Justin & Mary's Blog http://justinmarantz.com/ Justin & Mary's Blog en-us Nantucket Walk Through a Wedding Workshop http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1968 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1968 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:29:00 GMT Walk Through a Wedding workshop in one of our favorite places on the PLANET....Nantucket!! Over the years we have gotten to teach Walk Through in some really cool locations: The Netherlands, London, Sydney, and all over the US. But there was just something extra special about sharing a place that is so close to our hearts with our attendees that made this one extra incredible!

We started the three days with a welcome meet ... greet at Cru, eating lobster rolls right on the water. And it just got better from there, including welcome bags with chocolate covered cranberries (a Nantucket specialty!), fireside chats at the Nantucket Inn, and a sunset shoot at Brant Point Lighthouse! We had the best group of attendees who came from all over the US ... Canada, and they came with an open heart and a willingness to work hard ... learn. It was SO awesome to mark this dream off our bucket list! And even better to come away with it with a bunch of new incredible friends!

And of course the whole thing could have never happened if it weren't for a group of insanely talented creatives, led by the amazing Stacie Shea, who gave so generously of their time to come over to the island with us and put together the most preppy perfect shoot ever! It was truly a dream!

With HUGE thanks to:

Event Styling ... Coordination: Stacie Shea Events
Hair ... Make up: Upstyle Beauty
Paper: Coral Pheasant
Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design
Tablescape: Salt and Pepper Shakers, Mermaid Bottle Opener The Beehive Fairfield
Linens: La Tavola Linens
Clothing and Dress Styling: Beth Chapman Styling for The White Dress by the Shore
Dishware: Juliska
Cake: Jodi's Cakes
And our amazing models: Deszarae, Simon ... Lauren

We have just announced the details for our FINAL Walk Through a Wedding workshop of the year that will take place in New Haven, CT on Nov 5th-6th with the theme of "Classic Black Tie Wedding." It's going to be awesome! Seats are incredibly limited and if you want to join us, you can grab your spot by going HERE ... be sure to enter the code "EARLYBIRD" to get $150 off your seat!


Coastal Connecticut Engagement Shoot: Shannon & Joe http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1967 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1967 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:16:00 GMT

Connecticut Engagement Shoot: Heather & Mike http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1966 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1966 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:27:00 GMT

Connecticut Engagement Shoot: Annmarie & Gil http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1965 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1965 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:15:00 GMT

Chesapeake Engagement Shoot: Lauren & Matt http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1964 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1964 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:12:00 GMT

Yale Engagement: Amy & Sid http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1963 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1963 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:14:00 GMT
Today we are excited to share with you the engagement shoot of Amy ... Sid! Oh these GUYS!! From the very first second they walked through our door, I absolutely fell in love with both of them. They just have such a way of putting everyone at ease and instantly making you feel like you've been best friends with them forever. They are the kind of people you want to hang out with as much as you can, and we are SO excited that we're going to get to again soon for their wedding later this month.

These guys are planning a FULL day wedding with two ceremonies, two First Looks, and two parties....which just makes sense, because these guys live every part of life so fully and with so much JOY that I can't imagine them doing anything halfway! Amy ... Sid, we had the BEST time hanging out with you, sharing grapefruity drinks, coining new phrases, and bonding over our mutual love of truffle fries.

We can't WAIT to hug you again! For now, here are just a few of our favorites from our shoot!

Ashley & Kyle - Tidewater Inn Wedding http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1962 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1962 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:05:00 GMT
Ashley ... Kyle got married at the absolutely BEAUTIFUL Tidewater Inn on the Eastern Shore this past weekend. And they had SUCH a gorgeous day! From their stunning pink, peach ... gold details (I mean how amazing is that ruffled linen for their escort cards?!), to girls in long pink dresses and guys in all black tie (our favorite!), to the charming town of Easton and how gorgeous the inn is itself, to one of the most beautiful (inside AND out) couples we have ever had the honor to photograph....this whole wedding was just incredible!

Ashley ... Kyle are two of the sweetest people you could ever meet, and as soon as we met both of their families we knew why....the whole crew was just amazing! And that includes one of the kindest (and most cooperative!) bridal parties we've ever met too. The weather was absolutely perfect that day and every single person who was there just loved this couple SO much!

Add to that, that we got to work with one of the nicest, most cool under pressure, top of her game coordinators ever in Melanie at The Tidewater Inn and the incredibly talented Monteray Farms for some of the prettiest flowers we've ever seen...and it just made for the perfect day!

