December 6, 2011

Thank You!! -J&M LIVE Chat

It started as a crazy idea. But as Einstein once said, “If at first an idea does not seem crazy, then there is no hope for it.”

And let’s be honest…that Einstein guy was pretty smart. I mean, just look at how that big brain of his made his hair stick out all over the place. One look at that, and you know he had to be a genius.

But….I digress.

Even right now looking back on it, I’m not really fully sure how it happened. I think it started one morning a couple weeks ago over our cinnamon shredded wheat. I just looked at him and said it. I think we should put on a live chat. And it should be all day. And we should broadcast it over the internet. Then I blinked twice. And went back to eating my cereal.

And just like that, Justin went to work. He scoured the internet looking for broadcast platforms, researched camera hook ups, and became besties with the guy at Guitar Center bonding over microphones. In short, he became the “do-er” for my dream. And it has made all the difference.

There are a few people that I want to thank publicly who, if they weren’t in my life, the live chat would have never happened. The first of course being my partner in crime, life and business….Justin. Thank you for taking every dream and making it a reality. And then being there right beside me to throw your arms up with me, as we enjoy the ride. Thank you to friends like Jeff & Erin Youngren, who are always there to take a phone call, to openly share their advice, to give freely of themselves, and to always have our backs. We love you guys!! Thank you to Spring Smithfor jumping in your car and driving five hours to be here in person to help us out. For rocking out the chat room questions while working the camera. And if that wasn’t enough, for bringing eggplant parmesan to boot. Thank you to Julia for being exactly who she is: an irreplaceable, equal part of our team. Who works as hard for these dreams as we do. Tripod, forever! To our in studio team Heather, Jackie, Jess& Brian: I felt like we were in this together! You poured your hearts out, kept the energy up and laughed at all of my lame jokes. And for that, you can never be thanked enough. Thank you, thank you for being there! And to the fantastic Jim Altieri who loaned us the equipment and literally made the broadcast possible, I want to thank you for being the kind of friend you are. Generous, helpful, and above and beyond.

And finally to all of you. To the people who tuned in on Saturday or have since watched the replay with us. Thank you for sharing your days with us. Thank you for listening and going out and doing something with it. I can’t tell you how excited I am to watch each and every one of you fly. Here’s to what’s next.

So, so much love,

**We are going to have the replay up for two more days through Wednesday, and we would love for as many people as possible to see it before it’s gone. If you’ve watched the live chat and feel like you got something out of it, will you help us spread the love & pay it forward?? Will you share it on your wall, post it to any facebook groups or forums you might be a part of, or even just email it to a friend? Seriously, it would mean the world to us!

Also, we are getting some requests to do another LIVE chat this time all about lighting. If that’s something you’d be interested in, will you let us know by leaving a note in the comment box? If enough people want it, we’ll be putting it on after the holidays!!

  1. Sarajane Case

    I am LOVING this! I had a shoot on Saturday and was so bummed that I would miss it, then, I saw that you had the recording and I almost cried. {I’m not dramatic or anything!} Also, I would love to see a lighting chat!
    with love,

  2. Seshh

    Yes, do keep me posted about the next chat. I want to know all about lighting and how you work it!

  3. caitlin

    in re: LIVE chat all about lighting (YES PLEASE)

    honestly though, ya’ll are beyond amazing – GARGANTUAN thank you to everyone who made saturday possible.

    *sharing link now ;]

  4. Suzy G

    Just wanted to say y’all are amazing. I haven’t finished the watching the whole live chat but what I have seen is perfect. Thank you both.

  5. Jessica Fike

    Def interested in a live chat about lighting! Photography IS all about lighting, right!?!?! :)

  6. Alisa

    I would so love to see a live chat about lighting!! Especially off camera flash. Live demos would be amazingly awesome!!!

  7. Emilia Jane

    Heck yes to lighting help!

  8. Michelle Feeney

    You guys are too cute. You warm my heart.

  9. Heather

    You guys are so wonderful! I had an amazing time on Saturday and want to thank you for calling me in last minute. I always feel so inspired when Im with you! Here’s to many more successful events!

  10. Courtney

    Saturday was the best spent weekend day in I’ve had in a very long time! Thank you so much for being so giving. I would definitely love a live chat all about lighting!

