Confessional | Making & Breaking Goals

Today we reflect on the goals we’ve set, met and still need to work on. Last night, while stressing about stress, we took a much needed break with friends (girls night happy hour & boys night pool game). While catching up a friend reminded us that we have achieved one of our first and biggest business goals, which was number of weddings for 2013! Sometimes in the day to day ups and downs of running our own business we have to pause, take a breath, and realize that we’ve made some huge strides even with the stumbles and trips along the way. Last fall, after driving up the coast and moving into an apartment in Seattle we randomly chose a number to obtain for our first year of weddings in Seattle, a reasonable but also somewhat challenging goal for being new to the area. We hurled ourselves into research, marketing, and a million other things to get the ball rolling and last month we officially reached our goal, “Hooray!” Of course, instantly we reset our goal and have set our sights on the next step. This reminds us how different things are from a year ago or 2, or wait-for-it 5 years ago! We are reminded today (and hopefully remember each day) that daily we meet goals or at least jump closer and that our goals are OURS and are connected to our dreams.

I (Marissa) wasn’t really into goal setting before last year so it’s definitely a skill I’m working on (a goal to be a better goal setter, ha!). I’m a true believe that if you write down your goals, tell others about them, or think about them- the very least that will happen is you’re holding yourself accountable in many ways (plus others will ask you about it too!), which might actually lead you to work that much harder to obtain the goal!

We go back and forth with creating monthly goals, quarterly, or yearly. Monthly seemed too fast and furious. The end of the month would loom quicker than expected and I’d feel guilty leaving even one thing on my list. So, we broke that pattern and now, setting yearly goals with a quarterly focus seems to be working. Meaning we’ve set several goals for 2013 (business & personal), but rather than try to accomplish everything all at once we do one at a time. After getting a handle on the first goal, or at least feeling halfway there, we start on the next one. This feels more flexible since some items on the list take longer than others and some are new ongoing life or business habits (like drinking more water and eating Paleo). Not to say that every goal is golden, in fact, recently I had to break one of my goals (treats every 5 days) because it would be the 3rd day and we’d be at a birthday party with cake and who says no to that? The better word here I suppose is readjust, since that’s what I did and now I feel great about my new treat goal!

The kicker in all this goal setting business is having a support system. We have each other for some of our personal goals (when I’m craving dessert Erik helps me refocus and when he wants pizza I cook something healthy) and we have some amazing professionals and friends/family who push us and are our cheerleaders to accomplish our professional goals. Surrounding ourselves with good people who are happy and positive is the best thing we’ve ever decided to do!

We absolutely cannot wait for what future goals may bring…hmmm, living in Italy for a month has crept onto our bucket list since our talk with friends last night! The moral of this story: keep them coming…the goals, dreams, or whatever you call them. Stay happy. ~Erik & Marissa

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Alana & Ondrea – Seattle Wedding | Urban Light Studios

It is such a blessing to live in a state that recognizes equality and brings couples like Alana and Ondrea here to celebrate their union. We were so happy to be a part of Alana & Ondrea’s wedding here in Seattle at Urban Light Studios. Alana and Ondrea made the trek from sunny southern California to the emerald city in hopes of some sunshine for their wedding day and that’s exactly what Seattle gave them! The light was perfect as we walked through Woodland Park for some pictures in the flower dotted fields and giant trees where our couple relaxed into a happy state of knowing they were about to be married. At the start of their ceremony their sweet flower girl walked down the aisle while the guests covered their eyes because she was shy. Alana and Ondrea each grabbed their father’s arm to walk down the aisle to Dave Matthew’s You and Me while Ondrea’s brother waited to marry them at the end. Tears and emotions were flowing when each bride repeated their vows and felt the overwhelming emotion of being tied to each other in marriage at last.

 The Details:

Ceremony & Reception: Urban Light Studios

Food: City Catering Company

Cakes: Honey Crumb

Flowers: Pike’s Place Market

There’s a funny story here…see if you can guess what happened shortly after cutting the cake.

Congratulations Alana & Ondrea! Thank you for letting us be there for your wedding! ~Erik & Marissa

Lisa Henry - LOVE these pictures. love the color. great job!

Rachelle Ann - You really caught the joy in everyone that were there to celebrate my sisters special day! Well done…pictures are amazing!

Morgan Mihalick Alcon - These are AMAZING!

Barb Swartz - beautiful! I need to know where those little suitcase favors came from?? (We are planning a destination wedding)

Barb Swartz - never mind – found them!

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Jennifer & Nathan – Engaged | Green Lake

Jen & Nate are one of those relaxed couples that are so nice to be around. They’re just happy people. We’ve been hearing about their wedding plans and DIY decor since the fall and are excited that the big day has almost arrived! We met these two at Zoka, a local coffee place in Green Lake, one of Jen’s recommendations to us when she found out we were moving to the area. After finalizing their timeline for the wedding we wanted to see how they could work it for the camera so we strolled the neighborhood for a mini-session right as the sun was setting. Jen has this warm smile and easy-going nature that keeps us all happy where Nate is the one making us laugh and being a super supportive fiancé.

Thanks Jen & Nate, we’ll see you again in a little over 2 weeks for your wedding day! ~Erik & Marissa

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2 years…and forever more to go.

Today we are taking time to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary! Being wedding photographers it’s interesting to take a whole day to reflect upon our own wedding (cannot wait to watch our video tonight and look at albums!). I (Marissa) still look back on that day as one of the happiest in my life. Everything was perfect, even if it wasn’t, and we had the most amazing day celebrating our love with each other, friends, and family. I wouldn’t change one thing about that day (well, if it was 10 degrees cooler I’d take it) and wish I could repeat it over and over….honey, vow renewals???

I feel so lucky to have met the man of my dreams in the sweaty high school weight room. I truly can’t imagine my life without him. (I won’t get too gushy, I’ll save it for your card.) Here’s to 2, 20, and forever more anniversaries with you Erik: my love, my husband, my best friend.

xoxo Love Forever, Marissa


Jackie Staub - I love this!

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Brookins Family | Gasworks Park

This is one fun family! The Brookins chose to meet at Gasworks Park because they didn’t want the typical park photos and they used to come here when the girls were small. Now that the girls are all grown up they get to help fill their little brother’s life with love, which they certainly do. We’re so glad Stephanie was in for the weekend from her college in Virginia so we could capture this family all together with their boisterous laughs, happy smiles, and just fun nature.


Thank you Brookins family! We had a blast photographing your wonderful family. ~Erik & Marissa

Kimberly Brookins-Brown - Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I like these photo’s.

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