During a recent beach weekend, Katy and Tom asked what we thought about heading to downtown St. Augustine for a fun and more urban look. So we skipped the beach and this magic happened! Katy, Tom, Ryder and Roslyn spent an hour giggling and playing around the lovely area surrounding the historic Lightner Museum. Katy did a great job coordinating whites, grays and pinks which will look perfect on the walls of their home. Their canvas collection will be going up any day!
Thank you Katy and Tom for letting us photograph your family for the last several years. We’re honored we got to share this session with you and it’s a treasure knowing your amazing family!
It is that time of the year! When Christmas trees and holiday decorations are everywhere, you know it’s time to start making plans for holiday cards and gifts. We are so excited to spend time with your family capturing special moments and memories this fall. There are still a few weekend spots available for sessions and some weekday evening times also. Email or call the studio today and we’ll reserve a time for you and your family to just enjoy spending time together!
When you are planning your family session be thoughtful of color palettes. For fall, neutrals with pops of subtle color work great! The touches of color can be an easy and great way not only coordinate with each other, but to also ensures that the photographs will match the style of your home. Beware of dressing too “holiday themed” unless the sole purpose if for your cards. If your hope is to have wall portraits, consider some of our samples below.
For the Streukens girls, the color choices were very simple and neutral. Shades of browns and tans, with the backdrop of lush greens, brought the feeling of fall to these gorgeous photographs. And let’s not forget that sparkles always add the perfect touch to a little girl’s wardrobe!
In the Currier’s family portrait session, they liked the idea of neutral colors to unite the family. The goal is to look cohesive, but not too “matchy-matchy”. Their family brought in pops of blue, ranging from dark navy jeans to soft blue shirts, to match the style of their home once these pictures were hung.
In the Thorp’s family session, they used a crisp and clean white and added blues and minty greens. Their family did a fantastic job of looking put together and coordinated, without being too formal. There’s pops of darker browns and tans to play off the outdoor setting that pairs great with their dark jeans.
Overall, what your family feels the most comfortable and natural in will translate best in photographs! With each of our families, we offer a pre-consulation appointment where Kristin will talk you through wardrobe ideas, location options and overall questions that will help you and your family feel prepared and excited with what to expect with your session. We have a booklet full of ideas of color combinations and wardrobe tips. Call the studio today at 352.562.3066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your pre-consulation soon!
The countdown to Kelly and Dale’s wedding is only 3 days away! I don’t know if we have ever seen a bride more excited about every detail of the wedding planning process than Kelly! And now, we are able to countdown days until her wedding arrives. We have had such a wonderful time sharing this last year with Kelly and Dale as we have walked through the various stages of planning their dream wedding at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Their engagement session is a perfect reflection of what they love… the Gators and a great glass of wine! While we are leaving the Gators behind and packing up to head to Asheville for the wedding, the “wine” theme will go with us as they join their lives in a champagne cellar and their cocktail hour is a tour of the vineyards of one of the most beautiful mansions in the United States. We can hardly wait Kelly and Dale! It’s going to be a spectacular day and we’re thrilled that we get to share this with you!
Why is a professional portrait session important? Because you absolutely can’t miss a second of your family’s lives! You must preserve each moment and stage forever. Our main goal is to capture and showcase you and your family’s amazing personalities in an artful way. If you have never had a professional portrait session, or are a new client to Footsone, here are a few frequently asked questions.
We look forward to meeting with you to talk about your portrait session!!
How and when do I schedule my session?
We love to meet with each client to have a pre-consultation to go over some important details before you schedule your session. So, lets schedule that right away! You can email at email@example.com or call 352.562.3066 to set up your consultation. Someone will contact you within 24 hours to schedule the most convenient date and time for you.
We can also schedule phone consultations for our out of town families. We suggest scheduling your session at least three to four weeks in advance. Some weekends are available, but most sessions will be on a weekday. Our outdoor sessions are typically scheduled in the early morning or late afternoon for the best light. Studio sessions can be scheduled any time of day and we have several options for color and textured backgrounds.
What if I need to reschedule or it rains the day of my session?
