Seven-ish years ago I was this really cool guy with a beard, a sweet collection of music on vinyl and an even larger appreciation for snack foods. Because I was so cool I obviously enrolled myself into Art School, earning a sick degree in Photography. Yes, I’m proud of that degree, but the best thing I came away with from my time in College wasn’t a piece of paper, it was this cute little lady Dana.
Ah, yes, College– where one gets a Photography degree and love. I had a stick in my butt and he had a cigarette in his hand. Well, not all the time, but he was a party boy and I was a goody two shoes… I had never dated anyone I didn’t have to pretend around. He didn’t seem to mind that I was not so secretly judging him and I didn’t mind that he wasn’t quite perfect… yet… as long as he promised to quit his party boy antics. I guess he decided my stuck up ways were worth, he quit his foolish ways and sold the kegerator. I decided to ditch the stick, and we’ve been happily not pretending for the past 8 years while documenting all the love we can find for a living.
Our life now really is better than we could have imagined back then. 8 years later we are following our dreams, making a living doing what we love, and being parents to two kiddos! I wish I could say we wake up holding hands and head out to drink our coffee looking longingly at each other while walking with the family but the truth is that I firmly believe 9 hours of sleep is the minimum and Nate thinks that somewhere around 7 is the very max. By the time I roll out of bed and maybe attempt to brush my hair he’s up, fed the kids, walked the dog, had his coffee and possibly saved a life or two. He says I’m sleeping my life away, I say I’m just living it up :) Also I birthed those babies so try and one up me on that Nate!
Let’s be honest, Nate’s just really good at life. He loads the dishwasher with the precision of a Tetris master, there’s no leaky toilet he can’t fix and his ability to destroy the ETA on the GPS is like no other. Being this good at life inevitably means that you own more flashlights and measuring tapes than any human should, but I choose to love him anyway.
His ability to be super great at living and my loving, kind, bright side perspective on the world makes us one pretty swell team if I do say so.
Together we love our music on vinyl and our life to go just a little bit slow. We love our dog like she’s a person (because she is). We’ve been known to leave the T.V. on and twenty bucks on the counter so she can order a pizza. Soon she”ll be ready to babysit Finn & Dawson, I’m sure.
In the mountains, sleeping under the stars, peeing on a bush… but it’s also in here on our couch snuggled in a blanket, coffee in hand, Netflix on the screen. We love our families maybe a little more than ourselves. It’s nothing for us to drive 3 hours through traffic, barefoot in the snow, up a hill just to be with the ones we love. We attend 3 Thanksgivings, 12 birthday celebrations and 17 random family gatherings per year. I guarantee my collection of stretchy pants is bigger than yours.
This year we’ve slowly morphed into hippies… let’s just say I started brewing my own Kombucha, don’t worry we still use soap and shave.
We believe that life is what you make of it. It’s about creating your own stories and living your own dream. We feel super lucky that we get to live our lives in a way that not only fills us up but lets us create something super awesome for the people we get to work with.
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