Sunday, June 29, 2008

Alicia & Matt--In Sunny, Beautiful...

Kansas! I love, love, love going to new places to photograph weddings--even Wichita! At home, it can be easy to get comfortable with where you are in your work and just do the same old things because that's what you know and it works every time. The problem however, is that this gets boring, and dry, and stale--not a good thing for someone making a living in a creative and competitive line of work. Going new places instantly takes you outside the box and says "Now what are you going to do???" That my friends, is where the fun begins...

I really can't tell you how excited I am about the images we got with Alicia and Matt! I wanted to post them all at once, but I've decided to drag it out a bit.... Airika and I are heading out this week to North Carolina to visit my family, so we have scheduled to have more images from Alisha and Matt's wedding posted while we are gone, so check back often!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Carissa & Jeff's Wedding

Jeff & Carissa were married a few weeks ago on a beautiful wet day in June. Thankfully, the rain stopped in time for photos, unlike their engagement session! Their wedding was a true reflection of their personalities...Jeff's cowboy hat, Carissa's handmade cowgirl boots, tons of country music, and a bouquet/garter toss out of the back of their truck all made for a celebration that was "uniquely them!"

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Congratulations Jeff & Carissa!

Airika & Gerald

P.S. We want to give a huge shout-out to Jeff's brother who joined in via satelite from his post in Korea.
You were greatly missed, but your "presence" put a smile on everyone's faces. We hope that this slideshow helped to paint an even better picture of Jeff & Carissa's beautiful day.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Little known fact about Gerald: I like snakes. :)

When I was growing up back in North Carolina, one of my favorite things to do was run around with my brothers in the woods behind my house catching any kind of living creature we could find. I think my favorite thing to catch was always snakes.

I remember very vividly one Sunday morning when I was about five years old… I was all dressed for church and waiting outside for the rest of the family to get ready. I noticed the dog out in the street barking at the pavement, so I went to check it out. The dog was actually barking at a snake in the street, which I immediately recognized as a copperhead (They’re poisonous). I quickly found a stick that was at least 10 inches long, pinned the snake’s head and picked it up. I walked back to the house and saw my brother at the front door so I told him to go get a jar. Unfortunately he just turned around and called for mom! She was pretty shocked to see what I had in my hand, and of course she came out and yelled, telling me to get rid of it. She wasn’t very specific with her instructions though, so I just turned around and dropped it in the bush beside the front door!

A few weeks later, my mom made me sit down with a Park Ranger for a little one on one talk about leaving snakes alone. I told him that it was OK, because I know how to pick them up safely, because I had seen it done on TV many times. God bless the Discovery Channel!
By the time I was 13 I had started my first business selling the snakes I caught around my house to local pet stores, which I am pretty sure is illegal. Nevertheless, it was a pretty sweet gig as far as I was concerned, because I got to do what I loved and make a little money at the same time. Granted, I probably only made enough to cover the gas it took to drive around and deliver the things, but it was totally worth it!

In any case, I share all this because Airika and I are in Kansas this week for a wedding, and I happened to catch a very large black rat snake yesterday. As you can see, he wasn’t as happy to see me as I was to see him! They don’t have snakes like this in Seattle, at least not that I have seen, so it was pretty exciting.

Apparently, the picture of the snake that I posted is a little scary, so now if you want to see it, you have to follow the link...
Click here to see the snake!

It was also cool to see some strong thunderstorms as well. Again, we don’t get these very often in Seattle, so this was a special treat. I’m really hoping we get to see at least one more of these before we head home on Sunday!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sarah & Dione's Wedding Slideshow

Floral Designer: All About Flowers
Cake Designer: Mimi's Bakery
Bridal Salon: Bellevue Bridal
Reception Venue: Bell Harbor

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Sarah & Dione, thank you for your hospitality at your rehearsal dinner and throughout your wedding day. All of the traditions and symbolism woven into your celebration were beautiful to capture and wonderful to experience. Thank you again for choosing us as your wedding photographers!


P.S. To view all of Sarah & Dione's photos, please click here. All guests who pre-register will receive a free print credit and be notified as soon as their photos are ready!

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