Today we are SO excited to tell you about an amazing new project that we are so honored to be partnering with, founded by our good friend Jamie Delaine! The School Sessions is a one-day event across the globe happening on Sunday, April 12, 2015 to raise $200,000 to build a school in Haiti. How incredible is that?? The idea is that photographers all over the world sign up online to photograph one (or more!) sessions on this one day and donate 100% of the proceeds to The School Sessions. With the goal being that together we can hit $200,000.
So what can $200,000 do?
A lot! If together we can raise the $200,000, that will be enough to buy the land and build a ten-classroom school for 220 students. These are 220 kids who might not otherwise get the chance to go to school. Their previous building was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake and these children (ages 3 to 16) are in need of a safe, clean place to learn and grow.
So, how can YOU get involved? There are FOUR ways!
1. If you’re a photographer, contact The School Sessions TODAY and get signed up to participate!
2. If you’re not a photographer but know one, please share this with them and encourage them to join us!
4. We’re offering one anniversary session at a special rate on April 12 and donating 100% of the proceeds to The School Sessions. So if you’re interested in getting some photos with us and helping an AMAZING cause at the same time, contact us today!
By empowering hundreds of photographers across the world with a simple way to give back, together we will meet our goal. Join us in Making Haiti’s Future Bright!!
I think it's so perfect that we're posting this while we're taking a few days off to soak in the new year & making some time just for us. I think our friend Nathan would be proud.
Nathan Holritz is the founder of Photographer's Edit (if one of your goals for 2015 was to let go of your editing, definitely check them out), and he is also the genius behind the "I Have a Life" podcast. This is a series of interviews with photographers & other creatives who are finding ways to streamline & systemize their businesses so that they....actually have a life!
We were so honored & excited when Nathan asked us to do one of the podcasts! In this episode, we not only talk about building a successful business & what has worked for us (plus our best advice for new photographers just getting started to get past that "sophomore slump" when things slow down)....we also get pretty deep into what makes our marriage work and what makes it what it is. We're definitely aware of how very lucky we are in our marriage and to have found the kind of love that we have. It's something that we are so grateful to God for everyday. And as you can imagine, it's something that we want to always work to strengthen & keep that way (our motto: never stop dating!!)....especially since we work together 24 hours a day! Nathan had some really great, in depth questions on what exactly we do to keep our relationship strong after seven years of marriage (and who knows how many hours of working together!) It was such a great interview....Nathan is so good at really getting to the heart of the matter! And I just love the conversation that came out of it!
If you have some time, we would love it if you would give it a listen! You can find the full podcast by going HERE!
Named 1 of BrandSmash's Top 100 Wedding Photographers!
Well this is fun!
Yesterday we were pretty off the grid as we are taking some time off for a little mini-getaway for just the two of us (hanging out with Harry Potter & Dr. Seuss at Universal Islands of Adventure). So this morning we woke up to a bunch of messages (including one from Justin's brother) asking if we had seen the news. Well no, we hadn't!
It turns out, yesterday we were given the amazing honor of being named as BrandSmash's Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the country! Holy moly! :) This list is INCREDIBLE, filled with people that we have looked up to since we were first getting started. These are people who are truly at the top of their craft and the best of the best (Top Gun style), so to be on a list with them feels kind of crazy! We are just SO grateful!
Mike Allebach, the founder of BrandSmash wrote, "I’d like to recognize some of the best wedding photographers in the country for their dedication to the craft. To be a successful wedding photographer you must be not only an artist but a savvy marketer and an entrepreneur rolled up into one. To formulate this list I asked some of the smartest people I knew to nominate the photographers who impressed them the most." And this list was the result.
I hope you all have plans that involve gold glitter and glasses full of champagne!! We will personally be ringing in the new year, my favorite way ever: by watching some of our favorite old movies on the couch in our pajamas and eating our weight in a fancy cheese board full of deliciousness! :) Oh, plus champagne! We are SUPER fancy you guys! :)
But we just wanted to hop on real quick to let you know about our New Year's Special on all of our workshops! Here at Casa J&M you guys know we are all about big, hairy, AUDACIOUS goals and helping people make them happen! So to help you guys kick off 2015 right and start chasing those BIG dreams right out the gate, we wanted to give you guys a reason to do something big for yourself, big for your business, and to have something to really lift a glass to before 2014 comes to a close!
So now until midnight we are running specials on all of our workshop dates that we have left! And we are also super excited to announce our first J&M Lighting Intensive of the year to take place in Hampton Roads, VA on March 26th, 2015!! Read on to find out all the info!
Happy New Year's you guys!!
We are SO excited to announce our first J&M Lighting Intensive of the year to take place in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia on March 26th from 3-9pm!! The seat will normally be $650, but when you sign up today using the code "HAPPYNEWYEAR" that will get you $150 off!! To grab your seat click HERE!! Space is incredibly limited to just 15 people to make sure we have plenty of time to help people one on one & we do expect this one to sell out fast! Don't miss it! :)
We have just TWO seats left to our Feb 11-12th Walk Through a Wedding two day workshop at our home in New Haven! This includes over 20 hours of content, two styled shoots, and a welcome dinner for attendees! It's basically everything we teach (lighting, posing, business, marketing, pricing) all rolled into two days of fun! To grab one of the last two spots and kick off 2015 with a bang, click HERE! And when you enter "JM250" that will get you $250 off your seat!
We also have a few seats left for our April 20th "Walk Through One Day" workshop taking place in Nashville, TN! This is 12 hours of intensive teaching on everything that goes into shooting a wedding day! If you've had trouble spots at a wedding, we cover them! To join us in Nashville, just click HERE and again make sure you use the code "JM250" for $250 off your seat!
Finally, if you can't make it to any of the workshops but still want to get fired up for your business in 2015, our marketing ebook The Guide is 50% off through midnight! This is everything it took us 8 years of building a business to learn the hard way, all condensed for you in one place so you can kick start your year right! Just click on the button below to grab your copy!