Happy Thanksgiving...

posted on: Thursday, November 28, 2013

From our table to yours...


xo,
The Robinsons

Hurry Up and Wait...

posted on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Pre-ceremony rituals.

First Annual Thistles + Lights Collaboration!

posted on: Sunday, November 24, 2013

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A Coffee Bar Cinemagraph for Lineage Roasting

posted on: Monday, November 18, 2013


The coffee never stops flowing at Lineage ;) 

We collaborated with Lineage Roasting on their new visual brand identity, working with them on product shots, portraits, behind the scenes, and some styling for their website and marketing collateral. 

And I just couldn't resist creating a cinemagraph of co-owner, Justine, at the coffee bar. This spot is iconic for the Lineage experience. It's one of the first things you see when you visit their physical location in the East End Market

(The floral crown was made by Jennifer from Freshly Picked, who is just the sweetest person you'll ever meet. We were so excited that she helped out with this collaboration!)


What Lies Beneath...

posted on: Friday, November 15, 2013

My talented, brilliant, and passionate friend, Megan Gilger, recently was invited to speak in front of an audience of creative business-owners and she created these hand-drawn designs (you can purchase them here) to go with it. I felt like she could have created them just for us and our new brand. Sometimes it's funny how our lives align with those of others isn't it? So, inspired by her beautiful drawings, I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about the people and the passion underneath this blog and By The Robinsons.

Wedding photographers, family photographers, vendors, commercial photographers... collaborators. 

It's about more than a genre. If you look closer, you'll notice a thread woven through all the work we do as By The Robinsons, and that thread is a life well lived. By consciously trying to collect moments, not things, in our own lives, we are building a treasury of moments that wouldn't have existed if we were just going through the motions every day. Pouring ourselves into our creative work with reckless authenticity, we dig deep into the love stories of our couples, into the feelings and the stories of our families, and into the ethos of the brands we create for. And that authenticity allows us convey feelings and messages in our work. A feeling like you know the people in the photos. A photo almost like a memory of a dream. Like you were there too. Like you know these people and places. It's more than just business, it's about finding the story underneath and sharing it in a genuine and beautiful way. 

So who are we? We are a homebody and a social butterfly. We are parents. We are small business owners. We are ambitious dream dreamers. We are good food lovers. We are memory makers and documentarians. We are quality time enjoyers. We are narrative artists. We are boundary pushers. We are collaborators. 

We hope you'll stick around and get to know us better. 
We'd love to get to know you too. 




Introducing... Our Limited Edition Market Bags

posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2013

btrmarketbag_01 Now that the dust is settling on our new website and all that goes along with it, I wanted to take a minute to talk a little bit more about our shop and one of the new products in it!

Did you get a chance to see the new Moments Not Things Shop? It is small but mighty. And we will be adding limited runs and one-of-a-kind pieces to it all focused on celebrating the moments of life.

This is our new Moments Not Things Market Bag. It is hand dyed lightweight canvas, screen printed locally in Central Florida with water based, environmentally responsible ink. It is perfect for breezing through the farmer's market or local art show. Use it like a tote to carry your books or laptop to a local coffee shop for some mobile working or quiet time. And it's our hope that when life starts to get crazy, or you start to get caught up in the rat race, that you'd catch a glimpse of the words on this bag and be reminded that riches in life are in the moments we make and live and enjoy.

There's a limited number available in the shop and each one is truly one of a kind as the dye shades and patterns can vary slightly from bag to bag since they were created by hand. Hop over now and take one home with you!


The Big Day! Our New Site is Live!

posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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I've written and re-written this post in my mind about a hundred times. How do I describe in words a project that has taken over a year of work and has been in the works for even longer than that?

It is more than just a new website. It is more than just a new name. By The Robinsons is an entirely new direction and dream and we are so excited to finally be able to share it with the world.

We started feeling it a few years back, this pull towards something deeper and different. We weren't sure how it was going to look but we started to pay attention. After having our son we were even more inspired. We were recognizing how special the seemingly un-special everyday moments were to us with him around. As we documented the first year of his life in images we realized that it wasn't the perfectly posed ones that meant the most to us, but the messy, chaotic, dirty-faced real life frames that held our heart. And that was when we knew... we had to give this same experience to others.

But what would it look like? How do we get people to understand that everything doesn't have to be perfect and planned to be beautiful. In fact, it's the moments of chaos or intense emotion or unexpected events that we find have the deepest significance. How do we find these hidden stories and share them in a way that makes complete strangers feel connected to the subjects in the photos? That's when By The Robinsons was born.

We started collaborating with our couples who were planning weddings, with young families, with other creatives and brands to tell their stories of celebrating life and milestones and work and fun. And we loved it so much we knew we couldn't look back.

So here we are finally showing you what we've been working on for so long. There is so much new that it might take you a while to discover it all. We hope you'll spend some time digging around and exploring. We've got lots to share.

First you might notice that we have a shop now. We are so excited about it. We'll be offering limited runs of items made locally by artists by hand. Each and every item in the shop will be something to help you celebrate the moments that make up your life. You'll see our new mantra, "Moments Not Things" all throughout our shop and site. You'll be seeing that a lot around here now as we are on a mission to encourage everyone to spend their time collecting special moments of a life worth remembering.

You might also notice that our website is not just about weddings anymore. You, my astute friend, are correct. We love weddings and are still taking wedding commissions but we have added a few other layers to our work and we are so excited to now have the opportunity to branch out working more with young families and collaborating with brands, businesses, and other creative entrepreneurs.

We've also launched something new that we are very excited about. In an effort to make quality photography available to everyone (while also still being able to pay our bills) we've created something special: The BTR Loyalty Program. With our new program you can now earn "BTR Bucks" to use toward our services and products. All by just helping us spread the word about our work. You love us, we'll love you right back! We are really excited to see what happens so we haven't put a cap on how much you can earn. Read all about here.

And to celebrate our launch, we've decided to add a few extra ways for you to earn BTR bucks right away! In addition to the ways of earning them listed here, you can also earn them this week (ends on Saturday at midnight EST!) by...

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook (email us to let us know after!) - 1 BUCK/ea.
Share about our launch on FB (and link to us @ByTheRobinsons) - $5 BUCKS
Blog about our launch and email us a link to your post - $10 BUCKS

So you know what to do now... go poke around, enjoy, spread the word, pop some champagne (oh wait, that's us) and enjoy the new: BY THE ROBINSONS

(ps... I know you all loved the waves on our coming soon page so we included them in the site! See if you can find them, and then just leave the site up and enjoy your ocean view!)








A Sneak Peek Cinemagraph...

posted on: Monday, November 11, 2013



Our new brand officially launches in TWO DAYS! One of the newest parts of this big launch that we have been pretty quiet about is our new SHOP that will have limited edition products available. When we launch, we will have these gorgeous Market Bags available in limited supply! We are so excited to share them with you! They are hand dyed in ombre seafoam green and locally screen-printed with our new mantra. Perfect for visiting your local farmers markets or strolling through the East End Market after you stop by our studio!

Keep checking in this week for breaking news and sneak peeks on our new brand. Follow us on instagram @bytherobinsons and on Facebook for even more and mark your calendars: WEDNESDAY we launch! Thanks for your support! 

A Thousand Words | 001

posted on: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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The Gerke Family At Home

posted on: Monday, November 4, 2013

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That last photo wasn't staged at all, Travis had just finished building Merit's crib and they wanted to put him down for the first time in it together. Love that I got to be there to capture that moment.