Family Photo Tips | Burton Family

Have you ever had a friend or family member come try and take some family photos and felt awkward because you didn’t know how to pose or what to wear? Do you take countless photos with your phone but never take the time to get them printed or organized? It seems today with technology at all our finger tips photography isn’t as fun or meaningful as it can be. To try and “bring sexy back” to photography we put together a list of some of our family photo tips so you can get the most out of your family photos. Below are the Burton’s and their family beach portraits measured up against all our tips. You can look at them for examples.

Pick a Palette. Deciding what to where can always be VERY stressful when trying to dress a group. Everybody has their own ideas about what looks good. Your clothing is meant to enhance your look, not distract from it. Our best advice to accomplish that is to stick to three colors at the most. Then you’re coordinating and everyone can wear their own style. Along with liking what you’re wearing, picking something that flatters is key. If something doesn’t fit right, you won’t be comfortable and it will show. The Burton’s picked blue, white, and a red/coral color. Everything goes great together so your eye isn’t distracted by something that feels out of place or mismatched.

Bend the Body. In life we are constantly moving around. Bending our knees to run, sit, or jump. We bend our arms to wave at someone, eat, text, and work. We turn our heads to get a different point of view whether we want to get the sun out of our eyes or get a better look at something far away. The point is, you need to be natural and bend the body when you take your photos. Don’t stand or sit stiff. In every single family portrait of the Burtons they have bend in the body. They look alive with natural movement. Notice the hand on the hip, sitting cross legged, an arm behind someone, and even holding hands.

Get Goofy. Here’s your chance to really showcase who you are. Feel free to make jokes, laugh, dance, and just be exactly who you are. We realize this is easier said than done, but look at any two photos where one group is sitting in a perfect pose with stiff smiles to the camera and the other is the first family photo in our collection below. None of the Burtons are looking at the camera and it almost looks like it could be a candid shot between actual shots. That’s the beauty of getting goofy. We’d rather look at the Burton’s any day because their photo tells a story as each person is expressing part of their personality.

Hire a Professional. This is probably the best tip we can give you about family photos. We hear over and over how people are taking all of their photos with their phone but doing nothing with them. They just sit on the phone or a hard drive waiting for someone to “get to it” so they can be organized, printed and put on display. On top of that, lighting, focus, framing, making sure everyone has fun and getting the shot is what we do. It makes for a stress free experience after which we offer you a variety of ways to make a keepsake you can display or share for years and years to come.

Hopefully these tips come in handy as you take your next trip or have a fun family day you want to remember. If you have any tips you’d like to add, please do so in the comments below.

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If you like what you see but want to see more, check out more of our Pure 7 Families and their family beach portraits.

If you’ve seen enough and you’re ready to book your next session. Contact us for pricing and availability ASAP! Our calendar is filling up fast.

Commercial Photography for End Zone Apparel | Destin

We love doing commercial photography because we’re big fans of small businesses – especially small business that have super-cool sports apparel!  When our friend, Kristal, of the very hip and awesome End Zone Apparel, wanted to have a little fun with her latest marketing idea, we couldn’t have been more excited to don our flip-flops, sling our cameras over our shoulders, and take some really pretty photos of some really pretty people!  Our very own Lindsey even had a chance to get on the other side of the lens for a few shots!  {Seriously, people, Ford Models ain’t got nothin’ on this girl.  Or the rest of the group for that matter.}  When we’re not out modeling and shooting weddings or portraits, you can find us tackling {ha!  get it?  “tackling”?} some pretty fantastic commercial photography opportunities in and around the Destin area.

Now that we’ve overloaded you with anticipation and excitement, take a gander at some of this stuff!  It doesn’t get any better than this, people.  This is quality sports apparel – and even if you don’t give a rip about sports, you will after you see/touch/feel/obsess over this stuff.  And if the images here just don’t quite satisfy your need to see pretty people dressed up in cool clothes, be on the lookout for the ad these fine folks are featured in at Destin’s very own AMC Theatre over at the Destin Commons.  We’re everywhere, I tell ya!

Commercial Photography

I spy with my little eye . . . a Lindsey!  

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The clothes, people.  Look at the clothes…

 

We even managed to recruit a couple guys for this one.  We’re all about equal opportunity you know.

Be sure to head on over to see Kristal and all her awesome goodies – whether you need a gift or just need to update your wardrobe, this place has it all!  End Zone is located right next-door to Johnny O’Quigley’s in Destin – right across from the Commons.  How much easier can it be?  Go get all gussied up in your team’s stuff, and march right over to O’Quig’s to catch a game!  And then call us and tell us how right we were.  {Ryan’s always looking to be right about something.}

 

a family reunion…..

for the first time, we had the opportunity to photograph a family reunion get together in Seagrove Beach Florida.  luckily the rain had left us with a beautiful winter day for some frolicking on the beach before they gathered for dinner.  this was a beautiful family full of adorable, lively children (and adults, too).  they were such a joy!  hopefully we can be a part of their annual get together!

family faves 2011….

better late than never i say. i know the whole “best of 2011/year in review” stuff is usually around the first of the year. well, in case you have not figured it out we like to do things a little different around here. these pictures are some of my favorite from the past year. Some are Destin Wedding Photography sessions others are miscellaneous.  we are now gearing up for a crazy busy spring/summer. we look forward to all our new families and excited to see the families come back from years past.

