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Best dog-friendly Raleigh breweries! I love beer. I love Raleigh. AND, of course, I love dogs. So I present: the best dog-friendly Raleigh breweries for you and your pup to visit! Please invite me to come with you! First round is on Kivus & Camera. Disclaimer: this is not every dog-friendly Raleigh brewery. The City […]

Elon Engagement photos by Raleigh wedding photographers Kivus & Camera

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Things to do in Raleigh – best breweries to bring your dog to

May 1, 2023

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Award Winning Raleigh Wedding Photographer Y’all. I’m going to type that again, and not just because SEO, but because I’m still trying to believe it: I’m an award winning Raleigh wedding photographer, and this post is about three big news items! Rangefinder Magazine announced their prestigious 30 Rising Stars in Wedding Photography for 2022 on […]

30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography

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Award Winning Raleigh Wedding Photographer

December 9, 2022

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The Kivii Life – a trip aboard the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Halcyon We’re the Kivii – Elyssa & John Kivus, the nerds you see up there getting ready to board the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World. The Galactic Starcruiser is a large intergalactic space cruise ship named the Halcyon. Or if […]

Review of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World

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Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser Review!

May 4, 2022

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Kivii Condo Before Pics Have you thought to yourself: I wonder if Elyssa would like real estate photography I wonder how dirty Elyssa lets her sensor get I wonder what the Kivii’s new condo looks like If you’ve ever wondered any of those things, then this is the post for you!! And if you’ve wondered […]

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Kivii Life – Kivii Condo Before Pics

May 13, 2021

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Why wedding photography is so important to me: A brain surgery story & the WHY behind Kivus & Camera Watch my awkward video up there! Talking about my experience with the diagnosis and surgery that changed my life (spoiler alert: for the better). Today is the 7 year anniversary of my surgery and I wanted […]

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Why wedding photography is so important to me

March 3, 2021

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The Kivii in their natural environment: Behind the Scenes 2020 I always say I’m going to do this post every year, but I think I’ve only done it once before. I just share some of the behind the scenes shots on social media and never write a blog post. But. Here we are at the […]

Raleigh wedding photographer behind the scenes

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Behind the Scenes – Kivus & Camera in 2020

January 27, 2021

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2020 TV & Movies, a retrospective Happy 2021! Let’s talk about all the 2020 tv and movies I watched. It was a lot! (photo of me by my friend Mina of Mina von Feilitzsch Photography) I’ll start with movies, since that’s a shorter list this year. These are listed alphabetically, so don’t read anything into […]

Photo by Mina von Feilitzsch photography

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Year in Review: 2020 TV & Movies

January 1, 2021

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We are nothing if not nerdy wedding photographers, right? We made some self-portraits for Star Wars Day! Check out our light sabers 🙂

Nerdy wedding photographers pose with their light sabers

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Nerdy Wedding Photographers say May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2020

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Downtown Raleigh Quarantine Photo Project I’m pretty devastated that I won’t get to photograph any weddings in April or May, because I was so looking forward to celebrating with our amazing couples. Alas, Covid19 and quarantine had other ideas. But I haven’t just been moping about. Quite the opposite. I’ve been using quarantine time to […]

groom shaves before big fake quarantine wedding

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My Big Fake Quarantine Wedding

April 22, 2020

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Kreativ Summit, Orlando, FL Heya, your favorite Raleigh Wedding Photographers went to the Kreativ Summit last month and it was awesome! I’m a firm believer in continuing education and finding new sources of inspiration and guidance, and this conference did not let me down. Kreativ featured some of the best photographers in the game, many […]

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Kreativ Summit | Raleigh Wedding Photographers

February 13, 2020