Ashley ... Kyle, there will never be enough words to tell you how much we adore the both of you ... how grateful we are to have been your photographers and now friends! We love you guys! The world needs more people like you!

SO much love!

The Secrets of Success http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1961 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1961 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:35:00 GMT
How did you get to where you are now and what advice can you give this photographer who is ready to take on the world? What is your secret to success?

We wrote back to her right away. For the first time in a long time, the words came easy. And I thought maybe it just might help someone here who is about to take the leap themselves. So I wanted to post it here as well.

"Hey {Photographer}!

Oh, that's awesome!!! We wish you SO much luck!!!

As far as secrets to success, I think there are the staples: hard work and a lot of time for things to grow. Remember that in between the time of planting and the time of harvest, there is always this time in between while a lot happens just under the surface that the world can't see yet. But that doesn't mean that the most important work isn't happening right then. As Justin, always reminds me: slow growth equals strong roots. Don't be afraid to grow slow ... steady over the long haul. Remember it's only the weeds that pop up over night.

But that being said, I also think there are things you can do to make sure what you're planting are always good things. Here are some things we've learned along the way.

The people you surround yourself with and making friends any chance you can get will grow you SO much more than ever trying to go it alone. Be a really good friend. Be incredibly committed and work really hard at always getting better in your craft. Never think that it's "good enough" or that you've arrived. You haven't. You won't. We certainly haven't. If you do, hang up your camera and walk away for you have lost the love of it. Never, never stop learning. Consistency is key. Show up every day and do the work. Don't be afraid to ask. Don't get too big to answer. Never think that you will reach some place where you've "made it" and suddenly you'll have permission to do what it is that you want. You have to be that permission for yourself right from the beginning. Shoot a ton, shoot for yourself. Get a workflow together now, one that allows you to turn things around in good time but with an even greater focus on quality. Remember these pictures are more than just a check mark on your to do list; they have to last a lifetime. Be personal and be real. No like actually real. There are a lot of fake "real" people out there. Do your own work. In everything you do act with integrity. Give credit where credit is due. Don't step on people to try to get where you're going. Instead, learn from other people. Learn like crazy from other people. Ask them questions. Ask them what's working. Ask them what's not. Learn from their experience ... mistakes. Speaking of, in our experience with mistakes don't spend a ton of money on bridal shows, preferred vendor lists, the latest camera gear or fancy clothes to feel like you fit in. Use your camera until it's the thing that's holding YOU back (rather the other way around). And then and only then upgrade. Don't get caught up in that competition.The camera doesn't make the photographer, who you are and how you see the world does. Fall in love with light. With what it can do and how it breathes life into an image. And never, never stop chasing it.

Do what you say you're going to do when you say you're going to do it. Get images to your vendors. Be humble. Let your talent speak more than you do. Ask the planner before running off with the couple. And if one is extra good at her job ... makes your life easier, send her flowers the following Monday. Serve others. Your gifts are exactly that…a gift. You were lucky enough to be given them, so make sure you don't leave this earth without using every last one of them to leave the world better than you found it. Tell stories that matter more than ones that get a lot of Instagram likes. Look at the big picture with your work and make pictures that will last the long haul. When in doubt, remember that classic never goes out of style and there are a lot of things you can do to your work, but that doesn't mean you should . Hold yourself to the standard of being the photographer that you want to be. So that when you are at the end of your life, you can look back on the body of work and the legacy that you leave behind and know that this work that you did...this work always mattered. And finally, trust me on this, sooner or later you ARE going to find yourself in need a Command 3M hook and/or super glue. Add them both to your bag right now.

But above all, here is the most important one: these goals that you listed like speaking at WPPI or being on Creative Live….those aren't really the dream. They only feel like the dream because that's what success happens to look like right now. Don't get me wrong, both of those things are amazing goals to go for ... I think you should!. I'm sure one day, we will see you get to do both. But my point is, when you base success on a checklist of what it looks like for everyone else at that particular point in time, that success will always, always be just beyond your grasp. And there will always be just one more thing to add to the list. So you will spend your life in the pursuit of More. More, more, more just to barely keep up. Instead, I'd rather see you as the one who invents a whole new version of success that no one has ever seen before. One for all of us to look up to. Step bravely out as a leader, the world needs more leaders. Don't just do what has already been done. Speak at the conferences, host the workshops if that's something you want to try. But let those just be this cool thing you got to do one time. In between going out and setting this whole world on fire (light it up, up, up), finding success for what YOU say it is, and always, always on your own terms.