  11. Stephanie Stewart

    You guys are the best! Yes, yes, yes, a LIVE chat about lighting is a BRILLIANT idea! Seriously…and pun fully intended there!

  12. Alicia White

    Whoa! live chat on lighting? That would seriously be amazing!!! The best new years gift ever ;-)

  13. Christa Hann

    Would LOVE a chat about lighting. I’m not a techie so I struggle with that stuff. Justin somehow made it make sense for me during WTAW. Definitely would benefit from it :) please, please?

  14. Spring

    Lighting live chat= yes!!! I’ll come help again and bribe you with more eggplant parm :) Xoxoxo

  15. rich

    elizabeth and i would DEFINITELY be interested in a live chat about lighting! the first chat is packed with so much information we’re still trying to soak it all in! thank you so much for sharing all of your wisdom and knowledge with us!

  16. Christine Donovan

    If you build it, we will come! Seriously, if you can put together anything, and are willing to share, I’ll be there! :D Sooo appreciate everything that you do!

  17. ashley barnett

    YES to a live chat on lighting! YES to Julia’s hot pink tights!!! :)

  18. Sandra Fazzino Photography

    Hi guys! I haven’t had time to tune in, but congrats on spreading the photo love as you do it so well. I would LOVE to hear you speak about lighting. It’s something you do extremely well and of all the wedding shooters I’ve seen, you make it look the absolute best. I NEED your wisdom, so count me in!

  19. Katie Joyner

    Justin & Mary – thank you, thank you, thank you for all the hard work you put into this Live Chat. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I am not a newbie, but definitely learned some awesome new things and other things I agree with were reiterated. I always believe we are all students and those that wish to share are blessed at being teachers too. I’m always interested in new lighting techniques and would love another Live Chat! Thank you again so much! It’s always a pleasure to read and listen! Happy Holidays!

  20. Jessie Emeric

    Thanks for the live chat! You guys are so giving and it’s totally appreciated. We’d love a lighting chat! We struggle with keeping our lighting consistent at the reception…

  21. Brittany

    You know when you feel like you’re bff with a news anchor just because you watch them every day? That’s how I feel about you guys through your blog (read: I feel like a stalker most of the time). The time, energy and love you put into it is truly remarkable and I love every second of it! I’m a true stage one-er, not sure I’ll ever get much further than that but this chat made it seem possible. Any chance you could post it on YouTube? I’ve watched the first couple of hours but I know I won’t be able to find the other 7 hrs before Wednesday! Either way, keep doing what you’re doing, it inspires me daily!

    PS I got lost in New Haven on the way home from a wedding a few weeks ago, it was quite the experience!

  22. The Detailed Life

    watching now, finally… thanks guys :)

  23. colleen

    watching now… hour 7 and just LOVING it! thank YOU!

  24. Jessica Hayth

    I’d love to see you put on more live chats! It was so helpful and interactive. Next time I’ll be sure to put on "normal" clothes and not stay in my PJs all day so I can be brave enough to ask a video question!

  25. Dede Edwards

    I enjoyed my Saturday off decorating for the holidays and listening to your live chat! You guys are a huge inspiration to me! Thanks!

  26. Amanda Truth

    Oh.My.Gosh. Here’s to crazy ideas, for reals. The live chat was AMAZING. I was bummed I couldn’t stick around for the whole thing, but no worries, watching the ending is on the todo list for this evening. Thank you both so so so so so much for inviting the interweb into your homes and sharing all your knowledge and your fabulous flair for life in general. It. Was. Awesome. And you should totally do another one :)

  27. Nicole Benitez

    So proud of you guys for always going for it! For always dreaming bigger and for being so giving with your knowledge! You ROCK!!! oxox

  28. EmmaPoliquin

    You two are both the most forward thinking, loving people ever! I sooo appreciate you taking days to put this together and an entire day in front of the camera. Thank you! I would love for you to have another chat all about lighting. What you taught at STL Toronto was amazing, but I would still love to hear even more!

  29. Jeff & Erin

    We LOVE you guys, and saying that we’re proud of you doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel. You are both rad, and deserve all the blessings in the world – thanks for being our friends.

  30. Rebecca Turnquist

    would love a live chat session about lighting from you guys!

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