What We’re Wearing Wednesday (Volume 4)

What We're Wearing Wednesday

Are you ready for the most boring WWWW? Ugh.

So I haven’t posted a WWWW in liiiike 2 weeks? Yeah, 2 weeks. Y’all. Coming home from work is so much more overwhelming than I thought it would be. So much free time and like a zillion more things on the to-do list. I think I’ll be writing about it soon. Yep.

Anyway. Today I was in sweats and doing stuff on the computer for our photography company (We have new specials on fall family photos! Hit us up if you’re local!) until well past noon. I had to run some errands after that, which is the only reason I am wearing real clothes in these photos. Errands aren’t good enough to get jewelry out of me though. Sorry, errands.


So since Bryan has to have separate work attire like a real adult, I decided to get both of his outfits, which is why this is being posted so late. WARDROBE CHANGE!

Pants: Express| Pullover: VZW Swag!

Pants: Express| Pullover: VZW Swag!

Shoes: Madden (I promise he has other dress shoes, these are juts his favorite because they're "the most comfortable.")

Shoes: Madden (I promise he has other dress shoes, these are juts his favorite because they’re “the most comfortable.”)

Look at that baby face in his badge. They haven't made him change it since  like 2006. Orange hair, smooth face, lady killer.

Look at that baby face in his badge. They haven’t made him change it since like 2006. Orange hair, smooth face, lady-killer.

T-Shirt: Concert tee from his favorite bluegrass fella, Del McCoury | Jeans: Express

T-Shirt: Concert tee from his favorite bluegrass fella, Del McCoury | Jeans: Express

Shoes: Tretorn from The Mustache Wears and Goods

Shoes: Tretorn from The Mustache Goods and Wears

Mustache Goods and Wears

Tretorn Shoes

Watch: WeWood from The Mustache Goods and Wears

Watch: WeWood from The Mustache Goods and Wears

The Mustache Goods and Wears

WeWood Watches


I’m not even kidding, you guys, I’m so over being pregnant. I am being extremely vulnerable by posting these photos. Any shred of thinking I was pretty in photos is slipping away. Ok, I’m done being lame now.

Jeans: Old Navy Maternity | Tank: Target Maternity

Jeans: Old Navy Maternity | Tank: Target Maternity

Shoes: Nine West ballet flats. Also, if any of you have ideas on how to clean these, I'm all ears. I have even tried a magic eraser I kid you not. BUT THEY'RE STILL CUTE SO WHATEVER MAN.

Shoes: Nine West ballet flats. Also, if any of you have ideas on how to clean these, I’m all ears. I have even tried a magic eraser I kid you not. BUT THEY’RE STILL CUTE SO WHATEVER MAN.

I just had to show this off because of how ridiculous it is. I am at that phase of pregnancy where, lest I have my ring cut off in the near future, I just need to take it off until post-Grady. I got this at Walmart for ( bucks and called it a day. STILL MARRIED, MAN.

I just had to show this off because of how ridiculous it is. I am at that phase of pregnancy where, lest I have my ring cut off in the near future, I just need to take it off until post-Grady. I got this at Walmart for 9 bucks and called it a day. STILL MARRIED, MAN.

And that’s all she wrote for Wednesday!

Love, Alex


This Isn’t Really My Jam, But…

In addition to my ramblings on this site, my personal blog, I also write articles for business blogs. One of which is my very talented husband’s photography company, 6th & Burnside.

This is the most recent blog posting I wrote for it, and I am sharing it here because I think it applies to so many other areas than photography. Really any passion we have and want to take further needs to be put through the ringer that is these 10 steps. I’m hardly my usual hilarious self in it, as you’ll notice exactly zero self-deprecation and ridiculous language such as “like” and “for reals.” I hope you can muscle through any writing without clever rhetoric beginning with “So…”

So… here it is guys!

Being a Photographer 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Fitting in

We’ve all been there. We have a great idea, passion, talent/hopeful talent and want to start making money on it. This is specifically for those of us who enjoy being behind a camera, but I think it applies well to people in lots of business ventures. One of the hardest parts is breaking into the market and being respected in your field by your peers and those who’ve come before you. After being in the photography world for almost 10 years, we’ve seen a lot of beginners come and go, and have learned a few things about what it takes to fit into your field.