It you need to reschedule your session, that’s fine! We just ask that you tell us as soon as you know it needs to be rescheduled so that we can get you back on the schedule. Since weather is so unpredictable in Florida, we try not to call it off until just before the session, but we can always reschedule the session if it looks like rain. There is no penalty or charge for sessions that need to be rescheduled. If the original date/time are the only available option, we will be glad to do the shoot in our studio or another enclosed location.
Where will we photograph the session?
We enjoy every opportunity to photograph families in or near our studio in the Haile Village Center, in Gainesville and the surrounding areas, but are also available to travel throughout Florida and beyond. Special quotes will be given for travel outside the Gainesville area. We definitely have ideas of fun and gorgeous places to shoot, but always love your suggestions of new places. For toddlers, we can photograph at your home where they may be more comfortable and we can truly capture their personalities and spirit. Follow us on Facebook or ask to be added to our email list to find out when we’re scheduling weekends at fun locations (like St. Augustine Beach), because there won’t be an extra travel fee for these sessions.
How long is a typical portrait session?
Our portrait sessions usually last about one hour, but we don’t put you on a stopwatch! If you choose do an outfit change or another nearby location, we understand this takes time, but typically we are able to get all your amazing images in about 1 hour.
What should I bring?
If there are any special items that you would like to include in your session, feel free to bring them, but don’t feel like you have to bring anything besides your beautiful smile! We will be glad to include those special personal items in the shoot with you. Some ideas might include:
- For babies or kids – a favorite toy, blanket, book, or headband/outfit
- For seniors – A team uniform, letterjacket, sports ball, instrument
- For families – your loving pet, a family quilt for everyone to sit on, a sign with your Family’s Name or Holiday greeting
What clothing should I wear?
Whatever you find yourself most confident in. We find that coordinating (not necessarily matching) colors look great together. Think about the setting you will be in… and dress appropriately for that setting and season of the year. We will discuss ideas for your look before the session and can also email you color samples and guides.
How much does it cost?
Portrait sessions are $190 and our products are priced a la carte to fit your personal preferences. Our sessions are not limited to a certain amount of time or outfit changes. Each session is tailored to what your family is hoping for. If you send us an email through the contact page, we’ll send you more specific details about your session!
How and when do I get to see my images and place my order?
Between 2-3 weeks after your session, we will have you come back into our studio to view all the beautiful images. We will then be able to talk about products you would like to order, as well as show you examples of each type of product, so you know exactly what to expect with your order.
What products do you offer?
We are ridiculously obsessed with the quality of everything we put our name on. Our albums are printed on archival photo paper and are gorgeous hand-bound coffee table style books. You can order high quality gallery wraps that are coated for a long-lasting protection. Our large wall prints are coated and mounted to prevent wrinkling over the years. We can also create beautiful cards and custom designed wall prints or canvases that can showcase your family portraits. The reason we do what we do is because we believe that printed images of our loved ones are the most precious pieces of artwork a family could have.
What is a wall collection?
A wall collection is a beautiful grouping of photographs from your session. We offer both wall prints and gallery wraps that you can mix and match sizes for a beautiful collection of artwork. When you come in to place your order, it is helpful to come prepared with measurements of places in your house that you would like to display your art so that we can find the appropriate collection for your space.
Do you sell digital files?
We believe that printed images of your loved ones are the most precious pieces of artwork you can have. We are incredibly proud of the quality of our work and our hope is that we can give you heirlooms that you will hang on your walls. We will sell a digital file for a certain cost per image with a full copyright release. However, we photograph your family with the intent of creating artwork for your home and therefore do not give only a CD of images.
How long will you keep my images?
We store and backup all of our files from your portrait session. Your images will not be deleted and they are available for you to order whenever you would like.
Do you photograph other events?
We love to photograph anything and everything! We work with wedding, portrait, and commercial clients. We hope that your experience in one of these areas will encourage you to come back to us for your changing photography needs in the future. If you would like to see some of our work in other areas, visit our home page here.
What is the best way to keep in touch with what’s going on?
