Teichen Family – All Grown Up | Discovery Park

We met the Teichen family at Discovery Park a few days after Christmas (all the kids were home for the holiday!) and were so incredibly thankful for their easy-going nature. We had just been traveling for over 24 hours (slept in the airport, missed connections, etc.) but knew that we wanted to catch this family before they left for school, Colorado, and wherever else life takes you after a few days off for the holidays. They were so kind, great to be around, and just one of those families that seems like they have a ton of fun. The last time they had a family portrait taken was 6 years ago so they figured it was time for an updated version. Discovery Park was beautiful, still green with all the rain and almost empty…practically our own park for the day!

Thank you Teichen Family!

Lisa Henry - Love these pictures!

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X-Mas with the Ciccarellis | Ohio

A sneak peek into our Christmas celebrations takes us to Columbus, Ohio where we caught up with family and friends, ate great food (and too many desserts), went to see Annie Leibovitz’s photography exhibit at the Wexner Center, saw the movie Skyfall, and vegged out. Oh, we also gifted a photo booth to the family on Christmas Eve!

On our final day a blizzard roared through the midwest, delaying most flights and making us miss our connection. We actually saw our plane depart while we were waiting to deplane. Needless to say we had to spend a few cozy hours in the airport in the middle of the night (and saw a mouse!).

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Eve!
~Erik & Marissa
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Meade Family – Santa? | OH…IO

Sometimes we meet a family of young children who are just so well behaved we can’t believe it…that was this family. These two munchkins were not only adorable with their big blue eyes, but Wyatt couldn’t wait to get his picture taken and Molly did everything we asked by saying “okay!” It was just a few days before Christmas and a blizzard was on it’s way through Ohio where we were celebrating the holiday so it was definitely chilly. The Meades suggested we meet indoors at the Ohio Union and we couldn’t have been more pleased by the light, decorations, and warmth (actually it was almost too hot in there). To get these fun faces below we were asking for emotions and said “show us how happy you’d be if Santa was coming!”

Precious, these two absolutely love each other.

Thank you Meade family! We hope you had a great Christmas!

Lisa Henry - So much fun to be with you while you did this shoot. The pictures turned out great and the kids were so sweet! Great job!

Susan Anderson - Beautiful, beautiful pictures.

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Book Review #2 – The Ciccarellis | Seattle

The month of November had us reading and discussing Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman as the 12 in 12 book challenge continues. If you missed our 1st review, catch up HERE. It was a divergence from the usual non-fiction business books chosen for the challenge, but can be interpreted to help you grow in life, personal as well as professional.

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


Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Dan Millman writes about reflection and learning to grow in spirit, mind, and body. This is a good read that will make you think! I (Marissa) think men can connect to the main character better, but I still enjoyed it.

Take-Aways we use NOW:

1. Live in the moment: A general theme we learned from this book is to live in the here and now. Don’t worry so much about the future or the past, but slow down and enjoy today. Even enjoying every bite of food rather than shoveling is a small change you can make.

2. Let it go: As humans we tend to over-think a lot of the time (me!). We wonder if what we told our boss was the right thing or we analyze how others might think of us. (Unrelated, but Erik loves this quote: “what other people think of you is none of your business”.) A huge take-away for us was to let things go more. Relax, don’t worry, and let things go after they happen for a more peaceful, happy life.

Thanks for reading! Let us know if you’ve read this one and what you thought! We recommend this book for anyone interested in some self-reflection and to read about one man’s journey to find happiness.
~Erik & Marissa
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