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We came home from our month-long trip to Italy recharged and inspired, and with a ridiculous number of photos and happiness about our great Italy vacation packages.  With no computer, no everyday chores and no deadlines, we travelled as much as possible and took photos to our hearts’ content.   Now we are faced with the dilemma of going through thousands of photographs.  How does a little bit of Venice sound to start off with?

Venice is a maze of ancient alleys and waterways.  Each narrow cobblestoned path leading to another, more intriguing, more colourful… and confusing. At one point we walked for over an hour only to find ourselves right back where we had started.  (If you ever visit Venice don’t go out without your map, especially at night!)  We had considered not going to Venice after we heard that it was touristy and maybe not really worth seeing, but we’re glad we did.  Venice is heaven for a photographer and omg, we can’t help thinking that photographing a wedding in Venice would be incredible!  Italy was sunny and hot with temperatures in the 30’s the whole month we were there but the few days we spent in Venice were windy and stormy ones so we put on our rain gear, covered our cameras as best we could and headed out.

A rainy day in Venice…




The cheap umbrellas they sell you at corner stands didn’t last long.  This is where they ended up.0102_VENICE

The canals and old weathered buildings in Venice.

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Jen -

These are stunning!!! Looks like an amazing adventure, and captured beautifully!

Andrew Dondo -

These are Truely Awesome

Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz -

Looks like it was an incredible time away from home!Can’t wait to see more…

Mike Wood -

Hey Mark; Brilliant pics. Looks like a great vacation. Quite a few I wouldn’t mind hanging on my wall. congrats….MIke

Alice McKinnon -

these photos are stunning. There are so many places in this world I would still like to see and Italy is high on my priority list especially Venice.
(APAC member)

michelle horsman -

Stunning photos guys! Such diversity. Can’t wait to see more

Jason Beattie -

Brilliant work!

Cathy Empey -

Outstanding! I especially love seeing the photos of both of you. And I think a rainy day in Venice looks way better than a rainy day here. Incredible, and thank you both for sharing your trip with us!

Tanya -

Love the pictures!! So happy that you both had an amazing trip, these pictures make me even more want to go to Italy:)

Michelle -

Love the umbrella pics.

Alice McKinnon -

love these photos of Venice.

Last week Mark stayed home and held down the fort so that I could travel to Hornby Island for a women’s photography retreat.  What a treat to meet and be inspired by these great women and to eat the amazing healthy meals we all took turns making!  I slept like a baby and woke up each morning earlier than I ever do at home (I don’t usually do mornings!) waking up to bright sunshine on my face and an incredible view of the ocean. Here a few photos of some of the talented women I met.  We had the chance to play a little with our cameras and take some portraits in this amazing setting amongst the wildflowers and ocean.  First is Berkley, then Jennifer and her little Tess, Michelle (with a photobomb by Nicki!) and Emily.  One of the highlights during our stay was a trip to the pottery studio belonging to Heinz Laffin.  Alanna and I were there a little before the rest of the group arrived and loved watching him work and hearing 84 year old Heinz tell us stories about how he came to be on Hornby some 40 years ago, about his family, his craft, and even the sad story about his chickens who were all killed by a mink shortly before our visit to his studio.  After that is Kelsey, Alanna, then Jesse’s photos on the rocks at the beach at almost 32 weeks and expecting her first baby. Emily’s styled portrait on the beach was a lot of fun – she and Jesse put together a crown from seaweed and some treasures found along the beach. Someone found a starfish which was also added to her head piece.  Then Nicky at dusk on the beach, and Laureen. The last image is of our kind host Jennifer who has the gift to make every person she meets feel valued and welcome…and she sure can jump!

xox Elizabeth

P.S.  Everything went perfectly well at home.  Mark even took care of both Summer and Willow overnight while their mommy ran her first full marathon!

Jennifer Armstrong -

LOVE these, elizabeth. You captured everyone so beautifully & the feel of our time together.

Nicky Mallyon -

These photos are beautiful. I particularly like the photo bombing one ;).

Michelle Wells -

Oh my gosh. Your photos so made me smile and brought back wonderful memories. So Beautiful. 🙂

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Before we started wedding photography Mark & I used to shoot for the fun of it – landscapes, macro, our kids, and anything we thought was beautiful or interesting.  Mark & I met at a photo club (geeky, I know!) and took some darkroom classes together, we bonded and became friends over photo talk back in the day (not so long ago) when you shot slides and tried to nail the exposure every single time, or you played in the darkroom for hours to get a single perfect print.  With slides and in the darkroom there was no photoshop to “save” you, no raw files, no lightroom, and no actions, just the pure simplicity of taking photographs, where the light, the composition, and the art of it mattered.  We were obsessed, and in the process we fell in love with photography and with each other.

