Tue. Nov 25, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

Announcing: The J&M Black Friday Sale!!

Happy Tuesday!

Today we are SO excited to announce our line up for our annual Black Friday sale!! All of these seats are not open yet & will go on sale midnight on Friday morning (12am EST), but we like to announce them a couple of days early so that everyone has a chance check their calendars, look at flights, etc! And that is especially true since we are announcing two BRAND NEW workshop dates today for our Walk Through One Days coming to two amazing cities hopefully near you, as well as some new cities that we're coming to for our mentoring sessions!

In addition to that, we are also going to be running one-day ONLY specials on our February 11-12th two day Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M "Burberry & Brass" themed workshop right here at our home in New Haven, CT, as well as our anniversary sessions and our ebook The Guide!! Whew!! It's going to be amazing! :)

So if you have been thinking about signing up for a workshop or session with us, this is the perfect time because they will never be lower than this! Mark your calendars & iPhone reminders, tell Siri to have your back, because at 12am Friday morning all of these spots will go on sale! And if our past Black Friday sales are any indication, they will go FAST!! We also have some extra special savings for the first few people to sign up for things, so read on for all the info on that!

And we are now SO excited to announce the winners of our Two-Day LIVE audience giveaway for December 4th & 5th!! We spent HOURS going through all of the amazing entries and were truly blown away by what everyone wrote & the stories you shared! We went through ROUNDS & ROUNDS of elimination just to get it down to a small enough group & when all was said & done, there were 7 (not 6!) stories we just couldn't shake. So we decided, there is ALWAYS room for one more at the table! :) So in no particular order, here are the seven

Maggie Trice
Rachel Brewer
Casey Edwards
Josh (nominated by Erica Loewenguth)
Banefsheh Saifollahi (nominated by Katie DeLorme)
Lanie Coulter
Meagan Fisher

Congrats everyone!! And we'll see you in December! And a HUGE thanks to everyone else who entered...you guys stay tuned, b/c we may or may not have some more giveaways up our sleeves! :)


First up, we are super excited to announce that we are coming to the following two cities to put on our Walk Through a Wedding One Day workshops because we have gotten SO many people asking us to come to both of them this past year! We aren't always able to come to every area that people ask for, but with both of these everything just worked out & lined up so perfectly that we'll be able to make it happen! So without further ado, we are so happy to announce that we will be coming to.....

Dallas, TX on April 2nd &
Nashville, TN on April 20th

Our "One Day workshops " workshops are normally $1000, but for one day only on Black Friday they will be $200 off. AND as an extra special bonus, the first 5 people who sign up in each city are going to get an extra $50 off for a total of $250 off!

What is a Walk ThroughOne Day workshop ?

Our Walk Through a Wedding "One Day" Workshop is twelve full hours of what it takes to shoot a wedding, including every tricky situation that comes with it. We will be walking through each step of the wedding day, as if we were actually shooting it. But y'know, with better vendor meals.We'll cover lighting, posing, timelines, shooting in a time crunch, dark churches, shooting reception details to get published, sparkler exits & more! We'll have a bride & groom to model for us and a whole spread of gorgeous details! Because we know what you know: shooting a wedding can be tricky business. And we're here to help you with all of those toughest parts of the day! **Note that our One Day workshops focus in solely on the shooting part of our normal Walk Through a Wedding workshop. If you are also interested in the business side of things (marketing, branding, pricing, workflow, getting booked, getting your name out there, getting your life back) then our two day Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop in February is for you!

Next up, is our full two day Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop taking place from Feb 11-12th at our home in New Haven, CT and including over 20 hours of teaching content! This is our biggest workshop & the one stop shop for everything you want to learn from us. We not only cover all of the shooting side of things like in our One Day's, we also dig deep into the business side and everything that comes after the wedding day and actually making a successful business out of this thing you love. This is perfect for people who are just looking to get their businesses started OR for people who have been doing this a while but the bookings just aren't where they need to be and/or you are trying to break into the high end of your market and keep feeling stuck. AND we are working with two AMAZING planners, Stacie & Erica from Stacie Shea Events to make this the prettiest workshop yet, including the extra added bonuses of a styled welcome dinner for all the attendees on the 10th & a SECOND styled shoot on Day 2!! Don't miss it!

For everyone who signs up on Black Friday we are going to be doing $250 off, AND the first 5 people to sign up are also going to get a copy of our ebook The Guide ($150 value!) With our two-part payment plan, that means you can lock in your seat on Friday for just $625!

Our anniversary sessions have been one of the highlights of our year in 2014! We just love marriage & we love celebrating with couples beyond the wedding day! This is the chance for you & the love of your life to get dressed up, go somewhere amazing & have iconic photos of you guys taken right where you are at this stage of life! Go all out with them & do something once in a lifetime worthy! Like next year when we're heading to Rome with an amazing couple to do one over there! They can be used as either an anniversary session or maternity shoot.

