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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

My favorite thing at a wedding might just be the first look with dad.  That may or may not be a “thing” in your part of the world, but somewhere along the way Kristin and I (Paul)  realized there was something special, something that touches the heart when a father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress.  Sometimes I wonder if that is a look that he gives to her once in her lifetime.

So if that first look is something our bride wants, we try to make sure it’s in a private area and there is beautiful light.  At Andrea’s wedding, we were fortunate to have a nice front yard with the midday sun reflecting off several buildings.  What that produced was a slightly overhead light source and smooth soft shadows when our Andrea and her father were in the shade.  Kristin and I try to position ourselves so we can see both faces when they turn towards each other.  In this photograph, Kristin was using a 70-200 lens at 200mm in a crouched position.  She took multiple frames, but this was taken the second he turned around to see her.  Since Kristin was crouched and shooting at f/4, she was able to minimize background distractions and really separate them from the background, creating a stunning and touching image.

I can’t imagine what’s going through a father’s head at that moment.  If I have a daughter one day, I worry that I may not be able to get through that part without falling to pieces.  If it does come to pass, I’m sure someone will be there, probably crouched a ways off with a long lens, capturing the tears and full body convulsions.


Paul’s Favorite Portraits

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Today I (Paul) just wanted to post some of my recent favorite portraits – if yours isn’t on here, it’s not because I don’t like you, I just have limited space…

Anyway, the thing I love about photographing children is the fact you don’t have to break down too many walls to be able to see the real child, very unlike most adults when they’re in front of a camera.  Please enjoy.

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Brasher Anthony Privette

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Brasher Anthony Privette. Born April 9, 2011.

That means tomorrow is his fifth birthday. Brasher is a tough one to figure out… he is very particular about everything. And I (Paul) mean everything. From food to toys to the chair he sits in at lunch. He has a big heart, but won’t take crap from anybody. He loves animals. Loves loves loves animals. Except dogs, not a big fan of dogs. One day he saw a dead bird by the sidewalk, and he started to cry. But then after a trip to the Jacksonville zoo, he claims his favorite part of the trip was watching a bald eagle rip apart a dead mouse.


If you were to ask him, he would probably tell you his favorite animals are dragons, dinosaurs, and tigers. He’s one of the coolest kids you will ever meet, and I can’t wait to see how he grows in year five. I am so thankful for the family that God has blessed us with, and today we celebrate Brasher.

To Smile, or Not To Smile?

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Why do we tell our kids to smile?  I’m (Paul) speaking to myself here – I’m just as bad as anyone.  “Look at me and smile!!”  The funny thing is I know exactly what I’ll get.  A plastered on grin.  One that doesn’t reveal any emotion at all, doesn’t show any personality at all, doesn’t show the viewer anything about my child’s incredible uniqueness.  My oldest son’s camera/iphone smile is so bad that sometimes I just shake my head and walk away without taking the picture.  It’s really, really bad.  It looks like he’s in pain.  But somewhere along the way I taught him that’s what we do when someone points a camera your way.  We adults do the same thing in this day and time, with the ever present camera phone being flashed constantly.  I’ll go as far as to admit I’ve actually practiced my smile in the mirror.  Emotion gets replaced by facial muscle memory.

Why do I stand on this soapbox, you may ask?  Because of this portrait of my brother’s second youngest daughter.  It pierces my soul.  It reveals so much about her as a beautiful young girl.  Did you notice she’s not even smiling?


I realize that this post may just start a no-smile revolution that will sweep the country, but please understand that’s not what I’m after.  I just know that my favorite pictures of my children, the ones I have hanging on my walls, do not have plastered on grins.  They have exploration, learning, love, unadulterated joy because I said “booger”… So maybe next time you take a picture of a child, let them decide what the emotion will be.  I promise those pictures will be the ones you’ll cherish forever.

Gainesville Gone Austin 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

We are not the only ones passionate about the Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville; there is a whole community of businesses and individuals who come together to make a difference in the lives of thousands of abused and neglected children in our city.

For the seventh year in a row now, the Child Advocacy Center‘s signature fundraiser, Gainesville Gone Austin, will be held on Thursday, October 29th, at the Hitchcock Farm at Santa Fe River Ranch in Alachua, Florida.


This fundraiser is so much fun, and such a joy to be a part of.  Sponsors donate their time and efforts, and everyone wears their best western attire.  One of the most meaningful parts of the evening is hearing how financial gifts over the last year have helped make the Child Advocacy Center more efficient and effective in the way the CAC helps victims of abuse and neglect heal and move forward.  This year, with a goal to raise $100,000, we all are hopeful that we will see another fruitful year for the CAC and their mission to restore broken hearted children.

You can join us at Gainesville Gone Austin this year (and every year!), and help the CAC continue to serve the abused and neglected children in our very own community.   To purchase your tickets to attend, or simply to donate, visit the event website:

We hope to see you there!

the Footstone Team

P.S. There is also still time to partner with us for Family Portrait Month.  Footstone will donate your entire session fee to the Child Advocacy Center if you call during the month of October, even if the session takes place later in the year.  This is a wonderful opportunity to update your family portraits just in time for the holidays and impact hurting children in our community at the same time!

If you have any questions about our partnership with the CAC, or to schedule your portrait session, please contact us:  website – – 352.562.3066