Six Days!! Join our J&M Newsletter to Be the First to See!!
Happy Friday friends!!
We are just SIX days from launch day over here!! And actually, our J&M Newsletter friends are going to get to see the first peek even sooner than that as we'll be sending out a first look the night before it goes live for everyone else! So if you want to be among the FIRST to see, definitely be sure to head over & join our newsletter community HERE!!
Also, we are going to be rolling out sneak peeks all week long over on Instagram, as well as doing 5 full days of crazy GIVEAWAYS, so be sure to head over & follow BOTH of us on Instagram to see everything as it's released and enter for all the chances to win!! Ahhh! Follow Justin HERE....and Mary HERE!!!
We are exactly one week to launch day on the new J&M Brand and there is still SO much to do!! (ahhh deep breaths!)
But one of the things that we got marked off the list yesterday was finishing up ordering all the new packaging. And that was so much fun to go through & dream up what it should all look like & put all the pieces together....and we can't WAIT for it to all come in, hopefully in time for next Thursday!
I will say though, that this is definitely one of those steps where it all started getting pretty real. Especially when we had to go into my office & clear out all the old packaging to start making room for it. And I have to admit, to getting a little emotional. I mean this little brand has carried us a long way. It's been with us through some of the most crazy, exciting times of our business...and it's watched us grow up.
I can still remember spray painting boxes in the driveway before we found out you can buy them & have your logo put on them too (thanks DNL Photo!) And I remember how crazy excited we were when these boutique bags came in and how we stamped everything that would stand still when our stamp came in!
Ahhh, as this week is counting down, we are SO ready to move on to the next step....but it's also a little sad letting go too. I kind of feel like we should be having those "look back" episodes set to a Sarah Mclachlan song, like they do like when shows like Friends went off the air (anybody else totally binge watching all 10 seasons now that it's on Netflix??) So this will be one episode at least: a look back at all of our current packaging before we retire it!
And don't worry, we will definitely be sharing all the new stuff as soon as we launch! 7 days to go!!! Whoooo!!
**And a HUGE congrats to our friends Katelyn & Michael who are launching their stunning new Katelyn James Photography brand at 12pm EST today!!! Definitely go check it out and pop some bubbly with them.....it's GORGEOUS!! We just love these guys & we know you will too!
Whew, this week is SO exciting with soooo much going on!! We have basically been glued to our computers all the last two weeks, cranking out all the final content & to do's for our brand new website, blog & brand. And we are SO excited to announce that we have an official launch date which we announced first over on Instagram! In just t-minus 8 days on January 29th everything will launch and we are counting the minutes until the big reveal! But if you want to be the first in the know for all the sneak peeks we are rolling out until then, be sure to follow along on Instagram & also sign up for our J&M Newsletter as those folks will be the first to see it!
In other super exciting news, we are so honored that the amazing ladies of the Creative At Heart Conference wrote to us and asked me to speak at their conference coming up fast on March 29-30th in Roanoke, VA! I followed along with the first one they put on this month and it just seems to be such an amazing conference, full of HEART and putting friendships above competition. I LOVE that and some of our favorite people in the world are also speaking there, so I know it's going to be amazing! The tickets are going on sale midnight on January 23rd and for just one day only you can lock in their super early bird price that will save you over $500. I know the seats are incredibly limited, so if you want to be among the first to grab your seat, head over HERE at midnight on Friday!
Ok, I'm off to go do some more website work! Wish me luck!
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!