Cheyen & Michael | Seattle Maternity

We first met Cheyen & Michael for their engagement session and then their wedding in 2015. The theme in all of their sessions has been the waterfront so it seemed only fitting to meet on the beach as they are about to enter into their next adventure together: parenthood.

This soon to be mother glowed during their maternity session while her husband supported each slippery, rocky step and kissed her cheeks. The wind swept her hair (much to my happiness) and we talked about how it’s been to be pregnant during this crazy time of our lives. Ever the positive person, Cheyen was all smiles as she talked about isolating, working from home, rescheduling baby showers, and hoping for a smooth delivery.

Even during a pandemic life will move forward, babies will be born. Check out their cute hair baby at the end!

Thank you for letting us document this final moment in time of just the two of you plus your newborn session. Loved meeting your baby boy, he has the best hair! ~Marissa

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Showers Family | Golden Gardens Beach

This family is near and dear to our hearts. Capturing them from an engaged couple to a family of 4 has been such an honor. How sweet that we got to play in the sand to celebrate their littlest turning 1!

We always tell our families with young ones that there will be a ton of candids, it’s just the way toddlers are made! Motion and playing is what they’re all about and we love capturing their true nature. This session was full of playful energy from jumps and dancing to running and twirling. Lots of snuggles were caught in the between moments and there were sandy toes galore (plus sandy hands, faces and even sand in the mouth at the end!). We’d like to add that a windswept hair and flowing dress is one of our favorite things.

Thanks Dana & Josh, we love your family. What a great session with two official toddlers! ~Marissa & Erik

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Seattle Newborn Photographer | Buchan Family

Another little one joining this amazing family! Cannot believe it’s been 4 years documenting these two (now four!) sweet people. It all started with an engagement session near their new home in Green Lake, a romantic weekend wedding away in the San Juan’s, welcoming their firstborn into the world, and now a little girl to join the crew.

Thank you Lauren & Jamie, for letting us document your family again! You make parenting and staying loving towards each other look easy. Congratulations on your newest adventure, what a sweet baby girl! ~Erik & Marissa

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Behind the Scenes with the Ciccarellis 2019

Better late than never? Haha, it’s March, but you know, just decided to go through our BTS photos from last year!

So, if you’re new to us than welcome to the silliest post we do all year. We love working together and our adventures in wedding and lifestyle photography are documented when we work as a team and actually remember to snap some behind the scenes pics of each other!

First up: the action shot

Or should we say action stance…when you just need to get a little lower, but have too many bags to bend over.

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All in a day’s work, climbing logs over water and showing our couples a sneak peek on the day of their wedding!

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Taking in all the details. (Even if you have to sit halfway outside the door.)

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Directing from above the crowd!

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Standing on chairs is a must.

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Those long veils aren’t going to move themselves! (But we never understand why our faces are so crazy when we do this…)

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This is called: How many things can you carry at once. 1. bag 2. camera 3. flowers 4. dress

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We meet the best vendors that we’re so lucky to call friends. We like to call them our co-workers!

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Let’s play “who’s hands are those?” (Cannot tell you how many of these I’ve pinned over the years.)

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Onto our next set of photos…The Lighting Test.

We always like to test out a spot prior to shooting our couple so we don’t waste their time if the spot looks bad with distractions or lighting. Typically Erik ends up being the model and he’s either eating…

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…bored of me saying, “a little to your left, okay now to the right”, or he surprises me with a smile.

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And if he ever gets me to model I’m never serious.

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That one time we both tested a shot at the same time…

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A new series this year called…”this is how we looked getting that shot”.

Erik is a big fan of getting low with a wide angle lens to get an interesting perspective.

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He can also get high (no pun intended here) to get a super-flattering angle from above.

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When getting a little lower with the splits plus a reflector hooked under the arm does the trick. Thank goodness for stretchy pants!

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And our final set of the year, Erik’s all time favorite, goes to photo bombs! It’s his tradition. Our couples are pretty used to his antics by this point thank goodness!

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He even managed to get his camera to photo bomb this year.

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He definitely upped his game this year and tried to wait for the most awkward moment to step into the frame.

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Okay, I got one too! But it was accidental. Trying to show a photo while running from behind because we have one minute left before we need to leave. Life of a wedding photographer = running about 7/8 hours of the day.

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Thanks to all of our 2019 couples, friend-vendors, and families! We couldn’t have such amazing photo bombs or behind the scenes pics without you, your laughs, your willingness to have fun and just general happiness. We’re so happy to do what we do because of you! Here’s to another great year ahead (we’re almost to 10 years in business!). Thank you! ~Erik & Marissa

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Julianne & Brian | Block 41 Wedding

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The day started off with some rain, as we expected it to do in Seattle in February. Luckily, Julianne had planned ahead with umbrellas! We packed up a few to head to the dock, just outside their place, for the first look right as the rain picked up even harder.

Here’s the thing about marrying your best friend though. You don’t even care about a whole lot of rain.

Julianne kicked off her heels, opened her umbrella and was radiating happiness as she tip-toed along the slick dock to where Brian had been waiting (getting fairly wet himself) all smiles. The moment was perfect, rain and all.

Shortly after, the skies cleared, like they usually do, and this sweet couple was swept into Pike Place Market with their wedding party, full of fun and joy as their limo brought them to Block 41 to be married. Their personal vows were filled with laughs, serious promises, and thoughtful phrases.

The evening continued with the most epic dance party (and numerous dance-offs), cheers with chips, laughter, tacos, and a ton of joyful celebrations for one of the happiest pairs we’ve ever met. The happiness was incredibly contagious and we felt lucky to be part of it! Thank you Julianne & Brian. You two are amazing. Congratulations! ~Erik & Marissa

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Thank you to everyone who made this day one Julianne & Brian will never forget!

Venue- Block 41

Catering- City Catering

Planner/Florist- JDW Industries

Desserts- Dianne’s Delights

DJ- Dan Lormon

Makeup- KLS Makeup Artistry

Hair- BAHTOH

Dress- Bridal Exclusives

Tux- Black Tux

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