Personal Photography Portraits

My experience with Vincent Van Gogh

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Do you know what happened a few months ago that made this man openly weep quietly alone in this room? Do you notice something different about this image? The first thing to note about this picture is that there are not endless people in front of the walls, why? This is the Musee D’Orsay and their post Impressionism gallery mostly filled with Van Gogh. A man I have always been drawn to over the years because of his self portrait work. The man drew over 30 of them over the years and they are amazing to look at. He had a mirror of course to see his reflection for some of them, which one should note is only the opposite way that everyone else sees you, and his own mind to create these representations of the self. Van Gogh had the power to choose to create over and over again this reflection of who he perceived himself to be in each moment of time. It’s powerful to look at, it’s not just a reflection of Van Gogh but the study of himself. More so, his self portraits started as a necessity for him to study how to paint other people’s portraits. The fact was that he was teaching himself to paint other people to make money for survival, while unbeknownst to himself, he was creating a deep and reflective series on self identity. The moment captured in this photograph was not the first time I had seen this painting, that first time was in a different room at this museum, as I cried a small tears as I stood staring at this man whom possessed many eerily similarities to myself. Red hair, a beard, and times visible wear on a mans body are just a few things that I see in myself and Van Gogh. Like all men Van Gogh had his own series of struggles in life. I too am a man filled with my own struggles.


A few years after seeing this self portrait for the first time, I came back to Paris, the city that had won my heart and this same self portrait was traveling to other museums. I was honestly torn that I could not see it again as I had found it profoundly beautiful the first time my eyes gazed upon that old colored canvas. I had never been brought to tears by a piece of canvas before in my life, but this image caused me to. I longed for that feeling again. I came back again a year later, this time with my then two and a half month old son held to my chest, and saw in person not one self portrait but a modern show representing Artaud and his writings on Van Gogh and suicide. I held my son against my chest tightly as tears rolled down my cheek, in awe of the beauty this man created, while endlessly struggling until the end of his life.


The real question though you should be asking is why was I standing alone in this gallery, alone, tears running down my cheeks staring back at a man with a relentless glare. I didn’t see myself reflected but willingly gazed into the Id of an imperfect man. I saw a human being who reflected, at times unknowingly in the beginning of his artist education at a minimum, about all those things that made him imperfect. I saw so much of myself and my own struggles I still have each day staring back at me, not alone in that moment but somehow connected to a man I would never know. I never asked myself what I was looking for, as I knew Van Gogh could not answer, and nor could I in this moment. Instead, overcome by the pure simplicity of the idea that I never will be perfect, and will only continue to have real struggles, I wept. I saw the fact in front of me that I have to look deeper into myself and to grow as an artist requiring me to push learning to the forefront of my everyday.


I wept because I was alone with Van Gogh. I couldn’t just call him Vincent of course, I never had the chance to be on a first name basis. My weeping came from what felt like an almost endless amount of emotion crashing in waves upon the shore of life in front of me. Pain and agony filled the beach.


