We are getting ready to start our first day of our "The Notebook" themed Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop (we can't WAIT to show you what we have in store for this one!!) But I just wanted to hop on real quick & give a HUGE thanks to the folks at Mozi Magazine for featuring us & our J&M Lighting Intensive this month in their lighting issue!! This magazine is absolutely gorgeous so definitely make sure you guys check it out HERE!!
The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind.
We left Maine on Thursday and by Friday morning we were in Miami (with just a short stopover at home to swap suitcases...Fair Isle sweaters don't really work in Florida!) As soon as we landed, we hit the ground running and went right into shooting Indhu & Greg's rehearsal at The Fairchild Botanical Gardens & then their rehearsal dinner. Saturday was a twelve hour wedding with these guys & the incredible team at B.Belle Events at The Biltmore Hotel (one of my all time favorite venues EVER) and The Fairchild. And boy ohhhh boy was it a STUNNER!!!! Seriously, I can't WAIT to show you guys this one. Just take a look at this ceremony set up....ombre, rose-filled aisle for the win!
Saturday night we headed back to the hotel, finished backing up the cards, and then went straight to bed. That's because we had to be back up at 6am the next morning to go teach at Mentors in Miami. This is their third year putting this event on & we were SO honored to be the guest speakers this year! The set up when we got there was INSANE and made that early wake up call totally worth it! They had two Rolls Royces, multiple stunning table set ups, the grounds of the gorgeousCurtiss Mansion, and three beautiful couples in dresses like the one below. Yea. I die.
We taught at MIM right up until around 4pm and then we had to hop in our car & race over to the Fountainebleau Hotel for our engagement shoot with Baylor & Larry. Luckily, we made great time & even got to grab some mojitos with them before heading out to the beach to catch THIS sunset.
As the shoot was wrapping up, I just sat there staring at the sky for a few seconds and my heart was so, so thankful. Thankful that we were there. Thankful for all the incredible things we got to do in the space of just 48 hours and how crazy that this life is really ours. Thankful that we didn't keel over in the process! :)
I am just so, so thankful.
So clearly we have our work cut out for us before we can show you guys all of these amazing shoots. But for now, we are keeping with our post wedding- brunch tradition and heading back to The Biltmore to sit and breath and eat french toast.
Happy Monday friends!
**Almost all of the pictures above are from Instagram! If you would like to keep up with all of our adventures as they happen, you can follow us HERE & HERE!!
I am officially dubbing this bHag Wednesday (big HAIRY audacious goals Wednesday) because today we get to see one of ours come to life!! Once a year, the incredible, powerhouse, force-to-be-reckoned-with wedding blog that is Style Me Pretty, comes out with their annual magazine where they feature about 10 of their absolute favorite weddings of the year. And for people who look at the most gorgeous weddings in the world all day, every day....that is quite an undertaking to narrow down!
Making it into the SMP magazine has been on my bHag list since their first issue came out last year. So when we got the email that Ashley & Chris's Branford House wedding had been selected for their second annual edition, happy dances most definitely went down! The Wobble may or may not have been involved (it definitely was)! It is a really good day indeed!
Here is a look at our feature & if you want to see the whole gorgeous magazine in its entirety you can do that by clicking HERE!
This week we are away for the Amazing Life Escape up in Maine, where us & 5 other couples are making the choice to unplug a good bit and focus on each other again rather than the rest of the world. I know it's going to be a, well, amazing couple of days. And it doesn't hurt that this house we're staying in is ridonculus!! I can't wait to show you more, but for now let's just say: two kitchens, a theater room, hot tubs, saunas, those crazy showers with the jets coming from every direction, and a view that will take your breath away! Last night we kicked off the retreat with a personal chef whipping up dinner, and now I think every night's dinner should be made that way.
Um, for the rest of my life!! :)
So needless to say, for the next few days we'll be a little more off the radar while we soak it all in. But we hope to come back rested & recharged, and ready to rock out the rest of this season! In the mean time, scroll down for a few morning announcements!