Photo of: Bryan Fittin & Josh Noren (www.joshnoren.com) Photo Credits: Andrew Lisle


1.      Stay humble! No one likes a guy who bought a semi-nice camera and a cheap version of Photoshop and calls himself a photographer. Or even those who have some money to blow and buy a really nice camera and all the latest software and then call themselves photographers. It’s fun to play around and we certainly think photography is the bomb, but it takes a lot of time, sweat, training, and practice to get to a point of quality work. People will have much more respect for you and will be more willing to give you paying gigs if you’re humble about your skills. You’ve got to walk before you can run, so get out there and learn the ropes before you go around acting like a big shot.


2.      Reach out to respected professionals. There is so much good that can come out of learning from those you look up to. Most photographers love to talk about photography! That should go without saying, and if you come across someone who is unwilling to help you, then run away quickly and find someone else. Everyone we know and associate with in the business would love to let you tag along on shoots, do an internship, an apprenticeship, whatever you want to call it. We have an intern program in our company, and are getting to work with an amazing college student with a passion for photography right now. She is getting to learn a lot, build up her portfolio and resume’, and earn a little money to boot! No one is stopping you from doing the same. And hey, it never hurts to get one someone’s contact list for second-shooters while you’re still learning. I know she’s at the top of ours!


3.      Make sure you have some second-shooting under your belt to build up a portfolio. Before doing wedding photography, you absolutely need to have some experience! Of course I’m using weddings as an example, but they are stressful! We’ve seen many a photographer get way overwhelmed and in over their heads because they had no idea how fast-paced and demanding it is. Like I said before, work with some other professionals, have some shooting and experience on your portfolio, and have someone else look at your work often to make sure you’re ready to break into the world of professional photography.


4.      Be teachable. Don’t let your fear of a bad critique get in the way of humbling yourself to ask others’ opinions. Asking a professional to do a portfolio examination often will set you apart from the rest and instantly gain you respect among your peers. Editing can be tricky stuff and technique is what separates people with cameras from those who deserve to be making money doing photography. Reach out and ask for help as often as it takes to be ready to market yourself as a professional photographer.


5.      Stay away from cliché work. Nothing screams “I’m new and don’t know what I’m doing!” more than posting tired, cliché stuff on social media. We’re talking your train track poses, making a heart with your hands, and you know, all that is the sunset photo. Don’t do it. There are plenty of lighting and editing clichés too, but we’ll let your selected professional mentor handle that one.


6.      Learn how to market yourself in the type of photography you want to do. Starting out, you’re going to be doing a lot of stuff for your friends, and that’s great! But keep in mind what kind of photography you ultimately want to do, and target what your clients see most based on that. For instance, we ultimately want to market ourselves more to bands and musicians, but we do A TON of family, landscape, wedding, etc photography as well. What we choose to post and feature of those shoots is work that will still market to that music crowd. When choosing your featured work from your collection, focus on photos with the color scheme, posing, and general mood that will best fit your target audience.


7.      Volunteer! This is one of the fastest ways to get in with professionals and to be able to serve at the same time. There are a number of charities geared at photography, but the one we serve in most prominently is Help Portrait. There is a branch in most major cities and it is a charity that does photos for families in need around the holidays and for high school seniors in the spring. They will have everyone come and set up “studios” usually in church classrooms and will schedule “clients” in 30 minute sessions for you throughout the day. A good way to get involved up front is to volunteer as an ambassador or an assistant in your first year with the organization. Other ways to volunteer are to donate sessions to your pastor, someone you know who volunteers a lot of their time to worthy causes, or have people sign up for a drawing to donate a session to someone they know who deserves it. 

Alex and I at a Help Portrait Event//Photo Credits: Phillip Thomas (novo-studio.com) // http://www.helpportraitnwa.org



8.      Invest in a professional website. This one is important. Running your business off of Facebook may be fine for a very short while, but if you are serious about getting into this line of work, invest some funds into a working, clean-looking, professional photography site. If you are starting out and don’t have the cash-flow just yet, pay a graphic design student a small amount to get you up and running. This will invest in their future and give them some good practice as well. Make sure they give you the rights to edit it, so if needed, you can later have a more skilled professional designer touch it up.