 

devon’s end-of-her-first-year-at-college session…….

this beauty of a young lady came to us through her (now) sister-in-law, danna proffitt, whose wedding we were a part of last october.  devon is one who seems like a very quiet girl but when she is in front of the camera she absolutely rocks it!  she never had the typical senior portrait session done while she was in high school because she wanted to do something unique and different instead of wearing a feather boa across her shoulders or a tuxedo while standing next to a life size 2010 (hey, no hatin’ here i did it for my senior portraits, tuxedo and all!).  i am certain that she is glad she waited until the end of her first year in college to have some glamorous pictures taken, marking the start of her adult life!  devon is gorgeous and we can’t wait to shoot her wedding (not anytime soon, of course, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves)!

 

dave, denae, chase & carter – the holifields

last week i was lucky enough to photograph a family that is close to me. dave & denae have the coolest twins! if you can believe it, denae’s tiny frame had two babies in it! i photographed her maternity session 5 years ago; it seems like it was just yesterday. i was also fortunate enough to be a part of their wedding at monet gardens in grayton beach. it was an honor to capture the sweet moments of them together. i can honestly say i was anticipating this session with them. . .it’s not everyday that you get to shoot with good friends. thanks to dave & denae for letting me photograph your family!

 

 

kendall & andy’s awesome rosemary beach wedding!

kendall & andy’s elegant and beautiful rosemary beach destination wedding was planned by the dynamic duo over at it’s a shore thing.   if it looks familiar, you may have seen it here over on the lovely every last detail blog where it was featured recently! to be expected, this day was not only beautiful, fabulous, and seamless, but also FUN!   a huge thanks to kendall & andy for choosing us to participate in and document this momentous occasion, and also to all of the stellar vendors who came together to make this wedding a smashing success!

full service wedding coordination: it’s a shore thing
venue: rosemary beach
bridal gown: jeni b studios
cake artist: confections on the coast
catering & florals: celestine’s special occasions
destination wedding photographer: pure7studios

 

Wedding Website Scavenger Hunt & Biggest Fan Contest, $1,000 Gift Certificate to Winner!

 

As many of you know, our brand spanking new wedding website went live yesterday (click ‘Wedding Website’ to enter; the portrait site will be coming soon)!  Make sure you view it on a ‘real’ computer (meaning not your iPad or phone) to access its full functionality, as some of the answers to the scavenger hunt are found within the details which can only be accessed on a computer or laptop!  The mobile version is great, but the animation, fun up&down menu bar and other quirky details aren’t available from your iPad or phone.  We’ve been working on this site since March of 09 with an awesome team of graphic designers, illustrators, and web designers. They stuck with and jumped through hoops for us as we went threw out our wacky ideas, went through several design phases, made revisions of this-that-and-everything, and were just as excited and inspired as we were every step of the way.  To Jared, Joel & Ashley, Anthony and his team…. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!  We have loved working with and building friendships with you all over the past few years and can’t wait to get started on the blog!  So, without further adieu, here are the details for the scavenger hunt & biggest fan contest. EVERYONE (and their mama’s) are eligible to play, and the winner will be awarded with a $1,000 Pure7Studios gift certificate good towards ANY of our services & products!

Website Scavenger Hunt Rules:

Round 1 of the contest begins immediately upon publishing this blog post (Monday, October 3rd at 10am CST) and will commence exactly 24 hours later!  Twenty questions are posted below.  All of the answers are found within the newly launched Pure7Studios destination photography website.  Contestants have exactly 24 hours from the time this blog post is published to email their answers to info@pure7studios.com.  We will send an email confirmation upon receiving your submission, so you will be sure if was received! All contestants answering and emailing us the answers to all 20 questions correctly within the allowed time period (or, in the case that no-one correctly answers all 20, the 5 submitted 1st with the highest # of correct answers) will move on to the Biggest Fan Contest.

Biggest Fan Contest Rules:

After the Scavenger Hunt is closed (24 hours after publication of this blog post), those meeting the above criteria will be invited to the studio this week for a complimentary headshot (if you live out of town or this is not convenient for you, you may email us a photograph of yourself instead). The head shots of the 5 Scavenger Hunt winners (Biggest Fans) will be uploaded to our fan page this coming Saturday, October 8th, at 9am.  The Biggest Fans will have one week to rally their friends, family, colleagues, etc. to ‘Like’ their picture, therefore voting for them as Pure7Studio’s Biggest Fan! The fan with the highest number of votes (‘Likes’) at 9am on Saturday, October 15th will be dubbed our Biggest Fan and win a $1,000 gift certificate good towards ANY of our services & products (gift certificate will expire after 1 year).

Here are the Questions.. READY? SET? GOOOOOO!!!!

1. Fill in the blank:  “Have ______ , will travel!”
2. What are the 6 Moods of Pure7?
3. There is a piece of religious art within in image in the ‘Anticipation’ gallery. What does it depict?
4. In the ‘Passion’ gallery, how many images depict couples getting frisky in the sand?
5. In which gallery is a popular child’s amusement park ride seen?
6. How many flower girls can be found in the ‘Love’ gallery?
7. How many images in the ‘Juicy Details’ gallery are of wedding rings?
8. How many different weddings are in the ‘Shot With Film’ gallery?
9. Fill in the blank: “If you do something very ____, you simply cannot do it for everybody.”
10. What decade does ‘e’ (Erica) dig?
11. How many different magazine covers has Pure7Studios had an image featured on?
12. What color is the illustrated telephone found within the site?
13. What is required to hold a wedding date?
14. What type of food & beverage does Ryan enjoy?
15. When did Erica learn photography?
16. What would Lindsey die without?
17. What does ry (Ryan) read on the throne?
18. How many feet under h2o can lins (Lindsey) breathe?
19. Who is our Homeboy?
20. What are our 2 love languages?

GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!!  🙂