2014 in Review

If we thought Seattle in 2013 (our first year here) was good to us, 2014 only got better!

In terms of Ciccarelli Photography we truly got down to the business of making lasting memories. As we look back at the past year we kept in mind the main reason we started this business: Give people lasting memories.

It truly takes a pinch or two to remind ourselves how lucky we are. Our job is to photograph celebrations, whether it be weddings, engagements, growing families, or growing businesses. 2014 was special to us and we wanted to say thanks by sharing our memories from this past year and the many wonderful people we met. Cheers to the memories made in 2014! ~Erik & Marissa

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In winter…

…we had sessions between rainy days, made our couples giggle, photo bombed as much as we could, relaxed (see Carlos the cat), met a bunch of new couples gearing up for summer weddings, and volunteered as OpLove photographers.

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In spring…

…we had a huge adventure to Peru, took on new food photography projects, caught a dad coming home from service seeing his son for the first time, and chased a ring bearer.

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In summer…

…there are only 2 words: Wedding Season. Seriously everyone decided to get married this summer, which meant we got in a lot of dancing, had a ton of laughs, and made memories we won’t forget. Oh we also caught some tiny ballerinas, a handful of engagement sessions, our first screaming flower girl, our first senior session, our favorite fair food (must try fried nutella & peanut butter sandwiches), a couple boudoir gals, a trip to the beach (actually 2!), and we squeezed in our own photo session.

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That veil was spectacular….and Marissa got lost in it.

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In fall…

…our busy wedding season came to a close and we celebrated as wedding guests for a change! Camping on the coast, a family trip to Hawaii, Halloween outfits, and a wig party with friends rejuvenated our souls. The spectacular weather found us capturing fall engagements, new and returning families, plus one of our first Seattle couples had their anniversary session! The off season brought new business ventures, which lead to fun/awkward lighting tests of new equipment (see our mug shots & cat below). A Nashville Christmas and New Years Eve wedding finished 2014 for us with a bang. 

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Nashville found us at a recording studio…here’s what our band photo would look like (below). Twins for our wig party (above).

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It’s always crazy looking back on the adventures we had, the new people we’ve met, and the memories we’ll cherish. It certainly makes us feel incredibly full of gratitude and humbled in a way that helps us appreciate each day, each moment, and each person in our lives. Looking forward to all that again and whatever more 2015 brings us!

Much love to you all in 2015! ~Erik & Marissa

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Hillary & John | Four Seasons Seattle Wedding

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This is a real Cinderella story. The girl in her gorgeously, big white gown heads to the ball to meet her prince, they dance the night away, but there’s a twist. This time, when the clock strikes twelve, they kiss amongst thrown confetti and she stays rather than dashing away while losing her shoe. Because in this real life Cinderella story Hillary already knows her prince is the one she wants to be with forever and there is no magic making her look this way, she really is just that beautiful. Plus, who’d want to lose one of those fancy shoes and miss out on the rest of the party?

Hillary & John’s fairytale wedding day was full to the brim with romance, a few tears (ahem…John), and certainly the grandest New Year’s Eve celebration in Seattle. Thank you for letting us capture it all. We truly wish you two live happily ever after. ~Erik & Marissa

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Bro dance off.

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10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…

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Happy New Year!

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Thank you to everyone who made Hillary & John’s wedding day a true celebration!

Venue, Catering & Cake – Four Seasons Seattle

Wedding Coordinator – Wendi from Ethereal Events

Florist – Kevin Bradford

Videography – Aaron Horton Productions

Photography – Ciccarelli Photography

Harpist – Alishia Joubert

DJ – Sean Antonius

Make-up Artist – Ashley Smith

Hair Artist – Elizabeth Harris

Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses – La Belle Elaine

Tuxes – Men’s Warhorse

Late-Night Menu – Dick’s Drive-In

Karen Moskowitz - WOW ANDW WOW!

Denise Dolan - Wow, wow, wow, amazing pictures. Handsome Groom and Beautiful Bride. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Everything looked amazing!

