Hug Your Loved Ones
September 2nd, 2015

FamilyToday I write with an overwhelming love for my family.

In the past two weeks, I’ve lost both an uncle and a cousin.  No words can describe what my Aunt, who has now lost both her husband and her daughter, is feeling. Please keep our family in your prayers. Hug your loved ones today. I’ve been laying beside my boys the past two nights just wanting to hear them breathe while they sleep. How precious this life is that we have been given.  Make every minute count today.

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The New Adventure!
September 1st, 2015

FootstonePhotographySo far, 2015 has been a crazy and eventful year.  We’ve experienced a lot of defining moments, to say the least.  Not only have we spent another incredible summer in Italy launching our Destination Portrait Sessions, but we have also begun speaking at various Professional Photographer’s of America events to help train and educate fellow photographers in the industry.  And now as you all now, if you watched the video on the previous blog post, that we’re moving our studio as well!  Well, we say move… we’re actually BUILDING a new studio so it will be exactly what we’ve been dreaming of.

To all of our clients, friends and family… we owe this growth to you.  Thank YOU for supporting us and working with us.  We devote this new studio solely to you and consider it a true honor that our family gets to create art for your family.

Coming soon, we’ll make a formal announcement of the new location, but until then, we’ll meet you either at our home or our temporary studio space.  Numbers are the same, email, website… all contact info stays the same.  We can’t wait to “spill the beans” and share with you ALL the details!

Be sure to stay connected with us through email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates!

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Our Announcement!
August 25th, 2015

Some of know what’s been going on behind the scenes at Footstone recently, but today we want to announce to all of our clients, family and friends our kinda crazy news.  Please take just a couple of minutes to sit down and watch.  Then feel free to call or email if you don’t like my cliffhanger and want the “inside scoop”!!

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Footstone Won an International Award!
August 20th, 2015

It is our privilege to announce that Paul won a very prestigious award from Professional Photographer’s of America. Every year, PPA hosts the International Photographic Competition where photographers all of the world submit portraits and have them judged by an esteemed panel of judges.  Paul’s family beach portrait had to go through a few rounds of critiques. The first one determines if your images are merit-worthy (that’s industry-speak to say you made the first cut). If they are, you earn a second judging, which could possibly earn you a spot in the Loan Collection (PPA’s way of saying that your work is the “best of the best”). Paul’s image won Loan Collection and will be published in the annual Loan Collection book AND exhibited at Imaging USA!

St. Augustine Beach Florida Family Photographer, Bright Color Inspiration for Beach Session Outfits - Award Winning Image by Footstone Photography www.footstonephotography.comTo see this beautiful family’s entire beach session, click here.

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Rachel & Steve’s Sweetwater Branch Inn Wedding
August 19th, 2015

Today we’re featuring a very special wedding.  We first met Rachel years ago when she was working with Solutions Bridal to plan the Florida Bridal Expo. When she reached out to us to photograph her wedding, we considered it the ultimate compliment.  She knows so much about us and our work and choosing us to be by her side on her wedding day was honoring.

You may remember Rachel and Steve’s Downtown Gainesville Engagement Session and how they love this area of town.  Because of the charm Downtown has to offer, Rachel and Steve chose to have their wedding at the Sweetwater Branch Inn.  This is one of our favorite places to photograph!

Rachel shared that “they only had a 4 month engagement, [so] we definitely had to rush things a little bit, which made things hectic at times. But our families were both SO helpful and our vendors SO accommodating, that it really did all work out perfect! In the end, I still am glad we opted for a short engagement!”

There are so many fun details and memories we could share about Rachel and Steve’s wedding day, but we hope that the images help tell the story perfectly.  Their day was so fun, relaxed, and full of romance.  When we asked Rachel if there was anything she would change, she said, “No!  That’s what makes it so wonderful to work alongside a team of great wedding vendors… You tell them the vision for your perfect wedding day, and they help you pull it off.  And you are left with a day full of perfect memories!”