A few quick matters of business to attend to:
*There are only TWO seats left to our upcoming Nov 20-21st Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M Workshop** with our "The Notebook" theme!! Grab em while you can!
*There are only THREE spots left to our Dec 8th What's Next One Day Getaway. You can grab one of the last remaining seats by clicking HERE!
*In case you missed it, we are heading to Cambodia in January (the 14th-21st) for The Raddest Photo Trip Ever. We just got word that everyone who signs up to come with us this week by November 15th will also be receiving a PASS Passport that will give you lifetime unlimited event uploads! The Passport normally goes for $1500 and that's also how much a seat to the Cambodia trip is. So for all of you out there who have been hoping to purchase a Passport (IF they even become available again), this is a way to both lock in the Passport and basically get your seat for pretty much FREE! Almost half the seats are already gone, so definitely don't wait to sign up!
**What is Walk Through?? Walk Through is kind of the Super Bowl of all our workshops, because it's two days of basically everything we teach combined in to one super-workshop: posing, lighting, marketing, branding, dealing with all those trouble spots on a wedding day, creating systems that stick, post-processing, goal setting and of course "The Why." We start on Day 1 walking through our mock wedding as if it is the real deal: the getting ready, a dark ceremony, an unruly bridal party, shooting portraits on a time crunch, shooting reception details in the dark, first dance, toasts etc. It's about 12 hours of teaching! Then we bring it back on Day 2 for all the other side that goes into running a wedding business: marketing, branding, pricing, workflow, editing, client experience, running the first meeting, getting your booking rate to the 90% range, building word of mouth with your clients and then building a "secondary circle" and a freight train of momentum, vendor relationships, post-processing and creating a signature style, and more! That day is another 10 hours of teaching or so. And then we end the whole thing with a wine & s'mores party at our place, and it's usually midnight before everyone leaves!!
We are incredibly happy & excited to announce that Justin & I will be heading back to Las Vegas in March to speak at WPPI for our FIFTH year in a row (that's so crazy to think about!!) Each year it's always been on our hearts to really try to do something BIG and out of the box every time that we speak, that reminds people that this thing that we all do (photography & our businesses) is not just about us. But that there are such bigger things we can do with the gifts that we've been given.
So over the years we have given away an all-expense trip to the following year's WPPI for a deserving photographer, two years ago we surprised everyone in the room by honoring a solider & his family and giving them a trip to Disney World, and this last year we ended by giving everyone in the giant ballroom a $1 bill to go out and do something good with. The idea being not to wait until you have $100k to start doing something that matters...but to start with your very next dollar! (I can tell you THAT was an interesting conversation with the teller when Justin had to go take out all those one dollar bills in Vegas! LOL! :)
And we're already hard at work coming up with what we're going to pull off next for 2014!! It's going to be good! :)
We will be speaking on Monday, March 3rd from 8:30am to 10pm and our title is "A Business Built on Why."
And it's all about the big, amazing, impactful things we can do and the legacy we can leave behind long after we're gone, when we are driven by a powerful "Why" that we believe in. But then we're going to take it a step further and show how that Why should permeate every aspect of our business, from the way we pose people to the way we light images to the way we market & brand ourselves. And how when all those things line up and are driven by a purposeful Why, we can build a business that is far more powerful and enduring than it's ever been before. So it's going to have a very practical side too! And this is the first time ever that we're going to be talking about some technical, photography specific material mixed in with our WPPI talk too! So we're really excited!
Registration is now open for WPPI, so you can go ahead & start grabbing your seats! And when you do, we would LOVE it if you pre-boarded for our class too so that you make sure to lock in your seat. We can't wait to see you all there!!
AND as an extra exciting bonus for today, Jason Groupp & the awesome folks at WPPI have given us one full 6-day pass (valued at up to $379) to give away to one of our readers!! All you have to do is leave a comment below to get entered & we'll be announcing the winner early next week. And...GO!!