For everyone who signs up on Black Friday, you will get $250 off a $1500 session! We only have THREE sessions available so be sure to sign up as soon as they go live!

We have also made a few quick adjustments to our Spring mentoring dates to be able to line up with some cities that we're coming to! In addition to our January 14th & February 18th dates at our home in CT, we will also be bringing our mentoring sessions on the road for March & April!! We will be in...

Chapel Hill, NC on March 25th to line up with us speaking at the Clic Conference (so if you're coming to that this is a great chance to add on a mentoring session!) and
Nashville, TN on April 21st following our Walk Through One Day down there (so that's a great chance to stay an extra day & get help with the business side!)

Each mentoring date only has TWO spots available, so be sure to grab them fast! AND for anyone who signs up on Black Friday, you will get $100 off the $750 session that includes up to three hours of mentoring & mini head shots!

Our e-book The Guide with over 60 pages of insight from the past 10 years on business, marketing, pricing, and how we went from our "job interview days" to picking & choosing every couple that we work with!

For anyone who grabs their copy on Black Friday, it will be 50% off!

Happy Tuesday you guys!

Sun. Nov 23, 2014 by Mary    Engagements

Yale Engagement Shoot: Stephanie & Eric

Happy Monday & Happy Thanksgiving week!!

Gosh, I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here, but in so many ways I'm SO ready for it! I've been transitioning out of pumpkin flavored drinks and into peppermint flavored ones (the new praline latte at Starbucks is a good middle man for that!) I've been getting all of our Christmas decorations ready....Justin is pretty big on not decorating until the turkey has been eaten & put away, but there's nothing that says I can't have them all waiting on standby! :) It's a covert operation you see & I have stacks of things hidden in closets and under tables just waiting for Thursday! And I have started tip-toeing my way into Christmas movies. None of the good ones, you see. Not your Elf or your Christmas Vacation or your It's a Wonderful Life or your... y'know... Die Hard 2. No we have to save those until it's truly the season. But the B list will work as a warm up. Things like Holiday in Handcuffs. Reese Witherspoon & Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases. Christmas with the Cranks.

And as this week starts, we've been thinking a lot about how very much we have to be thankful for. For those of you following on Instagram, you saw that we just had our last wedding on Friday & then our last shoot of the year yesterday! And boy did we get to go out with a bang! Just wait til you see this blue dress! It has truly been an incredible year. And now we are just so excited to wrap up our last few shoots, get those last few galleries out the door...and settle in for a long winter's nap! :) (I'm secretly 100 years old & napping sounds like a rocking good time to me)

In the mean time, this week on the blog is going to be full of things we are thankful for! We have several shoots of gorgeous couples coming your way (kicking off with the beautiful Stephanie & Eric below!), we will be announcing our six deserving photographer winners who will be joining us for our LIVE taping in December, AND tomorrow will be unveiling the entire line up for our annual Black Friday sale with crazy fun deals, including two brand new workshop dates you won't want to miss! So definitely stay tuned for that!

But for now, let's kick off this week of thanks by me saying just how thankful I am for couples like Stephanie & Eric who come into our lives. These two are the BEST! They are so fun (and funny!), easy going, and just an absolute joy to be around. From the first second they walked in our door until we hugged them goodbye at the end of the night, we just felt like we were hanging out with old friends. We had the best time shooting all around the fall foliage at Yale with them & then we made our way over to Geronimos for some table side guacamole and house margaritas. Where the laughs & the conversation went on for hours. When Justin & I first started looking for our most ideal clients or like we like to call them, our "Clients Turned Friends" years ago....these guys could have been the poster couple for who we were looking for! Kind, funny, witty banter, pop culture references, classic style...and most of all, totally, TOTALLY in love! They are the total package!

Stephanie & Eric, we had the BEST time hanging out with you! And we can't wait to see you again in the Spring!

Thu. Nov 20, 2014 by Mary    Engagements

Candlewood Lake Engagement Shoot: Laura & George

Happy Friday!

We are off to shoot our LAST wedding of 2014! Whew! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by & what an amazing year it has been! Just this wedding & one more anniversary shoot to go!

But before we head out, we just wanted to share with you the adorable engagement shoot we did with Laura & George all around Candlewood Lake! Laura went ALL out for their shoot, bringing the cutest props (hello s'mores!) and planning the most adorable outfits! We started out at one of their favorite wineries and had the most gorgeous sweeping views of the Connecticut hills and this amazing red barn. Then we did a quick outfit change to walk among the vines, before heading out to take a boat over to our own private island where we did a fire on the beach! Incredible!