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Venue, Catering, Rentals: Sweetwater Branch Inn  –  Event Coordinator: Masterpiece Weddings

Florist: Prange’s Florist  –  Cake Artist: Sugar Refined Bake Shop

DJ: Wayne’s World Entertainment  –  Makeup Artist: Kara Winslow

Dress: Solutions Bridal Designer House

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Kaley & Cameron’s Country Wedding at Shiloh Farm
August 14th, 2015

Where do we even begin when talking about Kaley and Cameron? We have gotten to know their family so well throughout the process of planning the wedding, but that relationship continues well after the wedding as we work on designing wedding albums and helping them decorate their homes.  We have so many special memories of not only this special day, but the entire year we spent getting to know Kaley and Cameron… let’s just say every single time we four got together there were tears of laughter and even moments of doubling over in hysteria.  They are incredibly witty, a little sarcastic in a side-splitting hilarious way, yet always show each other respect and love.

Kaley and Cameron were married at the lovely Shiloh Farms in Tallahassee, Florida.  The owner, Suzanne, was also able to spend a lot of time getting to know Kaley throughout the planning process, and for her it was almost like seeing someone in her own family get married.  She joined us for part of Kaley’s bridal portraits and gave us an amazing tour of the property.  You will see in the images that there are so many incredible locations on the farm.  From the country cottage, to the winding roads, a historic chapel, and of course, the barn.  The best part is everything is close enough where we could walk slowly and enjoy the day instead of rushing to multiple locations, just for the picture. It doesn’t get much better than that.  :)

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Kaley had 3 changes of wedding shoes throughout the day.  The first pair are her great grandmothers that she wore on her wedding day.  The sparkly heels she wore down the aisle and the boots made their debut at the reception!
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Kaley’s first look with her father was a moment none of us will forget.  We were honored we could witness such a moment with a proud father and loving daughter.  Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/

No first look for Kaley and Cameron, but it was important to them to speak just briefly before the ceremony. They prayed together just moments before they walked down the aisle.Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor-Country-Southern-Wedding-Photography-27 Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor-Country-Southern-Wedding-Photography-31Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/It was important to Kaley that she and Cameron show their personalities on the wedding day.  The ceremony was beautiful and romantic, while the reception was a fun and full of energy Texas bar-like atmosphere.  You will remember from their outdoor Engagement Session, Kaley and Cameron had really stunning images.  They wanted to display many of them at the reception.  Some were fun, some silly, some dramatic and some sweet.  Guests absolutely loved walking from table to table, seeing the stories these portraits told about their relationship.Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/ Outdoor Country Southern Wedding Photographyhttp://footstonephoto.com/

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What an amazing day Kaley and Cameron.  You guys are going to have a fun and thrilling life together!  I know you already know this, but you are blessed by incredible friends and family.  We treasured being by your side on such an unforgettable day.

Venue: Shiloh Farms

Videographer: Unique Video Creations  –  Band: County Line Road Band

Makeup Artist: Savannah Morrell  –  Hair Stylist: Crystal Smith

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Bridal Inspiration- Getting Ready Outfits
August 13th, 2015

WeddingInspirationGraphic2Kristin and Paul are back in the studio and we’re all moving full speed ahead getting ready for our busy wedding season!  We have one more exciting Italy related story to announce, but we’re changing gears on the blog and now sharing what we’re doing with our weddings and families.  Today’s post is for our brides that are counting down the days until the big day!

A while back, we wrote a post about having your wedding guests camera ready on the wedding day.  One of the main groups of people to think about this with is your bridal party.  We love spending a lot of time with you before the ceremony because these moments are full of anticipation and emotion.  We love the trend of having special outfits for your bridal party while you are getting ready.  Even if your bridesmaids haven’t changed into their dresses, at least they still coordinate for all the pictures that will be taken before your wedding gown goes on.  It makes a big difference when the getting ready portion of your day includes the same colors and feel of your wedding day.  The seamless style absolutely shows in your wedding album.

