What do I do with my hands? | A Photographer’s Education

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TRUTH = Soooo many people come to us for photos and the first question they ask is…so what do I do with my hands?

It’s hilarious. And it always brings up the Will Ferrell joke from Talladega Nights – watch the clip here, if you haven’t already, and you’ll know what we’re talking about. After we’re all finished laughing about it we get down to business, placing hands where they look natural, but we figured some people might benefit from these tips even if you’re just out to take a selfie.

The Basic Rule: GIVE YOUR HANDS SOMETHING TO DO

Dangling them by your sides is also fine, as long as they look relaxed, like Erik’s picture on the far right. Pockets, jackets, or even holding onto something like a scarf or belt are great options. Below are a few of our favorites if you’re by yourself, selfie like.

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If you’re with someone else (ex: family, friends, partner, dog, etc.) we’ve learned that it looks best with more areas of contact to show love, friendship, or togetherness. Meaning, you shouldn’t just stand next to someone like the awkward image below, unless that’s the mood you’re going for.

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Instead, the next time you’re taking a picture with someone, wrap your arm around them or lace your fingers together. Stick that extra hand in a pocket even!

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Grab onto something like your dog’s face, your husband’s jacket, or your friend’s waist.

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And remember, GIVE YOUR HANDS SOMETHING TO DO.

Hope this helps those of you out there with the awkward hand question! And keep it clean everyone. ~Erik & Marissa

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Kim Family | Titlow Beach & Park

We love this family. True they’re friends of ours so we’re totally biased, but they are just the best! For Lincoln’s 1st birthday crafty Hannah made him his own sign, which he held onto all by himself to show us how big he’d become. Big sister Charlotte loves her baby brother and the four of them together make the most fun-loving-adventurous family, doing everything together from hiking in the PNW to trips whenever they can all get away as a family.

This marks year 3 of capturing their family (and we love every year they’re here) as it grows in children, laughter, and love. Thanks Kim family! ~Erik & Marissa

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Ralph Britain - Beautiful pics!

Faren Myers Huggins - Awesome pictures!!

Rivers Sarah - Love all of these!!

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Katie & Jack | Ballard Engagement

While taking a break from a game of darts with friends at a bar on a rainy New York evening this cute girl walked up and proceeded to take over their dart board. Jack wasn’t annoyed one bit since earlier in the night while talking with a friend about his type of girl he had pointed to Katie and said, “that’s my type”. When she happened across his dart game later in the night it seemed that fate had brought his ideal girl into his life. Jack said, “you’re going to take over our dart board without even challenging us to a game?” A wager was set, Jack and his pal pulled out their personal sets of darts, and needless to say, won the bet. But truth be told, Jack and Katie both one that night because they had met their match. Katie’s sass impressed Jack and his quick wit won her heart.

We recreated the feel of their first meeting (minus the darts, but plus their dog Starbuck) by heading to Percy’s & Co., the same owners of Kettle of Fish, the bar where they met in NYC. Thanks Katie & Jack for being such an awesome couple, with all the sass and wit that makes our job super fun. We cannot wait for your wedding! ~Erik & Marissa

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Being Us

With Halloween behind us we figured this was the perfect time to write this post. Trust us when we say we love Halloween and themed parties. There’s just something about dressing up and acting out a role that is quite the opposite of your true self.

That being said, we firmly believe in our business and most of our life (other than themed parties and Halloween of course) we are perfectly happy and content being our true selves. Just like in marriage when you know you’re taking that person to be your one and only, faults and all, forever. We’re definitely not perfect, and a little weird, but our friends like us for all we are and our clients choose us for all we are.

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It’s certainly easy to look at someone else and think, hm…I should be more like her, but when it comes down to it we’ve found that the best remedy for self-doubt is to talk with someone you love and have them tell you that you’re just fine, just the way you are. (Although we do love and highly encourage goal setting for the little things.)

So take it from us, be yourself…your crazy, fun, wild, whatever self and the right people will love you more for it. ~Erik & Marissa

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Susan Fritts McConnell - Love the headbands!

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Kristina & Chris | UW Engagement

In the halls of their high school was where Chris first laid eyes on Kristina. He was a year older and they didn’t actually date while he was there, but as soon as he left for UW he knew they should be together. Kristina was still a senior in high school, but that didn’t stop their relationship from blossoming. As they fell more in love and the year progressed it was time for Kristina to choose her college path. Of course she chose to attend UW as well, probably not just for the outstanding program. Since they were both engineering majors they had quite a lot of time together attending classes in the same building and still joke that they have a combined 12 years of study there. Chris even signed up for one of Kristina’s classes her first quarter and the two have been inseparable ever since.

Thanks for showing us around campus Kristina & Chris. We cannot wait for your Orcas Island wedding next summer! ~Erik & Marissa

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