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May Day Protests | Occupy Seattle | Change of Pace

Yesterday morning I woke up to news about riots and window smashings and found out that, though I usually have a finger to the pulse of what’s going on around the world, I absolutely missed the May Day Protests until they were happening. After evening plans fell through I got a wild hair to drag my gear downtown, brave the mobs and document the heck out of the heyday.

The only problem is… I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to putting myself in danger (says the guy whose been photographed hanging off bridges, standing knee deep in rapid waters, etc) so it wasn’t until I got a text from a particularly intimidating friend of mine to “get my back” that I reigned in the wimpyness and trekked to 4th and Pine.

And I’m glad I did.

There aren’t a lot of words for what I saw. I will say I missed the insanity that started the day, and thankfully (for public safety, not for the drama of the photographs) it didn’t fire back up later in the day. Blame it on the rain, maybe. What  I did experience was a fascinating collision of passion and hypocrisy, cause and chaos.

Here’s a bit of what I saw.

{ disclaimer: as with most protests, there was a substantial amount of obscenity in language, signs and gestures, all of which I documented and included in the pictures below. So if middle fingers and four-letter words offend you, consider this your warning. }

//josh

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Newlywed Post | Ali's Art Show

We’ve been mighty busy over here the last few weeks, some of us more than others. Ali has been deep in the trenches working on four (huge!) paintings she’ll be showing tomorrow (!!!!) at the 4th Annual Isis: Women Arts Festival in Ballard. The show is 7-10 pm on Saturday and they’ll be hanging through the weekend. If you’re in the area you should totally come hang with us tomorrow night.

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Wicked Bout | Roller Derby

As promised, here is a bit of the bout Josh shot a little while back for the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds in Seattle. WAY more hardcore than that other league in Seattle, these ladies threw down like no other. You absolutely must take the trip up to Everett and catch their next match (April 1st).

Keep an eye out on the blog in the next few weeks…we have been shooting some pretty awesome portrait and engagement sessions! // Josh + Ali

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The Loss | Seattle Music Photography

While Ali was in Texas visiting her family I spent the weekend shooting quite the eclectic mix of events. The weekend started with a super-rad birthday party, moved to a roller derby bout (coming soon), and wrapped with a 40-minute set of brutal punk(ish)-rock(ish) jams by these guys: The Loss. They moseyed their way into our side of town and tore The Shipwreck Tavern to shreds with punch-you-in-the-face energy and disney-sing-along style hooks (that part isn’t necessarily true), and I highly recommend catching their next show for yourself. Aw. Yeah.

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Remy Turns 3 | Birthday Party

This adorable birthday party, for the equally adorable birthday girl, was designed entirely by her super-mom Kristi who runs the handmade toy store Schnitzel and Boo . Not only did she make the rainbow birthday cake; she made all of the sweets, favors, and the paper crafts for the dessert table. Isn’t the rainbow theme awesome!?

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Why What You Believe Matters | JayLee M.O.

When it’s inconsequential, business owners can be pretty outspoken. But when it’s big… like, political, life-changing big, they tend to keep their mouths shut. A few minutes in the twitterverse of the photography industry will show mountains of opinions of the newest gear, whether the vintage filter is a trend or something of the future, or if the latest workshop is worth the $3000 entry fee, but when folks start talking about real-world stuff, they’re painfully silent.

And that is one of the many areas that we’re proud to break the mold.

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Rainbow Birthday Party | Two Frames

Someone recently asked us, “What else do you shoot besides weddings?” Well, we will get into that answer a little bit more tomorrow, but to start with here is a sneak peak of a pretty rad birthday party Josh recently photographed (styled by the owner of adorable children’s handmade toy store, Schnitzel  & Boo).

This colorful post also comes with great timing to say happy birthday to my sister, Jerri, who turns 23 today! She is an amazing teacher, great friend, and one of the most down-to-earth people I know. I love you Kiki!

