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Thu. May 31, 2012 by Mary    The Latest

Speaking: Pursuit 31 Conference

Today I am BEYOND thrilled to be featured over on the Pursuit 31 blog!

I am super excited to be attending the Pursuit 31 Conference in Georgia later this year. I'll be speaking on one of the days, but really I can't tell you how excited I am to just get to GO to this conference. To get a chance to unplug for a few days and spend time with some other ladies, just talking about life, business, and how to hold it all together. Well, y'know, at least most of the time!

A little while back, I got the chance to be interviewed by the oh-so-LOVELY Karen Stott, the founder of Pursuit 31. And we took some time to talk business, balance, and, y'know, how to avoid serial killers! :) And all the things I *wish* somebody would've told me when I was first getting started.

I've included a little excerpt from the interview below, but to check out the full article you'll definitely want to head over HERE!! And if spending a few days recharging with awesome women over bonfires and s'mores (in my head there will be s'mores!) I would love to see you in October at the conference!!

So much love,

How did you get into Photography & Design?

I got into photography by falling in love with a photographer.

Justin & I met the summer after my first year of law school at Yale. He had just moved to the area, and all of my friends had left for the summer. We met on Yes, I know. And no, we have no plans for doing a commercial.

Neither of us had ever done the whole internet dating thing before, and to be honest I was pretty sketched out about it. When we agreed to meet for coffee, I got really worried about what I had gotten myself into. So I did what any red-blooded, savvy modern woman would do. I Googled him.

The results brought in gallery after gallery of Justin’s school projects full of the most beautiful pictures I had ever seen. And right then and there I decided if he could create something so beautiful…he probably wasn’t a serial killer

So we had that first coffee on a Thursday, and then a hike just a few days later. And then we got married the following week.


But that was pretty much it for us. In my heart, I knew I had found my soul mate. And in his work, I knew I had found my path in life. Since I was still in law school, for two years I strictly ran the business side of things (marketing, pricing, contracts) and never picked up a camera. But in 2006 when I graduated, I had to decide to take some very lucrative law firm offers or to hold on to Justin and this dream with all I had and take that leap together. We chose the leap. We chose Life Unordinary.

And we’ve never looked back.

What do you wish someone would’ve told you when you first started out?

To take everything that the “famous” photographers say with a grain of salt. Some of them are really honest and they truly care about helping people. Some don’t. So I wish someone would’ve told me that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

I get it. I do. It’s really hard to stand up in front of a room full of people and say you know what, I don’t have this all figured out. This didn’t come easy. And there are times to this day when we still struggle. It’s a lot easier to highlight the glamorous. The super high end. To pretend that celebrities are just knocking down your door to have you shoot their wedding. That you double your prices every year and have it together 110% of the time. And y’know… wake up with hair that looks like a Pantene commercial. :)

But I just have to keep reminding myself to run my own race, and make the decisions in my gut that seem to be best for us. Because I can never really know what’s going on behind the scenes of those other people I might listen and look up to. And at the end of the day, I know we have to be the ones steering the ship.


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