December 11, 2014

J&M Behind the Scenes Recap 2014!!

Ooooh it is that time again! Another season has come & gone. We have closed down for the month of December. And that has been giving us some time to look back on this past year at all of the amazing engagements, weddings & shoots we got to be a part of, all of the wonderful places in the world this job of ours took us (Germany, Antigua, California, Colorado, just to name a few!), and all of the incredible people (heyyyyy J&M Brides!) we got to meet along the way.

It is also the time of year where we can look back at all the shenanigans we got up to behind the camera in making those shoots happen.

This is one of my favorite posts of the whole year because it gives me the chance to look back through the whole year and stand in wonder at every good thing that has happened (and remember Who every good thing come from) rather than it all just be a blur and then be on to the next thing! And it also gives me the chance to remember just how very lucky I am to do this all side by side & shoulder to shoulder with my very best friend and the cutest boy in the world.

So here it is, our 2014 Behind the Scenes Recap! Try not to be jealous of all our utter coolness, especially when you see that very last shot! :) (hint: it’s the exact opposite of cool!) Since this post is so massive, we’ve broken it up into some very appropriately named categories, as you’ll see below!

Cheers to an incredible year you guys!

**First up, we call this first section, “This is how we DO, New England Style!!”

There WILL be lobsters on my clothes, do not be concerned. I’m from Connecticut, not crazy.

Polka dots and plaid.

Navy & white is my jam.

Polka & pink. Real men wear pink! :)

Striped sweaters & puffers for those chillier months.

Next up is our “Anything to get the shot!” category. We’ll wade right into the water, get down in the grass….

We’ll shoot one handed while we share a bottle of wine with our couples…obviously!

We’ll shoot in tight spaces….

We’ll shoot in the rain….

Like, a LOT of rain!!

We’ll shoot in high heels boots on the snow.

We’ll actually get IN the fountain…

We’ll wrap ourselves around this random post because that’s where the angle needs to be.

We’ll create makeshift backdrops…

And we’ll get dangerously close to the cliffs (even when warned against it)!!

This next section is our “Profoto on the GO-GO” category!

Really on the go in NYC.

True story: this nearly turned into a Mary Poppins moment. Chim Chimeroo. But it’s really good in case of rain.

And Profoto on the go to these awesome steps in Chicago!

Which leads me into our next section….”Oh the places you’ll go”!! On location in the Garden of the Gods, CO.

The top of Foss Mountain in NH for sunset.

A catamaran in Antigua with one of my all time favorite J&M Brides, Lauren Wakefield!

The shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. With a bird.

On our own personal sailboat for the day in Rockport, Maine.

And on an almost totally frozen Belle Isle…it was beautiful!!

Next up is our “Justin looking dapper” category! Naturally!

One handed. Just how he rolls!

But he always makes time to groom the next generation of photographers!

Laid back J.Crew for those more casual days.

Suspenders and satchels for the win.

And when in doubt, add a sailboat and a puffer vest in Nantucket! Plus that adorable smile! :)

His trusty Fuji with the leather strap.

This brings me to our “Stuff that happens at weddings” category. Bridal party of 20? NO problem! Big groups totally think I’m funny! Totally.

Do that thing that makes your heart smile.

The Well Groomed Groom.

Breaking out the longer lenses.

Ride along on the party bus!


Group photos with our AMAZING J&M Couples, like these two- Rene & John, who were one of our absolute FAVORITES!!

Mazel, Mazel.

Light testing for epic room shots.

More light testing. And more polka dots!!

Photo booth fun! Even better if there are shark heads. Actually, there should always be shark heads.

Annnnnnnd then there’s…….THIS. Which I’m pretty sure gets a category all it’s own. :)

Happy Friday Friends!!

  1. Katie

    Ahhh love this! Love YOU!!

  2. Maureen Pacheco

    love them all! especially the last one! lol.

  3. Katelyn James

    That last shot?! Pure amazingness!! I died laughing! LOVE what you wear to weddings and LOVE that shot of justin in B&W with his trusty fuji to his face!! That’s so Justin! So many good ones! That navy maxi dress looks killer on you!!

  4. lindsay

    LOVE this!!

  5. Meagan

    These are fantastic! That last one – SUCH a perfect ending! Love your style :-) Thank you for sharing, once again, even the ‘less than perfect’ sides :-)

  6. Jil

    <3 you guys!!!

  7. Rachel

    Justin is killing me with that umbrella! And you with your wine glass! You’re killing me over here! hahaha

  8. Lanie Kay

    I love this!!! And the last shot is CLASSIC!!! Is there a story that goes with it?

  9. Jessica Morrisy

    Those were so much fun! Haha, I want to raid your closet! Merry Christmas!

  10. Stephanie R

    OMG Love these!!!! These are so great :)

  11. Caitlin

    I love these so much! And you two! I giggled my way through them and love that you can just feel the two of you jumping out of these photos.

  12. Jacinthe

    Ohhhh Mary! I enjoyed this post SO much! It’s absolutely lovely to see all these shots of you guys! Behind-the-scenes always have & will be some of my favorite photos! I have a few more comments to make and questions to ask, hope you won’t mind… :) First, that photo of you both together, discussing your strategy under a tree, totally looking like you just fell in love with each other? It’s my absolute favorite from this post. I’d frame it if I were you! That amazing knee-length, navy blue, polka dot dress you’re wearing on a few photos? It’s woah-pretty! Where did you get it, if I may ask? Also, I’m wondering just for fun: do you guys take photos with each of your couples at their weddings? Last, but not least… does anyone LOVE all things navy and marine more than you do?? I think not. :) And I like you for it! Hahah all of these photos of you were total eye candy. You look so great and pretty all the time! I might or might not envy you… :)

  13. Shannon Rosan

    such an awesome post! Love love love behind the scenes, you guys are so adorable!!

  14. Rachel Henderson

    Now you need a category for the extreme temperatures that you’ll teach in! How about that freezing cold Walk Through in February that you guys rocked out! Love you guys so much!!

  15. ashley

    these are the cutest! y’all are so stinkin’ adorable and such a great team! i genuinely believe y’all bring out the best in each other! i loved learning from y’all at p31! y’all are the coolest! :)

  16. Gabrielle Halle

    Oh my gosh these are the best! You both look amazing and adorable but I think the last shot is my favorite!

  17. Rici

    I totally LOVE this post! so funny & great and good looking all in one. Harty hugs.

  18. LaurenDRogers Photography

    That last one may have made me spit coffee

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