It’s a BOY!

This week we learned that our little baby chick (now halfway cooked) is a BOY!

Some questions we’ve been asked…

Did you have a premonition for the gender? Nope, but Erik thought it might be a girl and I thought it might be a boy. In fact every male we asked predicted girl and every female we asked predicted boy!

Did you have any gender dreams? Not one, but it would have been really cool. We’ve heard a lot of fun stories of people dreaming of their babies and are waiting for our own to come one night.

Are you excited? Of course! We’re just happy to have a healthy baby. The ultrasound showed that everything was normal and our little baby boy has 10 fingers and 10 toes so we’re pumped!

Do you have a name picked? We have a few we’re tossing around. We’ll definitely let people know once we’ve decided, but it’s a big decision that will last our son’s lifetime so we’re giving it some serious thought.

How are you feeling? Excellent, I’ve been really lucky thanks to my genetic make-up. My belly is finally popping out to look round and pregnant, which is better than just looking fat.
Luxurious hair is definitely a true maternity trait that I’m enjoying just like I’m not enjoying the new calf cramps. Erik is helping me stay happy and calm and we’re enjoying feeling baby’s first tiny kicks with our palms, it’s amazing!


Side note about these photos: we took them before we knew! And of course if our little boy wants to wear bows we’re all for it.

Looking forward to meeting our little guy! And hoping he comes out with a mustache.:)~Erik & Marissa


Lisa Henry - Love!

Sheena Costa - Love this! My son has a little mustache lol.

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Sam | Inglewood Senior Session

Sam might be the most charismatic senior we’ve ever met! Not only was his patriotic session perfect for right before the 4th of July, but he has so much charisma that we were left wondering who was older, him or us.

Golf and government are huge parts of Sam’s life so it was only fitting to meet at Inglewood Golf Club to get some action shots and then have Sam done his signature flag bowtie. (Such a cool bowtie.)

Sam, we wish you all the best in your senior year! Good luck with golf, choosing a college to call home for a few years and all the adventures you’ll have this year. ~Erik & Marissa


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Natural Reflectors Part 3 : Buildings

Ditch that flash and bulky reflector, but still shoot like a pro using natural reflectors this holiday weekend! Part 3 shows how we use the surrounding buildings to get great light for our subjects.

If lugging around a reflector, like the one below, is not for you and you take photos in neighborhoods or urban areas…this is the perfect tip for you!


In our neighborhood there are a lot of bright, painted houses that reflect the sun in a perfect way. Another example is downtown or at Pike Place Market when the sun is setting, hitting the glass buildings and reflecting beautiful light.

How to: place your back to the building or house that’s doing all the reflecting and put your subject in front of you so all that lovely light hits their face (like below).


The photo below on the left shows Erik without much reflective light, just standing in our driveway. The photo bottom right shows Erik in front of a yellow house with lots of light bouncing into his face just like a reflector would. Added bonus – he has reflective light in his eyes from the sun bouncing off the house!


Catch up if you missed Part 1 or Part 2. Have a great long weekend and take some amazing photos! ~Erik & Marissa

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Clara & Rob | Olympic Sculpture Park Engagement

When you meet your soulmate you just know. Sometimes it’s because they are as sweet as you, or your opposite, or sometimes it’s because you both are just downright fun. Clara met her fun (and funny!) match in Rob. These two made each other laugh with hilarious photo ideas and kept us on our toes for what might come next!

To stay connected they go on nightly, after-dinner walks and frequently play cribbage. Their upcoming wedding is sure to be a whole lot of fun and we cannot wait to be there!

Clara & Rob, thanks for making us laugh and being such good people. ~Erik & Marissa

Right off the bat, these two had us giggling and loving our job (see below)…


But seriously…nothing is serious about this next set! Laugh attacks are the BEST.


They kept up with tradition in their jumping photo, a picture Rob has done in all his travels, which now includes time spent with Clara.


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Steph & Matt | Semiahmoo Wedding


When you have the cutest flower girl in the world you know it’s going to be a special wedding. As Steph’s grandmother dropped petals down the aisle Steph and her dad rounded the corner. There had already been lots of tears for her three first looks, one with dad, grandpa, and Matt, but the ceremony was so full of love promises on the waterfront that happy tears freely flowed.

Hand-written notes of gratitude were written and placed for each guest at their seat while Matt enjoyed his surprise Star Wars themed groom’s cake, all thanks to his new wife. The two newly weds clinked glasses and toasted to their future before hitting up the dance floor and celebrating the beginning of their new life together.

Congratulations Steph & Matt, what a wedding full of thoughtfulness and love, just like the two of you. ~Erik & Marissa


Congrats to all the amazing people who made Steph & Matt’s dream wedding a reality!

Venue & Catering – Semiahmoo Resort

Wedding Planner – Sheena from The Invisible Hostess

Videography – Red Filter Films

Photography – Ciccarelli Photography

Cakes – Mi Kim

Florist – Stacy Anderson Design

DJ – Integral DJs

Stationary – Alex Paek

Makeup Artist – Amanda Stone

Hair Artist – Melissa Krautscheid

Wedding Dress – I Do Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – J.Crew

Suits – Men’s Wearhouse

Lisa Henry - Wow! What a beautiful wedding! Great photography.

Allison Thompson-Chandler - Beautiful pictures. The kids and I love the fun Star Wars cake.

Mary Mitchell-Chandler - Beautiful Pictures !!

John L Thompson Jr - Congratulations what a lovely wedding. Best wishes for the future.

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