Kim & Ivan – Engaged | The Seattle Arboretum

Kim & Ivan are the sweetest pair. They have this special connection that makes us think they were made for each other. Kim is kind and super fashionable since she is studying to become a designer. Ivan is there for Kim, making her laugh with faces, holding her hand, and comforting her. When these two are together you can’t help but know they are completely in love.

We always say we don’t work with professional models, but that our clients warm up to us during our session so much that eventually we aren’t telling them what to do and they look fabulous! This was never more true than with this pair. Kim wasn’t sure if she was going to like getting her picture taken, but not even halfway through the session and these two were just enjoying being together, needing no help from us! We absolutely love when this happens(it’s magical!) because their pictures look so loving and true to their relationship – which is so full of sweetness.

We cannot wait for the wedding you two! We know it’s going to be so sweet and full of special touches.

 

We couldn’t believe how lucky we got at the arboretum with all the trees blossoming, it was absolutely gorgeous!

Thank you Kim & Ivan! You two were so amazing to work with.

SooJung Yoon - I LOVE IT!

Kimberly Parks - Thank you!

Lisa Henry - I love the 3 shots at the top! Such a wonderful capture of love!

Charles Parks Jr. - Oh so beautiful. Can’t wait to see you both in June.

Janice Pullen - Charles Parks Jr….Your daughter and her soon-to-be husband are soooo beautiful! They made this scenic backgrounds look good. Congratulations!

Charles Parks Jr. - Thanks @[100000168064585:2048:Janice Pullen]. I love her to death. She is my pride and joy.

Michael D Harrington - Congrats again…..I am so HAppy for you and the FAMILY… We need to get together soon…..

Charles Parks Jr. - That’s the truth and thanks again.

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Japan – A New Adventure

Well, I’m back on the mainland. For the past two weeks I (Erik) had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Japan. Along with photography, soccer and fitness are two huge passions of mine. I am lucky enough to combine those two by working as the strength and fitness coach for the new Seattle Reign soccer team. Preseason was scheduled for 2 weeks in Japan with the purpose of having the team bond. When you’re training in your own city it’s easy to leave practice for home. When you’re away from home there’s instant bonding for the team.

The team is amazing (not to mention the wonderful coaching staff). Although I’m biased, I think they will be the best in the league! About halfway though the trip I pinched myself because I realized how lucky I was to be a part of this organization. Women’s soccer in the US is growing rapidly. I’m proud to be at the beginning of a league that hopefully continues to grow.

Here are some action photos of the team warming up before their first preseason game in front of 2,500 fans! The people in Okinawa were so welcoming and happy to have us there.

Towards the end of the trip the team put on a clinic at a military base in Okinawa. The kids were ecstatic. You could tell it meant a lot to both the players and the kids.

 This was such an amazing experience. I’ll continue to keep you updated throughout the season.

Steven Romanoff - This is very cool Eric! Can’t wait to follow along… what a great opportunity!

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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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