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from the April 2011 category

We have an awesome wedding to share with you that our team photographer, Kristine Neeley shot! Enjoy the images and her note below!

I can’t even begin to tell you what a JOY it was to be a part of this wedding, and I mean that to the very core of my being. In so many ways I found it refreshing not just as a photographer but as a wife to my husband Cliff whom I was fortunate to have with me assisting that day. There was such a newness and purity to their love, and yet undoubtedly the sort of strength and commitment that it takes to make a marriage so much more than just a beautiful wedding. But it was beautiful, from the natural and simple aesthetic… the gorgeous weather… the way their family and friends (including too many Brentwood HS Young Lifers to even count!) surrounded, supported, and loved them. The whole day, I felt about as lucky as Katie and Robby did (okay, maybe they had the market on luck – or rather – grace, that day) – but really, I was pinching myself the whole time.
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Friday Fun | True Confessions of a Starbucks-aholic

by Jody on April 29, 2011, posted in Friday Fun

We like Starbucks.

Ok, we’re a bit addicted.


Have no real idea… but that’s besides the point…

Tax time has passed and so we have scoured our tax records and expenses and, thanks to Quickbooks, we can actually see how much we spent in 2010 at this coffee dig.

We thought we would bring you in on the fun (ugh ;) so we are having a little contest… We want your guesses on how much you think we spent at Starbucks last year. This is everything business related and includes all of our Starbucks meetings to client gifts to Starbucks drinks and breakfast sandwiches we have grabbed on our way to weddings – anything business related…. oh yeah, and don’t forget our Starbucks mugs we have been getting :)
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A Promo Code for Our Photographer Blog Readers!

by Jody on April 27, 2011, posted in Vendor Spotlights

Our Spring workshops have officially ended and we are already working on some exciting stuff starting in a month!!! Some of you know about it, but for those of you who don’t, we will be officially announcing it Monday!!!!

Buuuuuuuuuut, we wanted to take this blog post and use it to specifically thank one of our IN-CAMERA workshop Sponsors, who sponsored all of the food & snacks for Sacramento, Maui and Nashville – Pixel 2 Canvas!
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Hey all! This weeks tips and tricks photography blog is about none other than communicating like a Secret Service agent/ninja! Let’s jump right in!

When we are out shooting weddings, we have to be a lot of things to a lot of people. From tie tier (one who ties ties), dress bustler (one who bustles dresses), cake cutting instructor, to being the impromptu wedding planner! We have lots of jobs at the wedding, but the most important one is of course, being the photographer. And nothing is worse when shooting with a spouse, a second or an assistant and not being able to stay in constant communication.

The hardest thing during a ceremony is trying to get another person’s attention when they are across the room or the on the other side of the vineyard, especially when you need them in two seconds AND they are totally in your shot (I, Zach am never in Jody’s shots just for the record ;) so, we need a way to stay in touch without having to pull out the cell phone and have guests thinking that we are updating our Facebook status.

Insert awesome walkie talkies!

(Thanks to Instagram for the photo!)

Jody and I have been using these bad boys for the last few years and let us tell you, not only do you look cool as all get out, but they really come in handy when you need to chat! We can’t tell you how many times we have needed to say something really fast in order to get the other person’s attention to be able to nail a shot, get something done or just say I love you (ahhhh, he is sooo sweet!).

So, what do you need to look for when investing in some of these bad boys? Check the list!

Walke Talkies (for the record, these Secret Service EarBuds are way more awesome and easier to shoot with than the headsets that come with the link)

We use the Midland GXT series radios. As you can see, they have been used and abused, but they are still working great! They are easy to use, come with a charging stand (and batteries last all day with no problem), have tons of channels in case you get interference, go about 11 miles and have a “call” button that vibrates the other radios to get their attention. So cool!

Now how cool is that?! As mentioned above, the Ear Buds that come with the radios are really generic and sound awful, so investing in the Secret Service style ones will not only help you hear each other better, but also make you look really cool. They are actually pretty inconspicuous and also have a cool talk back button that can be clipped inside your shirt or sleeve so you don’t have to grab the radio while talking. We love these radios and it helps us shoot the wedding better! So get out there and get your Secret Service action on!


Starbucks Trip Adventures | England

by Zach on April 25, 2011, posted in Starbucks Trip Adventures

Can you believe that up until today we still had yet to blog on our Starbucks mug from England all the way back from JANUARY?? Talk about slackers!!! Well today we bring to you our trip reflections on the last part of our European journey – England!!! We were in England at the beginning of our trip for SWPP (European’s largest Wedding & Portrait conference) and then we had a day or so to enjoy a bit more of England at the end of our trip!
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