I thought becoming a museum member to D’Orsay would allow me at least two minutes alone with him hopefully as everyone else would have to line up for tickets while I could quickly walk over to see him near steps ahead of all the tourists pouring into the building. Instead I was blown away and simply overcome with the experience that happened to me. I went over to the members entrance and presented my membership I had purchased two days earlier, yes this was the second time I had been to the museum on this trip, and entered into the building almost 15 minutes before it opened. The security kindly welcomed me into the old train station having me safely pass into this beautifully airy building. I looked on at the door ways to enter the actual museum, surprised it was me, and me alone entering. I then walked to the kind staff awaiting the museum’s opening hour to strike in a mere 10 minutes, and presented them with my membership. It was quickly scanned and faster then I could believe it I was kindly welcomed back to the museum and asked to enjoy my time there. I took that first step in, now 10 minutes before it opened, already overcome with feelings of amazement and wonder, as I was being allowed into a place that held special in my heart. Could I be alone as the only patron at that time? Yes there was plenty of security, and me. Some nobody from California alone in a museum filled with more cultural riches than any man can and should ever posses. I was floating on a cloud that can not be simply described in these words, but more importantly I collected myself and knew that I had to go see the man I was there to be with. I wanted to get to be in a room alone with Van Gogh. I walked up the stairs to the right of the entrance, knowing exactly where he rested, passing the first doorway that contained some of his work, and entered the second doorway. The security guard silently welcomed me in, camera around my side I quietly took it off, and moved to the back of the room. I wanted to see Van Gogh from as far away as I possibly could at first. Quickly overcome I knew I wanted to take a photo, mostly so I could posses a way to recall of this moment, I’ll talk about taking photos of painting some other time, but I wasn’t taking a photo of Van Gogh. I was taking a photo of an empty room, it just so happened he too was there with me. I needed this photo to become my memory palace that I could use to store all of the feeling and emotions that were happening. I put my Fuji Xpro2 up to my eye, looking through the eye cup, I made a couple adjustments and snapped a photo. I then made one more adjustment and took a second photograph. Knowingly, I then put my camera on the ground as it’s job was done I took a single step towards this man staring at me from across the room.


I later found out that as my camera’s shutter had broken three days before and I had my camera set in only jpg and these two photos would not allow me the amazing latitude of a RAW file. Thankfully I was competent enough to create a usable image. That being said after those two clicks, I put down my camera. At this time my stomach in knots as three minutes passed and me in utter shock of being here I took one step forward leaving my camera on the ground. The guard to my left was rotating out of this gallery and here I was now truly alone within this room. I looked deeply into those blue eyes as tears quickly filled my own, my chest tightened as i gasped for a breath of air and I sighed. This was far greater than the experience I was seeking. I figured I could get a minute alone if I was lucky, maybe two. Instead I was offered a solitude that dreams were made of. I could ask this man in front of me, as we were now alone, to tell me about his fears. Here I was, gifted somehow the ability to ask Vincent Van Gogh any question I could ever dream of, as there was not a soul who would think I was the crazy one asking a deadman questions. The caveat is that he refused to give up those secrets I asked for and instead chose to leave me alone with my fears inside my heart and mind. I had to stand there with all those struggles that were making me who I am today, alone with Van Gogh. But, I was alone with Van Gogh.

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Laser cut wood, gold foil and glitter wedding invitations (FRESHbash!)

Hello, Lisa here! I could not BE more excited to finally get to share all the goodness below. a couple of months ago, I was asked to participate in a wedding showcase of sorts, called FRESHbash. It was to be a competion where I would be working with three other wedding vendors: Roots Reclaimed (event design), Seascape Flowers (floral design), and Enchanté Macarons (desserts) to push the creative envelope and come up with some insanely awesome wedding loveliness. We ALL have been working so hard over the past several weeks to get ready for this event and I am so proud of how well everything came together. Before we get to that, I first wanted to share my main contribution to the event, these super rad, glitter and gold foil, laser cut wood wedding invitations. FRESHbash was a wonderful opportunity to try some techniques I have never done before and really push the limits of what wedding stationery can be. Below you can see the full invitation suite.

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The focal point of this suite is the laser cut wood centepieces. The geometric stripes were designed to match the arbor backdrop, which you will get to see in a minute. They are cut from a beautiful walnut wood and stained the most perfect warm color.

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When turned to the opposite side, you can see how everything was contained using a rippled sparkly purple belly band.

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When the guest removes the belly bend, they get an awesome surprise! Weddings are all about love right? I created the wood piece so that it could be something the guest could keep in their home after the wedding as a beautiful piece of art. Can’t you just imagine how beautiful it would look leaned against a mantle? Swoon.

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I could not be more in love with this walnut.

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The invitation itself involves some modern techniques and a little bit of humor. 🙂 You would laugh so hard if you saw how I created that black floral background using some silk flowers, my scanner and a piece of black construction paper. The couple’s names were typeset and all other cursive writing was hand lettered in brush calligraphy by me.

