Milstid Family | Saltwater State Park

The Milstid family is one of those families that is so happy they make you smile. Throughout our photo session they were talking, laughing, joking, and just enjoying being together. We met at Saltwater State Park (thanks for the recommendation guys!) and couldn’t have been happier with the beauty there. This family grew up camping and coming to this park particularly to play and have fires by the beach. It felt like they were coming back to a special place that brought them fun memories while we walked and enjoyed the day.

We met this wonderfully cheerful family through The F.I.L.M. Project when Jamie wrote in to schedule a photo session for their family. Her brother Bill has been living with cancer for 10 years and is about to undergo another set of treatments. His bravery and happy outlook on life certainly brings this group together. We saw firsthand how this family doesn’t miss a single moment of joy. They take advantage of every day they have together, just like our time with them at the beach. What an amazing outlook on family, time together, and enjoying each moment with people you love.

Thank you Milstid family. Not only do you help us see what’s truly important, but you have reminded us to laugh, be happy, and love.

Bill and his daughter Kyra.

Thank you for this beautiful day!

~Erik & Marissa

To learn more about The F.I.L.M Project click Here!

James Milstid - Wow! These are great! Thank you so much Erik and Marissa!

Bill Milstid - We had a great time much thanks to The Ciccsrelli family!

Jamie Milstid Harres - Awesome pictures! Thank you!

Sarah Craft - Awesome…you two captured the spirit of our family beautifully! Thank you! :)

Shelley Sykes Milstid - Thank you so much for the awesome pictures and memories that will last forever. Thanks also for sharing early! We are excited to see the rest!

Candace Hoyland - I can’t wait to see them too………xoxoxox

Melissa Hunsicker - Beautiful Shelley!

Sylke Howe - You are a remarkable family!

Heidi Parker-Dinsmore - I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS! So Precious! XO Milstid’s

Vikki Poli Adsley - I love you all! Can’t wait till I hear about your trip to Hawaii! You are in my prayers and thoughts, live for today:))

Elizabeth Grasher - please tell your family hello! :) great pics!

Liz Dryfoos - Gorgeous pix!

Jennifer Gilbert-Smith - I still miss @[1431510531:2048:Jamie Milstid Harres] at RFL Kent!

Taryne Scott - These are really cute!!!!!

Yamilena Norton - Love it!

Ciccarelli Photography - It was completely our pleasure Shelley! What an amazing family you have!

Laurie Pinoski - Great photos! You and your family are always in my prayers @[1474673768:2048:Shelley Milstid]!

Shannon Michelle Altona - What an amazing special family! My heart goes out to them

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Spring! | in Seattle

It’s finally here! The first day of spring has arrived, and at least in Seattle, it’s met with partially sunny skies and a hint of warmth. We are so thankful that the weather is taking a turn for the better (since moving from Cali we’ve had to adjust to the PNW weather).

For us, spring also means the beginning of our busy wedding season! We are so happy to head into this year of weddings with amazing clients, fantastic friends, and super supportive families. Thinking this week about the amazing power of believing in yourself, taking risks, and accomplishing dreams. This may be because spring makes you feel so hopeful, but all the same, we are truly greatful for each day and are looking forward to what will come!

Evidence below from our neighborhood that even in the rain spring is creeping in…

~The Ciccarellis

Predators back out and on the prowl…

Buds & a Bee – can you spot him?

This car is just cool…nothing to do with spring! But maybe we’ll be seeing more sweet cars out in the nice weather?

Wanting one of these pink trees in our future yard…Happy Spring!

Lisa Henry - Pretty shots!

Susan Fritts McConnell - Gorgeous spring photos fom my daughter and her husband!

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Fun Day- Skiing | The Ciccarellis

Every winter we are always so excited to go skiing. And EVERY year the date gets pushed back further and further. There are a few years we never even make it up because we realize it’s April! This year, being in the Pacific Northwest for the first time, we were determined to make it. Same thing happened…every weekend we had something come up! Finally we found a date that was literally the very last day we could both go and blocked off our schedules weeks in advance. We’re so happy we did because we had a blast! It was the most beautiful blue sky, warm but not too warm, sun-shining day. In fact, it was so nice both of us got burnt on our noses. Erik is incredibly athletic so he’s always whipping down the slopes, going off jumps, and racing to the bottom where I am definitely more timid with speed and I find a thrill in jumps that get me about 2 inches off the ground. Thankfully we went with friends so Erik had someone to do the cool stuff with.