Remember that whatever you choose to wear to get ready in is going to be photographed a lot!  Make sure that it is something you are comfortable in, comfortable for people to see you in, and most of all something that you will look back on and smile.  You don’t have to choose a certain outfit just because that’s the most popular wedding trend at the time.  Take the time to get creative and really find something that makes you feel amazing when you look back at the images from this special part of your wedding day.  Also, a special note… you will notice with all of these outfits that they are easy to take off so you don’t have to pull a shirt over the head.  This is very important to remember to keep your wedding day hair fabulous!

Let’s start with the button down shirts.  This is a great way to personalize an item for all of your bridal party, and also have it coordinate with your wedding day colors.  Throw on some leggings or shorts and make a great outfit out of it!  It is also a great outfit that can be re-worn… we’re thinking lazy Saturdays around the house or even a cute outfit for opening gifts Christmas morning if you aren’t a Christmas pajama type person. :)
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Another outfit idea we love is rompers.  This is something stylish you can find almost anywhere.  Get a matching set for everyone, or find a special one for the bride to stand out.  Either way, it is the perfect fashion statement for the getting ready room!
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Another option is robes.  These are another great item to personalize as a gift for your bridesmaids.  We have seen everything from sexy silk to comfy cotton, coordinating colors to bold patterns and florals.  Also, when it comes to function, this is another great piece that any girl can add to her wardrobe.  We promise they will get used again!  Wedding Party Outfit Inspiration for getting ready - personalized robes for bride and bridesmaids - www.footstonephotography.comWedding Party Outfit Inspiration for getting ready - personalized robes for bride and bridesmaids - www.footstonephotography.comWedding Party Outfit Inspiration for getting ready - personalized robes for bride and bridesmaids - www.footstonephotography.comWedding Outfit Inspiration personalized robes for getting Ready Outfits - www.footstonephotography.com

Do you have any other outfit ideas you have seen?  We hope you have enjoyed this little bit of inspiration from our brides, but would love to hear your thoughts!  Check back for more inspiration on all your favorite wedding details!

352.562.3066  –  photo@footstone.com  –  www.footstonephotography.com

 

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Footstone in Italy Post 8 – The last one!
August 6th, 2015

Well, I say it’s the last post… today we’re sharing a little more about the end of our trip in Positano.  So this is the last post with stories and images. But, we do have one more Italy surprise to share later.  More to come on that soon.  :)

Needless to say, food was a very important part of this trip.  Paul and I would rather do zero shopping at all and save our money to eat well!  It may surprise you that the food isn’t as expensive here as you might think.  We were continuously surprised at how the prices compared to those in the States.  I guess that’s where you have to be careful and not eat too much!  Actually, on that note as well, the portion sizes here are drastically different too.  I would guess a bowl of pasta in Italy is about a quarter of the size of one in America.  One Olive Garden entree would feed an entire Italian family!  We ate at Buca di Bacco twice while in Positano.  The restaurant sits right at the base of the mountain in the central part of town.  What better way to dine than on balcony seats overlooking the sea?

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On our last day in Positano, we took a 20 minute ferry ride to the actual town of Amalfi.  We hopped on the ferry and, of course, the boys wanted to go straight to the front and sit on the bow of the boat.  This image may end up on our walls at home.  :)Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.comTravel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.comWhile still beautiful, in my opinion, Amalfi isn’t quite as picturesque as Positano. But it’s definitely still worth exploring.  This expedition’s sole purpose was to find Atrani, a small town just east of Amalfi where there was a restaurant named “Le Palme“.  The owner and chef of Antonio’s restaurant in Micanopy, Florida referred us here.  He said it was his favorite in all of Amalfi.  We got to meet the chef, Salvatore, and had an incredible meal.  This area is known for it’s lemons, and quite famous for it’s limoncello, so I ordered the lemon pasta… words cannot describe! Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.comTravel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.comTravel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

