Our Mission in Honor of Mothers…
May 5th, 2015

Mother's Day Quote

this post in a personal note from Kristin…

Last fall, we hosted a Family Portrait Month where all the proceeds of your session fees were donated Dando Amor, a very special charity that serves orphanages in Ecuador and Haiti.  We were able to donate thousands of dollars last fall and we absolutely plan on doing the same event this year!  This month, we wanted to do something special in honor of our Mothers and thought it would be nice to use the money directly in our own community.  I soon realized exactly who I wanted to give this money to; an organization that I feel has enabled me to be more of the mother I want to be.

When our oldest little boy, Win, was coming of school age, this presented quite a dilemma as it does with most parents.  The first time you have to make the decision of where your “baby” goes to school is incredibly difficult.  What made it slightly more difficult is that Paul, as many of you know, was homeschooled all the way through school.  His oldest brother, Robert, was actually the first home schooler accepted as a freshman at the University of Florida.  I think Paul always hoped we could homeschool our children, but when we looked at our lives and how Footstone was such an integral part of it, how was that possible?  It seems impossible to work and homeschool your children, doesn’t it?  But it’s not.

Cornerstone Academy has allowed our family to structure school around our lives, instead of vice versa.  If that makes sense? Win goes to school only 3 days a week and the other 2 we homeschool.  What that means is when Paul and I are working most Saturdays, it’s ok… because I have Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at home with my boys.  Now, I can share personally with you how our homeschool days are structured if you’d like more details, so we’re not technically just “off”, but I’m so grateful that Paul and I have been able to continue pursuing our dreams with Footstone, while our family remains a strong priority and has not sacrificed one bit.

The vision statement of Cornerstone’s is “To further impact this community and the world with young Christian leaders who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God.”  Win has loved every moment of going to school as the environment is so incredibly loving while absolutely challenging.  They not only challenge him academically, but they challenge our entire family emotionally and spiritually.  We’re given constant reminders about where our focus should be.

My family is so grateful that we have the love and support of the amazing administrators and teachers, plus the encouragement and friendships of the other parents.  I’m challenged by these woman, especially, to be my very best for my husband and children.  The most unbelievable part is that Paul and I are able to stand firm together in our roles in Footstone and that’s something that both of us cherish.

So our offer is… for each family or baby portrait session in the month of May, we’re giving the proceeds of your session to Cornerstone’s Scholarship Fund.  I personally know families that would cherish the opportunity to attend this school, but would need the financial support in order to make that possible.  Paul and I would be incredibly honored to work with your family this month, so please call me at the studio today and we’ll start planning!  I’m also more than willing to share personally with you about Cornerstone and Win’s experiences so far.

And remember, with your session, mom gets a special gift basket including gift certificates to Cloud 9 Spa, Embers, Patticakes Bakery, The Perfect Gift, plus make up gifts and other special personalized items from Footstone.

 

Contact us to get started planning your session!  We can’t wait to hear from you!  

352.562.3066 or photo@footstone.com

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We’re Celebrating Mothers During the Entire Month of May…
May 4th, 2015
Mothers-Day-Giftstoday’s post is a personal note for Kristin…

I laugh as I write this headline above because I truly believe Mother’s should be celebrated every single day.  And many families already do that and I applaud you! Paul’s family is so good about reminding their mother, Dee, daily how much they appreciate her and I’ve always been so inspired by their outward and sincere affection towards her.  Malcolm, Paul’s father, refers often to the Proverbs 31 verse… “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”  Every Sunday, at minimum, we applaud her and praise her for her love and dedication to her family.  Now as I’m writing this, perhaps weekly isn’t enough?

I cherish the mothers I have in my life.  My own mother, Joni, has always been my absolute role model and I continue to strive to be like her.  She went back to school with two young children, while working full time of course.  She never missed a home cooked meal and I look back and realize how much she endured while raising our family.  At the time, I barely noticed and didn’t even realize my mother was staying up all hours of night studying.  I guess that’s a testament to how well she took care of us. Now, she has created for herself an incredible career and has influenced many in her field.  I’m so proud of her and so grateful she is my mom.

