Monthly Archives: July 2009

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1st Picks: Stacy + Bryan

We’re breaking the rules this time. We each picked two!

We had 5 minutes and 1 light, and we knew we wanted a photo of Stacy and Bryan in the cornfield across from their reception. Hooray, for the newlyweds!

These two groomsmen were lounging in the pews while we were taking the family portraits.

Stacy’s brother, Tommy, was called to boot camp for his military training just a few days before his sister’s wedding. He sent a life-size cutout of himself to the rehearsal dinner, where he stood while someone read his toast on his behalf. This is a picture of Tommy hanging out in the hallway with a bridesmaid before the ceremony.

The junior bridesmaid caught the bouquet — which of course resulted in lots of shrieking and jumping up and down by all of the women.

More to come!

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To Portland we go!

Dan and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at the end of June.  We can’t decide if we feel like it’s been 5 years, or if it feels more like 10, or 20, or maybe just 2 weeks.  But however long it feels like on any given day, we feel happy.  It’s been an AMAZING 5 years, and I’m so happy to be married to my best friend!

When we got married, we were in the painful beginning stages of starting our business, and we didn’t have a dime to put toward a honeymoon.  As our little photo business has grown over the past 5 years, every June we’ve been faced again and again with the decision: make money, or spend money.  So every anniversary, we, of course, chose to make money, and celebrating our anniversary involved heating up a pizza at the end of a long wedding — someone else’s long wedding, of course.

But this year, we thought it was about time to do something for US.  And we decided to embark on our first EVER vacation.

We knew we wanted to visit the west coast.  I’ve never been any further west than Las Vegas, and Dan hasn’t been to the WC since he was a kid in California.  We’d heard lots of great things about Portland from friends and family, so we took the plunge and booked tickets to the City of Roses… or… Stumptown?


The first photo we’ve ever taken of OUR rings, imported from Canada 5 years ago:

With a little boost from my Starwood-employed sister, we stayed at the luxurious hotel The Nines in the heart of downtown Portland.

And, of course, the first thing we did is take pictures of our room.  We have like a million of them.  Here are just a few.

Check out the iPod dock on the nightstand!  Not sure why, but that was super-exciting to us.


I was giving our room a thumbs-up.  I think Dan was throwing out a 3-fingered peace sign?  (Isn’t that cool wallpaper?)


The restaurant Urban Farmer was in our hotel. We didn’t eat there, but it looked pretty.

We DID eat at an awesome joint called The Original. We actually ate there twice.  It was YUM, and our server Kayla was awesome.  (We LOVED that everywhere you go to eat in Portland you have a huge selection of fresh, organic food.  We’re just waiting for Atlanta to catch up!)

Day 2 was a “FREEZING” 63 degrees when we headed out for our Portland Walking Tour. (Then our tour guide informed us that it was a “beautiful, WARM day, PERFECT for a walking tour,” and we realized that we were just spoiled by the Georgia heat.)

We learned that this sculpture, “Portlandia”, was intended to become Portland’s landmark, like the Eiffel Tower or Washington Monument.  But the artist retained ALL rights to the sculpture until his passing, so photos and videos of Portlandia are all but nonexistent.  Oh well.

A small art exhibit was being hung in a theatre we visited.  The artist’s name wasn’t up yet, but I LOVED this piece, so I took a picture.  I’d love to give credit to the artist if anyone knows who created this.

The other restaurant we visited twice was Ping, a DELICIOUS Asian restaurant on the edge of Chinatown.

I wish I could eat those potato skewers every day.  EVERY. DAY.  They were amazing.

We hopped on a pedicab one afternoon to visit Dan’s favorite coffee shop, Peet’s. He’s ordered their beans online for years, but this was his first opportunity to visit a store in person.  Our poor driver took us WAY up a hill — dude was sweating like crazy — then realized he’d taken us the wrong way, and we had to ride all the way back down the hill.  We tipped him a big extra fat tip.

Self portrait in our hotel.

One of our FAVORITE parts of the trip was visiting Portland’s Saturday Market. Vendors sell everything from handmade goods like clothing and shoes, to musical instruments, to food and juices.  We got “breakfast” there twice — elephant ears.  Mmmm.

These food stands were at the Saturday Market, but other stands were literally EVERYWHERE in Portland.  Most days we had lunch from a food stand.  There was every type of food you could imagine!

This little string quartet was playing by the river.

We spent an afternoon at the Japanese Garden. It was incredibly peaceful and beautiful.

This was us waiting for the bus to take us from the metro stop to the garden entrance.  Well, we didn’t actually stand like this the whole time we were waiting.  Just some of the time.

Dan took this picture of me standing on a little bridge in the middle of the  most beautiful irises.

Another self portrait.

We didn’t have a long enough lens with us, but you could see Mount Hood from an overlook in the Japanese Garden.

We walked over to the Rose Garden, but instead of seeing the roses, we spent an hour hanging out with a couple of extra-friendly squirrels.  This squirrel was the teenager.  He was the skittish one.

Then Big Fatty came along… Literally, belly dragging the ground.  Poor overfed little guy.

But really, how do you say no to this?  I think he would have taken the food out of Dan’s mouth if he’d let him.  (Look at the gut on that squirrel!)

The train from the gardens came through this tunnel.  It was SOOOOOOOOOOOO cold down there inside the mountain!

We liked this parking deck, even if it was full of cars.  Do we look like car salespeople?

