Tips for Planning Your Wedding

This is more like a photographer's wish list. It's a list of things you can do to ensure that you get the best images possible. And a few side tips too!

A Variety Pack

Black and White, Color, or a vintage feel. We love to give you lots of options when we edit each photo.

All The Details

Every little detail, every side story...we capture it all. We shoot all of our weddings as though it was our own.

All the Emotions

I love those moments where everyone lets there walls down and they just allow themselves to fall into that exact moment. It's the emotional part of the story.

Images by the Thousands

We get asked all the time...How many pictures do you take? The answer...on average we take 2000-5000 images

Husband and Wife Team

We first fell in love with photography. Then many years later we fell in love with each other. We combined our passions and found a way to spend more time together. An innovative photography company prevailed.

Eddie's Blog

Eddie has his own blog too. It's another perspective on our photography adventures. You can find his blog at lyfephotography.blogspot.com.

Erika + Collin...Oh and the Supervillains

Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Thursday, June 17, 2010 0 comments
It kind of works like a puzzle.
They love the ska punk band the Supervillains. A clue.
She loves sexy high heels. A clue.
They never stop laughing. Yet another clue.

From the moment I hear their voice on the phone or see them in person I start to put together what makes them who they are. As I chit chat and begin to imagine the images I want I think to myself, "what's their story? What am I trying to capture?" As a photographer I feel that our jobs are more than recording how you look at that exact moment. It's capturing a moment that says who you are, what your feeling, and why you matter.
When we first met Erika she came alone. It was plain as day that she was an organized, self assured, bright and beautiful firecracker. It wasn't until I met them as a couple that I got the full picture. Their were no more clues, but a complete puzzle that spelled out that they were the funnest, craziest, go with the flow, laugh out loud and have a party kind of couple. I didn't need clues to discover who they are. I didn't have to help them pose or work to gain their trust. They put themselves out there with every ounce of creativity they had.
Eddie and I weaved and bobbed through downtown with our cameras clicking as they danced, twirled, dipped, and made strange faces at each other. It was easy. We just captured them being them. I said it so many times that they were perfect for each other. I cannot wait to do their wedding because I am sure that it will be quite an event. Thank you for making the shoot so fun!!

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The shoot started off innocent enough....

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That's when I realized that they are a lot more fun when they are just themselves.

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Proof that they have a softer romantic side.

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Renee + Andrew...The Circle That Has No End

Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Monday, June 14, 2010 1 comments
There I was standing just outside the circle wishing I could get inside it. In some ways it's like the tight circle you formed at high school dances. The circle functioned like a protective ring so that no one would focus on just you and your horrible dancing. Only the closest of friends were included inside and you just hoped and wished that your secret crush wasn't watching you. This circle functioned the same as the "safety circle" in high school, but everyone was included. And I wasn't dying to get inside to be cool or hide from anyone watching me dance. Instead I was planning my route to get inside of this circle for the best shot. Everyone was so expressive, completely rock'n the air guitar and screaming the song "You shook me all night long" by ACDC. It was a fine site to be seen and I needed to get some pictures of it.
Much like high school Renee + Andrew were surrounded by their closest friends who were serious about having a good time. Their wedding day went without a hitch, Renee looked gorgeous and Andrew had a grin on his face all evening. While standing there just outside of the circle I realized something. I realized that I had a grin on my face and that I was having an incredible time. I love doing what we do and it's weddings like these that really help me realize that. I love seeing people in love, I love capturing the emotions and I love being on the outside of the circle trying to get in. It's the best.

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Little Baby Chara

Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Saturday, June 12, 2010 0 comments
Oh sweet little baby Chara. Our pastor and his wife just had a new baby girl. You might have seen the pictures that we took just hours after she was born. We took one month pictures of this precious little baby and I just love them. She is so gorgeous! Congratulations Mike & Catherine and thank you for letting us be a part of her life story.
We love you guys!

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Posted by Amy Kirkpatrick On Thursday, June 10, 2010 0 comments
After two weeks in the weeds of southern Illinois we are back. We had a wedding that we shot just a few minutes from Eddie's home town which gave us the excuse to visit family, see a few Cubs games and catch fireflies as the sun set on the horizon. As always it was great to be around the family. I love sitting with his dad and seeing the starting point of Eddie's personality. It's as if I am experiencing Eddie's past one visit at a time. As we travel through each small town I get a chance to witness where Eddie hit his last home run, where his aunt got pulled over and where his great aunt Ruth lives next to the sugar shack.
Just as quickly as our lives slowed down to a sitting on the front porch pace we sped up to the pace we are used to. We had a rehearsal dinner that we covered with Audrey + James on Friday. We had their wedding all day Saturday until the wee hours. We then came home and drove to St.Louis. Slept for 2 hours and then caught a flight to Seattle. From there we had another wedding with Nicki + Kyle. We got to bed late had a trash the dress session the next day and then drove back to Portland. We then had an engagement session the very next day! I guess it's officially wedding season and I must say...it is so great to be back.
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