Working At Work (V6)

Happy to share Working At Work V6 with you all this afternoon! It's really hard to tell myself and Liz apart, and Jeff and T.J. apart in some of the photos below! And my hair looks really red in some of the images!? Strange.

Also, I love the image of Kristen sprinting out of the way once the dress was hung on the porch - that's normally how shooting wedding dresses outside goes. Enjoy! -Brooke

Kyle + Sam // Softball Game

This is the first of many posts dedicated to the wedding of Kyle + Sam.  Obviously this was a big event for our team since Sam is my younger sister, and Brooke helped with all aspects of the wedding!  The first official event of the wedding week was a family softball game between Kyle and Sam!  It was a clash of epic proportions.  It was like game 7 of the World Series and the Superbowl combined.  It came down to extra innings with the bride coming to the plate.  The pitch came, she swung her bat and smashed the ball out of the park to drive home the game winning run.  Actually, she grounded it to the short stop, but the winning run still made it home.  Either way, Sam's team won and it was a great time for all invovled!  Enjoy just a handful of the photos that Brooke shot during the super fun game! - T.J. 


Love 'n Fresh Flowers / April Workshop

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending Jennie Love's floral workshop at her organic flower farm in Philly. It was so much fun. And so darn beautiful. Meeting the ladies at the workshop was great and the afternoon was such a lovely break away from my computer and work.

I hope you'll check out Jennie's site and consider attending one of her workshops. I can't WAIT to attend her "Flower Child" workshop in June. Flower crowns for everyone!!!!!

Enjoy the beautiful flowers! -Brooke

Working At Work (V4)

The time has come for Volume IV of our Working At Work blog series. It's basically all of 2012. I find some of these photos to be so funny! And while there are only two photos of Jeff below, one of them might be my favorite ever. He looks crazy standing on the dance floor.

Leave comments and let us know which ones are your favorites! I'll be back shortly with another post from our most recent wedding! -Brooke


In November, I flew down to Savannah, Georgia to help my girlfriend Liz come home from school. We had decided a few months prior to go on a road trip and do some random sight-seeing. Now, I've never actually planned a trip or vacation or what have you, so the pressure was on to make this fun! Thanks to Google and National Geographic, I searched and searched for days trying to find something cool that Liz and I could visit. When I finally took the gamble and chose the locations we would eventually visit, I had no idea just how breathtaking they would be. Our first stop was Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. When I googled this park, all I knew about was a cool marshland boardwalk. But what I didn't know was that on the other side of the park there was a gigantic maritime forest, lighthouse and gorgeous beach. The second Liz and I drove into this park, we were in love. We also made a second stop along our trip to Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury, North Carolina. The name alone is what sold me. And after the long hike up this mountain, the view was breathtaking. Liz and I sat up there, squeezed in-between two rocks and let all of our worries go. It was a memory I'll never forget. Here are some or my favorite photos during the trip, which turned into a lengthy portrait session with Liz. -Jeff

Working At Work (V1)

There's no denying that T.J., Jeff, Amber (even Maddie!) and I love our jobs. We are incredibly blessed to photograph all of you for a living. This summer has been really busy with weddings, seniors and walk in love. sessions - and while sorting through all of the images I've been pulling aside the photos of our team at work. Usually we're holding reflector boards in weird places, pretending to be the bride and groom so we can test lighting, or just being downright strange.

And thus the Working At Work blog series was born. Enjoy! [BC]


Grandpa's 90th Birthday Weekend

Two weeks ago we celebrated my Grandpa's 90th birthday. People flew and drove in from Florida, Arizona, Nebraska, California, and Michigan, North Carolina, New York and more. My Mom, Aunt Jan, cousin Kami and I have been planning the 90th birthday celebration since April. Emails, meetings, coffee dates and lots of work went into our planning and it was worth every minute of it.

The entire celebration began Friday night with a Variety Show put on by all in attendace. I wasn't able to be there Friday night due to a wedding, but I hear it was hysterical. Several girls sang the "walk in love" song and another put together a puzzle at record speed accompanied by The Flight of the Bumblebee song! My Aunts sang a childhood game song they all knew, while others danced, wrote songs and recited poems dedicated to Grandpa.

Saturday afternoon everyone got together, split into groups and raced around town for a video scavenger hunt. (Family: The scavenger hunt video will be on the DVD, no fear!) After the scavenger hunt, everyone ate dinner at Aunt Jan + Uncle Bill's house, followed by hours in the dunk tank, fireworks and watching Tangled on the lawn in the dark. It was a magical evening.

Sunday morning by Mom and I began working on the decorations for the birthday party itself, which was being held at my parent's house. You can see a few of the getting ready photos here and here. Early afternoon was filled with pie baking, tying silverware together, ripping fabric for the tables, setting up the Smilebooth and testing our icecream machine!

By 5:00 that evening, slowly but surely, all 52 family members, spaning four generations, assembled at my parent's house under the tree ready for dinner. Ladder ball and croquet followed dinner, which was then followed by running through the sprinkler (prettttty sure T.J. was the only adult to participate in sprinkler time) and the candy scrambles. The ages 10+ candy scramble was defintely more intense than the younger kids! We also had a watermelon seed spitting contest which was so fun and actually a lot harder to do than you'd think.

Just before icecream and pie, we presented Grandpa with his gift. Kami had put together (with everyone's input) a blanket with nine scriptures that remind everyone the most of Grandpa. I know Grandpa was touched. He just kept saying "Thank You", over and over, and over.. trying to look each one of us in the eyes.

A slideshow of Grandpa's 90 years was watched at the end of the evening, followed by a prayer from Grandpa which ended "Lord, I'm not sure what else to say. Thank you. Bye for now."

The entire weekend was truly a blessing and a priviliedge to be a part of. I am so incredibly thankful that I took the time to video bits and pieces of the weekend. I didn't take many photos knowing that my cousin Kris had that under control, but you can see what I did shoot below. The rest of my time was spent shooting video.

Lastly, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who was able to come to the party. It meant more to Dad/Grandpa/Great Grandpa than we'll ever know. And to those of you who couldn't make it, you were deeply missed and thought about all weekend! Hope to see you all again soon! [BC]



Video song: Mat Kearney, "Count On Me"

Smilebooth photos from the party will be blogged shortly and then made available for free downloads online!