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!
*Image courtesy of Meghan & Jeremy
If you’re interested in joining this year’s Destination Portrait Sessions in Northern Italy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 352.562.3066!
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
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!
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!
In 2014, we had the wonderful opportunity of photographing for the first time at several gorgeous wedding venues around the state. Desiree & Steven’s wedding was at the Club Continental on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. Built in 1923 as the winter home of Caleb Johnson, heir to the Palmolive Soap Company, it is now a romantic and intimate Hotel and wedding venue. The building itself has such an historic charm, with the gardens and surrounding scenery were organic and lovely. An amazing benefit of an all-inclusive venue like this one is Desiree and Steven didn’t have to travel or transition to another location the entire day. Both were even able to get ready in their upstairs rooms of the attached hotel. It’s always a plus to simplify any aspect of your wedding day that you can!
Desiree and Steven chose to use yellows and greys for their primary wedding colors. They were going for a modern, romantic feel and all of their details, mixed with the charm of the venue helped that fall perfectly into place. I’m going to embarrass Steven now and ask, doesn’t he look like Patrick Swayze?! We teased him about this at the engagement session and the wedding!
Let’s not forget how beautiful their St. Augustine Beach Engagement Session was! We had the honor of printing a beautiful guest-book style album of this session. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and a happy and fun couple. We wish you guys the absolute best and treasure being a part of this day with you!
It’s not often that we get to visit our old stomping grounds, but this sweet couple is from Kristin’s hometown of Okeechobee! Maria and Jake will be getting married this February and we are so excited to share their wedding day with them.
For their engagement session, Maria and Jake chose a very natural background, which was the perfect compliment for Maria’s super fun sense of fashion. It’s not usually as easy to convince couples to wake up at the early hours before the sunrise, but what a treasure when they do! There is not much that is more beautiful than the early morning sun… especially when you add in the element of sweet, young love to the picture.
We can’t wait for your special day, Maria and Jake! Let the countdown begin!
We have had the chance to work with some amazing families this winter! We wanted to share some wardrobe inspiration from their sessions. Even in similar settings, the color palette your family chooses to wear can make your session very unique. The two most important things to keep in mind are one, what colors do your family look good in, and two, what colors will look good in portraits hanging in your home.
With these two family sessions, we’re showing you an area that is our new favorite location. With the long dirt road covered with canopied trees, a deserted railroad track and a handmade vintage “blueberries” sign, we fell in love with the timeless and organic feel of these surroundings. In this first session, we love that Kari Leigh and Jason chose to use a mix of different shades of blue for all the boys. But then Kari Leigh was able to add a fun pop of pink. The blue looks great against these natural backgrounds, and the statement color makes it unique. We adore this family… we’ve had the honor of photographing all 3 boys since they were babies!
In this family session, our clients chose a color palette of browns and greens. With the various shades of green, they used the blue consistently throughout their wardrobe. We love how these greens and blues work together, but also how they compliment the background so well. This family session was incredibly special to photograph because our oldest little boy, Win, goes to school with Tyler, the oldest brother shown below. Can I get a shout out to moms with twin boys?! Kari Leigh and Cathy… you’re amazing!
For more color inspiration for your fall or winter portrait sessions, click this link. Also keep an eye out for Spring color palettes on the blog soon!
Learn what we think you should know about Wedding Day Make Up!
On Tuesday, February 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, join us for a fun night of mingling, dessert and wine while we share our thoughts about wedding day make up! Why does your photographer care about your make up, you may ask? Believe it or not, we’ve seen beautiful girls get terrible wedding day make up that could have potentially ruined their images. Of course, we’d never let that happen, so this requires a lot of retouching work on our parts after the wedding. Ideally, you look spectacular in person AND on camera!
Kara Winslow is our number one recommendation for wedding make up artists. She knows how to create a natural look while emphasizing your best features. She creates highlights and shadows in the same areas that we try to create them with light.
We can host only about 8 to 10 brides, plus one guest, in our studio. So please call or email soon if you’d like to join us! See you there!