These two are such a sweet couple & I loved watching how they love together! They are planning a gorgeous wedding for next year at a dream of a venue & now I'm even more excited for the big day to get here!!


Thu. Nov 20, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

Thursday Announcements: LIVE Two Day Event & More!!

Happy Thursday!

There are so many exciting things going on lately & even though this seems like the time of year when things should start slowing down....in so many ways, it's just getting started! Justin & I have SO many cool things coming up both through the end of the year & early next year that we are seriously so lucky to be a part of! And even better is that we get to do so many of them alongside amazing friends! But we realized that with so many fun things coming up, if we did an announcement post for each of them, that would make up an entire week of posts! Whew!

So enter...Thursday announcements!!

First up is that we are incredibly excited to join forces along with a bunch of awesome friends from all over the country to create a really amazing resource for photographers! The project itself is still under wraps so we can't announce exactly what it is yet, BUT 6 lucky folks are going to have the chance to be part of the making of this project!!

We’re going to be filming a TWO-day workshop on Marketing & Getting Booked in our home on December 4th & 5th, and we need a small, LIVE audience! So we’re opening up 6 seats to photographers who want to come and be a part of the filming process AND experience a two-day workshop with only 5 other photographers. Plus you'll get to hang out with us in our home by a crackling fire! S'mores may or may not (but definitely will!) be involved.

We were originally supposed to be charging for this workshop, but the more & more we thought about it...the more we (and especially Justin....God I LOVE that man!) just had it on our hearts that we wanted to do this workshop for FREE for 6 deserving photographers who could just really use a win, and some encouragement, and some life breathed into their business again after what may have been a hard season. We have been soo incredibly blessed this past year by the amazing the photographers that we've met and by the way you all have supported us & our business, workshops, etc SO much. We know we couldn't do ANY of this without you guys....so we just wanted to use this as a way to give back to the photography community at the end of the year and do something for others! We just love you guys!

**So here's how it works! Just leave a comment below either entering the giveaway for yourself or you can also nominate a friend who you feel could really just use a boost & have someone pouring into them for a change. Tell us your/their story and why you think you/they should be there & we are going to pick 6 lucky winners to join us at our home for two days & over 12 hours of teaching on how to fire up your business & get your whole calendar booked with your most ideal clients next year!! Plus how to take those bookings and turn them into the "freight train of momentum" that is going to make each year easier than the last! This two day workshop is normally a $750 value that the 6 winners will get for FREE (you just have to cover your own travel to CT & hotel) & we just can't wait to bless the socks off some people! :) And.....GO!!

In other super exciting news, we just announced the theme for our Two-Day Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop on Feb 11-12th (our April one is now SOLD OUT!) Without further ado, we present to you.....Burberry & Brass!!! We just hung out with the amazing Stacie & Erica from Stacie Shea Events last night & just WAIT until you see what they have planned for this one! There may or may not be a Burberry cake in the mix! :) I'm just sayin!

AND we are SO excited to have been asked by our good friends at Seniorologie to be a guest judge along with the amazing Promise Tangeman & Arlene Evans from Creative Live in their People's Choice Awards image contest that is going right now!! If you are a Senior Photographer, head on over HERE to find out more!!

Wed. Nov 19, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Chicago Wedding at Salvage One: Sheila & Jon

Happy Wednesday!

Today we have for you the absolutely gorgeous Chicago wedding of Sheila & Jon at Salvage One!

Salvage One is actually this very cool antique shop turned wedding venue, and one of the most amazing things about it is that because it is still an active store with new stuff coming in all the time....the decor is constantly changing! It's new every weekend! How fun is that?!

These two got married on an absolutely perfect day, and what made it the most special was how these two love. How they love each other, how they love their families, how they love everyone lucky enough to find their way into their world. This was one of those days that was oh so pretty, but so much more importantly...it was a day that was beautiful. And that beauty pours right out of Sheila & Jon's hearts and beams out all around them. It fills the room until you can fill the light and the warmth on your face.

I loved how the girls laughed all morning long. I loved the tears that poured freely during the ceremony. I loved the hugs. And the group prayers. And the cupcakes. And how everybody, everybody was burning up the dance floor.

There is this thing that makes a wedding special and it is nothing that you can buy or hire or decorate. It comes from two truly good people starting a life together and two hearts like that being joined....it creates the kind of explosion of goodness that sends ripple effects and shock waves to everyone who feels it. And it reminds them to love a little more and hug a little tighter too.

That's why the world needs a love like this. And we're just the lucky ones who got to capture it that day.

Sheila & Jon, there are just no words for how much we LOVE the two of you! Yours is the kind of love that the world will always remember, We certainly will.

SO much love to both of you!

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