This was our first married Christmas. We went ‘home’ to see our families in Arizona in October, so we decided to have our own little holiday this December. There are a couple West Seattle traditions we have kept up the last few years – we love to watch the Helmstetler music-lights show, look at lights around our neighborhood, and enjoy the Alki Christmas ship festival just across the street from us. This year, our favorite house was the Menashe family display:Read more...
Monthly Archives: December 2011
“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. ”
- John Boswell
As 2011 comes to a close, we wanted to say thank you to everyone we have worked with. A lot of photographers post their favorite work at the end of the year, but we would rather take the time to say thank you to you, our awesome “clients”, vendor-friends, and readers. We are a newly married couple working together at this little dream that is still in it’s early stages, as far as small businesses go. Though we are not yet where we want to be, we have made huge steps and can’t wait to grow even more. Most importantly, we really enjoy what we are doing. The truth is, making a job out of something you enjoy doing can, in itself, take the joy away from that thing. With our client base finding out more about who we are in this past year, and moving forward into next year, we are thrilled to know this dream of ours will keep the same joy it started with.
This family session is proof that inspiration shoots can come in handy! Jenny loved the “snow” picture from our faux-winter-wedding shoot and asked if we could re-create it for her family Christmas cards. Here was her final choice! We will share more photos of this adorable family soon, so be sure to check back! //Josh + Ali
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If you haven’t met Mr. Rufus yet… here he is…all five pounds him. In a reindeer costume.
We are in Portland opening gifts and drinking hot cocoa, but will be back to our computers the 27th. Be sure to come check out the blog for our normal scheduled posts Mon-Weds, including some pictures from our little trip.
//Josh, Ali and Roo
There are a lot of “couple” or “married” photography teams. We think that is pretty.darn.cool. Being a married couple who shoots together offers a pretty interesting dynamic.
Many photographers who shoot alone will bring a second shooter or assistant with them to shoot weddings. Most of the time, the second shooter is not determined ahead of time and the photographer will choose someone they trust to be the “2nd shooter”. Some of these photographers may charge clients extra for the second shooter, and some may not. There is really no “right” way to do things.
We all run our businesses differently and we are not ones to say the best way, only what way works for us. For us, we like to shoot together for every wedding and include that in every package. It has not happened yet, but if for some reason one of us can’t be at your wedding due to some awful illness, catastrophe, or life stuff, we do have awesome backups. That said, feel free to ask your photographer who they plan to bring as their second shooter and ask to see a portfolio (especially if you’re paying extra for them).
We really like to have up-to-date photos documenting our life together, but seem to forget because we are busy taking other people’s photos! So, we headed over to Greenlake after a client meeting and had fun snapping our own offbeat holiday portraits!
Homemade gifts always seem super special to me, but it can be hard to get around to actually doing them (especially around the holidays). This year, I did three easy diy projects for the ladies in my life (mom, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, and friends). I realized these gifts would also be fun to make for birthdays, bridal showers, or as bridesmaid gifts, so I thought I would share them!
I personalized the “flavors” of the scrubs based on each person. I didn’t use exact measurements. I just kind of “eyed them” on the scrubs… but these are some general instructions! There are a lot of different ways to make scrubs. You can add different ingredients like honey, brown sugar, fragrance oils..the list goes on! The type of oil you use is also your preference. This is just how I did mine. The quality of the tea and coffee you use really does make a difference. I used lavender white peony tea from the San Juan islands and especially liked how it turned out! Use extra coffee to make the coffee scrub darker. The smell is heavenly if you’re a coffee lover!
The final product of the three scrubs:
We have shared our wedding ceremony and Josh’s vows on the blog. Now it’s my turn! Unlike Josh, I had a really hard time writing my vows. I wrote and rewrote them, agonizing over weird things: Were they too long? Were they too personal to share in front of people? Too sappy? Too mer-mer-mer (that’s my robot noise)? I read them aloud to my sister and my dog to get used to the phrasing. I practiced reading them in a way that got across how I actually felt.
The day of the wedding, Josh read his vows and everyone, including me, was blubbering. I could barely even begin reading mine. I actually said, “How am I supposed to follow THAT?”, and just kind of stood there all weird. To make it worse, I turned red and splotchy and composed myself for a few minutes. It’s hard being a bride when you hate being the center of attention.
Maybe we gave the vows a little too much weight, but we felt they should have the most weight because of what they mean. Your vows serve as a personal love letter with promises enclosed, declared in front of your family and friends (and your almost-spouse). They are not just a few cheesy lines spattered off for the sake of doing it. They are an attempt at summing up your relationship, all it has been, all you hope it will be, and how you intend to hold up your end of it. Most of all, it explains why you chose this person to marry and love forever. That is kind of a big deal.
What should you look for in a photographer? How do you choose? If you are starting from square one and just got engaged, you are very likely drowning in a sea of vendor choices.
It doesn’t matter whether you throw on a wedding dress or a pair of pants and elope, go nontraditional, sneak to the courthouse, plan a small destination wedding or an extravagant affair for everyone you have ever known to attend. What matters are the memories created the day that you say “I Do”. It is for that reason we believe photography is one of the most important things to factor into your budget: It is how you will remember this important time in your life later on, and how you will share it with those you care about. We hope that you will choose to work with us if it’s the right fit for you, but overall we really hope that this list helps you find what you’re looking for.
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