We wanted to share with you a sweet love story on this first Friday of February! Jennifer and Trey’s story begins long ago as their grandfathers were close friends, leading to their own fathers becoming close childhood friends. The same rang true for Jennifer and Trey. They grew up as childhood friends and have many memories together as their families got together often for many special events. As they grew older and headed off for college, that is when they realized there was something deeper to their friendship. Now we can see just how deep that relationship goes as they prepare for their upcoming marriage!
Jennifer shared with us some of the inspiration she will be using for her wedding at the Santa Fe River Ranch. She is going for a rustic chic look by using tone-on-tone neutrals and golds and incorporating some elements like cotton, pinecones, wheat, wood, and magnolia leaves. We can hardly wait to see how it all comes together!
With all of that in mind, Jennifer and Trey chose to do their engagement session at Jekyll Island in Georgia. As you will see in their images, this island pulls in some of those incredible natural details that they are hoping to also use in their wedding – beautiful woods and amazing natural surroundings. Then, their outfits finish the look as they incorporate some more neutrals and light natural tones. We can’t wait to see how these images become a part of their wedding decor!
Congratulations, Jennifer and Trey! This year is going to fly by as we look forward to your wedding day!
Surrounded by family and lifelong friends, Lindsay and Kyle had the most beautiful, rustic chic wedding at the Santa Fe River Ranch. Working closely with Keith Watson Events, Lindsay pulled in her love for burlap, lace, peonies, and light pink details to pull off this day she describes as a “fairy tale”. We definitely agree!
We have probably said this before, but we will keep saying it over and over… one of the things we love most about the wedding album is the ability to retell the story of your wedding day through these images. One of the most memorable moments of their wedding day was, as Lindsay said, “the emotions felt walking down the aisle with my first love, my dad, to my soon-to-be husband…Seeing Kyle’s reaction as I was walking down and the emotions between him, my father and I will never be forgotten.” We know you treasure these moments in your own mind and heart, but as you will see in their album below, Lindsay and Kyle will be able to re-live this moment every time they go through their album.
We hope you can take some encouragement from Lindsay as she looks back on her big day… She gives other couples the advice to “keep calm and get a coordinator”. But, these words of advice also allowed her to say that looking back, there wasn’t a thing she would have done differently!
Congratulations, Lindsay and Kyle! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
There are a lot of small details that make a wedding come together. The one detail that was the most special to Lindsay you can see in the above album spread. Flowers, candles, and sparkly things are all pretty, but to Lindsay, the most special detail was the picture they had on display honoring the life of her late grandfather.
We have worked with the Dando Amor charity in the past, and this week we are collecting shoes to send to orphanages in South America, Africa, and Haiti. Bring your shoes by our studio by Friday, January 30th and we will personally deliver them to the collection site in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend when we travel up for the Imaging USA conference.
“Dando Amor has spent the last 3 years visiting many different orphanages in South America, Africa, and Haiti. One thing we have found is that although the needs seem endless, there are some areas we can really make a difference. One of those areas is shoes. So many kids go without a pair of shoes.
In the USA alone, we throw away over 680 million pairs of shoes every year. When we heard this statistic, we knew we could make a difference. That is why we started our “Shoes for Love” drive.
We take as many shoes as we can with us on every trip we take… but the beauty of this shoe drive is that we will be able to collect all shoes, any size, any kind, and in any condition. Whatever shoes we cannot take personally with us will be shipped and re-purposed in third world countries…
Let’s unite together to keep shoes out of landfills!”
All shoes. Any size. Any shape. Any condition.
Our studio is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm, but please contact us if there is another time you would have available to drop off your shoes. Thank you in advance!!
"...Paul and Kristin were so helpful leading to our wedding and on that day were truly impressive! They were low key and still got the great pictures we wanted! They are personable and easy to work with! We totally recommend them!..."
"...Kristin and Paul do it all: save the dates, engagement pictures, custom made wedding books, bridal portraits, and of course, the wedding day! They are professional but very comfortable to work with. They go the extra mile for the perfect shots of your special day!..."
"...After I met Paul and Kristin, and saw their work - I just knew they were the ones! They are more than photographers. They are both modern and artistic and have an eye that you can't find anywhere..."
"...You two are amazing - your demeanor and patience, sincerity and sense of humor made every aspect of our wedding photography memorable. We were looking for quality photographers but found fantastic new friends. Thank you again - I can't imagine my wedding day without you two!..."