Dahlias – Volunteer Park | Seattle

Sometimes the most unexpected things are the best. Marissa and I had some free time in the city and got caught wandering around Volunteer Park. There really isn’t a feeling that compares to being in the midst of nature with coconut ice-cream from Graters while sitting on the couch watching a movie…woops, a little off track. Daydreaming about ice cream again:)

Seriously though, we really enjoyed ourselves at the park while watching ultimate frisbee and making our way through the green houses with an unbelievable collection of cacti. Right before we were about to leave we stumbled upon an absolutely majestic collection of Dahlias. We could not stop taking photos. We had duel cameras firing away. iPhones galore snapping photos of these amazing looking flowers that seemed to be individually hand crafted just for this day. Enjoy this collection of randomly stumbled upon Dahlias in Volunteer Park.

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Video Light – An Education | Seattle

We love educating ourselves in every way possible, but recently we’ve been looking into different light sources for poorly lit spaces, such as receptions. We purchased a cheap video light from Amazon and wanted to test it out. Luckily our friends Julianna & Nathan had a wedding that they let us come to for our video light test! Here’s what we found…it definitely adds more light, but isn’t strong enough to overpower a very bright background with a dark subject. With a dark background however, it works great! We love the additional light and how natural it looks, without looking like a flash or that we even added anything at all! We definitely recommend a small video light for details shots such as the ones below. We used it above each subject at a 45 degree angle, tilted down…hopefully that makes sense!

Here it is! Small, but efficient!

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Fun Day – Pike’s Place Market | Seattle

We are strong believers in fun day. We really think that everyone should have at least one fun day a week. This doesn’t even need to cost money, but it’s a way to do something that you love or something new, whichever you are in the mood for that particular fun day. One of our latest fun days found us at the Pike’s Place Market. We’d been there before, sure, but does watching flying fish ever get old??? We could hang out there watching these guys for awhile, but also just love walking around smelling the good food smells and people watching. Hmmm, what should we do next fun day?

And he caught it! Paws and all…

Awkward close-up shots of us because we were literally packed in like sardines, pun intended, but still wanted proof we were there!

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Confessional – A Big Change

Posted by: Marissa

I think some of you may know that I used to be an elementary school teacher. I love kids and teaching comes naturally to me…I think due to my incredible family full of teachers (everything from music to special education to dance) I learned an eagerness for teaching and learning at an early age. I was also the oldest in my family so my poor little brother got “taught” a few things along the way. I have also been blessed to meet the most amazing people in the teaching profession. Individuals who truly know how to put others first, inspire, have the most incredible patience, who are leaders and are as creative as any artist. Last year I was torn between two things that I loved, photography & teaching. I was trying to do 2 jobs and felt myself struggling with time (or lack thereof) and struggling to find special moments with Erik, not just work or talking about work, but an actual special moment! We had just gotten married and moved to a new state all within 60 days (which is a whole different post entirely). It first became clear to Erik that it was time for me to take a break from teaching and really take a risk and go into business together. He saw how stressed I had become from teaching and heard my numerous complaints about lack of support from the state, small rooms, large numbers, and the day to day difficulties that I couldn’t leave at the door. Instead I brought them home with me and let that stress effect my personal life where it became a road block to my life happiness and our marriage. My amazing husband actually encouraged me to follow a dream of ours and gave me the support (and continues to do so!) that I needed to take one of the biggest risks in my life.

When an opportunity came up to move to Seattle where there was family support and a house waiting we jumped on it! Thus began a completely new adventure for us. Erik started the job search because he absolutely loves helping people reach their goals and change lives as a personal trainer. I, on the other hand, delved head-first into marketing, web design, business management, and setting up a home office. Most of which I knew nothing about (yet another blog post coming soon)! It has been one of the most rewarding and also challenging experiences of my life. I knew little when it came to running a business, just what I had stumbled through in California working while opening our business. Yet here I was in a new city with boxes piled up in the spare room trying to rebrand our business! I will not lie and say that I didn’t look up a few school districts and discuss the possibility of working part time with Erik. I think this is because as humans we like predictability and routine. I was defined by my job. When people first met me one of the first things they always asked was, “what do you do?” and I would say, “I’m a teacher.” After teaching for 6 years I just couldn’t figure out how I was going to Not say that anymore, it was my identity. But, luckily fall came quickly and I stuck to my guns, with Erik’s constant help. I still think about teaching and my amazing friends in Chicago who recently stood up for what was right, but I know in my heart I made the right decision for me right now.

I think back to when I turned 18 and handed in my college applications with the category of “journalism” scribbled as my major. I wanted to be a broadcast news anchor. I know, far from where I am in my life now! Then a year later I wanted to be a nutritionist and then after that I wanted to be a teacher. I think looking back I realize how many things I loved and still love learning. I think it’s an injustice to be 18 years old and figuring out what you’re supposed to do with your profession for life. I’ve now heard statistics that say people change careers 5 or 6 times in a lifetime. There are so many things I love to do and I absolutely love to capture moments of people’s lives that will stay with them forever and ever. I will never forget all of my students, in fact I still see their faces in my mind and I think about how they must have grown already, but I do love what I do. I want to continue to bring happiness into peoples lives and maybe one day I’ll figure out a way to merge teaching with my love for photography…

Thank you to all of my family & friends who have supported me and given me their words of encouragement. It means more than you know.

This was one of the first fall-colored leaves I found and couldn’t resist a photo. Happy fall!

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Colleen & Evan – Church Bells Ring | Columbus, OH

Colleen & Evan, our dear friends, were married last weekend. We were finally guests to a wedding instead of photographers, but couldn’t help wanting to capture just a few shots for our own memories. It was such a sweet ceremony, with tears from the bride, father, and her entire family. (They cry at every wedding!) We love you guys and had such a fun time!

Us in the photo booth…having a really, really fun time!

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