Pure7 Studios & Operation Smile | Show the Love

We’re in what’s known locally as “off-season.” Typically, that means things slow down a bit before the swirl of wedding season begins, before the arrival of all the fun families who visit our beautiful 30a beach community each year. We thought about taking a break before our packed spring calendar takes over, and then we got it – The Email.

That email brought an incredible opportunity to be part of something huge so we wasted no time in jumping on it. The great part is that it includes everything we love – cameras, travel, kids, adventure, and smiling (because smiling is our favorite!). But the best part? It’s something near and dear to our hearts that we can share with YOU, and we love finding ways to include you in our #pure7fam, whether you’re a local or a seasonal friend. Ready?

A few years ago, we hosted fundraising portrait sessions to help pay for cleft lip and cleft palet surgeries for kids whose families can’t afford them. You may not know that these deformities, ones that are fixed almost without thought in the United States, are literally life-threatening in other countries simply for lack of resources. This year, we are thrilled to get to physically visit a clinic and document these life-changing surgeries in person.


In about two weeks, our associate photographer Lindsey Bray will be packing her gear and heading to Cavite, Philippines! She’ll spend 10 days shadowing a medical mission team and shooting the incredible work done by Operation Smile. She’ll be blogging her trip, which we’ll share in a special series of posts, and her work will be published as part of a compilation celebrating both Operation Smile’s 35th anniversary and PPA Charities‘ 20th anniversary. READ MORE

operation smile 2012

as a proud member of the ppa (professional photographers of america), we had the wonderful opportunity to host a fundraiser through their charity division (ppa charities) for operation smile, who provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries to children in need.  on saturday april 21, we joined other portrait photographers all over the country in hosting an all-day event in our studio for new and old clients.  on this day, each person who gave a minimum donation of $24 was in return gifted with a 10 minute mini session at our destin studio and a complimentary 5×7 fine art portrait (or digital file if image was a head-shot for professional use).  this was our first year participating in the fundraiser and it was a huge success!  on saturday alone we raised enough money to give 10 surgeries to children across the globe in need!  we received many outside donations from those that were unable to attend and many of those that did attend gave more than the minimum donation.  the final count for our funds raised will be officially announced on our fan page next week, as we’ve still got some donations trickling in.  here are some portraits captured of those that are the reason this event was such a success.  thanks again to all that participated and donated to the cause, we loved meeting and photographing you and your families!

photography provided by destin photographers, pure 7 studios

food, wine, rentals, and florals graciously donated by:

sweet for sirten

marlin grill

jim ‘n nick’s  bbq

florals by the sea

rsvp weddings

chez renee

shelby peaden events


Destin Portrait Photography