Which brings me to a couple of weeks ago when we had a week off.  We decided to take a road trip.  We went with no real destination in mind, just to head South in search of sunnier skies. We took it slow, stopped whenever we felt like it, stayed in whatever dinky motel we could find in whatever little town we happened to be in.  We listened to music, we talked about serious things and about nothing at all, we sat for hours without taking, and we got sunburned through the windshield of the car watching miles and miles go by outside.  If we were inspired we took photos, just for us.  No pressure, no deadline, just for fun.


It’s good to be home, feeling refreshed and ready for the start of this season.  We are dying to photograph every sweet little baby, every family, and every single one of our weddings.  All of these moments that we are so, so fortunate to capture…it is good to remember why we do it in the first place, and to know that we are doing what we love and it’s still fun!

Here’s a little of what we saw.  We stumbled on The BLM Wild Horse Corrals near Burns, Oregon. These wild horses are in captivity waiting to be relocated and for adoption.  A controversial subject.  One day we will take a trip just to see wild horses in all their gorgeousness and free.   http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns/wildhorse/corral.php. http://www.lvrj.com/news/wild-horses-preservation-program-flies-out-of-control-135817523.html

The Badlands of Oregon

The Painted Hills.  We got there at dusk.  It was magical although not the best light for photos.  We’ll be back someday when we have more time and find the magic light!

All the pretty horses 
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little ponies.
Blacks and bays, dapples and greys,
Go to sleepy you little baby,
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
Daddy’s boy Mama’s joy
Go to Slumberland my baby
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little ponies.
Hush your cries
Close your eyes
Dream of pretty little ponies
Hush a bye don’t you cry
Go to sleep my little baby
Darkness falls and man calls
Go to sleep my little baby
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little ponies.
Up and down round and round
Dream of pretty little horses
Hush a bye don’t you cry
Go to sleep my little baby
Go to sleep my little baby.
Meaning: originally sung by an African American slave who could not take care of her baby because she was too busy taking care of her master’s child. She would sing this song to her master’s child (Lacy 1986, p. 76). Originally, the lyrics were “birds and butterflies, peck at his eyes” but were changed to “birds and butterflies, flutter ’round his eyes” to make the lullaby less violent for younger children. This theory is backed by the reference to “wee little lamby…cried for her mammy” as slaves were often forcibly separated from their own families in order to serve their owners. This verse is in a very different emotional tenor to the rest of the lullaby, suggesting a particular significance. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_Pretty_Horses_(lullaby)

Multnomah Falls

Michelle -

Love the pics and the write-up mom.

Kristy Klaassen -

These are wonderful. What a truly marvelous vacation – so relaxing and inspirational.

Stephanie Ingram -

This is the song I sing to. Elise every night , I didn’t know all the words though so thank you:-) For the beautiful pictures and the e s ngs history. Such a pleasure to see your pictures, as always

whitealbum -

That is so cool Steph! It’s a sweet lullaby and it’s interesting to know the meaning of it.

angela hubbard -

these are wonderful!

“As it has always been, Paris is a million different things to a million people”. (the Lonely Planet)

To us it was late nights and long mornings, cafes, bookstores, street markets, lovers, art, history, culture…This is the longest post I have ever blogged and still these are only a few of the photos we came home with after visiting Paris for a few days last summer. In my daydreams sometimes I live in the Latin Quarter in Paris in an old apartment with tall ceilings and hanging plants.  If you’ve spent time in Paris you will know why, there’s just something about Paris.


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(above left) Les Editeurs
We had burgers at the Cafe where the film Amelie was filmed

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McDonald’s in Paris! (and live Jazz at the Huchette) undefined undefined undefined undefined



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Montmartre and Notre Dame

Le Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and night along the Seine

Alyssa Schroeder -

What a photographer’s dream! I love all the images of the couples. So sweet 🙂

angela hubbard -

J’adore!!! tres belle! xo

Michelle -


andrea -

Fabulous post, brought tears to my eyes. This is my Paris. Everything I know it will be when I travel there.

Lynn -

This post brought back so many memories! Beautiful, evocative images. Our fav city in the world!