July 11, 2012

Featured: The Knot Magazine

Happy Wednesday friends! (it is Wednesday right?? Bear with me….life’s been a little blurry lately)

Last night we got back to our hotel room around 1am after an absolutely amazing time with our Charlotte J&M Lighting Intensive crew. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I just adore Charlotte. Every single time we’ve come down here, we have been blown away by the warmth, the heart, and the kindness of the photographers down here. And last night’s crew- a mix of people from all over the state, Georgia, and strong contingent from Kentucky:) – was no exception. I’m being honest with you when I say that we laughed together….heck, we even cried together a little…..and we kicked fear to the sidelines where it belongs. Boom! But I’m getting ahead of myself….much more on that to come!

This morning we were back up by 7am to make our way to Richmond for our next Lighting Intensive stop (I seriously can’t wait to meet you all!), so I just wanted to hop on real quick as we cruise up I-85 and share with you some exciting news. that we got in the form of a text yesterday from our bride Lara. We are so SO excited for Lara & Peter that their gorgeous Lake Hopatcong wedding was just picked up for print in The Knot magazine & the issue is now on stands. Lara got hers in the mail yesterday, and the exclamation points in her text pretty much made my whole month! L&P, we LOVE you guys!! And a HUGE thanks to The Knot for picking up such an amazing couple!

ALSO! For all of you guys who are hopping over for the very first time from The Joy of Marketing event that’s going on today, we just wanted to say welcome! And I can’t think of any better way to make you feel at home than to throw a little contest in your honor. :) But all you regular readers, don’t worry! This one’s for you too! All you guys have to do is just leave us a little note in the comment box below, and that will get you entered in the contest where one lucky commenter will win their choice of either a seat to an upcoming Lighting Intensive or a 1 hr, 2-on-1 mentoring session with us!! And…..GO!!

  1. tara talalas

    pick me! pick me!

  2. Lauren Hurst

    Hey Justin and Mary, Congratulations on being featured in the Knot, how exciting!! I will be watching the online sessions today and I can not wait to hear you both speak! Looking forward to it and I would love to win a 2-on-1 mentoring session with you guys! Can you say…dream come true!!! :)

  3. Chelsea McGowan

    Love you guys. :) We’ve been talking about scheduling a phone date with y’all to bend your ears sometime in the next couple months, so hey… winning such a thing would be pretty awesome. :)

  4. Alicia White

    You know I can’t pass up a contest having to do with u two <3 Keep on being awesome !! <3

  5. Sabrina

    Oh wow… that wedding was gorgeous!! And um… are y’all for real? A seat to one of your Lighting Intensive stops OR a 1 hour mentoring session with you guys?? Y’all are amazing. I just blogged this morning about how it’s important to never stop learning… and well, I’d love to learn from you guys :-) Happy travels up 85 today!

  6. jenn liang

    congrats on your feature! love your photos! :)

  7. Shelya

    LOVE you guys and I would love to go to another workshop with you!

  8. spring

    AHHH love that Lara & Peter are being featured in The Knot!!!! YEA!!!!! Drive safely and I will see you guys SOOOOOON!!!


  9. Kerri Deatherage

    Loved your section on the Joy of Marketing Selling Secrets.
    You guys are pure genius! I was wondering where I could find the PDF you had mentioned that had info about the 5 senses!

  10. Stephanie Stewart

    Congratulations on the gorgeous feature! Fingers crossed for a chance to win – I absolutely LOVED WTAW in Chicago, and would love to learn even more about lighting to kick things up a notch! You guys are the best!

  11. Mary Marantz

    Hey Kerri! Oh that’s awesome! So the pdf you’re talking about is "The Guide" and it is available now if you go here: https://sellingsecrets.thejoyofmarketing.com/products

  12. Emilia Jane

    AH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that wedding. I’m so happy the Knot featured it!!!

  13. Jessica

    Congrats on the feature!!! I can’t wait to listen to your feature on the joy of marketing!

  14. Sara D Harper

    Listening to you guys now! Even though this is not my first time to your site! ; ) Love ya!

  15. Meridith

    Listening to you guys now on Joy of Marketing! Congrats on the feature:)

  16. Naomi Elle

    I <3 The Knot!! congrats!