This is it. Fight like Hell.

Taking a Blogging Sabbatical! http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1960 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1960 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:42:00 GMT
Next month will mark seven years that I've been blogging pretty much every day Monday through Friday on here. And...that's a lot.

It's a lot to think of new posts. It's a lot to think of the words. It's a lot to put out there ... not really be sure if it's making quite the difference I want to be making in the world amidst all the noise. Because with Facebook, Instagram, and all the other news feeds out there...let's face it, there is definitely a LOT of noise these days.

And it's become kind of this grind. This thing I show up to every morning where just getting something up is more important than what I'm actually getting to say. The passion for it is gone. Me having time to write things that matter is gone. Because the next morning rolls around sooner than you think ... the whole process starts over again. I've seen that in our blog ... I've definitely seen it happening in our friends' blogs out there too. And the truth is, we just have some really big dreams ... some really big things happening for us that we want to be freed up to work on. We don't want to just keep doing it the same way because that's how we've always done them. The world is changing ... we are changing too. We leapt ... started this business in the first place because we didn't want to get caught up in the "supposed to's" of this life.

So it would be a real shame if we let ourselves get caught up in them now.

So after seven years, I've decided I'm giving myself a break! A chance to step back ... really think about what I want to say, what I want this blog to be ... stand for, a chance to get creative and write for me and shoot for us. A chance to free up 4-8 hours every day to live more of life, to get work done on the things that matter ... the big projects that fall by the wayside all while I stop everything to get a post up. To rest and breathe and feel passionate again. To fill the tank. To get some clarity on what the next steps look like for us and get excited again. To get FIRED UP again. To adapt. To innovate. To lead and not follow. To do what has not already been done. To just give ourselves space to be human and take off the superwoman cape. To not feel so BUSY every day and wear that like some sort of badge of honor (which let's get clear on this....it is NOT now nor will it ever be!) And instead, to slow down and be an artist again. To be a crafter of words and pictures. To be able to write the kinds of pieces that are really on my heart ... step out more as a writer. To do work that in every way matters and feeds my soul. Not just work that fills a checkmark.

So in pursuit of giving ourselves that space, we have decided to take a sabbatical of sorts for the rest of the Summer to test the waters, clean the slate, and take a step back to gain some perspective. For the next several weeks, I'm going to be blogging somewhere between 1-2 posts a week (or if I don't have anything to say, then zero!) and we will also be shaking up how we approach the posts (more on that once I figure it out! :) And honestly, just even writing these words was such a huge relief so I know it's going to be so great for us!

***In the mean time, you guys can REALLY help us out by taking part in a little survey of sorts in the comment box below. We would really appreciate it if you let us know if a) you prefer to just keep up with photographers on Facebook ... Instagram or if you enjoy coming over the blog/ are you reading photography blogs and b) what kinds of posts you get the most out of/most enjoy reading/ would want to see stay moving forward. It would be a HUGE help! Thanks in advance guys!

Thank you guys so much for being with us for the ride! I think it's only going to get better from here!

NYC Engagement Shoot: Natalie & Brad http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1959 http://justinmarantz.com/index.cfm?postID=1959 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:02:00 GMT
Ohhhh do we have the perfect way to start your week!! As soon as Natalie ... Brad hired us last year for their 2015 Branford House wedding, Natalie let us know that one of the things she was most looking forward to was the engagement shoot. She said she wanted to do something editorial, iconic, and outside of the norm. Natalie is actually an incredibly successful ... talented interior designer (the kind with celebrities for clients!) so she has impeccable taste! And that was like music to our ears because we LOVE when our couples think outside of the box for their engagement shoots! We love when they get really dressed up and pick an incredible location because that just gets us so fired up ... INSPIRED and it's really when we get our best work! Add to that, that we tend to get our best work when there's a) great architecture, b) a couple with an iconic, classic look, and c) amazing light for black ... white images.... and this session was pretty much the perfect storm of our ideal shoot!

A little known fact about Justin ... I is that when we're shooting, we tend to put our cameras in "monochrome" so that we can focus more on what the light is doing than distracting elements in the background (this comes in extra handy in the city). That mode shows you the image in black ... white, but it also creates the color RAW file so you have the choice later. But after seeing all of these in black ... white to begin with, I found myself one by one going through the RAW files of my faves and turning them back to black ... white. Until what I ended up with was an ALL black ... white blog post! And I have to be honest, I'm pretty much in love with that!!

We hope you enjoy!