 Of course we don’t like to ski with our big camera equipment so these were shot with our tiny point & shoot plus some Instagram pics!

Love that jacket Sean. Never missed you once! Below Erik strikes a pose, waiting for me to catch up.

Goal for next winter…don’t wait so long to go skiing, then maybe we’ll actually get to go more than once!


Lisa Henry - Yeah! You are lucky you have this great area so close! My vote-go 3-4 times next year.

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5th Graders – Precious Project

Schools and education are near and dear to our hearts. We completely believe in self-education, but also the importance of supporting schools and children so they can have the kind of education that makes them love learning now and later (like us!). This is actually the second time we’ve been approached by a school to assist with a photography project and we love being able to help in any way we can!

The purpose of this project was to photograph 5th graders and their something precious. The complete project will be a framed collage of all the 5th graders sold at auction. What a cool way to celebrate these students plus raise funds to help them love school, which in turn will develop them into life-long learners!

Here are just a few of these cuties! (We mean cool kids, sorry guys.) We’re related to one of the 6 below, can you guess which one?

We love all the different objects! This is one creative bunch. (Polaroid camera, yes! Not that we’re picking favorites, but we are photographers…)

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Book Review #4 – The Ciccarellis

For February (our 6th book – wow, halfway already!) we read Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson in our 12-in-12 book challenge. If you missed our 1st2nd, or 3rd review, catch up by clicking the link.

Scroll down to watch our live review via Vimeo or read our review instead just below the video.

Look at all those tabs! We pretty much tabbed each chapter between the two of us…

Book #6: Rework

This is such an amazing book! We cannot say it enough. Please get this book if you are thinking about starting a business, if you own a business, or if you are a boss or work in a corporate setting. Chapters are 1-3 pages, quick and to the point. These guys don’t mess around. They are blunt, have their own opinion, and make a ton of sense! We would list every chapter here as a take-away, but we’d run out of space and you’ll want to read this one cover to cover… so we just picked 5 take-aways.

Take-Aways we use NOW:

1. Workaholism – We see it all the time. People, especially in the US, equate working a lot with being successful. This book (like others we’ve read by Tim Ferriss) say no. Just because you’re working 50 hours a week doesn’t mean you’re getting any more work done than the person who has streamlined their work by prioritizing and cutting out interruptions and gets it done in 20 hours/week. We always try to batch work, make lists, and cut out the unnecessary to make sure we have a life outside of work. This book will give you plenty of examples of how to cut it back if you feel overwhelmed by the hours you’re currently working.

2. Gear Doesn’t Matter – The authors explain the most important part of your business is making money, not the shiny extras (although new computers and fancy technology are neat). This was a good reminder for us because there are definitely temptations to buy that new lens, but in reality it’s probably best to spend that extra cash enhancing our website to get more clients so that our business grows. Priorities.

3. Long Lists – …don’t get done. We totally agree. We usually have between 3-5 important tasks to finish each day. We make sure the first one is the most important and we keep crossing them off as we go. If our list was 10 tasks we’d never accomplish them all and would feel defeated. If we finish all 3-5 items each day then we have a feeling of great accomplishment!

4. Don’t copy or worry about the competition – It’s very easy to use the internet to check out your competition and compare yourself or steal their ideas. Trust us, it’s not worth it. The time spent worrying about someone else or trying to be like someone else could instead be spent making yourself more successful!

5. Educate & Share – The authors explain that cooks are the best sharers. They make something delicious and put it in a book for everyone to try. Why can’t we all be like cooks? No one is going to cook it exactly the same anyway so you may as well share. We truly believe in sharing and helping educate others as much as we can. The only way to get better at something is to learn…from others! We’ve been so lucky to have friends willing to teach us and have found amazing photographers in the business who share out their successes and failures and we wish to do the same.


Truly one of our favorite books from the book challenge so far! If you’re thinking of reading one of our challenge books choose this one or 4 Hour Workweek to start off. Thanks for reading!
~Erik & Marissa
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