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7 Reasons to Love Halloween

I’m not going to say that Halloween is the best holiday–but here at Lumos Studio, Wendy and I are very, very fond of it. In light of this fact, here are 7 reasons that you should love it, too.

1) You learn new things about your friends

On Halloween, people often show a side of themselves that they otherwise wouldn’t. Maybe it’s their inner bloodthirsty cannibal, or maybe it’s that they still have Soundgarden t-shirts and flannels that they’ve been stashing since the 90’s. Whatever, man, it’s Halloween, let your freak flag fly.

This Halloween I learned that my wife looks fantastic in green…like, a lot of green.

My wife looks great in greenEat your heart out, Chris Pratt.

J.P. in his Star Lord costume

I also learned that if you wear a Star Lord costume, the most impressive part to men of a certain age will be that you have an actual, functioning Walkman.

Star Lord and Gamora

2) It’s crafty

Let’s start with the most obvious. At Halloween, it’s not only accepted, but expected that you’ll take a fruit, cut a hole in it, scoop out its guts (parts of which you may or may not toast and eat), then carve its flesh into the likeness of a person, place, or thing, then set a fire in it, and place it in front of your house.

We bucked tradition this year by running out of time for all that carving stuff, and instead Wendy drew a mural on our kitchen wall. (What, you didn’t do that?)

Halloween muralThe light switch symbolizes man’s dual nature, ever flipping between light and darkness…

3. Adorable kids

On Halloween super-cute kids just show up on your doorstep without any expectation that you’ll clothe them, teach them right from wrong, or pay for a college education. All they want is candy–a small price to pay for not having to change diapers.

Cute little princess




And speaking of candy…

4. There’s candy

I would have taken a picture of Halloween candy to include here but, um, I, uh, handed it all out. Yeah…the children ate it. That’s what I’m going with.

5. You get to be someone else for a night

Sometimes life can get a little humdrum. People have expectations of you and if you don’t live up to them, well, there are social ramifications. But on Halloween, you don’t have to be you, you can be someone else…

Tye-dyed freak
Super-Family isn’t afraid to mix DC and Marvel heroes!

Super family6. We get to mock our fears

Sometimes it seems like our whole culture runs on fear: fear that we’re getting older, fear that we’re not as successful as we ought to be, fear that other people have more friends than us, are better looking than us, are having more fun than us, fear that we’ll get toxins in our non-GMO cereal and that people whose political beliefs are different from our own are going to destroy the planet…
Sometimes we need to look at all that crap, own it, and just laugh.

Sweetest zombie hunter ever

Day of the dead loversDay of the dapper dead.

7) Fellowship with friends & neighbors

Finally, as we become more and more insulated as a culture, I’m glad there’s still a holiday where we’re encouraged to wander around our neighborhood and knock on our neighbors’ doors. For a lot of us, it’s the only time we’ll see most of our neighbors face to face all year. Also, Halloween is a great chance to hang out with friends and take photos of their kids.

You could have a multi-generational meetup, such as Padme and Princess Leia. (Do you see the family resemblance?)

Padme and Princess Leia

You might also run into Tim Tebow and a trucker…who has lost his hat…and his radio. Look, it’s a long road–let’s just be glad he’s awake.

Tim Tebow and a Trucker

You might encounter Marceline the Vampire Queen and…her masked friend.

Marceline the Vampire Queen and...friend


We would also be remiss if we didn’t thank this lovely fairy who helped make all these photos possible.


But as fantastic as Halloween is, please  celebrate responsibly, because when the Valkyrie and the intergalactic assassin throw down, you don’t want to miss it.

Gamora vs Brunhilde

Happy Halloween!

Folly Beach Wedding – Cris and Rosey

Cris and Rosey had their wedding on Folly Beach on the second weekend of October. Given that this is South Carolina, the weather was gorgeous and I still managed to get a sunburn. It was totally worth it, though!

You probably remember Rosey from her gorgeous bridal portraits. Well, now it’s time to take a look at her wedding to Cris.

Rosey, being a perfectly sane person, slept in on her wedding day, then lounged around in her pajamas while drinking mimosas and…wait, no. No. That’s not what she did at all. First, she got up at dawn and went for a jog…

Nuh-uh…then she went out on the beach and did some yoga. You know, like ya’ do.

Um, no

Rosemary’s sisters joined her in her beach yoga which I think shows a tremendous, tremendous amount of love.


But hey, at least you can always count on the guys to laze around the morning of the wedding, I mean, if they’re even awake. Cris is probably just stumbling out of bed–maybe going to play some video games before he…


Nope. He’s surfing. I didn’t even know you could surf at Folly Beach, but apparently where’s there’s a will, there’s a wave.

Laughing babyThanks, kid, I’ll be here all week.

Eventually, though, it was time to pack in the board and go get married.

Groom walking in the surf on Folly Beach

Surely at this point Rosey has settled down for some coffee or maybe…

A bride doing yoga on Folly Beach before her wedding

…she’s pointing her toe at the sky as though mocking physiology itself.

A cute baby laughs with her grandmother

I’m just cutting back to adorable baby at this point in order to show a photograph of someone I feel convinced I could take in a foot race.

Seriously, though, Rosey, it’s time to get dressed. There’s a wedding to have! You’ve got to…

A bride  does yoga before getting into her dress…do some planks before getting into your gown.

Fine, I’m just going to go take photos of the rings.


Well, eventually, everybody did decide to come in off the beach and get this wedding started.





I love this face from Cris.  Some folks look nervous during the ceremony. Not these two. (I don’t know, maybe it’s the yoga.)





After the ceremony, it was just a great time of hanging out with friends and family.


…and a little dancing on the beach.