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The best part of it all is that all of the text is in GOLD FOIL. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love gold foil. It looks so beautiful and these photos do not even begin to do it justice. This whole suite just begs to be touched.

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I am ALWAYS down for a couple that does not take themselves too seriously. Sometimes a touch of crass humor is just the right thing.

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A simple map that orients your wedding guests with the area can be such a great idea. This hand-drawn map was printed entirely in gold foil.

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I love to incorporate fun little interactive details into invitations, especially the RSVPs. Whether that is a fun mad lib, or a space for guests to draw you a doodle, like below.

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I hand addressed the outer envelopes and added a touch of gold paint for good measure. Bright ochre envelope liners feature the simple chevron motif that can be found throughout the suite.

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Here is our booth. Isn’t it lovely? I was SO impressed with Roots Reclaimed and their gorgeous rentals and styling. Nicole and Beth are bosses of the industry.  They built this amazing arbor! You can see where the geometric lines on the invitation came from.

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Roots Reclaimed also built this rad podium to showcase my design suite.

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This is how it was displayed at FRESHbash. Under a layer of glass was a ton of beautiful different types of moss. Crystals, geodes, and florals decorated the top.

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Here you can really see how awesome the gold foil looked.

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I also designed and built our team sign! Geoff laser cut out all of those gold words and names and I built all of those tiny boxes to hold our team members’ business cards.

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I designed a set of really cool crystal/geode inspired escort cards made of acrylic.

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They looked perfect hanging from this dream catcher made by Roots Reclaimed.

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I also made little signs for all the desserts made by Enchanté Macarons. Would you believe that the signs and escort cards started their lives out as these? I might have to do a tutorial on how I made them. It is surprisingly easy!

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The booth was beautiful. All I wanted to do was magically transport this entire setup to my backyard.

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Check out these amazing florals by Darcy of Seascape Flowers. I still can’t get over them. Airplants and poppies are my fav.

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I need this lamp in my life.

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Here is the whole team! I loved getting to work with these amazing women. There is some SERIOUS talent here.

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That’s me!

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Here is a little peek at some of my favorite vignettes that the other teams created. Team Rad’s booth was drop dead gorgeous.

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Team Bae’s geodessic arbor dome was fabulous and their cookies were adorable.

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Team Elevate had an upside-down chandelier cake. What!?

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There were tons of sweet nibbles.

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This swoon-worthy cake was made by Palette Cakes. Their sugar flower work is incredible.

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Photo Booth time!!

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I have to give a should out to Baker’s Donuts. I have been going there since I was a kid and I was so happy that they were there at FRESHbash. GO TODAY and get a cronut or an ice-cream stuffed donut.

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You can’t go wrong with a Fruity Pebble covered donut.

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Geoff and I could not resist jowling in Giggle and Riot’s slo-mo booth.

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If you missed FRESHbash this year, I do feel a little sorry for you, I’ll admit. You missed a killer party with so many rad vendors, pretty things to see, yummy food to eat, tasty cocktails to drink, and space to dance, dance, dance. Don’t miss it next year! I absolutely loved getting to be a part of it and challenge myself creatively and form close bonds with some amazing, talented people.

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Five years of marriage-What it means to us!

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I want to share our little secret about how to celebrate wedding anniversaries. We do not buy each other presents, ever. Not even for our 25th or 50th, we cannot buy each other presents. We made this decision on the plane to our honeymoon. We decided that instead of giving one another “stuff” that, for all intents and purposes, we didn’t really need, we would go on a trip together and give each other memories instead. Our hearts, our smiles, and the memories of adventuring together are far more valuable than any thing we could buy.

