Do you think my ears are wiggling enough?

I have been in love with Nashville’s Phindy Studios ever since I saw them on Ashley’s Bride Guide a while ago. Seriously, go check out the interview on ABG here.

Finished reading? Does their adorableness not just ooze through? It’s hard to ooze adorableness. Trust me. I do it daily. It’s tough.

I know you didn’t read it. So here’s a segment of the interview where Ashley asks what their fave pics are:

Mindy: Right now, it is a photo from our latest bridal portrait session. It is one Phil took up close of Amanda and her veil and it shows her nose ring. I love it when brides have unique style.


Phil: My favorite photos seem to always be ones Mindy shot. Favorites constantly change and are usually just from the last session we have done, which happens to be the same bridal session Mindy is talking about. My favorite right now is this bouquet shot with great sun flare. I loved it so much we just ordered a huge canvas for our home studio.


Mindy: Don’t you love how we both copped out and didn’t choose our own images??


And I don’t know if you caught it, but they are Phindy Studios because he’s Phil and she’s Mindy. That makes Phindy. Swoon.

I continued to follow their blog and eventually I couldn’t contain the love any more. I asked them to do an e-mail interview about their relationship for Nashville Marriage Studio. In my world there isn’t a better sign of a great relationship than two people doing something they love for a living. Their interview was lovely and I think they are a wonderful example of a great duo.

Well, their awesomeness didn’t end there. A few weeks ago they tweeted me asking if I would like some headshots.


Um, yes, please!

Well, when I said yes I did it believing that it was “just” a couple of pictures. I have taken pictures my entire life.


One of my earliest photo shoots.

This would be cake. Right?

Maybe it would’ve been cake if I hadn’t decided to watch an entire weekend’s worth of America’s Next Top Model. All of a sudden I became very aware of the fact that taking pictures is an art form. A very difficult art form that only the skinniest of us will ever perfect.

In one episode Tyra shared that her modeling secret was “wiggling her ears”, and the contestant needed to learn how to do it OR SHE WOULD PERISH.

I’m sure you’re trying to wiggle your ears right now because how could you help yourself? I just told you that it’s the secret to supermodel-dom. You have to try.

But try all you want. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. Only Tyra and my husband can do it.

My heart was immediately gripped with fear. My pictures would surely be horrible all because my stupid ears wouldn’t work. Damn.

Well, I met with Phil and Mindy today for The Shoot. I was beyond nervous. You know that test I’m taking on Friday? Yeah, I would have rather gone ahead and done that right then and there than have my picture taken. The thought of having my picture taken was agony. And I’m a drama queen.

Well, they were super adorable. And so nice about everything. Even my over the top nervousness.

And Mindy? Mindy is SO pretty. I mean, I knew she was pretty because I have seen her picture, but I figured, “Dude, they’re photographers. They have magic in their cameras or something. She has to look normal in real life”. And she does look normal FOR ANGELINA JOLIE. Not only that, but she was genuinely sweet. That’s a rare combo.

And Phil? Oh, I felt bad for Phil because he took the pictures and had to deal with… me.

At one point he starts looking through some of the shots and says, “These are pretty good,” and I say “Yeah… I was wiggling my ears.”

Apparently Tyra’s ear-wiggling trick isn’t common knowledge because first Phil gave me a “WTF” look and then asked, “WTF?”

Just kidding. He didn’t say “WTF”.

But he did ask, “What does that mean?”

Oh, it just means I take reality tv way too seriously.

The whole headshot thing turned into a great experience that I really enjoyed. And I found out that my gut about these two was so right on. Their skill is as much their ability to make you feel comfortable as it is their technical expertise.

Also if there is anyone out there reading my blog that might be getting married soon you know who you are Greg and Hanihe and needs a photographer I’d highly recommend checking them out.

6 thoughts on “Do you think my ears are wiggling enough?

  1. Emily says:

    I still can’t stop laughing! I am the same way, can I wiggle my ears? Am I smiling with my eyes? What about my freckles? Did I find the light?

    Now I know who my online ANTM buddy is!

    Ha! I kept thinking, “Smile with your eyes, Marie, SMILE WITH YOUR EYES!” I don’t know how models do it. And YES to ANTM buddies πŸ˜€ I used to just watch it during marathon weekends, but now that I’m officially addicted to Glee I watch it while I wait. This season with the short girls? Yeah, they seem EXTRA skinny this go around.

  2. Rebekah says:

    Uggghhh I hate pictures of myself! I always pick myself apart, but being an ear wiggler, maybe I’ll try that! You’re hilarious!

    Oh, I know! I mean, you know what I’m talking about with this exam (have you taken it yet, btw? was it really bad?) I really think I would have rather done that AND gone to the dentist. But Mindy and Phil were seriously great so it wasn’t THAT bad πŸ˜€ But I’m like you, when I see the pics I’m going to go crazy all over again. Ha.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Wait, are you going to share the headshots?! I want to see!

    (And I agree, this couple’s photographs are gorgeous).

    They’re going to get them to me in a couple of weeks (they’re traveling through Europe first which is reason Five Billion and Four why I love them). And trust me, I’ll share the pics and the angst I will surely go through once I see them :p

  4. Mindy says:

    Marie, you are too funny. Thanks so much for such a great post & for the Angelina compliment…you’re my new best friend! πŸ˜‰

    You’re so welcome, and thank YOU! And I’m not even exaggerating about the Angelina thing, you’re so pretty and I kept thinking “Can we just take Mindy’s pic and say it’s me?” πŸ˜€

  5. Chelsea says:

    Show us the shots!!

    I can wiggle my ears. And I’m 6′. But that’s about all I have in common with super models…

    Patience, grasshoppa πŸ˜€ I haven’t gotten them yet, but I will in a couple of weeks so I’ll let you guys see as soon as possible :p

    And, Dude, you’re 6′, can wiggle your ears AND super pretty (I’ve seen your pics, you are, unless you have a magical camera, too). You should so sign up for ANTM next year. Seriously. Stephen would understand πŸ˜€

  6. Monica says:

    You caught me trying to wiggle my ears! Can we see the pics?

    Ha! I don’t know if it’s even possible to talk/hear about ear wiggling without trying, especially when Tyra suggests it πŸ˜€

    This feels redundant, but in case you don’t read all my fabulous comment replies, the pictures will be ready in a few weeks (they’re backpacking through Europe. They’re so stinkin’ cool)

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