September 6, 2011

Five Years & Faith

We walked along the sand bar, sidestepping a soft palette of seashells of every shape and variety. The wind billowed its fingers through my hair and sent a mad tornado of curls flying out in every direction. I unstuck the strands from my raspberry red lip gloss, and reached out for your hand. We pointed at the horizon and picked out what our future boat would be. Wooden with a navy hull. And then we dreamed about what the dock would look like. I pressed my face into your shoulder to block out the wind, and Cooper leaned heavily into me. And we stood like that for a long time, us three, just staring out at the future.

We drove into town late to grab some dinner. You said we’d never get a reservation and I told you to keep the faith. And then we walked right in and got a table. And as we walked to the back corner, I glanced back over my shoulder with a look and a smile to remind you that I’ll always be right. We raised a glass and toasted. Toasted to five years ago this week when we leapt in this business, and prayed that the net would appear. To the past five years that have been beyond anything in our wildest dreams. And to the next five years, whatever they may hold. And through it all, come what may, we toasted to standing side by side and leaning heavily into one another. Staring out into the same direction.

And to dreaming big dreams, while always keeping the faith.

  1. Chelsea McGowan

    I pointed this out on FB last night, but I’ll say it again… we’re three years behind you! Two years ago, this was my first week as a full time photographer, without the safety net of the newspaper to catch me. What a wonderful, blessed roller coaster it has been!
    We’re praying another 5-10-50! wonderful blessed roller coaster years for J&M. :)

  2. Emilia Jane

    Aw yay! I love you guys :-) So excited for what’s to come!

  3. Sarah

    Congratulations!! Such an inspiration for business and life. I enjoy every minute of reading your blog:)

  4. Nancy Mitchell

    Congrats on your successful first 5 years! I look forward to seeing what the future brings to you guys, YOU deserve nothing but the BEST! Wishing I could just hug you guys right now….((hugs))!

  5. sharon elizabeth

    you two are so wonderful and so blessed! =) and i know this because you both share so many blessings with others! =) =)

  6. Tiffany Farley

    Ah, this is where I’m from. No place like it! Hope you guys got to see all the good spots!

  7. Abby Grace

    I can’t wait to begin celebrating time as a full-time wedding photographer, but that’ll require taking the plunge first. Soon!

  8. Regina Marie

    Congrats darling!! Every time I get depressed or overwhelmed, my hubby has to remind me to hold faith. To jump and the net will appear…. And seeing it happened for you two just encourages that!

    I wish you nothing but the very best for your next 5 years also!

  9. Jessica

    Congratulations you guys! You are truly an inspiration to everyone around you. And you are proof that a little hard work goes a long way. Cheers to you both in chasing your dreams!

  10. Paul

    Congratulations, guys! You are my inspiration every day! You help keep that fire going, to keep reaching out and get back in the game.

    Thanks for that!

  11. Jil

    LOVE

  12. Leeann Marie

    Good job, guys! You’re such an inspiration to lots of us out in this wild world.

  13. Leeann Marie

    Good job, guys! You’re such an inspiration to lots of us out in this wild world.

  14. Jena

    Congratulations!!! :)

  15. Jillian Tree

    Amazing! You guys are such a great team & inspiration :)

  16. Gabby / En Route Photography

    Congrats!!! You are such an inspiration to so many of us! ;)
    xxx

    http://enroute-blog.com/

  17. Kristin S.

    Congrats on 5 years of your fantastic photography teamwork!

  18. Katelyn James

    I like the curly hair!!!!!!!!!! SO CUTE! omg I really like it!! I’m actually a bit jealous!

  19. Caitlin

    Love this. Congratulations, looking forward to all that comes next for you!

  20. ashley barnett

    Aw Mary I love the curly hair!!! And congrats on 5 years! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 5 years for you both! <3

  21. Stephanie Stewart

    Congrats on 5 amazing, I mean AHHH-mazing!!! years! Cheers to many more! You guys are just adorable! Miss you!

  22. sarah danaher

    so happy for y’all! I’m at 2yrs and 8mos.

  23. Erin * Sparkle & Hay

    5 years! You are an inspiration! Congratulations!

  24. Tira J

    Congratulations on 5 years! Love you guys and the curly hair!!!! xoxo

  25. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    YAY! Congrats! How funny, I just posted about our 5th birthday party on our blog today. Great minds, right? ;)

  26. Elizabeth and Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography

    So incredibly happy for you guys!!! Thank you for sharing so much of your journey with us! Lots of love and big hugs! Congrats!

  27. Shefali Lindsey

    LOVE THIS!!! Congrats to Justin and you for an amazing journey, for being wonderful role models in this industry and for being fabulous people who keep it real!

  28. Stephanie

    Awesome! Congratulations on FIVE years!

  29. Lisa Cour

    Something to celebrate, for sure! Congratulations…you certainly are inspiring to many! My very best wishes to you for the next five.

  30. Joe Don Richardson

    Every time I think of you’ll. You move me. Move me to expect the unexpected. To have more faith in myself. Every time I spend time with you’ll you move me. It is because you are real and not afraid to take risks. To put out there every day who you are and not look back to see what others are thinking. This is why I love to call you my friends!

  31. LEOLAK

    Congratulations! What a great post…as always very inspiring! Here’s to the next 5 years and more to you both!!

  32. Syreena

    I am so in love with this post… More than you’ll ever know. My hubs and I just took that "leap" in our business and I am already happier than ever…can’t imagine what 5 years will bring… Such beautiful writing…such a beautiful post…hope to meet you two some day soon :)

  33. Syreena

    I am so in love with this post… More than you’ll ever know. My hubs and I just took that "leap" in our business and I am already happier than ever…can’t imagine what 5 years will bring… Such beautiful writing…such a beautiful post…hope to meet you two some day soon :)

  34. Syreena

    I am so in love with this post… More than you’ll ever know. My hubs and I just took that "leap" in our business and I am already happier than ever…can’t imagine what 5 years will bring… Such beautiful writing…such a beautiful post…hope to meet you two some day soon :)

  35. Syreena

    I am so in love with this post… More than you’ll ever know. My hubs and I just took that "leap" in our business and I am already happier than ever…can’t imagine what 5 years will bring… Such beautiful writing…such a beautiful post…hope to meet you two some day soon :)

  36. Syreena

    Please ignore my super repetitive post….my iPad and I were having a few technical difficulties :)

  37. Rupa

    Wishing you many, many more! Thank you for sharing your smiles, your hearts, your skills and most of all, reminding us about having the faith to keep going on taking risks in our own journeys! xoxo

  38. Kristin Nicole

    Love this post! Congrats to you both for making your dreams happen!

  39. Christa Hann

    Love your hair Mary :) Congrats on 5 years here’s to many more & whatever other adventures you take on :)

  40. Nancy

    Cheers to that! Thank you for all the inspiration you and Justin bring to this community.

    Trying to remember and practice everything I’ve learned from your workshops. Especially as I approach my 2nd year! xo

  41. Deyla Huss Photography

    Its almost as if life has swept me away from catching up with you guys and your blog, its been a busy and blessed one for sure! and I wanted to say Cheers to your 5 years!!

  42. Brooke Summer Photography

    LOL I tell Tom the same thing with restaurants… he never listens. ;) Congratulations on five years!! May you have many, many more to come. :)

  43. Ray

    I love your faith. Someday you WILL have that boat!! And I’ll be around waiting for you to blog about it. ;o) Thank you for always believing. I needed that. <3

  44. Scott Villalobos

    Congratulations! You have truly come a long way in a whirlwind of rasberry lipp gloss. May the next five bring continued success.

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