  17. Jen Araya

    YAY Lara & Peter! I’m honored to have met you both! I’m sure it looks amazing congrats! Listening to Justin & Mary currently right now on the Selling Secrets of the Photography Masters! Can’t wait to purchase the guide!

  18. Kelly Ewell

    Enjoy Richmond today! I’ve got your Joy of Marketing seminar playing now and pen ready to take more notes!

  19. Cass Comerford

    Oh my word. I would LOVE that mentoring session. In fact, I need to ask for that come birthday present time. And I’m in Rochester we can talk all things ROC.

  20. Alison

    Congratulations to Lara, Peter and You guys! Beautiful wedding! That would be a pretty tough choice to make between the workshop & the mentoring session…. But I would love to learn from the light whisperer and Boston isn’t too far for me to go at all:)

  21. Jil

    what a gorgeous wedding with such great details!!

  22. Rose Cummings

    Saw you guys in Boston and would love to be part of your lighting intensive and would definitely love to have the one-to-one mentoring. Love "The Knot" feature.

  23. Emma P

    Great feature! Love it! I’m listing to your selling secrets workshop right now and I have to say I never get tired of your story! Best of luck in Richmond!

  24. Jessica Frey

    Can’t wait to hear more of your wisdom today!! Congratulations on theknot feature and man I wish i was on the East Coast – you guys should head out to CA or Texas for your next adventures in workshops!!! Big hugs!

  25. Allison Walton

    Congratulations on the feature! I thought that wedding was pretty cool. Congrats to the couple, too!

  26. Taylor

    :) Awesome feature and I feel you with the blurriness recently.

  27. Erica keane

    I love your style, personalitys & your work! Thanks for sharing & congrats on the feature L&P!

  28. Melissa Beck

    Just finished up your chat! Awesome as always. If I could be so luck enough to win another contests from you guys, this would be the one to drool over! Excited for who ever gets it!

  29. Natalie Randall

    Within the first five minutes of listening to you, I was hooked. Thank you for sharing such awesome info on the Joy of Marketing Event.

  30. Alisa

    I would love Love LOVE to come to the lighting intensive workshop!!! I reached my goal in adding off camera lighting to my toolbox this year, I have been practicing and practicing but I would love to get off on the right foot with how to use it.

  31. Emily

    Such a beautiful wedding- love the feature! Hopefully one day I will be half as good as you!

  32. Heather Holleger

    Love your posts as always! You guys are AWESOME and thanks for everything you share with us! :)

  33. Isaac Stott

    1-on-1 mentoring with you two…..yes please! We could have a little Mario kart rematch, you know, very business like. :)

  34. Keren

    You guys are fantastic! Would LOVE to mentored by you!!

  35. Christey

    What a wonderful business you have started! The ideas are ground breaking and amazing and you have changed my way of thinking about sales and my business completely.

  36. kristen schueler

    Thanks for "The Guide". I’ve heard you guys talk so many times and read a ton of your blog posts, but there’s something about having it all written in neat little package that is a bit more inspiring. I’ve already sent it to Staples to be printed, and plan on having a date with a pen and highlighter this evening :) You guys rock!

  37. Rahel Menig

    Justin & Mary, I’ve SO enjoyed listening to you two! In fact, I’ve been giddy ever since I knew that you were speaking over at TJOM. Thanks for all your tips. Thanks for telling me, to make it my own game. Thanks for being so awesome :)
    xoxo, Rahel

  38. Brandy Burridge

    Just got done listening to you on jom, thanks for the inspiration! mentoring from yall would be awesome!

  39. Jaime

    I loved seeing you at WPPI, and I love all of the great info from the Joy of Marketing today. Thanks a million!

  40. SherylCulp

    My clients hae always come by word of mouth referrals and I totally love that they want me to shoot their wedding or senior portraits, etc. That worked great for part time – now I’m trying to kick in full-time so I loved your talk and I’m going to start reading your blog. Fantastic info and so along the lines of who I am!

  41. Taylor

    Hey just listened to the whole event! I was wondering what were some of the things you do to follow up post wedding. Not right after but a year or so or less. GREAT TALK!

