Author Archives: JENN

UNINTENDED HIATUS

Completely didn’t intend to go almost a month without blogging. Pretty sure that breaks some kind of record for me…. !

But you know what… it was good. And needed, in a way I had no idea I needed until I was in the middle of it. It’s been good to step away and take a break, reconsider and re-direct where you’re going. The month’s been filled with roadtrips, getting sick (both of us. again. i know.), brunches, becoming vegetarian (we were already practically there, but it still feels good), walks to the local coffee place, designing and planning, personal projects, business projects, a bit of reading time, among other things. As much as we all talk about taking the big leap and just going for it, no looking back, I think there’s something big and understated about the (lost) art of actually taking a moment to think things through. In fact, I read a brilliant article about it recently (go on, read it! I promise it’s worth it).

I hope (and cross my fingers) that the next time I blog it is from our brand spanking new blog that I’ve been spending quite a lot of time on these past few weeks/months, so it’s about time to start getting excited! We’ve got lots to share and will probably be blogging a bit more regularly once our words and images have a nicer place to call home. A place that is more us. If you like it half as much as I do, you’ll like it a whole lot  : )

– Jenn xx

(Sneak peek in that collage of photos of our new name…. yep, we’re changing our name to better reflect us both, Dave becomes more and more a part of things every day and I am super thankful for him…. and he deserves more than just the letter ‘s’ at the end of the word photographers, right? ; )

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THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR THIS FRIDAY

Wow guys, sorry if this blog post makes less sense than normal, this week has been spent wrapped under covers with a box of kleenex by my side as I’ve been battling an infection that’s got me beat. So I’m really just hoping some of what I write makes sense, haha. I just wanted to come on here though to say a big thank you to everyone for your super sweet texts, emails, and messages on twitter and facebook, it’s truly brightened my week! I’m also super thankful for my cat who’s barely left my side all week (who says dogs are a man’s best friend anyway??), the complete Ocean’s movie franchise, gingerale, and my lovely husband who’s taken care of me and everything all week. Also, I crawled up from under the covers long enough to catch Steph & John’s feature on the lovely Style Me Pretty Canada today, which I am also very thankful for! We shot Steph & John’s wedding a few months ago and it’s always so fun to see images we’ve done and people we’ve worked with published. They said some super sweet words too that totally made my day : ) Click on over to see the FULL FEATURE, if you’d like.

Hopefully the worst is over and I’ll be back to my normal self soon. Thanks for your patience if you’re waiting to hear from me…….. the most frustrating thing about being sick is the sitting still part, so I can’t wait for this thing to pass and to get back to real life. For now, back to bed. – Jenn xo

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WE ARE STILL HERE!

I’m sitting here in our (still feels new) home office (we moved a couple months ago), at our new lovely and large two person desk (finally we both have a spot to work at!), and I just thought I’d write a little something here since it’s been a while. We are still alive, actually feeling more alive than ever, but our days have been full, a good kind of full.

We came home from a conference (which I blogged about here) a few weeks ago simply BUZZING with ideas and new life. I read a friend’s blog this morning (who’d also attended the same conference) and she reminded me again of something that was said during one of the classes that really challenged me at the time, and still does. As small business owners and creative entrepreneurs, each and every one of us has taken a huge leap at least once in our careers. That “leap”, that stepping off the ledge, came when we had the courage to even go down this path and start pursuing our loves as a business. We had the courage then, but what about the second ledge that came along? How many of us have the courage to take a second leap, or a third or a fourth? Because life isn’t about taking one big risk and then coasting on the fumes of that one decision; it’s about risking again and again in pursuit of what makes you truly come alive as you grow and discover who you are.

The real reason I haven’t been blogging so much lately is because most of my time at my computer is being taken up by preparing for the launch of a new blog & website, which I am super excited about and hope will be ready in the next month or so. We’ve also been working on something pretty near and dear to our hearts that has been on our minds for a while, but that we now have the extra bit of courage to actually pursue and put into motion, which I hope to be able to share and get underway soon too! I’m excited beyond belief, seriously the days go by way too fast planning all of this! And although it’s scary beyond belief stepping off that ledge, I’ve never felt more comfortable in my own skin, really.

– Jenn xx

Just a few random images from our life recently…… does everyone else find the last frame of the photobooth strip as hilarious as I do??! I laugh every time I look at it. Toronto, February 2012.

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LAUREN & TIM

While in Cabo last week, I tagged alongside the lovely and adorable Scarlet (a new photographer friend we met at the conference we were both attending) and we did a super quick session with the equally lovely Lauren & Tim one evening — I think in total we maybe shot for about ten minutes max before the sun went down — but it was so much fun! The rush of it all and the mounds of inspiration from the conference combined into one big mushy pile of love! One of my favourite memories from the week for sure. Lauren and Tim are newly married and run their own photography business together over in Philadelphia, they are super fun, can dance all night, and are incredibly passionate about what they do….. I only wish there’d been more time for us to get to know each other (but I’m sure we’ll meet up again in the not so distant future, right guys?! Yes is the only acceptable answer!).

I’ve got a few shots in here too of the lovely and super sweet Scarlet working her magic — be sure to head on over to SCARLET’S blog to check out her viewpoint as well! Thanks for having me tag along guys!

– Jenn xx

THE WHAT IF CONFERENCE

If you’ve been following Dave or my twitter/facebook feeds over the past couple of weeks, then you’ve probably heard us mention (likely more than once!) the incredible time we’ve had being a part of the WHAT IF Conference in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. I really cannot say enough good things about being a part of this…….. that week will go down in our personal histories as one of those game changers, no question. Dave and I have been to a few photography conferences in our time, but this was something completely different — this was not a photography conference. This was a conference for anyone who considers themselves a creative — whether in photography, art, even business — people who are interested in challenging themselves to think bigger and ask the scariest question of all….. What if? all while surrounded by an awesome community of likeminded individuals who’ve become like family. I couldn’t be more grateful to Steve and Jen Bebb, who followed their own “what if?” and put this conference together, and I am brimming over with excitement to see where it goes from here and so excited to be a part of it! Love those two. Dave and I walk away forever changed and moving forward on some big “what if”s of our own!

From chatting over dinner and hanging out on the beach, to wearing ponchos together and dancing the night away, what an amazing group of people this conference brought together! So many fun times and amazing conversations I won’t ever forget. Thank you thank you thank you everyone who stayed up all night chatting with Dave and I! Also, I’ve got to mention the incredible set of “artist-preneurs” who spoke over the course of the four days, you have set off so many sparks and I’ve filled pages and pages with ideas and action steps…. Thanks to each one of you for sharing yourselves — Sarah & Chris Rhoads, Jesh deRox, Justin Lyon, Dan O’Day, Jen & Steve Bebb and Jesse & Whit Chamberlain. Your personal journeys in and of themselves are so inspiring. Can’t thank you enough for hanging with us for the week. PS – I might have cried during each one of your talks.

So, if you consider yourself an “artist-preneur”, you should hop on board, you really should. What If is getting ready to announce their next set of dates, and it’s not something you want to miss. Here are some images to hopefully convince you even more! Dare to live the life you want and don’t let fear stop you from dreaming big friends.

– Jenn xx

The following are a few images from our phones and instax taken over the course of the week……haha so many laughs!

Be sure to follow the WHAT IF Conference on twitter or check back in on the website for the next set of dates somewhere in US. Dave and I hope to see you there!

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