In fact this has been discussed between the two of us numerous times—what do we really value? Our goal in life, and in marriage, is to always be able to have adventures together. If we have to sacrifice where we spend our money, we can cut every corner possible, except making sure we can go on a trip together each year. Our first trip was camping in Big Sur. We took our dogs, rented an SUV, and had the most amazing three nights as a little family. Yes, we were a family, for those unsure about what defines a family. I love the scientific definition of a family, from the Oxford dictionary, “A group of objects united by a significant shared characteristic.” For me, that shared characteristic is marriage. We all create families through marriage, some big, some small, and all are perfectly imperfect. Yes, I said it. Families and marriage are not perfect. Marriage is a bond as strong as you want it to be.

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Today we celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. For this, we wanted to each write what marriage has come to mean to us after our first half-decade as husband and wife.

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Five years, all at ounce sounds like a long time and not long all. When I think of five years within the grand scheme of things, it is just a drop in the bucket. But in reality, this marks the year where “married-to-Geoff-years” surpassed the number of “girlfriend-of-Geoff-years”. Five years of marriage has already seen us through so many milestones. Buying a house, becoming artist/entrepreneurs, becoming an aunt and uncle four times over, making many, many new friendships, and the birth of our son, just to name a few. But what I have found more than anything is that we are constantly learning about each other, something that I don’t think will ever stop as we grow old together, as we ourselves are always changing. With five years of marriage comes the realization that we are sometimes broken people, but each other is the glue that holds the other together. Spending so much time with one other person is more about discovering who you are, through the reflection of you as your spouse sees you and loves you. You see things in yourself and in each other that you never thought possible. Triumphant things, scary things, joyful things. Marriage is letting someone in to the deep dark places of yourself, and knowing that they will still be by your side regardless.

Marriage isn’t about finding the person with whom you want to share all the fun exiting and memorable times with. It is easy to find people to celebrate with. Marriage is not inherently exciting, and that’s what makes it so sweet. It is knowing that on any given boring Wednesday night, we will be together. And there are approximately 3,588 Wednesday nights that we plan on spending with each other. At least!

Succeeding at being married has a little and a lot to do with defining the roles in your marriage. This is something we are still figuring out. I know that Geoff is the cook in our family. He is seriously amazing. If our kitchen was on Yelp, we would have five stars (maybe a few bad reviews for the messiness). Still I know he would tremendously appreciate me taking over sometimes (even though my cooking skills are comparable to that of a five year old trying to do algebra). I’m mostly in charge of doing dishes and keeping the house clean, and he takes out the garbage. I put our son to bed and manage most of his daily needs. Geoff works his ass off in the office processing photos and contacting clients. I manage the bills, he does all the grocery shopping. Knowing these things saves a ton of heartache and makes sure that stuff gets done! Doesn’t this all sound so glamorous?! Yes, it’s true, there are many seemingly lackluster aspects of marriage. But when you look back and realize that for five years, we’ve lived together, managed a household, ran a business, traveled the world, and raised the sweetest little eight-month old together, you can bet your sweet life you feel ACCOMPLISHED!

I have learned that “happily ever after” is something only found in fairy tales and Disney movies (but good golly do we love us some Disney movies!) Yes, happiness will be plentiful in a healthy marriage, but there is more. There are hard times and sad times, but these things only make you grow stronger together. It is all a part of growing up, and with marriage, we get a built in friend and support system that carries you through. We are so lucky that we can succeed at being together nearly constantly. We are together just about all day, every day. When we are not together, it feels weird.

One of my favorite things about being married is the memories. We’ve known each other for nearly nine years now. One of our favorite pastimes is sitting together and reminiscing about how we met, how we felt at certain times in our relationship, how many fun and wonderful things we have done, and looking back at all we have accomplished, and at all the amazing adventures we have shared together. This is something that only comes with time. And our bank of memories grows and grows everyday.

I have said this many times, but nothing really feels different the days, or weeks right after you get married. The change happens over time. But then one day, or many months, or even over a year later, you do feel something that was not there before. It is the everyday, it is the exciting days, it is the sad days, and it is the best days, all safely held between one hand, holding the other’s. It is the courage to carry on to the next day, month, year, and decade together. I’m so grateful for the wonderful man, father, and husband, Geoff has become, and despite all of our challenges, I know there is no one else for me.


