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Shootout 2008!

It never fails that pretty much every time Dustin and I have a shoot we end up taking pictures of each other being our totally awesome selves all in wacky photog mode. Usually this means a handful of images of us making faces at each other gets put into a file I’ve names “Shootout” That is where everything that is us gets dumped, and this year I’ve decided to share. I went about this whole year carefully keeping track of these images that really, are pretty silly when you think about it. But really, it’s human nature isn’t it? What else can you do when your job is to carry a camera all day? How could you not turn it on each other and even on yourself? The great thing about so many of these images is that I remember exactly what we were doing when we took it… if it was during dinner (who wants pictures of people eating?) or during a ceremony (hearing people promise forever to each other often prompts me to look for the person I promised forever to) I love being able to look back on the experience we shared as a family watching another family start.

The other great thing about this year is all the cool photographers I’ve had shoot for me. We’ve gotten some great images from people who are our really great friends, and who we both admire tremendously. So, thank you to Rachel Hadishar of Merge Weddings who shot my first two weddings of the year with me, and Desiree Hayes of Desiree Hayes Photography who shot a So Cal wedding with me, and Amanda Carson who assisted that shoot as well. Thanks to Zach Anderson of Zach Anderson Photography who came up from the Bay Area to shoot with me and a HUGE thank you to my beloved Beth Baugher of True Love Photo. Seriously! I am so blessed to know and love so many amazing photographers! Thanks for making 08 crazy awesome you guys!

But the person I need to thank the most for making this year more than I could even imagine is my best friend, my rock and the coolest geek I know – my sweet husband Dustin. I know I’ve said it before, but seriously, I will die saying it DUSTIN IS THE BEST! I would not be who I am without him. He took the time to see the things in my I couldn’t see in myself and for that there will never be enough way to say how thankful I am for him. He has grown so much as a photographer over this past year, and has helped our business become something so much greater than I ever imagined. I love that he is never afraid to think big! He thinks so big that I often tell him I can’t wrap my head around what he’s saying, but he just smiles and says, “Sarah, that’s why you have me. To get you what you need.” And he does that and so much more. Dustin, thank you for a wonderful life, a wonderful job and more happiness than I ever imagined!

Thanks also to our AMAZING clients! Where would we be without you guys bringing the radness at every turn. Thank you for letting us share in your lives! From weddings to maternity to birth and family portriats we have had a blast working with all of you. Thank you for letting us capture a vision of your family, of you at this particular place in your lives. It has been a joy to dance, sing, laugh and cry with you all. We can’t tell you how much you mean to us!

Please enjoy a slideshow of some of our shootout 08 pictures! We had a blast making them, and we hope you enjoy seeing us being… well… us! I’ve set this slideshow to my “Dance In My Office For Inspiration” song. I hope you all enjoy it! Happy Holidays to all of you! We wish you peace, joy and love wherever you are.

Just as an FYI we are closing up the office so we can get some holiday cheer going, and get some much needed rest as we’re going on week three of me being ridiculously sick. Print and album ordering will resume on January 5. I will continue blogging some sessions I have backlogged, but email and phone calls will be returned on a need basis. Thanks guys and happy holidays!

Marianne Rencher

Just saw shootout 2008 and noticed that Dustin has really great dental work.

SO fun!!!! i can’t wait to have a shootout with you guys!

Sarah! These pictures made me miss ya’ll! I noticed that you had one of my little Beebers…haha.. thank you for taking care of him for me.. holy cow.. it’s hard to imagine that your work can get any better… BUT IT HAS! We miss you guys! I for sure thought when I read your comment about this song that it would say be “it’s business time”, by flight of the conchords. Hopefully we can see you soon!

Happy New Year Sarah! I love visiting your blog, seeing your work + learning about your little family. We LOVED the xmas card – thank you for thinking of us!

Meghan + I are thrilled to work with you in 2009 and look forward to getting to know you more.


Holy cow, I love you guys. We miss you!

These are awesome! I always think of you guys when I visit/stalk your site, so it was fun to see pix of just you guys! Merry Christmas!

Thanks for sharing these with us Sarah! I loved them all, and it is also a little bit of an ad that says “you know you wish you also had some mad talent behind the lens and could do this for a living”. Merry Christmas!

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