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Wed. Oct 1, 2014 by Mary    Portraits

Pursuit 31 Styled Shoot

While we were at the Pursuit 31 Conference last week (which was AMAZING as always, by the way! And I hear that next year's conference sold out in ONE day yesterday! But they are still taking spots on the wait list if you are interested in going next year!) Justin & I had the opportunity to teach both a lighting and a posing course. For the Posing one, we had the most amazing set up including this killer tent and a perfectly styled & beautiful couple. Like I usually end up doing, I spent most of the hour teaching and didn't get a chance to shoot a ton at all. But I was SO grateful that Justin was there and he could spend some more time shooting when I had to run off to the next thing. So basically what I'm telling you is that ALL of these gorgeous shots are his! :)

Also, if there are any of you reading this who would love to be able to work on both your lighting AND your posing (as well as a TON of other stuff that goes into shooting the wedding day) all in one place, we have announced the details for our LAST Walk Through a Wedding workshop of the year! It will be taking place in New Haven, CT on November 5th (with an optional 2nd day of portfolio reviews, post-processing & business stuff on the 6th) AND when you guys sign up this week using the code "EARLYBIRD" that will get you your seat for just $850 (normally $1000). We also have payment plans available, so just shoot me an email if you're interested in that. And you can head HERE to grab your spot (only 8 seats left!!)

And of course, a HUGE thanks to all of the awesome creatives who came together to put on this shoot!!

Our couple: Chelsea & Brock
Dress: Katherine Elizabeth Bridal (that amazing dress was custom made by her!!)
Hair & Makeup: Brushworx
Styling: Juli Vaughn
Design: The Style Stork

Mon. Jul 28, 2014 by Mary    Portraits

Deanna & Matt Maternity Shoot

Happy Monday!!

And do we have just the thing to kick this week off right!! A while back we were contacted by Deanna to see if we would ever consider doing a maternity shoot for her & her husband Matt. She said that she had always wished that she would have been able to have us there with them for their wedding & that this was the next best thing. Now, how am I supposed to say no to THAT! ? :) Normally, we do tend to just focus in exclusively on "couples" with engagement shoots, weddings & anniversary shoots. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that our version of a maternity shoot could be just that: a focus on a couple who happen to be starting a very big, exciting new stage in their lives! And as long as we kept it about that and focused on their interaction and excitement, who they are together & who they are going to be as a family, then it could still fit very much with our style and what we love shooting! So we said yes!

And y'know what...I LOVED it!

I already knew that I loved shooting anniversary sessions because it shows what a love has grown into. And I think you just see that even more when a man is looking at a woman who is about to be the mother of his child. It's a deeper love. An awed love. A love that deserves capturing.

These two are due next month with a baby girl, in the same month when they will also be moving into a new house. So BIG things on the horizon! And it was just such an honor to capture them right now, right here, right before life changes forever for the better.

Deanna & Matt, we had the best time with you guys! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Mon. Jun 23, 2014 by Mary    Portraits

J&M: The Anniversaries

One of the things that Justin & I have been so lucky to do in our business, is to take on a limited number of anniversary sessions each year for couples all over the place. Through our "J&M: The Anniversaries" shoots we've been able to shoot in London, NYC, Nantucket, Virginia, Annapolis, and right in our own backyard! We've been able to shoot such beautiful couples who just really get into the shoot and go all out in everything from the outfits that they wear to the locations that they pick. It's been SO much fun!

But even more than that, Justin & I just have a heart for couples and marriage. We love to take wedding pictures that couples can look at five, ten or twenty years in to remind them of where it all started and bring them back to Day 1. But something that Justin & I learned when we did our own anniversary shoot with the amazing Jose Villa two years back and the incredible Tiffany Farley last year, is that there is something really powerful about getting back in front of the camera. Of having an evening to just hold on to each other. To look each other in the eyes. To walk and kiss. To not just take pictures on the wedding day, but every year. Because every year you hold on to someone, it's that much more beautiful. It's that much further that you've come. And it's a love that is deeper than you could have ever predicted when you were just starting out on Day 1. Yes, let's have more pictures to remind us of THAT!

Like I said, just with our crazy schedules and already having a full wedding calendar, we're only able to take on a limited number of these shoots each year (I SO wish we could say yes to everyone who comes to us!) So to help with that demand, we are raising the price of the anniversary shoots to $1500 starting at the end of this week. But because we do have such a heart for these shoots & marriage in general, what we decided to do to give everyone a heads up is reserve five spots at our current price of $750 that people can grab before the price changes at the end of the week. So if you've been meaning to book an anniversary shoot with us, now is definitely the time!

To reserve one of the five spots, just click the "Buy Now" button at the bottom of this post. Price covers the session fee & images. Additional travel fees may apply depending on where we do the shoot!

Mon. May 5, 2014 by Mary    Portraits

Naval Academy Anniversary Shoot: Jessica & Eric

Happy Monday friends!

Today we are SO excited to kick off the week right with this romantic Naval Academy anniversary shoot that we did last week with Jessica & Eric right after we got back from Antigua! Jessica is an awesome photographer herself in Austin, Texas who met her incredible husband Eric at the Naval Academy when she attended a ball there (their story is seriously like a fairytale!) He bumped in to her...and just like that, she fell hard! :) Ten years later, they are as in love as ever. So they flew in all the way from Texas and we drove down & met them in Annapolis to recreate the day they met. Jessica brought two incredible dresses for the shoot (and even wore a tiara for the second one!) and we had an amazing time shooting all around the campus with them! Even though it absolutely poured while we were there, these guys were total troopers & up for anything....and looking back now, I think it totally made the shoot. The rain just made it all the more romantic! Enjoy!!


Thu. Apr 10, 2014 by Mary    Portraits

J&M Editorial: Rene in Red

Here it is! The latest J&M Editorial Shoot: Rene in Red!!

Photography: Justin & Mary
Location: The Studio
Model: Rene Tate

April 4th AM SOLD OUT
April 4th PM SOLD OUT
April 16th AM SOLD OUT
April 16th PM SOLD OUT
May 9th PM
May 29th AM
May 29th PM SOLD OUT
June 11th AM SOLD OUT
June 11th PM SOLD OUT

J&M's Lighting Intensive- New Haven, CT on May 8, 2014
J&M Lighting Intensive - Seattle, WA on July 8, 2014
Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M - New Haven on November 5-6, 2014

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