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After our brief visit in Amalfi, we headed back to our little house in Positano where we had one last night.  We headed out early the next morning, by car… see the scary roads in the image above?  I spent most of the time with my head down trying not to panic as Paul squealed in delight driving the utterly ridiculous narrow roads on sheer cliffs.  I’m not going to post this story on the blog, it’s a little inappropriate to be published, but ask us about what Brasher did on the way out of Positano when you see us next.  :)

This is totally unrelated, but I am reading “Captivating” by John and Staci Eldridge right now.  They were sharing on something completely different, but there was a line in the book that read, “There is room for my soul.  I can breathe”.  When I read that, I closed the book on my chest and sighed… these were the words I was looking for when trying to describe how special Italy is.  I think that says it all… There’s room for my soul here.  Paul and I breathe it in and cherish every minute of it.

We are still amazed and humbled at the fact we were able to bring clients with us and photograph them here.  And thank YOU for following us this past month!  I hope it makes Italy one of the top destinations on your bucket list.  It absolutely should be. We will actually be back in the States once this post is live and we can’t wait to catch up and see everyone!  Until then, Ciao!

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

If you’re interested on joining Paul and Kristin in Italy in 2016, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet us and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Destination Session!   

Read more about our first summer in Italy! (linked below)  

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 in Italy Post 7 – The Amalfi Coast
August 5th, 2015

Today we’re sharing our incredible adventure in Southern Italy, which was truly the most memorable and magical portion of our entire trip.  After we said goodbye to Keith and Roberta, we headed to the Amalfi Coast, a LONG long drive to the bottom of “the boot”.  We had read in Rick Steves Italy that Positano was his favorite place to stay and that it offered little to do other than eat, sleep, shop, and lay on the beach… perfect!  He also wrote on his blog that Positano was like “living in a Gucci Ad”.  We were sold!

Just Paul, myself, and our boys enjoyed the last portion of our trip sleeping late, spending our days at the beaches, and eating the most heavenly food we’d had yet.  Remember, the Amalfi Coast is a cliff town, meaning that there are no roads really.  Well, there is one road in the whole town and it’s a one way street; which means you drive in, pull your bags out of the car, and walk down who knows how many steps to your house.  This, however, is part of what gives Positano it’s charm and magic.  We finally understand the Italian phrase “la dolce vita”… the sweet life.

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Are you crying yet?!  Now look at the boat in the bottom of the frame that’s in the foreground… now look up and do you see the white house at the bottom of the mountain and then the yellow one on top of that?  THAT’S our house! We were literally just about 20 steps up from the beach and when you walked out our door you saw this…Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

One afternoon I was reading another Italy guide book while sitting on our balcony and it shared a quote from John Steinbeck. He said, “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone.”  The image below shows the view from our balcony.  Every night we’d sit outside until the wee hours of the morning.  The sounds of the boats and water are engrained in my mind forever.Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

There’s a spot down by the beach where you can rent a small boat and take it out for up to 4 hours.  Paul was in heaven!  Never before was it a life goal of ours to own a boat… I think it may have become one!  We explored down the Amalfi coast and picnicked beside a cave after the boys went for a swim.  Nutella sandwiches and fresh fruit amidst this spectacular scenery could’ve been one of the best meals of our lives.  Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.comThat’s Win, our seven year old, with the mask. He and Paul swam into the cave where they said you could see bright beautiful fish swimming all around. A friendly family from Denmark were just floating and playing in the cave as they swam up. The water was so salty that floating was incredibly easy. Plus, it wasn’t quite as cold as spring water, but it was quite colder than the beaches in Florida. Considering the 80 plus degree weather, it was perfectly refreshing! Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

Do you see the heads of the people just floating in the cave?  Not a bad way to spend your afternoon.Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