There are many ways to find out what is going on at Footstone! Our Facebook page, Blog, and website are great ways to keep up with us. As always, we love to have visitors stop by the studio, so feel free to if you are in the area.
Can you believe it?! 5 years!! We know it is a somewhat small milestone in the big picture, but we still believe it to be such a significant one. What better way to celebrate than to close down the street and throw a fabulous celebration! We feel like the night came together just perfectly to represent us… all the sparkly pretty things (Kristin’s idea!) and the yummy BBQ (Paul’s idea!). Of course none of this would be possible with out the help and support from so many of our family, friends, clients, and other wonderful local businesses & vendors. It has been our honor and pleasure to work with so many amazing people and businesses within the last five years and this celebration is as much about you and your support as it is about us! We can’t thank the following people enough for helping make this celebration so fabulous -
As we have said many times before, the Gainesville area is just full of beautiful locations to photograph. Mona and Matt chose the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens as the backdrop for their family session. This is a place they visit often as a family, which worked out especially well for their little one, Kyan, as he was very comfortable in his surroundings and made for quite a fun session! They told us all the special places in the gardens that they like to visit, so we made sure to get pictures at each of these spots. Although there was some preparation getting ready for the session, as there always is, at the end of the session, we felt like we had just spent a Saturday morning hanging out with friends!
For our families, if you’d like to have your session photographed in time to use the prints for Christmas presents and Holiday cards, call the studio soon! (352.562.3066) We’ll try to have all sessions photographed by the end of November so that your orders will arrive in time. We’re excited for this special and beautiful time of year!
Here is one of the collections of the art they decided on for their home. Kyan was so excited to see his face on the wall! Contact us to schedule your family’s session, so you can also enjoy beautiful art of the ones you love!
The weather has cooled off, but it is still perfect for your family to have their pictures taken on the beach! Join us on St. Augustine beach the weekend of October 12th and 13th for your Family Beach Session. We love to do family groups, individuals of the kids, combinations with mom and dad, plus any other pictures that will be special for your family. Consider having grandparents join us too. Having a professional picture of the generations of your family is absolutely priceless. It’s an amazing experience that we promise you’ll treasure!
This weekend is quickly approaching and we only have 2 spots left , so contact us soon if you’d like to schedule your session.
Written by Kristin… Today is a special day! We’re sharing Part 2 of Kelly and Doug’s Boston Roof Top Wedding!
Kelly and Doug knew they wanted to do something different for the ceremony and reception. Kelly shared they wanted the wedding to be “authentic” and focused on family and guests. ”We decided to host a small wedding on our roof deck in Boston, which overlooks much of the city. We wanted a small bridal party- my two sisters by my side, and his best friend and brother, with our friend Kathleen officiating.” The funny and special thing about Kathleen is she was actually by Kelly’s side when she first met Doug. One of the things I love about Doug is he said he “fell in love” with Kelly as he walked through the door and saw her across the room. Of course he did!!
In this first ring picture, there is quite a story being told. With the help of my Dad, Kelly and Doug collaborated on the extensive project of creating the bases for centerpieces out of a tree that once stood in our Granny and Papa’s yard for decades. Many childhood memories included this great oak tree and Kelly wanted these special thoughts close by her side.
He may just be the cutest ring bearer ever… not biased at all!
Some couples worry that having a first look will mean there may not be as much emotion when they see each other at the aisle. It isn’t true! When Kelly walked down the aisle to their special song, “Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel, Doug was definitely overcome. Kelly shared that the first look was the “perfect way to ease nervousness and have genuine fun together before the event. No tears, just happy, flirtatious moments throughout our city! Our first look at the ceremony was a little more emotional! I was laughing and happy while Doug got a little teary as I walked toward him.” How could he not get teary while standing on a roof top, with a beautiful blue sky and a slight wind blowing his bride’s cathedral veil as she walks arm and arm with her father… what a moment!
Photographer in training.
We must say that this is the first time we’ve seen slushies at a wedding! But, what better way to enjoy a cocktail hour than to share slushies and popcorn with all of your guests! Believe it or not, on their second date, Doug ordered a Bubble Gum slushy. Maybe that’s when Kelly fell in love?