We’re dedicating the entire month, not just this upcoming week, to our mothers! We’ve created a special package that with your portrait session this month, every mom will walk away with a beautiful gift basket including spa gift cards, make up goodies, restaurant gift certificates, along with personalized gifts from Footstone.

Not only are each of one of moms walking away with this special gift, we are donating session fee proceeds to a very special cause.  I’ll share tomorrow about this amazing organization that has changed our family’s life and even the type of Mother I am.

I want every mom to feel celebrated during the session as we capture the sweet stage that your family is in at this point in your lives.  Paul and I would be honored to celebrate with you this Mother’s Day and work with your precious family! Please call the studio and set up a 15 minute planning appointment with me and we’ll start creating the vision for your session!

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A Special Idea for our Brides!
May 1st, 2015

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Are you thinking of a special gift Mother’s Day?

There is still time to order a portrait from your wedding day for Mom! Give her the gift she really wants… a reminder of how much your appreciate her. We can even add a sweet message to your image like the one shown above, or we can keep it traditional and print a beautiful stand alone portrait.

Email us at photo@footstone.com or call the studio at 352.246.4641. The deadline to have them here by Mother’s Day is this coming Monday so email or call us today!

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For the Month of May…
April 30th, 2015

Mothers Day Gift

In honor of our incredible mothers, we will be offering a special family session package.  If you schedule your session in the month of May, not only will you receive beautiful artwork of your family, our moms will receive something extra special. We’ll share all of the details on Monday.

We recently saw a family portrait on a friend’s wall that was from ten years ago.  It was beautiful and it should absolutely stay on the wall forever; but it’s time for an updated one to display by it’s side! If you’re laughing because you know I’m speaking directly to YOU, let’s go ahead and put it on the calendar this month and make the experience even more special.

Call the studio today at 352.562.3066 and arrange your planning appointment with Kristin.

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Mother’s Day!
April 28th, 2015

familyphotographerIt’s almost May (hard to believe) and time to celebrate our mothers in an unforgettable way. In honors of Mother’s Day, we’re working on a meaningful project to make our family sessions more special than ever. Keep checking the blog this week for more details or sign up on our contact list here to make sure you get all the details! Moms… you rock!

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A Destination Portrait Session in Sienna, Italy
April 22nd, 2015

Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

Many of you followed Paul and Kristin as they journeyed with their two young boys to Italy last summer. The main purpose of that trip was to begin building a new type of portrait session that would be like nothing else the photography world has seen.  This year, we return to Italy and will stay in the Northern part of the country near Venice and at the foot of the Alps.  ONE more family can join us for an experience of a lifetime!  We head over the first week of July and the last dates we have available are the 6th through 8th.  To read more about this exciting adventure, visit our Destination Portrait Sessions blog post and consider a summer trip like no other!

Husband and wife, Sally and Patrick, joined us last year and acted as our guinea pigs as we explored how to create an international portrait session. We spent the day in Sienna, Italy walking the iconic narrow and steep streets, visiting the spectacular Duomo and il Campo Square, not to mention eating the best food we’d probably ever have in our lives.

Please talk with your spouse and family and consider joining us THIS July in Italy! We’ll help you get started on the planning process and before you know it, we’ll be riding in a gondola in Venice. Call our studio at 352.562.3066 or email photo@footstone.com for more details!

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Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  –  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  –  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

Italy Blog Post 5: Cinque Terre  –  Italy Blog Post 6: Venice

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Our New Adventure!
April 20th, 2015

ProfessionalPhotographerMany of you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…  If not, please do!  We recently announced the exciting and special news we received from Professional Photographers of America.  This January, we have been given the honor and responsibility of speaking on a national platform at one of the largest photography conventions in the country!  For the past seven years we’ve been attending Imaging USA learning from the greatest photographers in the industry. There is always more to learn about our craft, but this year we’ll have the opportunity to share Footstone’s journey and our advice on building a successful photography business.