Holly Jansen - Congrats you two! Everything looks beautiful and perfect

Heather Michelle Hennessey - Absolutely beautiful

Chris Blaikie - I absolutely love these pictures! I am very happy for the two of you! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and great memories! Love you!

David Wormley - Wonderful pictures. Congratulations.

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Shuwei & Jerry | Ballard Engagement

This is one of those long time love stories that are generally fictional, but for Shuwei & Jerry, it’s real life.

They met in Toronto during 7th grade, attending middle and high school together. Although they claim they were just friends, there must have been a spark that kept them close all those years. During their first year at university the two rekindled their friendship and it grew into something much more. When Jerry received a job offer in Seattle after graduation, Shuwei was happy to encourage his dreams, although they both knew long distance would be hard. A year into their long distance relationship, they were stronger than ever, so they took a romantic Mexico trip for two where Jerry proposed on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Shuwei & Jerry thank you for letting us walk you around Ballard, even in the cold. You two brought such a happy presence that day and we couldn’t be happier for you to be getting married! ~Erik & Marissa

The talented Kendra from KLS Makeup Artistry is responsible for Shuwei’s gorgeous look!

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DIY X-mas Light Pictures

It’s that time of year! Lights are up everywhere so let’s take advantage of using them for some pretty, bright photos. Rip a few strands down (grandma won’t mind as long as you send her the pictures) and get ready for some fun!

All you need…a few light strands and a camera. 2 ways you can use them in photos…as a PROP or a BACKDROP.

As a prop use it as a light source for some drama or ball of light (right)…

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…or use them to wrap up your loved one (left)…or to give you a pop of light (right).

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In our home studio a few friends got curious so they became our models. Here’s Erik trying to convince Kiki it would be a great photo if she was wrapped in lights. Since that didn’t go so well…

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…we decided to hang the lights instead, place our models in front, and use the lights as a backdrop instead of a prop.

If you’re getting technical:

1. Photo on the left – A wider image means we’ve backed up to fit all of our model Carlos. This way shows more of the light strands and the lights are smaller (so you’ll need to use more).

2. Photo on the right – A close up allows you to get rid of the strands, but it also accentuates the lights so that you get pretty, bright dots (or boca) in the background…our preference.

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Try hanging lights from a tree branch, tape them to your wall, or have someone hold them for a moment. The more lights the better. (We used one strand, but recommend at least 2 strands.) This is an easy way to capture baby’s first Christmas pictures, your pup, or even a selfie.

Quick tips for the look above: Try not to put your subject right up against the lights or background, but several feet away for a prettier look. Do this near a window during daylight for best results.

Got a professional camera? Drop your aperture down to 2.2 or below for more boca, like the picture above on the right.

Have fun and happy holidays! ~Erik & Marissa

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Megan & Jade | Discovery Park Engagement

Love can be found around life’s every bend, however unlikely it may seem. When Megan agreed to a camping trip with friends she didn’t realize she’d be meeting up with the man who would make her heart flutter, smile widen, and complete her life. A mutual friend had invited Jade along for some outdoorsy fun and luckily he agreed since his future wife would be there! Megan and Jade hit it off over crackling campfires, long hikes, and s’mores that weekend.

When the trip came to a close and neither one wanted to say goodbye they exchanged numbers, Skype addresses, and promised to keep in touch, even though they’d be long distance. After 16 months of long distance love Jade was done being so far away from the love of his life and popped the question. Now they’re planning a life together, with the word long-distance soon to be long in the past.

Megan & Jade, thank you for allowing us to capture your obvious love for each other. Hopefully these photos will help you get through these last few months apart before the big day! ~Erik & Marissa

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Joanie Crain - LOVE THEM ALL!,,,proud mom here

Joanie Crain - The kids loved you guys! Thank you for making their day of photos special!

Debra Crain Rogers - CONGRATULATIONS! such an adorable couple.

Melissa Jones Smith - Beautiful pictures, beautiful couple!

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