  42. Cathy

    Justin and Mary, thank you so much for your Joy of Marketing session. My partner, Jeff, and I are in the process of trying to reassess and re-evaluate our business because doing what everyone else does, just isn’t working for us. In one short hour, you managed to completely inspire me and help me see that the way we’re thinking about our business isn’t totally crazy-that if it’s ours, then we can change the rules and play the game differently. I can’t thank you enough. We’re already starting on a totally different About Us section that actually reflects us, and we’re already talking about how to connect with potential client-friends differently :-) If we could win the contest and hang out with you guys, that would be absolutely amazing. But even if we don’t, just finding you guys and the inspiration you’ve already given has been incredible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    -Cathy (and Jeff too!)-

  43. Jason Tench


  44. Sarah Wamuhiu

    I got on to the Joy of Marketing event just to hear you guys…I was hoping to be part of the live chat too but our Little One needed attention and he’s most important so I didn’t make :) Being all the way in Kenya I couldn’t make it to a Lighting Intensive…maybe a skype mentoring session??? That would be like totally amazing…you guys are like my hubby and my heros :D

  45. chelsea

    I just finished listening to love, scarcity, and the reverse sale! You two totally rock. I honestly wish I was not already married so that I could book you guys, just your GTKY meeting alone sounds like a blast! Love you two!
    oh yeah, by the way-Pick me! haha

  46. Erica McKimmey

    Wonderful presentation! Thank you for sharing!!

  47. Ashley B

    I need the lighting intensive like no other! Thanks for everything you guys do, your work is inspiring and the knowledge you spread is invaluable.

  48. Karen

    Awesome! Congrats on the Knot!!

  49. Caroline Chandler

    Thank you so much for all of the info! Feeling very motivated!

  50. Jen Roberson

    I loved your presentation on TJOM. Your marketing style just totally jives with everything I’ve been feeling. I actually remembered your video from creativeLIVE w/ Skip Cohen which proves the strength of the connections you were talking about.

  51. Tim Burkhalter

    Just finished listening to your part of the Joy of Marketing and so much of what you said rings so true to where Emily and I are right now in this business. We have seedless watermelons and it’s not working to our advantage. We would love some time with you both so I’m entering the drawing. Thanks for all you both do and share!

  52. Rebecca Hales

    Thanks so much for sharing such great info today in your talk! Its was really helpful and I took tons of notes! Thanks again!

  53. Tennile Sunday

    Hi guys! Wow, your podcast on joy of marketing was incredible. I honestly have learned so much. Whoever wins a seat to your workshop is one lucky goose (fingers crossed!). Also, props on choosing stillmotion for your video, it turned out really beautifully!

  54. Lauren Kaye

    Hey! I just discovered your site through the Joy of Marketing event! I really hope I win this – I was enjoying your talk immensely when nap time ended and I had to put it on pause. Then, my time ran out before I could get back to it. I’m dying to know how it ended!

  55. Steve Robertson

    Really enjoyed your presentation on the Joy of Marketing. Not sure you remember me or not but I interned with you for a day while attending the Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2009. Thanks again.

  56. katie prentiss

    i just finished your session with six pages of notes. i truly appreciate your business style~ it so fits what i’m going for!! thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

  57. Kimberly Carter

    Absolutely LOVED your seminar today. Who would have thought…clients you want to be around, not have to be around. :) Also, thanks for the book referral.

  58. Jennine Coosaia

    Great info through The Joy of Marketing. Thank you so much for sharing! Please enter me in the contest…..I promise to tell all of my photographer friends about it :D

  59. Abbey

    I would L.O.V.E a one-on-one mentoring session with you!!!! Yes sir!!!

  60. Pat

    Thanks for the great audio training today on the Joy of Marketing.

  61. Stephanie Bishop

    Hey Justin & Mary! Both Daniel & I met and fell in love at the Hallmark Institute of photography and guess where we first met y’all?? Your talk at our school in 2008 was just phenomenal and it blew our minds. However, at that point, we were young and with our eyes blinded by the bright glamorous lights of the advertising and fashion world, we wanted to be a fashion and commercial product photographers. Alas, the mist cleared and we are now happily married in Hattiesburg, Mississippi after an intense 18month long-distance relationship between America and Singapore! And what’s funny is that we are happily running our own wedding and portrait photography business together :) And now we are set on fire by you two! Our dreams are still big, but they have been "tweaked". Your business savvy and genius customer experiences has since been such an inspiration to us. Thank you so much for speaking for free at this event and thank you so much for creating your guide that we are going to devour. We will see you guys soon!

