February 16, 2015

The Secret is Almost Out…


You guys might remember that back in December we were working on a top secret project along with some incredible friends! We gave away six LIVE studio audience seats for people to come join us for two whole days of teaching in our home (and Maggie, Rachel, Casey, Lanie, Meagan & Rachel flew up and dubbed themselves the #jmsecretsix ). But that wasn’t all! You might also remember that our good friends Matt & Carissa Kennedy were in town at the same time, but they weren’t just there to hang out (or to brave the freezing cold to film our new brand videos for us! Have we mentioned that these two are seriously the BEST?!)

The truth is, these guys were there because of an incredible project that they had dreamed up. They started talking to us and some of our other friends about this idea that had been on their hearts months ago, and as soon as we heard their hearts for what it could be we knew we had to be on board! So their December visit was them making that dream happen. And as you guys all know, dreams take a ton of work! Those two days were jam-packed with hours of non-stop filming. There were multiple lighting set ups, two different camera angles, audio….it was such a legit set up & so crazy seeing our living room transformed like that! And at the end of those two days, I definitely laid on our floor with no voice left. But a heart that was SO full!

So what is this project? Well, you are about to find out!

Katelyn, Michael, and Bokeh; March 3, 2012

Together with some of our absolute favorite friends in the industry, we are SO excited to team up with Matt & Carissa to unveil something that has been in the works behind the scenes for months now! The idea behind this project is that there are a TON of wedding photographers out there right now & not all of them, for one reason or another, have the ability of dropping everything to attend workshops or classes in person. Maybe they have young kids at home that they can’t leave for several days. Maybe they are full time in work or school and can’t get away. Maybe they could swing the price of the workshop, but the cost of travel just makes it too much. But the point is, more and more of the wedding photography industry is falling in to this category. And the last thing we want to do is to leave such a huge chunk of the industry without the opportunity to learn & get better at this craft.

Any of you who have been reading this blog for a while know how seriously we take commitment to the craft. We believe that we are all part of a generation of storytellers who have the chance to get it right….to be the generation who always told stories that matter and left something behind. And we believe that when we take a step up and extend a hand back, it makes all of us better. That a rising tide truly does raise all ships, just like a higher standard of learning in an industry means that we all benefit because the very craft of “wedding photographer” starts to mean something more.

And that is what this project is about. It’s the idea that ANYBODY who has the desire to learn and get better, should be able to. No matter where they are located, no matter how long they have been in business. So without further ado, INTRODUCING…


So what is The Academy? This is a collaborative program from some of the BEST photographers in the country, and people we love & respect so much. Each person is bringing their own specialty in the form of an online course, and you can signup for one course or you can enroll in the entire program to make sure that no part of your business is left untouched. And the best part is that you can set the pace of the program…whether you want to get through everything really quickly and hit the ground running OR if you need to only do small bits at a time after your day job or when the kids are napping. The point is, if you want the ability to learn in your own living room at your own pace, this is definitely the course for you!

So who are the other instructors involved with this? Well I think you might be able to guess a few of them from these images, but some of them will definitely be a surprise! :) But I can tell you this, it is an incredible line up! And if you want to find out who all the instructors are, you can by heading over to our Instagram account later today!! Just tap the image to see who is tagged & that will take you to the next one and so on!

View More: http://mattkennedy.pass.us/school

The official launch of The Academy is taking place on Feb 23rd! But there’s an EARLYBIRD discount being offered on FEB. 20th! If you want to find out all of the info for this AND receive a copy of the “GAME CHANGER” ebook for FREE, you can do that by heading over & signing up for The Academy’s Newsletter today!! It’s going to be awesome!

  1. Abby Grace

    This looking like its going to be AWESOME! I can’t imagine a more qualified duo than y’all to be included in something like this :).

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