about our availability and pricing for  engagement sessions, wedding photos and wedding videos just contact us!

Fort Pickens Engagement Photos | Shirley & Chad

By now it’s probably pretty obvious we spend most of our time shooting wedding photos and videos along 30A. Recently it seems like we’ve spent a fair share of our time shooting and filming in Rosemary Beach or Seaside. That’s why these Fort Pickens engagement photos were so much fun with Shirley and Chad.

If you’re not familiar with Fort Pickens, it’s in Pensacola, Florida which is a little more than an hour drive from our studio in Destin. When you look at these engagement photos you’ll see a completely different look and feel from our previous collections and that’s because of where we are and who we’re with. They say “location location location” and this was just another example of how true that simple and cliche phrase really is.

The tone of the engagement photos is different. The textured brick and wide open space with no big blue gulf in sight brings about different feelings than beach photos. It’s really one of the reasons living along the Emerald Coast is so great. We have lush green venues with towering trees, beautiful beaches that rank higher than many in the world, and cool places full of character and history like Fort Pickens.

We also get the opportunity to work with the best couples in the world like Shirley and Chad. We get locals, military men and women and of course all of our destination bride and groom duos. There isn’t a place we’d rather be taking engagement photos and wedding photos along with everything else we shoot. We are so excited for Shirley and Chad to get married and continue their love story as husband and wife.

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If you’re interested in learning more about our engagement sessions or wedding packages just say helllo! While we shoot primarly along the Emerald Coast we are willing to travel any chance we get. Recently we went to NYC to shoot engagement photos and video. You can see the sneak peaks on our facebook and instagram.

Getting Family Beach Photos Like the Guthries |Seaside

We met up with the Guthrie’s in Seaside and had a wonderful session staring into the biggest baby blues we’ve ever seen! Their oldest daughter won the gene pool lottery with her big blue eyes; which isn’t surprising once you see her mom and dad. Today we’re excited to share their family beach photos and promise even if you don’t have baby blues of your own, getting family beach photos like the Guthries isn’t impossible. All you have to do is be yourself – Ryan and Lindsey will take care of the rest.

As fall sets in and is starting to actually feel like fall, we realized the holidays are just around the corner. It will be time to send out Christmas cards before you know it. We love Christmas cards with pictures best and not just because we’re photographers. Here at Pure7 we just really feel like family is everything. Whether it’s the one you’re born into or a family of friends you chose, the holidays are a special time of year.  Loved ones gather together to create new memories while keeping up with old traditions. Getting to show what another year together looks like just can’t be beat.

That’s why we drive all along 30A to places like Rosemary Beach or Seaside. It’s there we get to take family beach photos, wedding photos, and even newborn photos. Any one of our sessions can end up on a Christmas card and as the years have gone by it’s been fun to see which photos our Pure7 families choose.

Which photo do you think the Guthries should choose?

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If you want family photos before the holidays to put in a Christmas card or if you want family photos when the family is all together at Christmas time; let us know.

Alys Beach Wedding | Heather & Jason

A few weeks ago we shared Heather and Jason’s Alys Beach Wedding Video and today we’ve decided to reveal their wedding photos.  Normally we would show you everything all at once but decided this time we would let their wedding video and wedding photos stand alone. This way you’ll see our two different creative perspectives separately. One from our videographer, Alan, and the other from our photographers Ryan and Lindsey. They each have their own way of working through a wedding to capture the love and celebration of the day.

In their collection of wedding photos we love the subtle emphasis on Heather in her wedding dress. She is truly stunning both inside and out and every shot we took of her just showcases her effortless beauty. With photos in both color and black and white throughout there’s a perfect mix of timeless and trending.

While we could go on and on about Heather, it’s only fair to Jason and their beautiful ceremony and reception that we include them in all this. We still can’t get over how they had their very own white wall to get married! In our opinion it really made the ceremony pop and just suited them and Alys Beach perfectly. The photos of the happy couple on the beach speak for themselves. No matter how many weddings or family beach photos we shoot we never tire of seeing how striking and unique our beaches really are.

If you’ve never been to Alys Beach on 30A then you’re seriously missing out. There’s a reason so many brides pick here to be the place to say their I Dos and we’d like to think wedding photos like these are one of them.
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Check out some of our other blog posts to see more of our wedding videos and wedding photos. We’re currently booking for 2016 and would love to talk to you about availability and pricing if you say hello.