Last-minute Valentine Surprises

Valentine’s Day always creeps up. After the onslaught of holidays you think you have all this time and then…BAM, here’s that lovely holiday around the corner. If you need help thinking of a quick, last-minute gift idea here are some of our Pinterest favorites (plus a few we thought of too)!

If you’re thinking about cooking…

Layered Heart French Toast (or it could be pancakes!)

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Strawberry Pie with Heart Cutouts, bacon hearts (okay, this might be our favorite), fruity valentines.

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If you’re thinking about getting creative…

Take photos of hearts you find around town; use a DSLR slow shutter speed to make hearts with your cellphone light.

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If you’re thinking about being crafty…

Post-it heart notes, Heart rock art, heart maps of the places you’ve been together, string heart art

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If you’re thinking about being sexy…

Give the gift of a boudoir session. We have gift cards! Contact us for details.

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Photo Challenge 1 of 12: The Splash

Create. Challenge. Educate.

If you know us, you know we’re always trying to grow- as people, in our profession, and in life.  This year we were looking for a fun challenge and decided to complete a photo project each month. We’ve chosen fun challenges that are out of our comfort zone (way different from weddings), to expand our abilities, to grow and to be creative. There’s nothing like a personal project to get creative juices flowing!

We’d love for you to join us, do your own 12 in 12 challenge, or come up with our next photo project! We’ll be sharing ours here each month.

Photo Challenge 1 of 12: The Splash

What we used: a puddle, camera, and lots of different sized rocks *it totally helps if you have a second person too, especially if he can skip rocks

Settings (if you’re interested in trying this project at home): f/2.5; ISO 500; 1/1250 s

Time of day: We picked the golden hour before sunset and used parts of the puddle with tree reflections to make it more interesting. No wind made for better reflections in the still water.

Stay creative. ~Erik & Marissa

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I think Erik should be a professional rock skipper.

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This is what a skipping rock splash looks like.

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Skipping rock splash from a side view.

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Most Viewed Posts of 2014

Is it already a month into 2015? Unreal how time flies.

If time flew for you last year, like it did for us, you may have missed some of our most viewed blog posts! If so, this one’s for you. We’ve compiled a list of our follower’s top 10 posts (as well as some personal favorites) to catch you up! Cheers to remembering some special moments from 2014. ~Erik & Marissa

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Our most viewed and talked about posts of 2014 (calculated based on likes and comments)…

1. Phillip & Jeremy’s Wedding

2. Michelle & Lindsye’s Engagement

3. Hillary & John’s Engagement

4. Eileen & Rico’s Engagement

5. Christin & Art’s Wedding

6. Carey & Joe’s Wedding

7. Neal Family

8. Julie & Danny’s Wedding

9. Christina & Tara’s Wedding

10. Alex & Casey’s Wedding

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Some of our favorite posts (not included above) this year…

Our Peruvian Adventure

What do I do with my hands?

Megan & Jade’s Engagement

Posing Tips for Women

Natural Smiles

Kim Family

Dawn & Luke’s Wedding

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A New Kind of Resolution

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Sometimes you have those years. You know the ones, where you have a huge list of resolutions and goals. (That was our 2014.) This year we’re still setting goals for our business, otherwise it would be hard to know where we’re going!

BUT this year is going to be different for us personally. We don’t have a mile-long list. We have a few resolutions each so that we can really focus on one goal….

This year we just want to be grateful.

Grateful for each day.

Grateful for the big and the little things.

Grateful for the relationships we’ve built.

Grateful for the business we run and the people who’ve made that possible.

Grateful for our health which allows us to do so much.

Grateful for every new thing we’ll get to learn.

Grateful for new adventures.

Grateful for new experiences.

Grateful for what we have now, today, this minute, in this moment.

…it’s a huge task. Maybe our biggest new year’s resolution ever, but we’re giving it a try.

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The Reason: This past year has been busy….wild….exciting….sad….and exhilarating (basically you name the emotion, we felt it). No matter what curve balls 2014 threw our way we still had an incredible year…

We were alive.

We had our health.

We had our loving families and friends.

We had each other.

We decided we didn’t want to be those people who’d complain how it’s only Wednesday because there might come a time when we wished we had those Wednesdays back! We didn’t want to get stuck waiting for the day we had this or that because there might come a time when we have all those things and then what?

Each day is a gift and we hope to be grateful of those gifts, right now…today and every day. This is our resolution.

Being grateful. ~Erik & Marissa

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