Family Portrait Month – September 2014
August 13th, 2014

Family Portrait Month 2014

We just love this time of year!  The heat of the summer is nearing an end, school is starting back, and schedules are getting back to “normal”.  This fall is going to be different though.  During the month of September, we will participate with an elite group of photographers around the country in a very special family portrait promotion. Throughout the month we will celebrate “Family Portrait Month,” a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children) and help to support Dando Amor, a non-profit charity, founded by photographers and dedicated to improving the lives of orphans living in deplorable conditions in the developing world.

During September, we will donate your $190 session fee to Dando Amor, which makes regular service trips to orphanages in Ecuador, Burkina Faso-Africa and Haiti. In 2013 Dando Amor opened its own orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. The charity also provides volunteers who raise funds for it to experience “a different kind of vacation,” so they can be personally involved in helping orphans live better and fuller lives. Volunteers have taken part in hands-on activities ranging from repairing facilities, building classrooms, and replacing sewer systems, to purchasing vital furnishings and fixtures such as cribs, beds, mattresses, as well as everyday necessities that American children take for granted.

We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which always is appreciated as gifts for family and friends and as holiday greeting cards.

To learn more about the charity log on to www.dandoamor.org

To reserve your session or to learn more about Family Portrait Month, contact us at 352.562.3066 or email photo@footstone.com

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Changyi & Dapeng’s Outdoor Florida Wedding
September 17th, 2014

On a perfectly beautiful Spring day, Changyi and Dapeng said “I do” under a bright blue Florida sky at the lovely Haile Plantation Country Club.  This sweet couple decided to do a first look so they could spend more time with family and friends after the ceremony. We decided the most picturesque area in Haile Plantation is the “famous” bridge. Dapeng waited (nervously?!) as we drove Changyi up by his side. As she saw him in the distance, the tears already started to come.  I will never forget this moment when she said in the softest and sweetest voice, “I just love him so much.”

“I didn’t realize how much I loved my husband until I saw him standing on the bridge. I cried, but those were happy tears,” shared Changyi. She also described the wedding day as “happy, romantic and perfect”. We absolutely agree. We are so happy for you guys and can’t even describe what an honor it was to witness your precious day. We will never forget the joy and compassion you two shared for each other. Congratulations on a beautiful life to come!
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Venue & Catering : Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club
Florist : Publix
Cake Artist : Dream Day Cakes
Musician : Strings for Things
Makeup Artist : Kara Winslow
Hair Stylist : Deborah Master Hair Designer
Rentals : Party Time Rentals

 

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Joshua & Sierra’s Coastal North Carolina Engagement Session
September 12th, 2014

We have been in business long enough to see some of our clients’ kids grow up right before our eyes.  How time flies!  But, at the same time, that is happening in our own family as well!  This sweet couple that we are featuring today is Paul’s youngest brother, Joshua, and his sweet fiancée, Sierra.  Now I know this will be showing my age a little bit, but Joshua was only 5 years old when Paul and I first met.  Sigh…  Now it’s his turn to get married!

Joshua proposed to Sierra a few months ago on a trip to the beach over their spring break.  We really wanted to incorporate that special memory into their engagement session.  The perfect opportunity came up this summer when the whole Privette clan took our yearly vacation to Atlantic Beach, a lovely little coastal town in North Carolina.  We knew this would be the perfect opportunity to do a beautiful sunrise session with Joshua and Sierra!

We are looking forward to an amazing celebration with family and friends on Sierra’s grandparent’s farm this weekend.  Welcome to the family, Sierra, and congratulations to you both!  We love you!

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A Summer Session on St. Augustine Beach
September 4th, 2014

September is Family Portrait Month!  If you schedule a portrait session with us, your session fee will go to an amazing charity devoted to improving the lives of children in impoverished areas. You can see more about how you can participate on our blog here.

You may remember a beach family session from last summer that featured 3 generations of a family. This is such a true honor when we have the opportunity to create such special images like these. We got to photograph another special family like that earlier this summer.  Mandy contacted us in the spring to let us know her family would be heading south from their home in Illinois to vacation in St. Augustine Beach this summer.  We were more than thrilled to travel to the east coast of Florida for this special session with her husband and children, and also her mom and sisters.

Mandy and Kristin spent a little bit of time over the phone planning the color combinations in their outfits before the session. She originally planned to have everyone match, but after looking through sample inspirations on wardrobes and talking about what would look best displayed on the family’s walls, Mandy decided on a bright summer color pattern. We are thrilled with the wall collection we designed with Mandy and maybe one day we will have to chance to see it in their home in Illinois!

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A Florida Country Road Family Session
September 3rd, 2014

September is Family Portrait Month!  You can see more about that on our blog here. Call the studio today to participate in our charity event and schedule your family session this month!  To kick it off, we wanted to share some very special family sessions with you this week on the blog.

