Category Archives: PERSONAL

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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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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YOU JUST NEED TO START

You don’t realize it, but the constant stream of “updates” we receive in this life is overwhelming. Think about it. When before have people, normal people, ever been able to publicly share the highly edited highlight reel of their life, online, as we can now? It all sets us up for rather unrealistic expectations of what we, ourselves, should be doing, or how we measure up to our peers. Nobody deserves that on their shoulders. I’ve been thinking a lot on this lately. I mean, we are very rarely privy to the behind the scenes reel of other people’s lives, yet we are face to face with our own every day, bloopers and all. And sometimes it’s not pretty and sometimes it scares us, but we all have them. We all struggle to find our path underneath the polished up versions of ourselves that we show to the world. Anyone who’s achieved anything has at one point started from point A and set off down a path, whether they were ready to or not, whether it was exactly perfect or not. Figuring it out along the way is ok. The point is that they set off.

You can plan out the route you want to take all you want but what you can’t do is pad the sides of the road. You can do that in five-pin bowling, not in life. Anything worth doing is going to be risky. Sometimes you’ll even be forced to veer off onto a different path altogether, maybe out of necessity, maybe out of pure choice. But that shouldn’t stop us from not starting out in the first place. That element of uncertainty is the element of beauty.

That’s where I’m at right now and just thought I’d share. For others, but also for myself. A couple more Hawaii images folks, then I swear I’m done! We’re shortly off to a conference for creatives so it might be quiet on here for the next little bit, but I’ll try to keep in touch. Have a happy weekend!

– Jenn xx

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