  62. Caroline

    Love your work! And a seat to a work shop or mentoring session??? Yes please!!,

  63. Caroline Talbot

    Love all of your work! And a seat at one of your workshops or a mentoring session? Yes please!!!

  64. Missy K

    I am really connecting with your ideas …I am newer to the market where there is already established photographers in my area..and I need to set myself apart….loving all your ideas..i’m taking notes..Thanks!

  65. Shannon Rosan

    Loved your talk today at Joy of Marketing!!! You two are amazing as always :)

  66. Karey

    Thank you two for the great information on the Joy of Marketing event! I enjoyed hearing your perspective on things…would love to win the mentoring session with you!!
    Thanks again

  67. Izehi

    I always love hearing what you have to say! Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge.

  68. Jamilla

    Each time I hear you guys speak, or follow your page, I am just blown away. You two are definatly my inspiration and I loved loved loved this broadcast!

  69. Jessica

    Thank you both SO much for sharing all that amazing information and for being so inspiring! The couples you work with are very lucky, and I hope that in the future my own couples can come close to being as lucky :)

  70. Heather Beach

    I missed the Joy of Marketing event, but the live chat you did on lighting a few months back totally changed the way I look at lighting. I always struggled with it and something finally clicked during your live chat. I seriously spent the next week analyzing how light fell, and the shadows and the texture they created, on everything as I was just going through my normal day. I even set up one of my favorite pairs of heels in natural light and took photos from all different angles to check out the difference my position to the light made on the image. Then I set them up with my off-camera flash and did the same thing. And I’ve never been more proud of cake/cupcake photos at a wedding since practicing what I learned in your chat – lol! :) I would SO love to win a seat to your lighting intensive! Thanks for all the information and inspiration you share – I *love* your blog!

  71. Allison

    Thanks for your awesome advice & wisdom on the podcast today! You two are inspirational :)

  72. Gidget Clayton

    Thank you for a great experience! Can’t wait to integrate "Love Marks", filtering clients and making connections with future clients in my business!

    May you have love and laughter in you life today and forever! (:


  73. Gidget Clayton

    Thank you for a great experience! Can’t wait to integrate "Love Marks", filtering clients and making connections with future clients in my business!

    May you have love and laughter in you life today and forever! (:


  74. Lisa Keeney

    Congrats on your feature in the knot!

  75. Emily

    As always, insightful information. THANK YOU! :)

  76. Jessica Fike

    Well holler for a dollar, I’d love to win!

  77. Eryn Kesler

    I can’t believe I missed you guys on the joy of marketing today! my kiddos needed my attention, but I’m so bummed :( Love me some J+M

    I would LOVE LOVE to win anything from the two of you!

  78. Saadia Me'Chel

    Hey Justin & Mary! You guys totally rock. Congrats on the magazine feature! I would really love to attend your lighting workshop. Frankly, external lighting scares me because I don’t really understand it fully. I’m tired of be fearful everytime less than stellar lighting conditions present themselves. It would be awesome to learn from masters like yourselves so that I may take my business to the next level. I really need this :-)

  79. lori

    i’m new here, but just listened to your audio on the joy of marketing and you are now my idols! ;) i want to be your bff and be just like you when i "grow up"! i really enjoyed your session and would love to be entered to win a seat to a lighting intensive! you bet i’ll be adding you to my google reader!

  80. wendy

    i was so excited to see you were participating in the joy of marketing event. and now giving away a seat or an hour…thank you so much for your willingness to share your wisdom!

  81. Rebecca

    Love Lara and Peter’s feature – such a beautiful wedding!! Hoping you are getting a few moments to yourselves in the midst of this crazy season! xoxo

  82. Sarah McLachlan

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your work, and your Knot feature is just beautimous! I would love to make MY work more beautimous, and win a seat to your Tampa Lighting Intensive. Let’s make this happen ;)

  83. Michael

    I just wanted to say you guys are awesome, I wish I could blog this much, shoot this much, and make this many friends with such little effort!

  84. rich

    congratulations on the feature – well deserved! the featured wedding looks beautiful!

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