We both bought new jeans at this sweet little shop called Blake. BIG thanks to our tour guide Amanda for telling us how to find the best jeans shop in Portland!

Me again.

My love.  :)

At my sister-in-law’s request, we HAD to check out Voodoo Doughnut!

Doughnuts with Froot Loops on top?!?!?  WHAT?!  :D

We got to hang out with our friend Cory while we were in town.  YAY!  (See my teeshirt?  I got it from a screen printer at the Saturday Market.  Well, you can’t really see it very well here, but it’s super cute.)

Our last night in Portland, Cory took us to this little hole-in-the-wall bar where your drinking choices were beer or water.  (Sorry, Dan!)  It was super cozy inside, and people were hanging out at tables with their dogs running around and the cool night air spilling in the open door.

Happy Anniversary, baby!

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Married! Kristen + Ty

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What is it that makes two people SO perfect for one another?  So perfect that it’s obvious to anyone who sees them together?  Kristen and Ty are one of those couples who just. go. together.  It makes sense.  :)

Kris chose vintage tones for their wedding day – browns and pinks and corals.  She and her mom put together the beautiful centerpieces, complete with porcelain pitchers, mason jars, river stones on mirrors, silver-framed portraits, little bunches of roses, and long white birch branches hung with little tea lights.

Kristen dressed in the ballet room at the church.

Kristen and Ty saw one another before their ceremony, meeting privately in the sanctuary.  We snuck photographs through the doors.

We were given TONS of time for portraits!  It allowed us to do so many things without rushing or stressing.  (Thank you for being such a great planner, Kristen!)

Two of Ty’s students from the church helped carry this couch out into the field.  We couldn’t have done this without those guys!

Kristen’s kids were SO patient with us as we made our way through the family portrait list!  By the end they were getting pretty tired of smiling at the camera, but we were able to snag one last shot of the whole family together.  :)

Ty waited backstage for the ceremony to begin.

Kristen’s bridesmaids prayed around her.

Kristen’s friend and bridesmaid sang during the ceremony.  Her voice was SO stunning!  We found out later that she won a Dove Award last year!  Check out her music HERE.

Ty’s mom was emotional as soon as she sat down!

When Kristen and Ty chose us to photograph their wedding, we knew that we had a lot of friends and acquaintances in common.  But when I found out that my dear old friend Jamie would be dancing at their wedding, I was SO excited!  My mom was in birthing class with Jamie’s mom, and our birthdays are only 4 days apart.  We like to tell people that we’ve been friends since the womb.  :)

Kristen waiting at the top of the stairs…

A bagpiper played the wedding march.

You can’t see it, but Levi clung to Kristen and her dad as they walked down the aisle!  He was terrified of the bagpiper!

Here’s the little guy, finally up front with Ty and happy that the bagpiper’s song has ended!

Perimeter Church has a policy that the photographers must shoot from the back of the sanctuary, but we got special permission for one of us to stand in the wings backstage — we just couldn’t be visible to the audience at any time!  We’re SO SO SO glad the church made this concession.  Otherwise photographs like this one wouldn’t have been possible…

…or this one!

Ty reached out for a high-five as he and Kris walked back down the aisle!

The first dance…

Kristen and her dad.

Ty and his mom.

Bella and Levi had their own little cakes to cut!  (Notice the chocolate already on Bella’s face?)

Since Kristen and Ty had an afternoon ceremony, they had a dessert-only reception, with TONS of sweets!  Cakes, candies, cookies… you name it, and it was there!  Someone was even there spinning cotton candy!

The rings on some of the afore-mentioned candy.  ;)

The grand exit!  Kristen ran out barefoot, carrying the sexy red heels that Ty loves so much!

Kristen and Ty, we are SO happy to have met you both!  We wish you many blessings in your life together!

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Mary + Steve + Mason: Year 1!

I was SO excited when Mary called and asked for another photo shoot of her adorable little family! Mason is 1 year old now, and WOW has he grown!

I love this squinty little face!

Gotta love graffiti!  Some icky tagging was painted over by this AWESOME tribute to the Beatles…




THANK YOU, Mary, for trusting me again with your family photos!

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Colin is new here.

Only ONE day after I created Jana and John’s pregnancy photos, their little baby boy Colin arrived!

He was a little early, so he doesn’t have his baby fat yet!  Jana said he looked like a little Benjamin Button.  :)

Look at those hands!

We tried a few different shots that would somehow incorporate the little guitar John bought for Colin, and this one was my favorite…

It really warms my heart to see Jana and John’s family happy and growing!  Getting to be a part of my clients’ lives through these significant changes is such an incredible honor.  :)

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WPJA 2009 Q1

I entered a couple of images into the WPJA’s first quarter competition, and was SO happy to see this photograph of Sara and Itan receive mention in the Portraits category!

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“There were perhaps other more “creative” photos than this one that showed how much the photographer was thinking and working it but as far as a portrait that the subjects will cherish and love, it doesn’t get any better than this. It is a very simple and clean photo and the subjects look completely comfortable and their embrace is sincere. Wonderful light and a great job scouting this location make this a photo that is really worthy of the large check I am sure they had to make out for “wedding photography”! In this business, I’m sure it is great to win awards from your peers, but when it comes right down to it, your clients are the ones who really matter and here you have done them a great service. Excellent work!”


Sara and Itan, we’ll be sending you a print of this photograph, so keep a lookout for a package in the mail!

See ALL of the award-winning photographs here.