9.      Let your pricing and marketing reflect your skill level. This key item goes all the way to the beginning of the list in staying humble. If you’re just starting out (this includes your first 2-3 years), there is zero chance you are skilled enough to be charging professional pricing. Don’t be vague about your skill-set. Be up front with your clients in that you are just starting out and don’t market yourself as a master photographer and charge them like one. This will likely lead to frustrations on both ends with the work they get back and will definitely lose you a referral. It’s better to leave your client pleasantly surprised by your great work than very unpleasantly surprised by your lack thereof.


10.  Have fun with photography and remember why you love it. Every photographer struggles with keeping it fun and not just a job. We encourage everyone to grab their friends from time to time to practice new techniques, new poses, new lighting, and just to have fun with shooting and editing! When you’re starting out, this is absolutely essential for practicing and building your portfolio as well. It is great to have those beginning photos to go back to and remember why you even wanted to do this in the first place. (And to keep you humble on your beginnings!)

 Starting out in any field is rough, but following these key elements is a great start to being respected by those who have committed to hard work to get to where they are. We’ve all put in our time and hard knocks along the way. No one was born perfect at this amazing line of work that we are privileged to be a part of. If anyone acts like they know everything there is to know, then stay away from them.

We say all of this with love as people who have been beginners. We’ve learned so much along the way and want to be able to help others succeed. People with cameras (Are you catching on that this is a common term among people in the business?) just cheapen the market and slay the reputation of good photographers. You definitely don’t want to be passed off as a cocky amateur early on in your career, so stay humble, reach out to those you respect, and put in the work and you’ll be just fine. Welcome to photography!

Alright Christians, Let’s All Take a Chill Pill – A “Noah” Review Guest Post!

I have never been a big fan of epics. I love movies and I will watch epics if I must, but they’re not my favorite. This is why I chose to opt out of seeing Noah with my wonderful husband Bryan this past weekend. He and our friend Chris saw it together, and I was impressed with his review of it. Having heard his take on the film and then reading the slander it has been getting from people who have not even seen it for themselves was a little disappointing. It is because of this that he has graciously agreed to do my very first guest post (!!) with his own views and thoughts from this very scandalous movie.

I hope you enjoy it and give him the same amount of love you wonderful people give me! Oh! and while you’re at it, check out his latest adventure, the Go Rogue Podcast! If you give ‘er a listen after they launch, you’ll catch a lot of recording copy written by yours truly! So excited to be able to be a part of his projects.

Since the debut of this *little* movie, Christians everywhere have been Freaking. Out. “Did you know the director’s an atheist?” “God gave him the instructions in dreams and visions, not by speaking to him, which is obviously how it really happened.” “There are ROCK PEOPLE, I mean come on.”

Well I, along with my youth pastor friend, recently ignored the danger of being led astray by a movie and went to see it. I have wanted to see this film since the trailer came out, and I wanted to see for myself what all the hype/fuss was about.

I gotta say guys, I really really liked it. Sorry I’m not sorry.

I’ll try to get through this review with very few spoilers, but if you’re seriously worried about it you should remember that THIS IS BASED OFF OF A BIBLE STORY and fretting over spoilers here is the exact same as being upset that someone told you that The Titanic sinks in the end. No, scratch that, it’s worse.

I truly think that stereotypical fundamentalists will never be happy with anything produced in Hollywood, save for your cheesy, feel good, corny videos that come out of Christian production from the 90s. And don’t get me wrong, I loved that crap as a child. But even The Passion of the Christ, which was almost spot-on to the biblical representation, had so many Christians out there hating on it that the movie got a bad rap over small details. There are currently three movies about God/the Bible in theaters: The Son of God, God’s Not Dead, and Noah. I’m sure this is due to the fact that it is so close to Easter, but still that’s awesome for the Christian faith to have so many spots in the limelight. However, it also opens the floodgates for criticism.