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Marriage to me at five years is still defined by the way I first thought it would be, that first moment I knew I wanted to marry Lisa. She sat there helping me pack up my 1984 Toyota pickup to help me move away to South Lake Tahoe. My truck had broken down and I needed to spend a day finding parts, and at the same time I needed to get to my new home. It was two days before Christmas, and my house was going to be empty, as my mom was moving away as well. That bright eyed, red-headed girl, with a smile that could stop me in my tracks, packed up my entire room, while I spent every tireless minute trying to get on the road. I wondered, “Why would this girl I just started dating, do everything within her powers to see me off?” I was leaving to be a 100 miles away from her, but all she wanted to do was make sure I got there safely. I still remember driving away, thinking to myself, that she was just the type of girl I wanted to marry. I wanted to marry someone who was willing to put her heart out there and do what ever it took to make me happy, and that I wanted to do the same for her.

We still ask each other at least once a week why we love each other, why we married each other, and why we are crazy enough to be running our business together. We both know the answers, but the simple reminder brings smiles to our faces. We understand that with marriage comes plenty of imperfect days, but finding ways to constantly remind ourselves that we are on this crazy adventure together, is important to us.

Marriage, the adventure! Marriage is what we do every day, together. It may be adventuring with an 8 month old boy on a walk to the park, it may be flying half way around the world with a three month old to write a book with your wife, and it may be simply lying in bed hoping for just 10 more minutes of sleep, or finding ways to get work done with an infant not wanting to take a nap. It is also being able to sip a cup of tea and coffee at the table and look into the eyes of the one you love, and know that everything is ok.

What is hard about marriage? Do we fight? Are we not happy all the time? How can you work everyday with your wife? There are plenty of struggles we all have throughout life. Sometimes we are fighting our own demons and Lisa is the one there helping me through, or it is each other not being able to communicate, at that moment, how we really feel. Sometimes we need space to think about what is going on, and times we need to resolve the problem immediately. The reality is, that if we didn’t trust each other to talk about it, no matter how hard the subject is, then our marriage would struggle. We choose to make sure that no matter how we feel, that with time we have to talk about it together. This time together has taught me how imperfect I really am, and that Lisa does help create a better me every day. We each know that we have our own different baggage that we carry around and that we have to be strong enough to help lighten each other’s load on our journey.

Marriage has lows and highs for us all. Please do not let me fool you into thinking that life and marriage is all about meadows with colorful flowers and running around with talking deer and birds. Life is not a Disney princess movie. In fact the lows, at times, strengthen us more than I would have ever thought. It is only after a low, we realize what we need to pick one another up, help dust each other off, and keep walking ahead hand in hand together. It doesn’t matter if one of us fell harder than the other, or if one of us didn’t fall at all. It is the fact that we have to support each other through the hard times and find ways to tell each other what is going on.

Here are just a few of our adventures together!

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Yes that is Ira Glass!

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And now we are lucky to have an 8 month old little boy coming along in our adventure in marriage!

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 Our wedding photos are thanks to the amazing Sarah Maren and our Up photos are thanks to the incredible duo Tyler and Wendy of Blue Lily Photography!

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Welcome to the world, Bernard Bardot!

Today, January 10th, is my due date. However, we’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last three weeks and three days getting to know our beautiful son, Bernard. He was born on December 18th, 2013 and we are absolutely in love. Below are a few photos from his first three weeks of life.

Geoff and I fell in love with the name “Bernard” when we read the meaning of the name, “Bold as a Bear”. We LOVED the nickname “Bear” and really loved that Bernard was a grandpa name. It really suits him as we think he has an old man face. 🙂 I did a quickie photo shoot and made the first three images below when he was 3 days old.

