I would like to extend an invitation to explore the new, streamlined Pure7 Studios website! Since our studio’s launch 10 years ago, this is only the 3rd time we’ve made a complete website re-haul. Although I loved our previous two custom-designed sites and was fortunate to work with some of the country’s best graphic designers, technology changes so fast that I’ve found the design and user interface of any site tends to become outdated quickly. My vision behind this new site was to go “back to the basics” of my very 1st website (launched under ‘Ryan Manthey Photography’ in 2007). My original website focused solely on showcasing my work and a had a clean, simple user interface – whereas our subsequent two sites became more about the quirky site design and user interaction (animation, visuals, etc.). Although those things were great and served their purpose at the time, I found myself feeling like the actual images were getting lost in the mix. I’m excited to finally present visitors with a more comprehensive display of the culmination of my work.
The progression and growth of Pure7 has been an unpredictable journey of self-discovery and realization. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how the unexpected changes that came about were like pieces of an out-of-focus puzzle, all coming together to form the cohesive brand that we are today.
When I started Pure7 in 2007, I had a general idea of where I wanted it to go. Back then, I wanted to grow the studio to have a team of shooters and staff and have my own stand-alone retail and shooting space. I envisioned growing things really big.
As it turns out, God had a different plan…
It’s been three years since our previous website was published and in those years, a lot has changed. We’ve had administrative staff and seasonal interns come and go, including our talented videographer and dear friend, Alan. He’s recently branched out on his own with our full support to pursue his love for travel and adventure films, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him! We were blessed to have had him on our team for over 3 years, and know that his insanely talented wedding videos will be missed by many. Many of you have asked about our #pure7fam’s Lindsey, who joined our team 7.5 years ago and has been there for much of our growth. She went on maternity leave in September for the birth of her first child. While she’s still a part of our team (and a huge part of our hearts), she’s on extended maternal leave to be with her child and we couldn’t possibly be happier for her. As skilled as Lindsey is in photography and sales, motherhood has been her best job yet and she’s amazing at it!
I would’ve never imagined that in the three short years since our last website debuted, I’d be the only one working in the studio on a daily basis. However, this dramatic shift has helped me grow and opened up new possibilities. It’s made me realize that, up until now, I was depending on others to do the things that I could have been doing. Things that I’d been telling myself I was incapable of.
In finding myself back where I started, back at independence, I’ve found a renewed faith in God’s plan for me and my business. With each persons’ coming and going throughout the years of Pure7’s existence, and in spite of every obstacle that’s come our way, His plan is what has always remained constant. It’s what has led me here, which is exactly where I need to be.
My wife Erica, who’s been beside me every step of the way, expanded on how Ryan’s epiphany led to the creation of the new website. “The last two sites were my projects,” she explains. “This time, I’m stepping back. For the 10-year anniversary of our business, Ryan has decided to go back to the basics of his very first site, where it’s clean and simple and more about the photos than about having the quirkiest and coolest site design. I’m so excited to see him using 100% of his God-given talent and following his own vision. To see Ryan single-handedly reimagining the new site that will lead our company into its next 10 years is awe-inspiring. I’m so proud of him, and I think the new site better reflects the direction he’s taken as an artist.”
To help emphasize this new direction, I’ve added sections showcasing the distinctive portraiture that’s become my niche, in addition to Pure 7’s unique art prints. Furthermore, I’ve included a section that will highlight my venture into commercial photography, under Pure7 Creative.
I encourage everyone to check out the new site at www.pure7studios.com and feedback is always appreciated!
“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
-C. JoyBell C.
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