Ok, correction. As Monty Python would say, it's not yet dead. But it's getting there fast.
First, the Wifi went. Any time I tried to log on, it would say "no wifi hardware installed." And I'm not sure if you've ever noticed before, but a laptop without Wifi is basically just a box. A glorified paperweight. An overachieving door stop. A typewriter that went to Bloomies and had a makeover.
So we tried updating the operating system. At which point the Wifi started working again......but then all of my email folders disappeared. ALL of them. Now, I'm not sure if you've ever seen a grown woman lay down on the floor, kick her legs, and hold her breath until her face turns purple. And that didn't happen that day either. But it came close. There is just something about technology not working that makes me turn in to the Incredible Hulk. Such a shame too. It shredded my favorite polka dot button down from J.Crew.
So about an hour & a ton of Mac forums later, we find my missing email folders hidden under a destination folder. Where they were presumably taking a vacation. I like to imagine they were drinking tiny pina coladas. And getting caught in the rain. And for one brief shining second, all was right & working with my computer again!!!
And then.....the Wifi stopped working again. HULK. SMAAAAAASH.
So I calmly took a deep breath and rationally discussed the problem. Or y'know, the opposite of that.
From there, things just went from bad to worse. First the sound started going. It would pop & crack like I was listening to some old school vinyl on a gramophone. Which, y'know, kind of worked for my Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. But not so much for Pitbull. Then the video card start going. It would take whatever window I was looking at, and whatever I would mouse over it would duplicate it over and over until it looked like I was playing some really terrible Atari game.
The 80s called. They want their technology back.
The final blow was when the power cord literally broke off in the computer. I'm sorry, wait. It BROKE OFF in the computer! Who does that happen to?!
So yea, like I said. Not yet dead. But getting there fast.
So after a scene right out of ER of me pounding on the computer's chest and yelling "CLEAR" and "WHYYYYY"...we decided to pull the plug (see what I did there). It had to be done.
And we are now proud to introduce our new bouncing bundle of retina display joy....My New Macbook Pro!!!
I wore green on my sweater to let this new computer know who's boss!
We also invested in this beauty! It's an "Airport" so it's what gives us our Wifi in the house, but then you can also set it up as your "Time Capsule" so that any time you're logged on it's backing up your computer. I am terrible at remembering to plug in my laptop to a hard drive to back it up. But I'm GREAT at remembering to log on to the internet. So this a win-WIN for me!
And that is the tale of my technology saga. I am incredibly thankful that we were able to just go out & grab a new one. There was definitely a point early on in our business where we couldn't have done that, and that makes me extra grateful now. With all of our traveling we do, we literally run our lives from this machine. So I'm so SO thankful for a new & super fast computer to get it all done! And that there are silver linings even when it feels like everything is going wrong!
Happy Monday friends! Here's to the crazy ones!
One of the things we have been loving most about having some time at home in December & January, was getting the chance to do more of our house projects! For those of you who have been here a while, you know that Justin & I bought an 1880s colonial style house on the Long Island Sound in 2009. The really amazing news about that is that we were able to buy our first home on the water (which we STILL can't believe that's true! We have to pinch ourselves every day that we get to wake up & that's our view!). The bad news with it (and the reason we were ever able to buy waterfront in New England which is usually crazy expensive) is that it needed a ton of work. A TON!
Four years in and two major rounds of renovations over, there is still work to be done. There probably always will be, honestly. And we wouldn't have it any other way! We LOVE working on this house & making it our own. And the good news is, there will never be any shortage of projects to share with you guys! :) Today, we want to show you the new curtains & rug in our living room/meeting room on the first floor (there are three floors total, so like I said...no shortage of projects to be done!). It is absolutely amazing how much a difference a good set of curtains can make! We added in these gray velvet curtains to balance out the brightness of the room (we get a LOT of gorgeous light in off the water!) and also to pull in those tones of the sea stone fireplace (original 1800's...it even has a hook in it to hold a kettle for cooking!). Once we had those in place, we knew we wanted something to anchor the room (we were spending half our lives straightening the couch up). So we were over the moon when we found this light blue rug to tie the whole room together. It is the softest rug I've ever felt & honestly, it feels like it was made just for us and this room!