Growing up, the story of Noah was always told in a very fun-loving way in that all the animals on the ark were saved and how amazing and wonderful the whole experience was. The same is true for the story of Moses and the children of Israel getting out of Egypt. Really just the whole Old Testament is like that. We’re given the perfect storybook versions of The Old Testament, the OG Bible if you will, while in reality it is actually pretty gruesome and brutal for the most part. A lot of people died in masses for disobeying God before Jesus came and changed history forever. This film should not receive flack for portraying a violent version of a violent Bible Story.

First off, let me just say that I am a big Russell Crowe fan, and always have been. Unlike my lovely bride, I love dark, epic-type movies and I think we can all agree that Russell Crowe wins at them. Other than the awesomeness that is Mr. Crowe,the movie had many other pluses.

Although I already knew this, I walked away from the theater feeling that God was justified in wiping out mankind. The director, despite his apparent feelings about God in real life, does a great job of portraying God as just and holy in whole story. I’m specifically referring to the wickedness of man in the day. We have some knowledge about cultural practices in the day that led God to this very powerful action, and although I’m sure the horrific behavior was much worse in actual history, the movie does an excellent job of demonstrating that God allowed the flood for actual, real reasons.

God is referenced as the sole Creator. They understood God and had a holy fear of Him, and it was definitely a more reverent way of viewing God than we often see Him now. Even the “bad guy” in the movie quoted the scriptures, but twisted them for his own agenda. The creation story is very much highlighted in the film in wonderful ways. They really did a really good job visually making it come to life and showing how God loved what He created. I actually teared up during this part because of how much I take for granted God’s awesome power, just seeing how magnificent and wonderful He is and how he can do mighty things.

The flood story was told in a very gruesome and as I imagine realistic way. The most visual scene for me was when Noah has a vision of being in water and corpses are floating all around and screaming. It was difficult to watch, yes, but if you want to tell me that Noah was all smiling and happy like in the storybook Bible, then I will call you crazy. The movie takes you through the real struggles that Noah and his family probably went through. They don’t make it look easy. They had to deal with the deaths of the entire population around them. I think one of the most realistic parts of the movie was right after the flood started, and a scene opens up to Noah sitting in the dark. You can hear through the rain the screams of the people on the outside. I think that probably describes how hard it had to be for those that were on the ark to listen to that horrific noise for countless hours. The director held no bars in depicting this image.

They portrayed very strongly how we were placed here to protect God’s creation as our intended job. It talked a lot about taking care of the earth and protecting the animals. With a lot of recent news about the mass production of animal food and other environmental issues, I have really struggled with this and have felt convicted to do a better job of lessening my carbon footprint on this earth. I will stand before God one day and answer to what I did to take care of the world He created. How well did I protect the innocent? How well did I take care of those who are in need and in pain? How well did my life glorify God and His creation?

In every “based on a true story” movie, there are always scenes and depictions that we all wish could have been done differently, and this one is no different.

The connection between the struggles of being human and following God’s will is a tough one. They touched on this difficulty with the weird and twisted notion that Noah felt he had to kill his family because he thought that God wanted everyone to die. It’s tough to be certain of God’s will all the time, and it’s interesting that they brought up this idea, but I just think they took it way too far.

One of the biggest talked-about parts in the film is the Rock Creatures. They are portrayed as fallen angels cursed by God but decide to help Noah with the ark building. I think we can all agree that this is extremely far-fetched. The ark took a crap-ton of time to build, so this notion was most-likely there for production and effects’ sake. I do think it’s interesting that they included fallen angels into the story though. Although it was not included in the Bible, the book of Enoch talks about angels who have come down as watchers to help mankind, so that may have been where this idea came from.

Of course with any movie, there are going to be things that you wish were done differently.

I wish we could’ve seen the righteous Noah that was described in the Bible who didn’t want to see this many people being wiped off the earth. Crowe’s version seems to really hate people.

I wish I could’ve seen more of how they built the ark instead of relying on rock creatures to help them. There is historical evidence that people in that day were bigger and may have been more capable to build things like that with limited tools and man power than we are today.

