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The Rescue Mission

We recently finished 12 videos for The Rescue Mission that highlight the programs they make available to the community. Please visit We feel so grateful to have witnessed first hand the beautiful and generous work and love poured out on people here in Tacoma.


Student Raises $17,000 for 4US

4US is one of those organizations that Ryan and I truly believe in. 4US stands for UltraSound(s). Their mission is to raise money to purchase ultrasound machines for local pregnancy centers.

I remember the first dinner I had with Diego, Kim and their amazing family at The Hub in Tacoma. It was inspiring to hear the risk and sacrifice they have taken to spearhead this organization. Every year they have an annual event involving families, individuals and anyone in-between who is passionate about helping women who face crisis pregnancies.

They also desire to encourage individuals throughout the year to do just about anything to raise money 4US. One inspiring story Diego wanted to highlight is Allison, a local student who raised $17,000 in change 4US.

Allison’s story really became the “mold” for 4US’ entire “Get Involved Campaign”. Diego wants individuals around the city, state, nation and the world to realize that whatever you love to do, can be done to raise money 4US.


When Tiff met Curby

I usually don’t photograph weddings…

But when I found out my dear friend Tiffani was getting married, I knew I couldn’t turn down her request.

Tiffani and I met 8 years ago at Greenville College while she was working for the football coach and I was a Junior. I can’t remember how our friendship came about, but from the beginning we’ve shared great conversations, laughter and wonderful memories… We’re both touchers and we’ve had a good share of hugs and hand-holding over the years. 🙂 I’m so thankful that we’ve been able to keep in touch… On November 5, 2011, Tiffani became Mrs. Piehl. I was so grateful to be one of the many there – rejoicing in their marriage.

A couple of months ago, Ryan and I flew down and filmed a video for Tiff and Curby to show at their wedding. It turned out perfectly. We visited UCLA – where Tiffani is getting her doctorate, Santa Monica Pier and the South Coast Botanic Gardens where they were married on Saturday…


David and Kate’s Wedding

Kate and I met online. Yes, we were fellow bloggers before we met face to face. When I found out Kate was getting married, I was thrilled. Knowing a bit of her story, I couldn’t help but want to celebrate in this moment of redemption, beauty, and unity! When Kate originally emailed me about photos, I told Ryan how much I wanted to be there for her wedding… Well details changed and instead, Ryan and I offered our talents to film Kate’s wedding. In my heart, I was deeply compelled that it was so important to capture their day – their story…

When we arrived to the camp that first evening, I knew it was going to be a special… and quite unforgettable weekend… And that it was… With all our footage, it’s hard not to share EVERYTHING… So, we hope that this bit of video shows a bit of everything – from the many friends who served to make this day happen – to Cohen’s sweet face and of course, the union of David and Kate…

Thank you for letting us celebrate with you…

Song: “Many Roads,” by Andrew Peterson. Used with permission.


Welcome home, Adam.

When my friend, Lindsey, hired us to film Adam’s “Welcome home!” ceremony, I had no idea what an unforgettable moment it would be.

Lindsey was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Tacoma in 2004 and at that time, she was actually working with Ryan at Upward Bound part of MDC. I’ve always loved her creative style and we could talk for hours about our plans to change the world. When she moved back “home” to the mid-west (something we had in common!) to get her Masters, I didn’t expect to ever live within the same vicinity again. But she surprised me. She married a man whose job was a chaplain for the U.S. Army – and he was to be stationed at Fort Lewis.

For several months we even got the chance to live in the same apartment building together. And while Adam was away for the year, she was growing a little sweetie inside of her – Bjorn.

Like I have already mentioned… I will never forget the moment Adam embraced his beautiful wife. I couldn’t help but tear up as I watched through the viewfinder.

Adam, Lindsey & Bjorn since moved from Tacoma… but I still am so grateful for their long distance friendship.

Song: “Thanks to You I’m Free,” by Jonathan Harris. Used with permission.


Two years ago, my husband finally came home from a year-long deployment to Iraq. As with all welcome-home ceremonies, it was an exciting, emotional and highly-anticipated time in our marriage. The last time I saw him was six months earlier, for his R & R. But, this time was different. This time he was coming home to stay. We could finally & truly dive into the plans and hopes we had for our marriage. Up until that point, we were either newlyweds waiting for him to deploy or newlyweds pushing our way through a deployment. This was finally our time. To top off all this awesomeness, I was 6 months pregnant with our 1st baby! The last time he had seen me, we had just found out we were expecting a baby and I was about, ummm, 25 pounds thinner.

All this to say, we HAD to have someone capture this reunion on film! And Ryan and Bethany were the perfect choice. They came to my home early to document the excited nervousness I had as I got ready to meet my love and introduce him to our baby. They then came with me to the ceremony, itself, and caught every second of the reunion on tape! When we received our final product, it exceeded our expectations. Every sound bite was perfectly and artistically chosen. The background music couldn’t have been more fitting. I store this DVD in a fireproof/waterproof box – it is something I deeply treasure and look forward to sharing with many generations to come! Ryan and Bethany have an obvious love for the people, sites and scenes that they shoot. Every image and every sound clearly demonstrates that this is, indeed, a work of art as much as it is a photograph or a clip of film.