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Tue. Apr 15, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

Featured: The Knot National & More!

Well, it's tax day.

A not so fun day most of the time, and an especially not fun day for us this year. Sometime in the future, say about 10 YEARS from now, when I can actually laugh about it, remind me to tell you guys about the time our accountant of the last five years decided to go AWOL one week before tax day and stop returning phone calls & emails. Yeaaaaaaaa.

It was awesome.

So we've been scrambling to find a new accountant and get everything done in time. But as these things tend to do, I think it might have actually worked out for the best because we found a new accountant and she's AMAZING! She's already asking us about deductions & strategies that our other accountant never did, so we feel really lucky to have found her. And she was a total champ and somehow still managed to get everything done in time, even though we only found her a few days ago!

So it all worked out, but it's been an interesting few days to say the least!

So in light of that fact, and the fact that it's tax day and I'm sure we could ALL use a are some pretty features that we have been really lucky to get lately! First up, we got our very first feature in The Knot National magazine!! We've been really lucky to be featured several times in some of the regional ones, but this was the first time ever in the national one so we were PUMPED! They did a style piece on Brooke & Shaun and her incredible handmade gown!

We also have a full wedding in this issue of The Knot NY with Shannon & Luke's stunning Larchmont Yacht Club wedding!

And finally, Vermont Vows featured Liz & Jason's Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding as one of their National Real Weddings!!

Happy Tuesday friends!! And go pop some bubbly....taxes are OVER! Well y'know....until next year.

Fri. Mar 28, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

Announcing: Spring Mentoring Dates!!

Happy Friday friends!!

I feel like today is kind of like the Friday announcements back in high school. If I had a PA system, I would totally come on & tell you all about the meatloaf lunch special and to watch out for the driver's ed cones in the parking lot. And then I would play the xylophone like they did in Grease.

Maybe this is why they don't give me a PA system. #truth.

But either way, we have some fun new announcements for you guys! First up, we are ready to announce our Spring dates for our J&M Mentoring Sessions! We have 5 dates available, which means we started with 10 spots. But several of them have filled up already so be sure to grab yours before they're gone! The mentoring sessions take place at our home in New Haven, CT, and they are $750 for a 2 hour session on any topic that you want & it also includes a mini-headshot session with us! Beforehand we have you make a list of your questions, things you want to work on, and bHags (big, hairy AUDACIOUS goals), and then we work with you side by side to narrow your focus and come up with a clear next action plan of where to go from here to achieve those goals! For each mentoring day, we have a morning & an afternoon session.

And then the other exciting news is that our May Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M Workshop is now SOLD OUT, but we have decided to open up a May 8th J&M Lighting Intensive here in New Haven as well! So what's cool about that, is that a few of you could come to New Haven on the 8th for the lighting workshop and then stay on the 9th for a mentoring session Win-win! :) We opened up the lighting intensive two days ago on our Facebook page, so a bunch of the spots are gone already. But we do have a few left, so be sure to grab yours! And for those of you who are near Denver, we also have a few spots left for our April 5th & 6th lighting and posing workshops out there! Either way, you can grab your spots at the links below!

We can't WAIT to see all of you there!

Justin Marantz, please report to the principal's office,

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 Lighting Intensive - Denver, CO on April 5, 2014 *just a few spots left!!
J&M's Art of Authentic Posing - Denver, CO on April 6, 2014 *just a few spots left!!
J&M's Lighting Intensive- New Haven, CT on May 8, 2014
J&M Lighting Intensive - Seattle, WA on July 8, 2014
J&M Art of Authentic Posing -Seattle, WA on July 9, 2014
Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M - New Haven on November 5-6, 2014

Wed. Mar 26, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

Featured: Martha Stewart Weddings

Ahhhhh today is a GOOD day!! No, an INCREDIBLE day!! A fist-pump the air like Bon Jovi because Justin is from New Jersey and there is nothing like Jersey pride and hey wait a minute they also brought you Bruce Springsteen- kind of day. Word. :)

Because today we are SO honored to have Emily & Tolga's Branford House wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!!! Which is our SECOND feature now with them! Whoop WHOOP!!! These guys had the most beautiful wintery CT wedding (completely with white, fluffy snow) and we are so grateful that the amazing Shira Savada at MSW loved their regal take on what a Winter wedding could be as much as we did! The fur wrap, the hand lettered sign, that Vanity Fair-esque bridal party! Ahhh so much fun!

So here is a little sneak peek of the feature and you can see the whole thing by going HERE! And then be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow, when we do our full post recap of the wedding!!

Living on a Prayer. Whoa-Whoa.

Mon. Mar 24, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

Featured: Align Blog

Happy Monday friends!

Today we get to kick off the week with something extra fun! Recently we were contacted by the amazing folks at Align, our album design company, because a fellow photographer & Align user (the amazing Jenny Lee) was using them to design a book of the anniversary pictures we took for her last summer while we were all in London for our Walk Through workshop! Jenny had found out about them through that workshop, and the folks at Align thought it was such a cool example of the story coming full circle to now have her using them to design spreads for pictures that were taken while we were there. And we couldn't agree more!

We absolutely adore Align & outsourcing our album design to them was one of the hands down BEST decisions we've made for our business. Ever. This past month of crazy travel for conferences & speaking was such a PERFECT example of that! A few days ago we were out exploring a castle in the countryside of southern Germany....and when we got back to our hotel, I had an email from these guys that a new design was done. BOOM! Now that is building a business that works for you rather than always the other way around!

In December of 2012, Justin & I made a goal for ourselves that we would make our business "lean & mean"....Lol, not that we would actually start BEING mean, but that in every area we would trim the fat of our business. That we would work smarter not just harder. And that we would make a LIFE doing this thing that we love. That we would get back to HAVING a life again. And I have to say that I am SO in love with this season of our business & life now. I feel like we are accomplishing a TON but that we have more balance and time for us & adventures than we've ever had before. We owe SO much of that to companies like Align who work alongside us to build this business with us.

If you are looking to get out from under your workload of album designs this year & spend less time behind a computer and more time living your LIFE, we can't recommend these guys enough! Their spreads are clean, classic, and exactly how I would design them if I had the time to sit down & do them myself. And I can't think of a higher compliment to give a company than to say that they care about something in my business as much as I do! If you want to check these guys out, you can head HERE to get your first design for 50% off!

Also, speaking of the Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop, we are down to our last TWO spots for our May 13-14th one....who wants em?? :)

Happy Monday friends!

Wed. Mar 19, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

Featured: Southern Weddings

Happy Wednesday friends!

Today we are renting a little BMW (they're just a domestic car over here! :) and driving from Munich to Vienna, making a few stops at castles & churches along the way. We don't have a plan, we don't have a timetable. We're just going to meander. With the windows down and Spring in the air, and soak in all the goodness that surrounds us. I can't wait to drive down the road with some good music on the radio and the Alps in the distance!

In additional news, my German is getting pretty good over here! Therefore we're thinking about changing the name of our lighting workshop to the "J&M Licht und Schatten Intensive"....I think it has a better ring to it, don't you?! :) licht und schatten, licht und schatten, licht und schatten, licht und schatten, licht und schatten

While we were over here, we got the fantastic news that Ashley & Jeremy's wedding has been featured on the Southern Weddings blog! They had SUCH a gorgeous day & Southern Weddings is SUCH a gorgeous it was the perfect fit! :) Here is a little sneak peek of the feature & you can see the whole post by clicking HERE. And I can't wait to blog their full wedding once we get back to the States!

Until then, Auf Wiedersehen!!

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