I wish I could’ve seen more of the struggles that they went through on the ark. That’s a freaking long time to be cooped up with the same people! They coined the term “Cabin Fever.”

Lastly, I really wish that they had’ve made a bigger deal of the descent from the ark and them seeing the new world after the flood.

Overall, I think it was a great movie and it has definitely made me have a more interesting view of what most likely actually happened. Although they may have taken some liberties, the powers that be tried to make one of the most epic stories in the Bible into an epic film. They even try to cram several Bible stories into one with the story of Methuselah (who historians believe may have finally died in the flood) and by making the parallel between Noah thinking he needed to kill his children like Abraham did and to Sodom and Gomorrah. They also gave a nod to Adam and Eve in the creation story and the fall of man.

What I hope we can all remember is this: I don’t think we have to defend God or the Bible, I think He can take care of Himself. This is a gruesome but true story. Our God is a loving God, but He’s also a just God who should be feared and looked at as holy. Beyond all of the hype, I think that this film truly portrays the magnificence of our awesome God. This movie begs us to ask questions about God and His character, and I believe both were represented strongly. I personally have seen several social media posts from people asking questions about God simply through watching this movie, and I honestly think that this is the central theme of what we should be about as Christians. It makes me want to go back and look through the Scriptures and really do some digging to know more about the story. I want to know more about the Old Testament and specifically about creation.

The makers of this film used the special effects that Hollywood offers to attempt to hold even a flicker of a candle to how amazing our God is, and I think that’s pretty cool.


**I apologize for some of you getting this in your inbox twice. I actually just reposted it entirely because of a formatting issue that I am too “non-computery” to know how to fix. Thanks for understanding and sorry to blow up your inbox!**

The Daily Fav Day 19: Photography

Back in high school, I was known in my friend group as the group photographer. I had a blue Kodak point-and-shoot and I probably annoyed the crap out of everyone for taking so many pictures. I cannot stress that enough. I took a freaking ton of pictures. Granted, they weren’t especially good or anything, I knew nothing about lighting, advanced camera settings, exposure, or any of the other fancy words my husband uses all the time. I really just wanted to capture moments in my life. I wanted to be able to remember the fun times I had with my friends for years to come. I’ve never been into nature, sunset, or landscape photography, just people.

Those years of being "group photographer" got me relecs like this gem.

Those years of being “group photographer” got me relics like this gem.

…Or this one. Ok I’m done.

Fast forward a few years and I met the love of my life who happened to be an excellent photographer. For real y’all, check him out. I say that he is amazing in the least biased way possible. I have so much respect for him as a photographer and artist and he does amazing, so-not-boring work. This talent of his quickened the “falling in love with him” process a little I’m sure.

Look at him go. All mine :)

Look at him go. All mine 🙂

Where I am like “What do you want to watch on TV tonight?” He’s all like “I’m editing photos FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF SOMEONE’S LIFE so I can’t.” (No big deal.)

As you can see, he gets REAL comfortable with the ground on shoots.

As you can see, he gets REAL comfortable with the ground on shoots.

He took the photo of me that I use on this blog, as a matter of fact, just up to your right. 🙂

It is because of this great respect that I am so honored to get to work with him! I have come to really enjoy the professional side of photography and I try to keep up my end of the teamwork by handling a lot of the people-side of things. He’s all “We’re going to have to flip around so there’s not a glare,” and “I’m going to adjust my shutter-speed and aperture to balance the natural lighting” and I’m like “You stand here, you stand here, and both of you do this,” and “Here, let me fix your hair and fluff your dress,” and “Stop making it look like your hand is in your crotch.” (That seriously happened. It may seem blunt, but I bet you’d prefer to not get a raunchy photo back to go home and show your mom, amiright?)

We make a super cute team right?!

We make a super cute team right?!

It’s super fun and gives us a creative outlet and best of all: free photography, yo!

Although this post is not meant to be an ad, I love doing this so much that if you mention having read this blog and follow me, we’ll give you 25% off a regular session! Just leave a comment about scheduling.



Oh and I have to say this or Bryan will kill me: #TeamCanon!!