Some of you know this already, but Paul and I both worked for Herff Jones, a yearbook printing company before opening Footstone.  I worked on the sales and printing side; Paul worked for the photography division. We both had the opportunity to work with students around the state and teach design and photography.  Teaching and sharing have always been a passion for both of us and so having the opportunity to speak to peers is incredibly special.

We’ll keep you updated on other teaching projects too!  We’ve been given two additional opportunities through PPA to share our experience and passion for this industry to new photographers.  More fun details to come!  We consider all of this a great honor and responsibility and we hope we make you proud!

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This Amazing Couple is Joining Us!
February 27th, 2015

We are thrilled to announce we have our first couple who have decided to join us in Italy this summer!  Meghan and Jeremy are long time friends of ours now after we photographed their wedding in 2007. We are truly honored that you’d decide to make this journey with us and we’re counting down the days already!

Traveling in Italy

*Image courtesy of Meghan & Jeremy

If you’re interested in joining this year’s Destination Portrait Sessions in Northern Italy, email photo@footstone.com or call us at 352.562.3066!

 

Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  –  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  –  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

Italy Blog Post 5: Cinque Terre  –  Italy Blog Post 6: Venice

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Introducing… Destination Portrait Sessions
February 26th, 2015

Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

A few of our readers are around Paul and Kristin enough to have heard the inside scoop on what’s brewing this summer… they definitely talk about it ALL the time.  So here’s the news… this July, Paul and Kristin are offering to take 4 families to Italy for a new type of portrait session.  We’d like to introduce our Destination Portrait Sessions.

This year our destination will be Northern Italy.  Families or couples will have the opportunity to stay in the Ceconi Castle, an exclusive estate owned by GraphiStudio, Footstone’s professional album producers.  This beautiful neo-gothic castle enjoys a unique location, in the heart of the forest of the same name, surrounded by a breathtaking alpine scenery.*

The Ceconi castle is also just a short train ride, through exquisite terrain, to nearby Venice.  You’ll spend the day exploring this magical city as we photograph the special moments and gorgeous scenery.  Haven’t you always wanted to visit Italy?  After this type of trip, you’ll want to display the beautiful images on your walls to remember it every day.  A once in a lifetime experience, with the heirloom images to document it, is our purpose for these sessions.

Here’s a glimpse of the spectacular things you’ll see on your trip…

There are still more details to come explaining this incredible trip. Check back again tomorrow!  If you already know you’re extremely interested, email or call today and we’ll go ahead and share all of the details with you!

 *description of castle courtesy of GraphiStudio.com

 

Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  –  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  –  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

Italy Blog Post 5: Cinque Terre  –  Italy Blog Post 6: Venice

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Footstone Photography at a Castle in Italy…
February 25th, 2015

Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

We have been offered an unbelievable opportunity and are incredibly excited to share it with you!

Paul and Kristin, with their two young boys, will be heading back to Italy this summer and will be staying at the Ceconi Castle, owned by GraphiStudio.  If you are a current or past bride, you know exactly who GraphiStudio is.  We print exclusively with Graphi for our wedding albums because there is no other printer we’ve found to deliver the highest and most beautiful quality.  Last summer Paul and Kristin were able to visit the plant in Arba, Italy and see first hand the intricate detail and precision that goes into every book.  Because of this close working relationship, GraphiStudio has opened the doors of the Ceconi Castle for Paul and Kristin, and their clients, to stay.  Yes, that’s correct… our clients!

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Stay tuned each day this week with more details about our trip.  Perhaps you should also start considering what your summer vacation looks like.  This July, YOU could have the opportunity to stay with US in the Ceconi Castle.  More details to come tomorrow!

images compliments of Silvano Sfb Pisoni & GraphiStudio

 

Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  –  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  –  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

Italy Blog Post 5: Cinque Terre  –  Italy Blog Post 6: Venice

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