There are two main beaches in Positano.  One is shown above which sits in the middle of town and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. We spent most of our days at the smaller beach just a five minute walk the other direction.  We had lunch each day at Pupetto Cafe which sits right on the beach so if we got hungry or just wanted a snack, we’d throw on our cover ups and walk barefoot up to the cafe.  The food was fresh and amazing and you couldn’t ask for a better view.Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.comTravel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.comBrasher loved the shades on the beach chairs.  Every hour or so he’d climb up, grab his cookies and pull down the shade for a snack and power nap!  In the next few images below you’ll see the little friend he met, Julietta.  She and her parents were sitting beside us at the beach and it didn’t take long for Brasher to sneak over and start playing with her toys.  She didn’t speak any English, but her parents did.  Brasher didn’t mind at all.  He helped her walk down to the water with her bucket and played the rest of the afternoon with her.  I cherish these moments.  A few images down you’ll see Brasher and Julietta playing with an incredibly friendly Asian woman who also didn’t speak English.  But how beautiful this communication was between the three of them.  They laughed and splashed and knew this was a special moment without having to say a single word.Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

Notice anything different about the beach?  There was no sand.  Often in cliff towns you’ll find the beaches covered with pebbles.  If you remember our post from last year in Cinque Terre, it wasn’t just pebbles, but enormous boulders lined the beach as well.  I actually loved it because the rocks right at the water were cold and nice to lay on. You didn’t leave with sand all in your bathing suit either!  In Paul’s opinion, we just needed to shake the rocks out of our shoes and we’d rinse off and be clean.  No need for a bath at the end of these beach days.  :)Travel and Vacation Ideas for Families with Children on the Amalfi Coast Positano Italy - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

This was part of our beautiful walk back to our little house.  This is one of the reasons why Italians stay so thin!  I’ll post one more story this week of our last day in Positano where we took a ferry down the coast to the actual town of Amalfi and had lunch at the restaurant where Antonio, owner and chef of Antonio’s Restaurant in Micanopy referred us to.  For our Gainesville followers, you MUST go to Antonio’s.  We know Italian food and he’s the real deal!

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If you’re interested on joining Paul and Kristin in Italy in 2016, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet us and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Destination Session!   

Read more about our first summer in Italy! (linked below)  

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 in Italy Post 6 – a fun little surprise
July 29th, 2015

Today’s post is just a fun mini one.  This super special moment happened as the sun was setting on our last night at the castle.  Graphistudio was hosting a photography workshop that day for a group of photographers from Great Britian.  There was a couple who was modeling for them as the workshop director taught lighting and posing.  Paul happened to be outside with his camera taking a few pictures of our boys when all of a sudden, the “groom” model got down on his knee and proposed!  They just happened to be in beautiful clothing AND to be standing in front of a castle in Italy… smart man!

An Incredible Surprise Proposal in front of a Castle in Northern Italy - Destination Portrait Sessions with Footstone in Italy - www.footsotnephotography.com An Incredible Surprise Proposal in front of a Castle in Northern Italy - Destination Portrait Sessions with Footstone in Italy - www.footsotnephotography.comAn Incredible Surprise Proposal in front of a Castle in Northern Italy - Destination Portrait Sessions with Footstone in Italy - www.footsotnephotography.com An Incredible Surprise Proposal in front of a Castle in Northern Italy - Destination Portrait Sessions with Footstone in Italy - www.footsotnephotography.com An Incredible Surprise Proposal in front of a Castle in Northern Italy - Destination Portrait Sessions with Footstone in Italy - www.footsotnephotography.com What a special night!  And also for fun… here’s what Paul was shooting right before the sweet proposal.  My hearts…Destination Portrait Sessions at castle grounds in Northern Italy - Family portrait photography with children - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Destination Portrait Sessions at castle grounds in Northern Italy - Family portrait photography with children - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com Destination Portrait Sessions at castle grounds in Northern Italy - Family portrait photography with children - Footstone In Italy www.footstonephotography.com

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

If you’re interested on joining Paul and Kristin in Italy in 2016, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet us and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Destination Session!   

Read more about our first summer in Italy! (linked below)  

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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