We are super excited with how everything is coming together! And by the way, I decided to leave our Christmas decorations up on the mantle as our "winter decorations." Don't judge!
Happy Friday y'all!
Oooh we also made the leap & added three new "Nest" smoke detectors in the house (one for each floor). Instead of just going off with some annoying alarm, they talk to you. Excuse me, there appears to be smoke in the kitchen. AMAZING!
And finally, this is a little hint at our next project to come! Any guesses?
January was a month packed full of mentoring sessions with amazing photographers in all stages of their businesses, from still in school to ready to dominate their market. There are no words that can fully describe just how much I love doing these mentoring sessions. I just LOVE teaching in general, but there is something so amazing about sitting down one on one across from somebody, away from the judging eyes of the world, and pushing them to really lay their dreams on the line. To speak out loud these things that have been floating around in their hearts. And to come up with a next action plan to actually get there.
In these sessions, there is no dream that is too big for dreaming. We talk about everything from lighting to posing to business, branding & marketing, and everything in between. We talk about how we took our own business from a tiny overnight start up to the business & brand that it is today (it continues to blow my mind to even think about this, but we just passed the 26,000 mark on Facebook!!), and how they can do that a lot faster by learning from what we've learned. I love that in answering other photographers questions, I can help them avoid everything that we've learned doesn't work and just get them moving forward quickly with what does. It is hands down one of the most rewarding things that we do!
This past month we had the privilege of hanging out with Abbey, Ali, Annamarie, Erica (not pictured because she was one week away from delivering a baby!!) Sarah & Tara. To talk about big dreams. Dig in to the reality of making them work. And push each other to be held accountable. There are big BIG things in store for these girls, mark my words. And I, for one, can't wait to see it!
Happy Thursday friends!
The gorgeous Annamarie & Ali! These girls are friends down in Virginia & had similar things they wanted to go over for each of their respective businesses. So they decided to do their session together, so they can bounce ideas around together & hold each other accountable. I love it!
Miss Abbey Domond. Ready to rock out the world & take names! I can't wait for what this year holds for you Abbey!
This girl! Sarah Robertson is still in school at JMU, but she is already getting her business off the ground in a BIG way! I have no doubts amazing things are in her future!
And finally, the stunning & beautiful-hearted Tara Liebeck. Tara does incredible work & is traveling all over the place for her weddings. She is definitely one to watch!
What do photographers do when it snows? Go out & shoot in it of course!!
We only lasted about twenty minutes, but it was totally worth it to see Cooper running around like crazy trying to eat all the snowflakes and to get some pictures of our own little family to put in picture frames all around the house. As you photographers out there know, we are all kind of like the shoe cobbler's children when it comes to documenting our own lives: we rarely make it over to that side of the lens and pretty soon another year goes by undocumented. That is something we have made a vow to change this year. Because I don't know about you guys, but I think our own stories are worth telling too.
So here's to snow days! And taking the time to remember to play!
That's how the story starts. His world somehow intersected with hers, and now it's hard to remember a time when there was an Ashley without a Kyle . Group dinners turned into conversations with just the two of them. Where sentences were finished and hours slipped by. And the world outside just kept on moving in both a blink and a long, slow blur. The way that it does when you have found your soulmate.
A couple years later, he got down on one knee in the middle of her dance studio and told her that theirs was the only dance he needed to know for the rest of their lives. That the steps were already printed on his heart. And he just didn't want to remember a time when there was a Kyle without an Ashley. Just a place where sentences were finished and the most important questions were answered. And if he could have that yes, then the rest of the world outside could just keep on moving in both a blink and a long, slow blur.
Because he was someone who had found his soulmate.
Meet: Ashley & Kyle
We got together with these guys this past weekend to do their engagement shoot all around Annapolis, and get to know them over some of the most amazing pizza bread & sangria I've had in a long time. And let me tell you, these two are just a dream couple! Kyle is just the sweetest guy & kept us laughing the whole time, and Ashley is the kind of girl you just want to be best friends with! Photography was super important to them as Ashley's grandfather was actually a wedding photographer and her grandma would go out with him to assist and help with the posing (they may very well have been the very first husband and wife team!), so we were incredibly honored when they asked us to photograph their day. They are getting married later this year along the Eastern Shore and we are SO excited to see the day they put together. If it's anything like them, I know it will be amazing!