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The little orange hat was such a big part of his persona in those early early days. I had to make sure to get a photo with him in it. It was SO HUGE on his tiny head, but it is starting to fit a little better!

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Geoff snapped this one with his iPhone. Bernard is so tiny in his crib! He really hasn’t used it at all yet!

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Bear was our early Christmas present! We enjoyed a nice quiet Christmas at home as a little family.

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And a nice quiet New Years Eve at home too.

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He was not a huge fan of his first bath.

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But he looked so cute all bundled up in a towel right after.

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When he was two and a half weeks old I finally did an official photo shoot with him.

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I could not resist making him a mini-Geoff for the photo below.

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And finally Geoff took this photo today, on the day he was due. We could not be happier to have him in our lives.!

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Our little family is getting bigger!

Life is always an adventure in our household. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work really hard for our clients. They believe in us so much that they allow us into their lives to tell their story. We have been able to travel far and wide capturing the world through our client’s eyes as they come together creating their families. A wedding really is the start of one of the most special things we have in our society. Family is who we gather to celebrate our unions in marriage. We gather them for so many events that are special in our lives, birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries and more. We are related to those we call family and sometimes our closest friends become our family. Family is where adventure begins for us. It is where our childhoods flourished and our lives started. It only takes two people in love to want to start this crazy thing called a family. The next step of creating a family together has Lisa and I beyond excited to say the least. It is a step that has sleepless nights, runny noses, dirty butts and smiles from wide eyes wanting nothing more but you to comfort them. It’s a step we have both dreamed of together and dreamed of before we found each other. We have spent countless hours talking about the family we could not wait to create together. That being said, we could not be more excited to announce that our next big adventure is coming January, 2014! Baby Bardot is on the way!!!

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As we take on every new adventure capturing our clients creating their families through marriage we had the idea to capture a single image of Lisa almost every week as our baby is growing. Below are a few of our favorites!

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Welcome to our office!

Upon completion of my latest crafting project (those BIG letters in the middle!), I thought it would be fun to share with you dear readers where the magic happens. Saddle up for a mini tour of our office! As all photographers know, but not always everyone else, our office (in front of our computers, more specifically) is where the majority of our time is spent. Taking the photos is definitely the FUN part, but is just a small fraction of the job! Geoff and I are lucky that we are able to work from home. We converted our downstairs bedroom into an office space, the front room into a client meeting space and gallery, and our garage into a workshop (more on that another time). The Goodness Our Office 001The Goodness Our Office 016Below is that craft project I spoke about! Using a tutorial I found on Grey Likes Nesting, I turned these craft store paper mâché letters and some string lights into some awesome marquee letters! I LOVE them!The Goodness Our Office 002Last year we installed these shelves for some extra storage, but I really use them to display a lot of pretty things that make me happy. This is our tall desk where our assistant works, we assemble invitations, and do other crafty things!The Goodness Our Office 003Charley Harper is one of my FAVORITE artists and illustrators. Geoff bought me this humongous book a few years ago and I just love it. The blue elephant was a gift from my friend Jessica and the little red heart is one of three in our home that are placed in the rooms where we spend the most time and mean a lot to us. The red one is in the office, there is a yellow one in our family room (to match the yellow walls, of course) and there is an orange heart in the room where we get to meet our amazing clients! Keep an eye out for it when you stop by!
The Goodness Our Office 010This cute little red car I found at a thrift shop. If you know me at all, you know I LOVE thrifting!The Goodness Our Office 006I made the blue bird and the sad party bear in a sculpture class I took at the community college just for fun. The red elephant print (and the blue one in the photo above) are from an amazing Etsy artist, Mati Rose. I love her colorful work (the fact that she loves elephants too is a plus!)The Goodness Our Office 007These are a selection of my books. Design, calligraphy, photography, personal finance, crafting, illustration, business, travel, marketing…they give you a good idea of the stuff I am into!The Goodness Our Office 013The colorful mug is from my friend Brit, by another favorite illustrator, Disney concept artist Mary Blair. When we have a kid one day, I want their whole room based on her artwork! Of course I have an apple mug as an ode to all the years Geoff and I spent working at Apple!The Goodness Our Office 015A small snippet of our crazy cork board.The Goodness Our Office 017The dentures sign is also a thrift store find. Our tall desk and cute blue cart are from Ikea. I am always down for a trip to Ikea!!The Goodness Our Office 019aAcross the top of our wall is our string of gratitude. Whenever we get thank you notes from our clients, we hang there here to remind us how lucky we are to work with such amazing and wonderful people all the time. Thanks for the idea Jess!The Goodness Our Office 014And finally, my most favorite office accessories, our puppies, Charlie and Little Dog! We love that we get to cuddle them whenever we want. They are definitely our studio mascots and if you ever come by for a visit you can snuggle them too!The Goodness Our Office 020

