Sat. Nov 29, 2014 by Mary    Life with J&M

Our Thanksgiving 2014!!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a Thanksgiving that was full of family & fun & amazing food! We got to spend the whole weekend with family & it was wonderful! We started off by spending Thanksgiving out in Rhode Island for our annual turkey dinner at Justin's Aunt Ginny's house. This group is such a riot and we always have the best time with them! We eat tons of food and tell stories and just laugh & laugh & laugh!

This year we brought our camera and got some behind the scenes of all the fun!

A proper New England Thanksgiving definitely calls for sailboats!



These red & yellow berries were hand picked by Justin's mom that morning & it's a new england tradition that they are supposed to be good luck!





Let the food begin!!





After dinner we talked everyone in to doing some impromptu portraits on the couch. These are the "Ders" (short for sisters): Justin's mom Nancy, Aunt Pam & Aunt Ginny left to right. And I just LOVE how they love each other & everyone around them! I secretly want to become an honorary Der!



And the Ders + Grammy! She is 88 this year and just as sassy & fashionable as ever!! I ADORE her!



On the right there are Justin's parents, Nancy & Dan. They met right after high school graduation "down the shore" in New Jersey when they were 18 & they have been together ever since (40 years next year!) And they are just as in love today as those two high school kids they were when they first met. They are such an amazing example of marriage for Justin & I and I am thankful for them every day!



LOL! Grammy's cat, Nicholas. We remain convinced that he has plots for world domination. Or at least to star in a Bond movie.



The whole crew this year!!



The next day, my dad & Helen made the long trek up from West Virginia (about 12 hours!) to come spend the weekend with us. For those of you who don't know, my dad is an 8th generation logger. And he is working on a really COOL Christmas present for Justin & I. It's a piece of furniture (a flip top desk) that will be made with actual wood that he cut down. This one right here is the prototype for it, just to make sure we like the design. And then he is going to find a tree with distinctive markings on it so that it is cut into the grain of the wood and will show up in the real desk. So that we can always point to it & say that it was made from the wood of a tree that my dad logged. How amazing is that?!



After that, we loaded up the car and headed out to Mystic for the day, where there was a LOT going on: the Aquarium, the tree lighting & the lighted boat parade!! First up, we went to the aquarium & spent some time playing with the beluga whales. These things are AMAZING!! Somewhere along the line, they learned how to pose for pictures & photo bomb! Seriously! They were doing it with everyone and it was SO funny to watch!

Doooooooo youuuuuuuuu speaaaaaaak WHAAAAALE??



My dad & Helen!





But THIS was my favorite part!!! With all the little kids, they would swim right up to the glass and then open their mouth real wide all of the sudden like they were making funny faces at them. And the kids would just laugh so hard. And then I swear to you it looked like the whales were laughing too! Amazing!



Penguins!!



Funny story. When Justin & I had first started dating we went to the aquarium and visited the penguin tank. The lady there was talking about them & she was explaining how this particular breed of penguin tends to stay together for life. About a month later I got a card with penguins on it from J that said "Will you be my penguin?" And it's still something we say to each other to this day.

LOL, that was probably way too mushy gushy to share here on the blog, huh? Sorry if I made anyone throw up a little! :)



We got to watch the sea lion show which was pretty incredible....and made me wonder if I could teach Cooper to do any of those tricks!



Petting the sting rays!!



The Titanic exhibit was pretty awesome! My dad LOVES all things history, so he was in heaven. And here are Justin & I posing with an iceberg! :) You jump, I jump Jack.



Iceberg, right ahead!!



And finally, some of our favorite new fishy friends we made that day!



Have an awesome week you guys!
xo
M:)











Thu. Nov 27, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

The Black Friday Sale is LIVE!!!

Annnnnnnd the Black Friday Sale is LIVE!!!! We can't WAIT to have you join us in 2015 & we are SO excited for what's in store!

xo
M:)



Our Walk Through a Wedding One Day workshops will be coming to Dallas, TX on April 2nd & Nashville, TN on April 20th!!