Bride and groom kiss on Folly Beach in South Carolina

Cris and Rosey, as much as your incredibly healthy lifestyles are an inspiration, your love is even moreso. Wendy and I have loved spending time with you guys and wish you all the best in this new adventure.

If you’re not Cris or Rosey, you can tell them how beautiful they are in the comment box below, or you can check out some other weddings from people who aren’t quite so bendy.

Playful Bridal Portraits with Rosemary

Do we seem excited? It’s because we are! Partially about the season premier of The Walking Dead, but mostly about the fact that Rosey and Chris are married! And that means that we can share with you these bridal portraits that we took of Rosey!

Modern bridal portrait

You can understand our excitement, no?

Bride looking over her shoulder

Rosemary and Chris were married Saturday on Folly beach. It must have been a fairly popular date and location for weddings, because we saw one wedding to our right and another to our left just slightly later in the afternoon. I’ll give you one guess which of the three brides was the most beautiful, though…

Gorgeous bride in a field

Gorgeous bride in a field of flowers in Columbia, SC

You might remember Rosemary from our earlier posts about Gyrotonic Columbia. Since then, she’s also competed nationally in yoga. (Yeah, I didn’t know that yoga was a competitive sport either. I’d love to hear the trash talk. “You think you’re serene?! You think you’re serene?! I’ll show you serene!”) I think her hard work has paid off.

Lovely bride holding her dressThe clouds were very cooperative that evening.

Beautiful bride spinning in her wedding dress in Columbia, SC

We had a blast getting these playful bridal portraits with Rosey. On top of everything else, Rosemary is a dancer (and used to dance with Wendy) so she knows how to move!

A playful photo of the bride

Isn’t she elegant?

Isn't Rosey an elegant bride?

So dramatic!

Even in the simplest of settings, Rosey pulls of such a graceful form. She really makes our job easy.

Nobody puts Rosey in a corner! Okay, actually we do, but she works it.

Beautiful bride lying on the floor

Rosey, we love you! Thank you for being so lovely in your wedding dress and for being willing to play with us to get these photos.

Come back very soon, everyone! We’ll have a teaser from Chris and Rosey’s wedding later this week that will include yoga (non-competitive), surfing, a crazy cute baby, and an absolutely lovely bride and groom.


The World Languages Department 2014-2015 Season

The World Languages Department – SVH – Weekdays 8:40am-3:33pm

With the fall season upon us, audiences are sure to be thrilled by the return of SVH’s The World Languages Department.

Frequent viewers of The World Languages Department are bound to be excited by the kick-off of this season with the return of everyone’s favorite cast members. Of course, last season began with the cast travelling to a magical realm in the unforgettable episode “Madame Stephens’s Adventures in World Language Land” and ended with Mrs. Ham and Mr. Grantham preparing to head off for an action-packed trip to Europe while Mrs. Schwarzbauer took a brief hiatus from her performance to introduce a brand new character, Baby Kyle.

(Click here for an exclusive sneak peek at Baby Kyle!)

Math, science, history–they’d all be very hard to learn about without language, so for those readers who have yet to experience the joy that is The World Languages Department, here’s a brief introduction to the cast, pictured below (left to right):

Spring Valley's World Languages Department as the cast of The Big Bang Theory

Bernadette (played by Mrs. Schwarzbauer), the bright and bubbly biologist who harbors the ability to unleash a tide of fury belied by her diminutive size. She’s married to

Howard (Mrs. Ham), the engineer with a truly dazzling fashion sense and only member of the gang to have travelled to space.

Leonard (Mr. Grantham) Self-deprecating and neurotic, but unquestionably the core of the group, Leonard is willing to step out and engage with the world, as long as the world isn’t wielding lactose.

Penny (Mrs. Stephens) The wild card of the group, Penny may not be a genius, but she is beautiful, fun, and outgoing. While her acting career hasn’t yet taken off, she has found great friends among these misfits.

Sheldon (Mr. Ugro) Brilliant, impatient with the mental shortcomings of others, and from a far off land (Texas), Sheldon would like to be left in peace so that he can advance the world of science, provided someone will drive him to the office (and the train store).

Amy (Mrs. Hernandez) A neuroscientist who still struggles to understand the complexities of human interaction, Amy is a devoted friend who has a lab full of cocaine-addicted monkeys with nothing to lose.

Raj (Mrs. Nazario) Howard’s best friend, Raj has a sweet heart and a gift for party planning (as well as astronomy). Named one of People Magazine’s “30 Under 30 to Watch”, he’s sure to eventually sweep the right woman off her feet (provided he can bring himself to speak to her).

 Like all fans of The World Languages Department, I have my favorite. Personally, I love Mrs. Stephens–I mean, I’d marry her in a heartbeat! (Have you seen her in Breaking Bad? Amazing!) That said, every one of these characters brings something great to the table and this is, above all, a magnificent ensemble production. Check out this promotional still from the 2012-13 season.

The Cast of The World Languages Department from Vanity Fair

So tune in to SVH Monday through Friday at 8:40am for laughs and lots of language learning.


P.S. – If you’re a student who wants your senior photos to be anywhere near as cool as your Spanish, French, or Latin teacher’s latest picture, get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do.

Carolina CrossFit Famously Hot Showdown – Day 2 – Teams

(Hey! If you’d like to see all 1400+ images from both days you can do that (and order if you’d like) here.)

Okay, I promised a follow up to our previous post about day one of the Famously Hot Showdown, and here it is.

I know what you’re thinking. “Man, these fitness posts can be pretty intimidating! All these people are so darn…FIT!” Don’t worry, though, because day two of the Famously Hot Showdown was teams meaning the competitors were…

A very fit guy lifting weights

…still obscenely fit. (more…)