Kim Family – Walking at the Beach | Point Defiance Park

Just another day at the beach! Except because it’s the Northwest people wear long sleeves & jeans and no one swims this time of year unless you have a wetsuit. Although we did see one lone seal enjoying a swim! We met the Kim family at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park. If you’ve never been to Point Defiance, you must, it’s absolutely gorgeous and we were thrilled the Kims suggested it for their family photo session.

We had met Seann back when we lived in Chicago through a mutual friend (shout out Manu!) and when we saw that he had moved with his family to Tacoma around the same time as us we had to meet up. We absolutely adore his wife Hannah and fell in love with Charlotte, her personality is truly larger than life and makes us laugh. Charlotte just celebrated her first birthday and Hannah wanted to get an updated family picture for holiday cards. We met on a sunny, but chilly morning (rain was forecasted so when Hannah saw sun in the morning we moved we rushed to the beach to catch the good weather). Charlotte loved playing with her parents, especially anything in the air- swinging, being thrown up high, or hanging upside down. This allowed us to capture some great candid moments. Thanks Seann, Hannah, & Charlotte. We were so happy to be able to capture your family at the beach!

The coolest thing was that Charlotte was walking on her own confidently! She showed us her new skills again and again!

Thank you Kim family. We had so much fun, can’t wait to see the new house soon!

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Gabrielle & Jörn – Oktoberfest Engagement | Leavenworth

Gabrielle and Jörn are the type of couple you want to be around to have a great time. They joke, they laugh, and they entertain. When we would tell them to chat with each other and ignore us, they did just that, making each other laugh and having private conversations (sometimes in German!). It was so easy to get Gabrielle cracking up and we absolutely love her smile! Jörn seems to be her rock, being there for her (literally moving to the USA), joking with her, and loving her.

We thought it was so awesome that when we started discussing engagement session locations they wanted to go to Leavenworth. We normally don’t travel that far for an hour session, BUT it happened to be Oktoberfest and we hadn’t been there before so a little coaxing with brats and pretzels and we were there! We loved all the alleys, fall colors, and old-style buildings of Leavenworth, not to mention the danish we treated ourselves to after the shoot.

You two are wonderfully adorable, fun-loving people. We had so much fun with you in Leavenworth and cannot wait for the fun to come with your wedding this summer!

Thank you Gabby & Jörn!

Katrin von Kehler - I Love you both!!!

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Jessica & John – Engagement | Volunteer Park

When we first met Jessica (John was absent from the crazily-packed-full-of-women bridal show) we knew that we had to be a part of her wedding. She is such a warm, friendly, outgoing person- the kind that gravitates others toward her because of her positiveness. We knew John would be great and weren’t disappointed when we met him and saw how he grounds Jessica and makes her laugh (reminding us so much of our own roles in our relationship!). We also figured this Volunteer Park engagement session was going to be full of laughs, which it was! Jessica was strictly concerned about the two of them making faces, which she said they tend to do in every picture together. Well, we definitely couldn’t resist catching a few, but mostly these two were all smiles!

Jessica & John are such a sweet couple, but even sweeter is how John proposed! Jessica’s family vacations on Orcas Island every year and of course John came along. He had the whole thing planned. They hiked up to an amazing viewpoint and John said he brought a camera with a timer that he wanted to use. Out came the camera, it was set up on a bench and then John knelt and popped the question right as the timer on the camera went off! Jessica was shocked, overjoyed, and of course said “yes!” to her new fiancé. We absolutely cannot wait to be there for the wedding next September! ~Erik & Marissa

We enlisted Jessica’s competitive nature to capture many of the shots in this set, but specifically when they had a leaf fight!

This is one way John makes Jessica laugh…faces, although at first she seems unamused he successfully makes her smile in the end!

Thanks Jessica & John! Keep it fun, always…

Maxine Stremler - This is a beautiful photo album. The setting is so appropriate for their chosen wedding date. We too are looking forward to the big day when they say, I do.

Lisa Santana - I love your photos Auntie Maxine!

Maxine Stremler - Lisa, this album was done by Love their style of photography.

Janet Hamill - You two are so cute together! Congratulations (again!)! The Hamills

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When Life Gives You Lemons – The Ciccarellis | Seattle

So we all know the saying, but when it happens to you the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is not always how we perceive the situation. Posted by Marissa

Recently my car has been acting up and doesn’t always start on the first try, something it’s NEVER done before. In fact I feel lucky that I have had the best experience with this car…other than the fact that the air sometimes comes on at full blast without any prompting and the radio display doesn’t show (meaning I have to keep it on one station or be forever searching stations blindly), but seriously nothing crazily bad has ever happened. So when it didn’t start on the first try the other day I just thought it was me or the cold weather. Nope, after a few days it wouldn’t even work on the 4th try so a quick trip down the road to a mom & pop auto store, a new battery, a handy uncle, and an hour later things were looking up! Until the next day when it happened again. Rather than spend another ridiculous amount on a new starter (which my uncle is sure is the problem) I decided to wait a few weeks until a new bank statement…who likes to have a bunch of charges for a car problem all in one month?

The point is I figured I didn’t really need my car much. I work from home and occasionally I can borrow a car if I need to run an errand. The only true annoyance was going to the gym, which I like to do frequently, but not daily. So I dragged my bike out of storage, spent an hour searching through still unopened boxes to find the bike pump, cleaned off my helmet (I’m really not a good bicyclist and this is a must for my own safety!), found the key to my lock in the bowl of millions of keys (does everyone have one of these bowls, yikes!) and I was on my way to the gym a couple miles away. It was wonderful! I hadn’t ridden in over a year, since moving from Chicago where we rode often. The bike was in great condition with no starting or battery issues AND I got an extra workout on my way to the gym, not to mention being fully warmed up by the time I got there! Plus I saved on gas, okay so maybe like 2 dollars, but still! I was a happy girl. The car has now been sitting and waiting for a week and I’ve been happily riding around. Lemons you say? Bring on the lemonade!

Erik took these stellar shots!

Yes, me after coming home from the gym…no make-up and gym clothes, “she’s cute!” (A few friends will understand this saying.)

The inspiration for this post came not only after the bike/car situation but when we were watching Modern Family the other night (love!) and Phil said, “when life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all ‘Whaaat?'” It got me thinking and laughing! My favorite quote from that night though was, “watch a sunrise at least once a day.” You actually do a double take right?

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