Use the code "BlackFriday" to get $250 off your seat!! And... GO!!

Sign up for the Dallas, TX Walk Through One Day-April 2nd (SOLD OUT)
Sign up for the Nashville, TN Walk Through One Day-April 20th


What is a Walk Through One 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!



For those of you who are looking to come to the FULL two day J&M workshop experience where everything we teach is all in one place with over 20 hours of content, our Feb 11-12th "Burberry & Brass" Walk Through a Wedding is for you! This is the perfect workshop for anyone looking to go full time or kick start their photography business!

And at $250 off, this is the lowest this seat will ever be! Just enter the code "BlackFriday" to grab your seat! AND the first 5 people to sign up are also going to get a copy of our ebook The Guide for FREE ($150 value!)

Sign up for the Feb 11-12th "Burberry & Brass" Walk Through a Wedding



Next up are our J&M Mentoring Sessions! Each mentoring sessions includes up to 3 hours of mentoring and a mini headshot shoot, as well as a 10 step next action plan on where to go next! 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 when you use the code "Turkey" !

Sign up for the January 14th AM session
Sign up for the January 14th PM session
Sign up for the February 18th AM session
Sign up for the February 18th PM session (SOLD OUT)
Sign up for the March 25th AM session (on location in Chapel Hill, NC)
Sign up for the March 25th PM session (on location in Chapel Hill, NC)
Sign up for the April 21st AM session (on location in Nashville, TN)
Sign up for the April 21st PM session (on location in Nashville, TN)




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 today using the code "BlackFriday" you will get $250 off a $1500 session! We only have TWO sessions left!

Sign up for a J&M Anniversary Shoot



Our e-book The Guide has 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! It is essentially everything in our business brains & our story of exactly what we did to build this business from the ground up put together in one place. And for anyone who grabs their copy TODAY, it will be 50% off! ($150 reg price) Just click the Buy Now button below to grab your copy & the discount will already be applied!

**Note that after checkout, you will be re-directed to a download link where you can download your copy! If you have any trouble, just shoot us an email!
























Thu. Nov 27, 2014 by Justin    Life with J&M

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!

Here's to turkey and family and grandma's stuffing recipes and breaking out Christmas decorations and Gone With the Wind. Here's to giving thanks and slowing down and laughing and praying and resting and saying the things that need to be said while we still have the chance to say them. Here's to tradition and heritage and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and cable knit blankets on the couch with a sleepy golden retriever.

Here's to a God who is faithful with new grace, mercy & provision every day, who gives us all SO much to be thankful for! Our cup runs over.

Here's to a heart full of thanks!
xo
M:)













Wed. Nov 26, 2014 by Justin    Engagements

Engagement Shoot at The Mount: Trista & Dave

Happy Wednesday!

I know a lot of you are getting ready to head off to see family for the holiday, so before you leave we just wanted to take the chance to say "Happy Thanksgiving!!" from us to you... and to send you on your way with lots of pretty in the form of Trista & Dave's engagement shoot at the gorgeous home of Edith Wharton, The Mount!!

Trista is actually a wedding planner herself, which made it such a HUGE honor that she chose us to do her wedding considering she already knows so many incredibly talented photographers in her area! And it also means that when it came to the engagement shoot, with Trista's impeccable style, we knew it was going to be amazing!

Let's start first with the incredible venue we got to shoot at all thanks to Trista & Dave's connections there. The Mount is seriously such a DREAM location! Gardens, stone steps, tree lined pathways, incredible archways, not to mention the gorgeous house itself....I could seriously shoot there all the time! (Brides, if you're getting married there...call me! :) Then add in the stunner of a black lace Monique Lhuillier gown that Trista wore and a classic black tie tux for Dave & we were pretty much in heaven!

We had the perfect day for it...a little overcast which turned the whole sky into a soft box & made for those moody black & whites we love so much! And a super sweet couple in love....it doesn't get any better than that! Here are just a few of our favorites from the day!

xo
M:)









































































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! :)

xo
M:)



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!
xo
M:)










 
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