Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wisdom Teeth-Oh the joys...

Well, if wisdom teeth make you wiser, then Gerald just lost a little brain power. We will be experiencing some delays this week due to an unexpected surgery for Gerald. He's currently drugged up and sleeping on the couch, wishing that God had never "blessed" him with wisdom teeth. :) As soon as he's back on his feet, we will post some more beautiful wedding and engagement photos, so thanks in advance for your understanding and stay tuned!


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Anna & Eric- A Little Preview

For the most part, Anna and Eric wanted Airika and I to do what we do best--capture their day as it unfolded to tell their story in a unique way. However, they did have one special request... all of the formal photos were to be done in a vintage style that matched the wedding photos of their grandparents and great-grandparents (which they had prominently displayed at the entrance to their reception).

If I'm remembering correctly, their grandparents' photos had been professionally restored, so I attempted to create an original "antique" that would match the rest of the photos in Anna & Eric's family history. This was actually my first attempt at using textures, and it was a fun little project!

Anna & Eric, thanks for creating so many unique photographic opportunities. As you can see, we're still having fun with your photos! Stay tuned for more...


Seattle Wedding Photography

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Amy & Colin's Slideshow!

Amy and Colin's long-awaited slideshow is here! You guys are remarkable, and we can't wait to see what adventures life holds for you. Congratulations again!

If you were a guest at Amy & Colin's wedding, please click here to preregister and receive a complimentary print credit, as well as notification when the rest of their photos are available online.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pictage PartnerCon and the Tacoma PUG

A couple of weeks ago, I headed down to the Pictage Partner Conference in Los Angeles for three awesome days of learning and "talking shop" with some of the best and brightest of my peers in the wedding photography industry. A few of my highlights:

1. Shopping in Manhattan Beach with my friend Christy. VERY relavant to photography. ;)
2. Having a heart to with Katie Humphreys and Rachel LaCour Niesen about the blessings & challenges of working with your spouse.
3. Being inspired by Will Jacks to step out of my comfort zone & pursue some personal photographic projects.
4. Being challenged by Dane Sanders and Mike Larson to be even more intentional about letting our business be a reflection of who we are & things that we value the most.
5. Gleaning new ideas from the fabulous Justin & Mary Marantz on how we can better express our love and appreciation for our wonderful clients!
6. In 'N Out with Rachel, Christy & Andrew (who took this photo with his iPhone)

Upon returning from L.A., we started busily preparing for our PUG's annual Martini Garden Party, which ended up being a total and complete blast!

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all of the amazing people/businesses who donated prizes for our party--Jared Bauman sent a copy of his DVD, Shooting the Perfect Wedding, ShootDotEdit donated a 25% off coupon, Me Ra Koh donated one each of her 101 Kits for Photographers, and Ami Davenport brought two copies of Dane Sander's book, Fast Track Photographer.

Another HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Michael from Integritas for providing music and a super cool old-school style microphone (see below) for the second year running.!

Even though Gerald and I (sadly) did not win any of the fabulous prizes, we had an awesome time hanging out with the 50+ photographers from Seattle/Tacoma who came down to celebrate the end of summer together! If you're interested in joining us, our next meeting is on October 29th, at the home of JFK Weddings. All photographers and aspiring photographers are welcome. Email me if you'd like to be added to the mailing list. We look forward to meeting you!

Airika (& Gerald)

Tacoma Pictage PUG Leaders

Friday, September 19, 2008

Becky and Ryan on Catalina Island

As you may know, Airika and I have done a few destination weddings this year, and this one was definitely a highlight! Becky and Ryan brought us along on their little adventure... a 5 day cruise to Catalina Island.

I really can't say enough about these guys... they are just good people. They are the kind of people that make your day every time you see them. I've never had a conversation with Ryan without laughing, and I've never seen Becky without getting the living daylight hugged out of me!

Stay tuned: there will be a slideshow, and it will be awesome...