We are in the thick of editing some awesome projects, so be sure to keep checking back on the blog. //Ali + Josh

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WithinSodo, Seattle | Local DIY Winter Inspiration Shoot | Part 1

We have been wanting to share this shoot for a while (Seattle Bride had dibs on it first), so we are beyond excited to show it to you now. Styled shoots (faux-weddings with models) are kind of a popular thing on blogs lately, and we weren’t sure initially how we felt about them. The idea is to show off the talents of awesome vendors and give couples in the planning process “inspiration.” It seems styled shoots have almost become mini editorial photo-shoots that are fun and pretty, but are fairly impractical for a modern/budget/real bride. It also seems a lot of elements are “in” right now, and most of the shoots seem to happen in locations brides we work with would not be able to use (such a a random field). So, we wanted to try to stay current and realistic without reproducing those go-to style items. Our goal was to make the wedding practical. This is a wedding that could exist in some form or another- for real. Many DIY elements were involved, an array of budget-friendly ideas, and items you could actually have if you wanted them. And all LOCAL!

The Inspiration: Our concept started with the idea of a modern “winter wedding” that featured touches of the holidays in a unique way. This can be seen in gold trim napkins folded and wrapped like presents in twine, clear filled-ornaments, touches of gold leaves and glitter, the illusion of “snow” through doilies and confetti, a beautiful white dessert table, and a special warm treat for the favors (among other details). The colors were primarily white with gold trim, and dashes of red berries.  We also used blue/green hues for contrast here and there, to keep things fresh and “cold”.  We loved the idea of hanging things from tree branches at outdoor receptions and wanted to recreate that idea indoors. We did so by dangling hand-sewn materials from pieces of wood, including scraps, doilies, ribbon, twine and gold sprayed flowers.

The Vendors: We used more vendors than you may see in a lot of styled shoots and we would personally recommend each one (see the bottom of the page for more info.). We are so grateful to all of the vendors, especially Brian for allowing us to shoot at WithinSodo and those who spent extra time creating and acquiring custom pieces for the shoot. Every vendor involved was local and available in, and around, the Seattle area. Many of them also travel or ship their items. More importantly, these are talented people who are kind and fun to work with. Though it was a styled shoot, the day felt very festive and was filled with genuine laughter. Also, a special thanks to our beautiful models (seriously… aren’t they stunning?) for making our “wedding” a success.  Part II images will be posted soon.

 

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RAW Seattle Artists at iMusic | Event

Josh and I recently photographed an event hosted by “Raw: Natural Born Artist” on July 7th at iMusic in Seattle. We had a fun night getting dressed up and taking photos of emerging local artists. The event featured various forms of art including painting, photography, music, performance, film, hair/makeup, and fashion. It was a great mix of talent and we particularly enjoyed watching live painting and vintage jazz dancing. Some of the artists included EP Holcomb, Jeni Littleton, Brandon Vosika, Susan Sage, Vincent Spean, Sister Kate, Thomas Krueger, Ryan Doran, Bella Luna, Xavier Lopez, Oleaje Flamenco, and Seattle muralist Ryan Henry Ward. We took quite a few great shots, but here are some we loved from the evening. Thanks for looking and be sure to check out RAW. //Ali

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SeaFair Pirates + Make a Wish Foundation | Seattle Event Photographers |

Living on Alki beach, Ali and I have accepted the fact that surprising and ridiculously random things will be happening in our day-to-day life, and today was no exception. While adventuring around the beach with Ali’s mom (in town for a quick getaway from the Phoenix heat) we noticed a stage and sound system being set up, as well as…. pirates.

The SeaFair Pirates landing is happening on the beach tomorrow (and I will be at work…boo), and a quick google search will tell you all about this cool event, but that’s tomorrow. So why were the pirates here tonight?

After some quick research we found out that the Make*A*Wish foundation had partnered with the SeaFair Pirates (this is really an organization) to give a kid (Joseph) HIS wish: to be a SeaFair pirate!!!

Well sirens sound, the Moby Duck rolled up Alki Ave full of pirates, a small battle followed, with new Capt. Joe capturing the leader of the army. He then found some treasure buried on the beach, there was much “yo-ho”ing and awards and the like were given to the new Captain.

(apparently this is the first time a ‘civilian’ has been given Captainship over the Seafair Pirates, and another quick google search will show you how awesome of a gig that is.)

I happened to have my camera on me when this little fiesta went down. Go figure. Tons of fun after the jump.

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