Capturing Equality | Seattle Wedding

Sometimes you find yourself in a moment that seems so unbelievably special it gives you chills and you tell yourself, “I’m going to remember this forever.”

When we caught each others eyes across the courtroom that’s exactly how we felt. It wasn’t your typical wedding, but being in the wedding business we’ve never seen the same wedding twice. The biggest difference in this wedding was that we were asked not as photographers, but as witnesses and we stood by our friends’ sides inside a judge’s room for the ceremony. The immense honor we felt at being there and witnessing this union is indescribable.

Our dear friends Roberto & Hisam took one more step to be closer to having the same rights that we are privileged to as a married couple, and this alone brought a smile to our faces. We believe that it’s only right to have equality for all people. In Macklemore’s words, “a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all, but it’s a damn good place to start.”

Check out this cool music video by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis called Same Love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0

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Jackie & Darren – Wedding | Ohio State Golf Club

Darren & Jackie are married! It seems like forever ago that we captured their engagement photos, but lo and behold their wedding day finally came and you couldn’t have found two happier, more in love people on 7.6.13! We surprised Jackie at the salon where she works to see her make-up session side by side with her sister. She was calm and collected, just enjoying every moment before marrying the love of her life. As she walked down the aisle it all became quite clear that she was marrying Darren and as much as she tried to stop them, tears welled up in her eyes. Jackie also surprised Darren with a reading from one of his favorite bands, Dave Matthews, during the ceremony. The two exited the ceremony like movie stars on the red carpet, full of smiles and absolutely stunning. Leah, sister of the bride (and one of Marissa’s best friends!), had everyone laughing during her speech and Jackie’s dad had to pause a few times during his speech for “allergies”. Everyone was so overjoyed for this couple because they truly are such good people. We love to see good people marrying each other and having an entire day full of happiness and love, which is exactly what these two deserved.

The Details:

Venue: Ohio State Golf Club

Flowers: Jeri Merritt

Cake: Carol Krieg

DJ: Matt Ryan

Make-up: Melanie Lloyd, The Spa at River Ridge

Hair: Jackie (that’s right, she did that beautiful look herself)

Dress: La Jeune Mariee, Watters

Suits: Tommy Hilfiger

Never have we seen such a dancing queen bride! Our favorite move was the one armed push up.

Congratulations Darren & Jackie! We couldn’t be happier for such a special couple as you. ~Erik & Marissa

Leah Staub - So pretty!!! Nice job M and E!!!

Lisa Henry - soooo many great shots. Jackie – you are beautiful!

Julie Slough - Great pictures! So many good ones to choose from!

Judy Staub - How will we ever choose? Awesome job, M/E! So glad you traveled so far to be with us and capture the moments!

Ilah Kruse Naudasher - Amazing pictures! She looked stunning!!!

Jackie Clark - LOVE! We bought Internet in St. Lucia just for this!

Marissa Ciccarelli - Yay!!! I’m so glad you made it! Have an amazing time there and I’ll talk with you when you get back! Congrats!!!

Cindy Saraceno-Garner - Beautiful pictures

Sunny Boros - Could you possibly be any more beautiful Jackie?!? Congrats!!!

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Glasses | An Education

Happy July!!! (and 4th of July tomorrow!)

Today being the first Wednesday of the month, even though it feels like a holiday, we wanted to tell our experience learning how to deal with reflections in glasses. When we first started out we couldn’t figure out how to eliminate the glare often seen in people’s glasses!  After experimenting and doing a little self-education it’s really quiet simple.

 Erik’s in our living room, but this certainly applies outside as well…reflective buildings, the sun, pretty much any light source or lighter surface will reflect. The first photo on the left shows how the windows are reflecting into his glasses. For the photo on the right I had Erik turn just slightly away from the window and tilt his head down a bit. I also stood up a bit higher in order to eliminate the reflection. As the photographer, sometimes it’s easier to move your own body rather than asking the client to keep tilting this way or that way.

In the example below we added a light source, a reflector. If Erik holds it close to his face you can see it in his glasses on the left. In the photo on the right he held it a bit further away, decreasing it’s effect, but at least you don’t see it anymore in his glasses. With children it’s a bit more difficult because they aren’t going to follow specific adjustments as easily as adults so the key here is to keep moving your body (typically at an angle and up) until you eliminate the glare.

Lesson Learned: Keep moving your client until the glare disappears.

Hope this helps someone out there, we sure could’ve used it from the get-go! ~Erik & Marissa

 

Lisa Henry - the model is very cute!

House of Krauss - Informative!

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Brooke & George – Engaged | Point Defiance Park

Brooke & George. This is a couple you want to be around because they are so in love it just seems like it was meant to be. They’re so comfortable around each other, probably because they’ve been together 7 years. Yep, we have run into yet another high school sweet heart couple! Not only was prom practically their first date, but even after George left for college they stayed together and made the 5 hour drive to see each other. Their love continued to grow and Brooke was able to join George at WSU, where they were finally able to date and live in the same place! George proposed in Hawaii, so romantic, to an eagerly awaiting Brooke and they’ve been planning their winter wedding ever since.

Their engagement session at Point Defiance Park was nothing less than amazing. Even though it was a tad toasty, the wind off the water at Owen’s Beach provided the perfect relief and stopping to find some wooded areas along 5 mile drive turned out to be tons of fun (not to mention a photographer’s playground). These two were fun, loving, and kept us laughing – the perfect combo.

Thanks Brooke & George!

 

Lisa Henry - I really like these!

Judy Bolender Swenson - They totally captured your personalities. So very impressed. I can’t wait to see how beautiful they make me look as the Mother of the Bride.

Cheryl Zabel - Beautiful couple! Beautiful photos!

Helen Lew - Those photos look great!

Ashlee Herman - I am in love with all your pictures. Good luck picking just one, they all turned out so good. You look so beautiful.

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Angela & Josh – Engaged | Seattle Center

Angela & Josh are such a fun couple! We met way back in the fall and are so excited that their wedding day has almost arrived. The four of us came to the Seattle Center to finalize their wedding day timeline and to grab a few photos. Seriously, these two are so photogenic it’s ridiculous. Not only are they experts in front of the camera, they are also incredibly sweet together and we know they cannot wait to get married and celebrate with all their friends and family.

Final countdown to your wedding!

Thanks for being such awesome people Angela & Josh, we cannot wait for the big day! ~Erik & Marissa

Kym Leach - You two look extremly happy! You really are a beautiful couple and very blessed to have each other. Love Mom

Josephine Contrino-Erol - Such wonderful pictures..I have never seen my Goddaughter so happy before..and with such a beautiful smile..I guess the two of your bring the best out of each other..God bless you guys..looking forward to celebrating your wedding!

Josephine Contrino-Erol - Such wonderful pictures..I have never seen my Goddaughter so happy before..and with such a beautiful smile..I guess the two of your bring the best out of each other..God bless you guys..looking forward to celebrating your wedding!

Nikki Russo - You both look great !!! You look happy n in love !!! Thats the best way to be !

Willy Whisman - Great photos you two. You do look very happy.

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