I was asked recently, “why photograph weddings?” And I didn’t even have to stop and think of an answer. Because I love marriage. I love what comes of knitting two souls together, weaving the tapestry of a beautiful life through a mixture of sacrifice, joy, sorrow and growth. I love being at the start of this new life and capturing moments to look back on. To remember the joy when times get hard, to see how far you've come when the times are good. You guys, marriage is awesome, and powerful and transforming. Who wouldn't want to spend their life being apart of that?!
I have always loved this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. but the hardest part comes with always having a heart full of grace. I so often ask it of my friends and family, but find myself not being as willing to offer grace when others need it. It is a constant restarting of my resolve to be graceful and loving, and while it isn’t my first nature, it does become easier each time it is practiced. I know for me, I can’t do it without God’s help. So my prayer for today, and everyday is that I will see opportunities for offering grace and serving with love that extend beyond my family and act upon them.
She is equally comfortable in heels as she is in sneakers. He enjoys an elegant dinner but never turns down a back yard BBQ with friends. She is the kind of woman whose friendships stretch over decades. He loves her, because in her, he has found his best friend. She loves him because amidst his wild she has found a quiet soul. She loves Kate Spade because it is whimsical yet elegant. He always pulls together an outfit with a pair of smart shoes. She loves all things classic. He likes his movies to have at least one good car chase. She has a laugh that will invite you to share in the joke and he knows how to use humor to bring people together. They both love animals, and they'll happily show you fur baby photos. They are total foodies, and enjoy experimenting in the kitchen together. They will write their own vows to each other because the words they say to each other have weight and meaning. They chose to say I do to each other; I do to the hard times, I do to the dreams, I do to forever, long before there was a ring on her hand. This is an #alpcouple
My creative process needed some tweaking. Currently it goes like this: sit down to write/edit, suddenly feel like folding the 2 baskets of clothes that have been sitting unattended for 4 days. Return to editing, swear I can smell over ripe bananas that need to be dealt with. Make banana bread, inspiration strikes, start working and get in my groove, burn banana bread, and....repeat. 😂
For the past three years I have chosen a word for the year. I have loved watching how it shaped the course of my year, especially during those first three months while I was intentional about it, but then also reflectively when I could see it still at work later in the year. I think that is largely in part to the intentional pursuit the new year brings and sets in place so that the remainder of the year is still reaping the benefits of the time invested. This year I have chosen two words. PRESENT & CONSISTENCY. I read an article this week from @businessinsider discussing marriage longevity and one of the key components was being present in your partner’s communicated interests. I was immediately struck by how often I have to ask Jon to repeat himself because I am only half listening as the other part of my brain runs through my list of tasks. This business that brings us together can also be what tears us apart, so this year, I am working on being consistently present in all aspects of my life. I look forward to seeing the fruitfulness of this year as it is shaped by these two words. 📷: @justinmarantz & @marymarantz
Is there any better way to close out a year than a spectacular sunset? It feels like 2017 is blowing a kiss good bye. This past year had its share of hard, brow-sweating, heart-shattering moments, but my over all sentiment? It’s been a magnificent year. Because with the hard, came beauty. And with the fear, came growth. And relationships were formed and strengthened, and love grew, and y’all, it was good. I pray your 2018 is sweet, with just enough bitter to truly taste the goodness that God gives us. Because without the contrasting tang of hard times, the good times dull and we forget how lovely life truly is. Happy New Year friends!
Taking a deep breath, tucking my head down and doing some hard work today. The past week has been filled with so many good things. It is easy to push off hard work when there is a promise of of more good times on the horizon, but I want to ring in the new year with a fresh business plan and obtainable goals in place and that means that for today and tomorrow, my sleeves are rolled up and I am getting to work! Goals are one of the most powerful tools we have in both business and personal life. They are different from resolutions- goals are centered around what you value, they can’t be broken, only worked toward or changed if your values change. There is no failure in goals, only opportunities for growth. Tell me, what is one of your big goals for the coming year? I can’t wait to cheer you on!
Merry Christmas from our little elves! Blessings to you all! 🎄
Our photography business is an ever evolving love letter to each other. Each milestone, each accomplishment; a loving flourish, crafted together. This is our love story. Sharing our story has taught us how to share other’s stories. I started the business, but truth be told, it has always been a joint effort. In fact, for 12 years Jon has always been within arm's reach. Sometimes he is next to me, holding my hand as we adventure together. Other days he is in front, leading me through storms and trials. The days I need him most, you'll see him behind me. Pushing me toward my dreams, and catching me when I fall. But through it all, it is always the two of us. Together. Our beautiful anniversary session is up on the blog over at @justinmarantz and @marymarantz. Head over and take a peek-save me from oversharing because it is impossible for me to choose just one!