When Robin called us to start brainstorming her family session, all she knew was that she wanted a beautiful tree-covered dirt road for the location.  We actually had the perfect place in mind!  This beautiful area is just a few minutes outside of Gainesville.

With our family sessions, after we photograph the group images, we encourage a little time devoted to just the kids and then also just the parents. Think about when the last time you and your spouse had a professional image taken of you?  Your wedding perhaps?! Then we give each child their own attention as well. It’s always fun to see their unique personalities shine.

Even though we had to reschedule this session several times because of the summer rain, it finally happened on a perfectly beautiful evening under our gorgeous Florida scenery. Thank you Robin for allowing us to capture this precious moment in your family’s life!

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If you follow us on Instagram, you probably saw the beautiful images this family recently took home.  After frame a few prints, they will some wonderful wall collections around their house!

 

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A Family Session at the Park
September 2nd, 2014

September is Family Portrait Month!  You can see more about that on our blog here, but to kick it off, we wanted to share some very special family sessions with you this week!

Some of our brides may recognize the mom in this adorable family! Becky is part of the team at Keith Watson Events.  We love how so many vendors in the area have become our close friends. It’s always an honor when we have the opportunity to photograph their families.

This active family chose to focus their session around their shared passion of tennis!  We always love when our clients choose a location that is significant and special to them.  This automatically makes the session more fun and enjoyable for everyone! We joked with Becky that one day her girls will be tennis stars and these images may end up on ESPN!

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Connie and Jason’s Central Florida Wedding
August 27th, 2014

If you were keeping up with Footstone throughout the spring, you probably heard that we had 13 weddings in 11 weeks!  It was amazing!  Connie and Jason’s Altamonte Springs wedding kicked everything off in March.  If you have never been to Cranes Roost Park, you should definitely make plans to visit.  This area is full of shops, restaurants and beautiful walkways and benches along the water.  It is a great place for your family or a special date night. Connie’s parents live just a few minutes away from the Park and they walk the loop together almost every night.

Connie and Jason could not have asked for a more beautiful day, especially when considering how unpredictable it can be this time of year in Florida.  This sunny afternoon provided for some spectacular images as we spent time walking around with the happy couple and their bridal party in this lovely area.  Connie wanted their wedding to be simple and fun. Their close friends and family gathered under the grande arch and perfectly blue sky for the ceremony.  Then Connie changed into a second gown and they enjoyed a delicious meal at Seasons 52 Restaurant.

Connie shared with us that there was nothing at all she would change about her wedding!  The advice she has for future brides is to take it one small step at a time through the planning process, and on the day of the wedding, don’t worry about the little details!

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Connie mentioned to us that one special time of the day was during their first look as “it was really the only time we got to spend alone, just the two of us. It was nice to just be with him and not be dealing with all the wedding day details.”  We are so glad when our couples have these few quiet moments to themselves!

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The reception was one of Connie’s favorite parts of the day.  In her words, one of the most memorable moments were “The toasts! After the wedding was over (whew!) it just felt really relieving to just be with our family and friends. It was really sweet and sentimental to hear everyone’s speeches.”  She also loved their wedding cake.  The special Gator cake topper was a special reminder of their time in college at the University of Florida.

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Venue: Cranes Roost Park • Reception: Seasons 52 • Hair & Makeup: Kristy Alonzo • Rentals: A Chair Affair • Florals: Enchanted Flowers • Cake: Publix

 

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Kaley & Cameron’s Southern Engagement Session
August 21st, 2014

Kaley and Cameron told us that Texas is their favorite place to be. While weren’t able to travel to Texas with them for their engagement session, it is definitely not lacking on classic country details!  We were once again amazed by the beautiful piece of family property that they chose for their session.  For the wedding, Kaley and Cameron have planned a romantic country ceremony with a fun Texas bar-like reception at Shiloh Farms in Tallahassee, Florida. We can’t wait to see how they will incorporate their engagement sessions images into the decor!

We have to share how Cameron proposed to Kaley. He recruited Kaley’s mom, who loves photography and takes a lot of beautiful pictures whenever she can, to convince Kaley to take pictures with Cameron on family property that they were about to sale. Since the property wouldn’t belong to them much longer, they needed to go ahead and take the pictures soon. So Amy, Kaley’s mom, drove her out to the spot where she was to meet Cameron. He just happened to be standing there with their horses and dogs and as Kaley got closer, she saw the horses had signs asking “will you marry”, then the dogs had signs with arrows pointing to Cameron. When Kaley walked up he got down on one knee and proposed. Kaley laughs, “I said ‘Duh.. oh, I mean yes!’” So hair and make up was done and Kaley and Cameron have great images of the proposal. Genius idea!

There are just a few more months until their big day and we can hardly wait.  Throughout the planning process we have really gotten to know their family and are so excited to celebrate with them.  Cold or hot, rain or shine, it is always a beautiful day when you are marrying your best friend!