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hannah (my sister!!) & Josh's Wedding Slideshow

I have been looking forward to sharing Hannah & Josh's wedding with all of you for quite some time. Hannah is the eldest of my two "little" sisters, and she is truly smarter, livelier, and more talented than anyone else I know. Being in her wedding was an incredible honor and I am so happy for her & Josh and excited to see where their new life takes them!

So many of these images are priceless to me (and I'm sure they will be to Hannah), so if you'd like to catch a glimpse of my life (and what makes me cry), look no further than this slideshow. Right about the time when my little brother Jacob escorted our mom down the ailse is when the tears start rolling...thank goodness my family isn't in all of the other weddings that we photograph...I'd never get anything done!

Hannah & Josh, I hope that your slideshow makes you laugh and cry with joy, and I hope that you coninue to fall even deeper in love with each other every day. We love you and will always be here for you! ~Airika

To view your slideshow in its own screen, click here. To preregister to see Hannah & Josh's photos, please click here and follow the instructions.

Venue: A Country Location
Photography: Gerald Pope & Corey Polis
Dress: La Belle Reve
Tiara: Princess Bridal
Floral & Event Design: Clayton Whitman
Florist: Lisa Meaney

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Amy & Colin: A Wedding Preview

I just have to say--what a fun wedding! It's a pretty rare event when everything goes exactly as planned at a wedding, and this event was no exception. HOWEVER, what really makes Amy and Colin's wedding stand out in my mind is their ability to go with the flow and not let anything stop them from enjoying their day! If it wasn't clear enough from their engagement session, these guys are just fun people to be around, and I am so happy to have had the chance to get to know them.

One of the challenges we faced that day was a time crunch that squeezed out our time with just Amy and Colin. They had been so excited about that part of thier day that they decided to leave the reception a little ahead of schedule to go hang out with us! Here is the result...
Congratulations Amy and Colin!

Gerald (& Airika)

P.S. If you were a guest at Amy & Colin's wedding, click here to preregister and you'll receive a notification email as soon as all of their photos are online!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Karen & Minh: Wedded Love in So. Cal!

We are so excited to finally be posting Karen & Minh's slideshow! We've had a whirlwind month of weddings, so a really big THANK YOU goes out to these guys for being so patient!!!!

Karen & Minh...from your ceremony, to the fun antics of your wedding party, to the gorgeous details of your reception...every part of your day was oozing with personality AND it was a true reflection of the love that you share. Photographing your wedding was one of the highlights of our summer and we hope that when you watch your slideshow you are once again filled with all of the emotions and memories of your day.

To view your slideshow in its own screen, click here. If you were a guest at Karen & Minh's wedding, please register to be notified when the rest of their photos are ready.

Karen & Minh, thank you for trusting us to photograph your day, and thank you for your generous hospitality both times we were down in CA with you. You are an amazing couple and we can't wait to hang out with you again soon!


P.S. For all of you Southern CA brides, here are all the fabulous details:

Getting Ready Photos: Hilton Long Beach
Hair & Makeup: Utopia Spa & Salon
Bridal Boutique: Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Ceremony: St. Cornelius Church
Wedding Party Photos: Bluff Park & Shoreline Park, Long Beach
Coordination & Event Design: Shawna & Smita of Ethnic Essence & Karen Fojas Lee (a.k.a. "the Bride") of Nomad Chique
Reception Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific
DJ & Lighting Design: Carcano DJ & Lighting
Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Catering: SMG Catering

Monday, September 01, 2008

Looking for Wedding Photos?

WOW! What a summer it has been! This has been our busiest season yet by far, and we're not ready to slow down yet! For those of you who are eagerly awaiting to see photos from a recent event, you can pre-register to see the photos here. As soon as the images are ready for viewing, you will receive a notificaiton email, as well as a complimentary print credit. As always, feel free to email us if you have any questions!

During one of our brief breaks this summer, Airika and I got to do a little camping with some friends. Mind you, it was just car camping, but it was a wonderfully relaxing time in the midst of a busy but exciting summer!

Gerald and Airika

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