Behind the Scenes 2018 with the Ciccarellis

Our 2018 edition of behind the scenes photos coming at you in March?!? Haha, yep, that’s right…it was a seriously busy winter and apparently we are just now looking through our own photos from last year. Always love recapping through these silly behind the scenes photos though, even in the spring as we prep for this year’s weddings!

First up…apparently we love long veils, even Erik.

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When you try a veil toss but realize at the final moment that a log is in your running path so you almost fall into the water instead…

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Even though you catch yourself from falling into said water you now are photo-bombing your couple and laughing about it too.

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Next up…Erik’s photo-bombing tradition continues. So thankful that we have the best couples who think this is funny, or at least humor Erik for one pic.

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And maybe some are actually a legitimate photo-bomb and not intentional? (Ahem, bottom right…)

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After all these years we can honestly still say we love our job. And every once in awhile we catch each other loving it! Some ways we know we still love it:

1. Secret smiles while capturing the ceremony…

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2. Shooting in the rain, while holding all the gear, and the items of our clients while still getting some incredibly fun shots.

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3. Showing how to hold a train so it doesn’t drag in goose poop, fixing hair, adjusting ties, putting in veils, pinning on boutonnieres…you name it, we’ve done it. And truthfully it feels good to help! We’ve done this before (this is our 8th year!) so it’s awesome that we can support our couples with the little things, even if they’re not photo related.

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4. Getting in our workout during work. Calf raises for the win!

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Sometimes carrying the dress seriously counts as a workout (although Molly’s was actually light).

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5. Standing in the sun when it’s in the upper 80’s and no breeze? We’ve got this.

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6. We’ll carry our gear, reflector, and your stuff too! Marissa is the ultimate bag lady.

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7. Trying to blend in with the bridesmaids. JK, Erik is actually getting candids of the parents, which is the sweetest thing during the ceremony, a must have to see the look on their faces!

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8. Marissa calls this the mud-stance: when you don’t want to slide around while shooting in the rain.

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9. The more the merrier! Couples often ask us if we like shooting with videographers. For us it’s always fun to work with other vendors, seeing their style, what different people bring to a wedding day, and widening our list of recommendations for future couples.

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And last, but not least, the lighting tests. We can definitely just use our hand (see below for this cool trick you can even use to find good light for iPhone pics!), but it’s more fun to use each other. Mostly Erik gets caught being our model!

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Sometimes he tries to pretend like he doesn’t know it’s happening…

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…and sometimes he goes into full model stance with an over-the-sholder pose.

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Okay, trying to find a good secret spot on the dance floor sometimes leads us to ask our DJ friends if we can stand close for a moment or two. Marissa thinks this is the perfect DJ pose. Thanks to all our friendors (get it? friend plus vendor) who make our job easy and seriously fun!
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And one more for the cuteness factor! Rhys learning to photo bomb just like his papa…got to start them young.

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If you got all the way to the end of this super long post, congrats and thank you! We always love to post photos of our clients, but this was a fun one so thanks for letting us indulge in a little silly behind the scenes. xoxo ~Erik & Marissa

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From Bump to Baby | Ballard Maternity and Seattle Newborn Photographer

Capturing the milestones of life has become such a joy! Honestly we never dreamed we’d be photographing so many maternity and newborn sessions when we first started our photography business, but life has a funny way of bringing you exactly what you need. Seeing the happiness explode from these couples is not too far off from the happy smiles of our engaged couples so we keep the principles the same…a little movement, a lot of laughs, and some sweet candid moments in between.

Following these two from their bump to baby was so much fun! Teresa contacted us when she was nearing her due date so we fit her in asap before she popped. Their tiny little girl came and brought with her more sweet joy and smiles than her parents could have dreamed.

Thank you for having us document such an important moment in your lives!

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A few weeks later…

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KC & Peter | Pioneer Square Engagement

We always love hearing our couples’ stories. It seems that the universe has an interesting way of bringing people together. KC & Peter both have family in Chicago and although they never met in the windy city they each happened to move to Seattle around the same time. They were both looking for a change of pace, somewhere they could do a little soul searching, and a different view like the PNW had to offer. And even though the universe was trying so hard to bring them together it still took the assistance of a dating app to get that first meeting going. Needless to say they made a perfect pair and are now planning their Chicago wedding!

KC & Peter, thanks so much for documenting your Seattle love story with us. You two are such a sweet couple and we wish you the best in your marriage and future together! ~Marissa & Erik

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Mahvish & Benj | Snoqualmie Maternity Photographer

The first time meeting these two was a few years ago, when they were newly engaged and taking photos to celebrate their lives together with their adorable pup, Yodi. Fast forward to this fall when we received one of our favorite kinds of emails…our clients coming back to document another milestone! This time to celebrate another life coming into their lives, growing their family by one tiny human.

Mahvish & Benj, we are so happy for you two! So glad the weather finally worked out in our favor for some fun photos in the snow. Yodi certainly had the best day ever! Can’t wait to meet your little one. ~Marissa & Erik

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Ema & Zeeshan | Seattle Mehendi Photographer

Part 1: The Mehendi

We love when our couples ask us to document other important days of their wedding celebration. This Mehendi was celebrated the night before Ema & Zeeshan’s wedding day and was full of small touches to highlight both of their cultures and the fusion of them coming together. Not to mention the most awesome henna ever (notice the two different skylines on the last photo?)! Maddy, of Little Wedding Blush, brought their vision to life, transforming the backyard of Ema’s parents into a magical space.

Ema & Zeeshan, from the cotton candy to the incredible dance moves to the feeling of joy and anticipation for the next day, this evening was full of love and magic. So glad to be a part of it! ~Erik & Marissa

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What a night brought to life by some incredibly talented people:
Wedding Planner – Little Wedding Blush

Hair & Makeup- Arianna Scott

Decor- Hadiya Decor

Rentals- Grand Event Rentals & Vintage Ambiance

Server- Kt’s Hospitality

Signs- Song Bird Paperie

Catering- Miyabi Tacoma

Mehendi- Suchi Vora

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