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Footstone in Italy Final Post – Venice!
August 7th, 2014

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Well, I say final post… we will have ONE more post where we share the images and details of our incredible GraphiStudio Plant Tour in Arba, Italy. This is the last post of our adventures and pictures with the family! Many of you know, but we made it home safely a few days ago. The boys are finally sleeping past 4:30am and we’re hopeful that life is now returning to “normal”. We’ll share with you our last stop before returning from our four week journey.

Words cannot express the beauty of the elegant medieval city of Venice. Walking through the car-free streets, hearing boats glide by, and looking around at the palaces seemed like an absolute fantasy. But then my little ones start screaming each other and I quickly check back in to reality! After driving almost four hours from Tuscany, we figured out how to park across the canal. As you know, no cars at all drive into the city. Every 7 minutes a ferry pulls up to the dock and carries tourists and passengers onto the island. I laughed at the sign painted on the wall at the parking garage saying, “not liable for anything in your car or your car itself”… or something similar.

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A quick stories about the image below, we had lots of cappuccino while we were there and the boys found the foamed milk quite interesting. So every time we ordered one, they both wanted to stir in our sugar! So this time, both boys crawled up on Paul’s lap to “help” daddy with his coffee. Paul’s worrying they’ll spill one drop of his divine beverage!

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Footstone Photography in Venice Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 06 #footstoneinitalyThat evening, Paul tucked us in bed and then snuck back out to wander through the much quieter streets of Venice at night. We read that there can be as many as 150,000 tourists a day and only 58,000 people actually live in Venice. But at night, most stay in cheaper hotels on the mainland and many return to their cruise ships and beach resorts. Venice streets are considered very safe at night so Paul just wandered and got to watch more locals enjoying their gorgeous moonlit city.

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Don’t forget… in July of 2015, Paul & Kristin are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.  If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  

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 Bolog Post 6: Venice

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Footstone in Italy Post 5 – Cinque Terre!
July 30th, 2014

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For every blog post, I think I basically start with “this place was our favorite”… but I really do believe this next area was! Cinque Terre is one of the most spectacular and iconic towns in the Italian Riviera. The brightly colored houses sitting atop cliffs along the waters edge are literally mind blowing. It was only about a 45 minute drive from our house and once we started up the mountain, the views were absolute paradise. No cars are allowed to drive through or park in the city so we parked a steep 10 minute hike up the mountain. No museums, enormous cathedrals or large piazzas (squares)… it was just water, sun and stunning views.

Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitalyWe visited Cinque Terre three times actually.  That’s why I sincerely believe this was our favorite spot! The first time we went with Sally and Patrick and started in Riomaggiore, the first of the “five” (cinque) villages. We had an amazing lunch at a perfectly local little spot at the top of town. Then we headed further down to explore. There’s a boat that takes passengers to and from the five towns and that’s where we knew we’d get the most amazing views. So we took the ferry from Riomaggoire to Vernazza, the most famous of the five towns and the one seen in the most pictures. There were families and children playing at the beach at the tip of village and lazy and happy tourists just sitting and staring at the surroundings. We enjoyed what I believe was the best gelato we’ve had in Italy and continued to walk wishing we’d worn our bathing suits under our clothes! Before we left, we saw a group of Italian teenagers jumping off one of the cliffs stretching out into the water. Paul and Patrick pondered for a quick minute, but thankfully decided to just watch.

Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitalyOn our second trip back, we took Jen and Jake with us (remember their engagement session and wedding from a few years ago?!) and Paul mentioned the kids jumping off the cliffs. Both Jen and Jake were intrigued by this and neither hesitated before saying, “let’s do it”! (insert me sighing) Of course the water wasn’t calm this time and the waves were crashing into the rocks below and the wind was blowing. But there was absolutely no way I would talk Paul out of it, so I didn’t even try. He and Jake swam out and dove down to see how deep the water was first. Paul said the water was smashing them into the rocks and that they were so slippery he could barely grab on to get out… yet they still decided to do it (all while Win was watching and I’m picturing the day he will do the same thing and I won’t be able to get upset about it!).

Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitalyAs Win was watching the craziness, he said he wouldn’t jump until he was “grown up”. I know mine and Paul’s parents are reading this finding it humorous that we’re considered the grown ups!

Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitaly  Cliff JumpingJake is above on the left and Paul is on the right!  Dear Lord! Then Jen totally went for it too! I, however, being afraid of heights AND water, didn’t give it a second thought. Jen, you totally rock brave girl! I love her expression once she hit the water. So glad to be alive and uninjured!

Footstone Photography in Cinque Terre Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 05 #footstoneinitaly  Cliff JumpingA disclaimer for our families coming with us next year… we will absolutely be glad to take you down to Cinque Terre and I’m sure Paul will be glad to risk his life again and jump with you. I’ll take pictures while I stand safely off to the side and you’ll make an amazing memory and awesome bragging rights. However, in no way is this expected and feel free to pass on the cliff jumping portion of your excursion!

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Don’t forget… in July of 2015, Paul & Kristin are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.  If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  

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 Bolog Post 6: Venice

 

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