Thanks for taking a small peek into our home and lives!

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Happy 3rd Anniversary!!

Today Geoff and I celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary! I cannot believe it has already been three years! So much has happened and changed in our lives throughout this time and it still amazes me that this is the life we are living. I’m so thankful for such a wonderful, thoughtful, and supportive husband, business partner, and friend. I always tell brides that it’s true, you don’t feel very different the day after you get married. It takes time to understand what it is to be a spouse. It’s a learning process that never ends and we enjoy every minute of it!

Photo by Sarah Maren Photographers

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!!


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Britni, the survivor

Today, we are happy to share something very special and close to our hearts. We met Britni a few years ago when we were just starting out in our wedding photography business. Britni was the event coordinator at Catta Verdera Country Club and we met when we shot one of our first weddings there. She was absolutely the sweetest, kindest person in the world and was such a champion for us and our photography. It was always such a joy to work with her every time, and her belief in us gave us confidence. We were heartbroken when we learned she had left her position there and even more so when we learned the reason why. Britni had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was such a shock to learn that this had happened to someone so young and vibrant. She received treatments last year and everything seemed like it was going well and she was on her way to a recovery. Then, just recently she found out that the treatments were unsuccessful and she’d need to undergo chemotherapy and this time, she’d lose her hair.

She emailed Geoff and I to take some portraits with her boyfriend, Nick, and his son, Nicholas before chemo. Also Nick and Nicholas were going shave their heads with Britni and she wanted to get an after picture too. Of course we were so happy to do this for her! In fact we offered to come and photograph the shaving too (we called it the “Shave Party”!). We met up on a Thursday for the portraits, fittingly at Catta Verdera, where Britni and Nick met. We asked how their week had been and Britni joyously announced that Nick had proposed and they were getting married on Monday! We were so happy for them!

Brinti is such a beauty and manages to stay SO positive all the time!

Nicholas is one adorable ball of energy!

A little ove a week later we went to Britni and Nick’s home for the shave party! Here is our obligatory “before” picture!

Little Nicholas was next.

An then it was Britni’s turn…

When it was time for the last hairs to go, Britni took the reins.

I think she looks even more beautiful.

We also put together a little video of the whole thing!

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Britni, we cannot thank you enough for asking us to capture something so immensely special. Thank you for letting us share your story. Readers, Britni has kept a diary of her journey with cancer at her blog, The Princess and the “C”. Please send all of your thoughts, wishes, and support for a speedy recovery. We love you Britni!


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Southeast Asia: the video

While I LOVE photography, there is just nothing like having a video to remember your favorites moments in life. I had so much fun making aВ video of our road trip last summer, that I knew I wanted to make one about our travels in Southeast Asia. This video will give you a little taste of our adventure!

And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check our photography post about ourВ favorite things in Southeast Asia.

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Southeast Asia: favorite things

It would be so hard to sum up our three-week trip to Southeast Asia into one blog post. Here are some of our most memorable moments from our time photographing this beautiful land. It truly was the trip of a lifetime…