Tue. Apr 22, 2014 by Mary    Life with J&M

Five Things #2

Today we are on a plane, bound for Antigua! There are frosty beverages, clear blue water & white sandy beaches in our future.

In honor of that, here is the latest edition of Five Things that are making up our lives lately.

{Our office for the next week or so. Yea, I guess we'll make do!! :) }

{I call this look "Island Prep." Anybody else totally digging Gwynneth's outfit?}

{My love language is honey drizzled ricotta crostinins. And plates with words written on them. Am I the only one that has a mild obsession with plates with words written on them.}

{Our dog sleeps like a human. On his side, with his head on a pillow. What a weirdo! :) We sure are going to miss this fluffy face!}

{In case you've ever wondered how we travel with all our lighting gear when we go for destinations shoots.}

PS: Our latest Profoto video is out all about shooting the bridal details and you can watch it HERE!

Happy Wednesday!

Mon. Apr 21, 2014 by Mary    Engagements

NYC Cherry Blossom Engagement Shoot: Kristen & Andrew

When we were making the drive down to New York, I have to admit to being really nervous. We had planned to shoot with Kristen & Andrew in the cherry blossoms in Central Park (with the perfect dress to go with it!), but as we were making our way down through mile after mile in Connecticut....there was not a blossom to be seen. But I just kept on hoping, and sure enough, the second we pulled into the City there were pink blossoms everywhere!

We met up with these guys at The Bethesda Fountain and had the best time walking all along the tree-lined paths, through the Terrace, and over to The Bandshell. It was the perfect day for the shoot. It was just slightly chilly, but that just meant we had the park mostly to ourselves. And it gave Kristen & Andrew the chance to cuddle more! :) After the shoot we made our way over to the famous boathouse in Central Park for a glass of wine and some delicious Crumbs cupcakes that these guys brought for us (have I mentioned that J&M Brides are the BEST clients in the world?! We seriously could not ask for better couples!)

Kristen & Andrew we had such an amazing time getting to know you guys, hearing all about your incredible travels all over the world, and your very cool jobs (Kristen works at MTV!!) We cannot WAIT for the big day & thankfully we don't have to! It's coming up so fast and it will be here before we know it! And we just can't wait to be there and share it with you! Until then, here are some of our favorites from the shoot & an absolutely incredible day!

So much love,

Sat. Apr 19, 2014 by Mary    Engagements

Gillette Castle Engagement Shoot: Ashleigh & Andrew

When we met up with these two for their engagement shoot at Gillette Castle a few days ago, they surprised us with flowers (gorgeous tulips!) and one of their favorite bottles of wine. And just like that, I knew this shoot was going to be amazing! :)

When you add to that some of the prettiest golden light we've seen in a while and a castle as our backdrop, I was pretty much running around the whole time shouting with happiness!! :) But my favorite part of the shoot would have to be just getting to hang out with Ashleigh & Andrew. These two just make me happy. They are the kind of people I would want to hang out with even if we weren't their photographers....you just want to be friends with them! They are funny and smart and successful and they have the BIGGEST hearts. And they're just SO good together. I loved watching Andrew's face when we were doing some of the pictures of just Ashleigh....you can just tell he's crazy about this girl! And she in turn just takes such good care of him. In short, they make doing what we do easy. And it's a joy to know them!

These guys are getting married this Fall at The Barns at Wesleyan & based on what they've already told me, it's going to be an incredible day! I can't wait to show you! But until then, just sit back, relax & get cozy as you take a look at some of our favorites from their engagement shoot and...

Meet: Ashleigh & Andrew!

A&A, we had the BEST time with you!! We cannot WAIT to see you again in November (and hopefully before then too! Because that's too far away!)
SO much love,

Fri. Apr 18, 2014 by Mary    Life with J&M

Friday Randomness...

A few of the random musings on my mind lately...

*Last weekend, we started off cleaning out a closet which turned into us cleaning out my entire office. No joke, we filled up an entire weekly trash bin, an entire weekly recycling bin (the huge, blue stand up kind), and sent three bags of stuff to Goodwill. It is crazy how much stuff a person can accumulate! My office already feels lighter & more productive for doing it!
*We leave next week for Antigua! There are visions of floppy hats & frosty fruity drinks already floating through my mind.
*My Senior year of college, I met with my advisor before my last semester and we realized that I had already met all of my major's requirements a while ago but I was 19 credit hours short to graduate. So I either had to take all 19 hours in one semester or do classes over the summer. That didn't sound like any fun at all so I went for all 19 hours my last semester! To make it all fit into the schedule, it ended up being the most RANDOM stuff. Things like Italian II (even though I'd never had Italian I), Intro to Dance, Non-verbal Communication, Statistics, Metaphysics, and An Independent Study on the Philosopher Rousseau. I think that's what they call a well-rounded education.
*I'm terrified of snakes. Terrified of them. Put it this way, if I had been Noah the snakes would have been given wrong directions to the ark. In all the time I've lived in Connecticut, I have never seen a snake here and I had started to convince myself that we were indeed living in the promised land. But a couple days ago we went hiking and we saw not one, but TWO. I've already begun making plans to move.
*Noxema is my face wash of choice. Every time I smell it, it reminds me of high school & summer.
*I shoot 90% of my images vertically. I have to constantly remind myself that I can hold the camera the other way too.
*I think it would be awesome to visit Alaska & kayak up to a glacier. But I'm not going to lie, all of those pinterest pictures of the guy in the kayak with the whale right underneath totally freak me out. Do you think that's a real thing? If the whale knocked you out of the boat, do you think he would then come save you Free Willy style? Because that could be cool.
*It's April, which means it's almost May, which means it's almost MY BIRTHDAY!! :)
*Watch this video of golden retriever puppies. Thank me later.
*Speaking of, I think our dog is anti-selfie. Because every time we try, this is what we get.

Happy Friday y'all!

And as an extra Friday bonus, anybody who signs us today for our May 8th J&M Lighting Intensive in New Haven can take $150 off with the code "JM150" !! See you there!!

Thu. Apr 17, 2014 by Mary    Life with J&M

Marantz House Project: The New Spring Mantel

I knew it was getting really bad when even Justin was starting to make comments.

We were sitting on our first floor couch the other evening, about to wrap up work for the day, when he said it. You know we still have garland and glittery Christmas trees up on our mantle and it's now APRIL, right? Yeaaaaa....about that! See we had taken down the tree and the outside decorations a long time ago, but I left the mantel up. In February I argued that the decor was more "Winter" than "Christmas specific." In March I argued that as long as there was snow on the ground (and there was!) it was still relevant. But now, now it was April. April and the sun was shining. April and things were starting to bloom. April and there were Easter egg wreaths in Home Goods.

April and my season of denial finally had to come to an end.

So we hit up said Home Goods, by passed the aisle of Easter egg wreaths, and I set about to making our Spring/Summer mantel. We knew we didn't want to spend a ton on it & if we could we wanted to repurpose things we already had. So we invested in a big silver mirror and some small flower arrangements (I LOVE having fresh flowers in the house but they die way too fast....Home Goods actually sells some pretty convincing fake ones that are really nice!), and we went to work. We already had the candlesticks, the mercury glass votives, and the wreath. This is what we came up with and I have to say I'm really proud of it! In person, it just makes the whole room feel lighter & airier. Way more April-esque.

Which y'know, should at least get me through to October. :)

Happy Thursday y'all!

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