Doug is an optometrist… hence the eyeball cake! Our son Win couldn’t barely stand waiting to eat it! You’ll see below he tried to serve himself.
Words can’t describe what an incredible day this was. We’re honored and proud to welcome Doug into our family and consider it a blessing that he and Kelly are forever joined. When asked if Kelly would have changed anything about the wedding, she said, “No… our wedding captured the essence of the commitment we were making.” Well said.
Written by Kristin… This incredibly special post has been a long time in the making. Every single one of my brides are very special to me. I must admit, this bride may top the list at number one… my precious little sister, Kelly, got married this year to her soul mate, Doug. I could write the entire post on how much I love my sister and how Doug has been an answer to prayer to her and our family, but I will refrain from the “older sappy sister’s story” and tell how this beautiful and playful wedding came to be…
The engagement started at the Top of the Hub, Boston’s roof top restaurant that claim’s the most amazing view of the skyline. Doug gave a fourth generation diamond ring to my shaking and giggling sister. I think she may have said yes before he finished his request! How appropriate that their wedding would be on the roof top of the Signal Building in South Boston. Kelly got ready at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, steps away from the Boston Common.
She and Doug decided that a first look was a must. To calm their nerves and be able to walk the streets of the city and photograph in their favorite places, sounded like the perfect wedding day. Before the bride and groom’s first look, it was very important to Kelly that she share a moment with our dad. Kelly said these two moments were here favorites of the day… ”My first look with my dad resulted in immediate (and unexplainable?) laughter, a perfect tone for the day to come! The second with Doug was lighthearted and so happy, and all my nervousness immediately melted!”
I had to do a quick change, so that I could photography Kelly’s first look with our dad and then with Doug! I wasn’t going to miss photographing my sister and her soon to be husband in the beautiful city. But right after the pictures of the two of them, I dashed back to the hotel and changed back into my bridesmaids dress.
You can see why we wanted to build in plenty of time for pictures before the wedding ceremony! The beautiful parks and architecture in downtown Boston was an incredible backdrop for Kelly, Doug, and their bridal party.
Kelly and Doug chose to use succulents for the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces (you will see more of those details in the next post!). It was such a beautiful and unique addition to the wedding. On each of our bouquets hung charms with pictures of our grandparents who have all passed. They were absolutely present in spirit. Our Granny and Papa are shown above. It was our Granny that told Kelly to go to school, find her career… and only THEN could she start to date. This, coming from a women who was married very young and devoted her entire life to raising children, was a surprising request. ”Kelly is different”, I heard my Granny say once. She knew best how Kelly’s story should unfold.
Doug shared he was a little worried that he wouldn’t like the wedding dress! Of course he thought she looked perfectly spectacular, but I think Kelly had been teasing with pictures of outrageous gowns with sculpted headpieces and other quite ridiculous embellishments. I understand Doug’s fear!
We wouldn’t say taking pictures is stressful by any means, but it was nice to take a break with the entire bridal party to share a glass of champagne before the ceremony started. We found the perfect spot at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. What a memory!
Paul snuck outside to get some special candid images of Kelly and Doug. We asked Kelly what advice she had to couples starting the wedding planning process. She shared to “do only what means the most to you and your husband, as a team! Try not to focus on what others may expect. Focus on those things that make marrying wonderful.” It absolutely was wonderful day. I can’t wait to share the ceremony and reception tomorrow! The day just gets better and better!
We’re hosting our second Make Up Tips & Tricks Workshop with Kara Winslow tomorrow night at our studio! We have about 5 spots left so if any brides haven’t rsvp’d and would still like to come, please email Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org! Katie from Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club will be bringing super delicious snacks for us to enjoy while Kara shares the must-knows about wedding day make up. Patticakes will also be bringing a selection of yummy cupcakes for us to devour! Not only will we visit, enjoy super good food, and hear all of the do’s and don’ts with make up, we are also giving away several hundred dollars worth of gifts throughout the night. It’s absolutely no charge and each bride can bring a guest. Email soon!
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