My favorite way to start or end the day: a walk around our neighborhood with my two favorite guys :) I can still remember early in our marriage, when we were both teaching elementary school full time, we would see a picture of photographers we admired walking their dogs in the middle of a weekday (during “work hours!!”) and think WOW! What is that even like? If only :) To them, it probably felt ordinary. But to us, that idea was EXTRAORDINARY. Having the freedom and flexibility to be in charge of our own time AND do what we LOVE for a LIVING?! It felt like a far-off dream. Something *other* people could do. But not US. Have you ever felt that way? Fast forward a few years and WE are the ones taking those walks with our baby boy! To me, THAT is the definition of success. Now, one of our greatest joys is helping other photographers do the same. That’s why we built the AJ Business Course. Getting to hear about OTHER people’s success stories from students we’ve never met in person is one of the most rewarding parts for us. Some of our students are leaving their day jobs for their dream jobs like we did, while others are simply booking their dream clients, at higher prices, on a schedule that works for them — sometimes in between naps :) They’re making more money than ever before and building businesses they’re proud of, whatever success looks like for them. One of our students, who only a year ago described herself as a “hobbyist” photographer, now brings in enough income to stay home all week with her foster kids 😭💛 Enrollment for the AJ Business Course closes this Thursday at midnight (and we won’t be accepting new students for about six months). When you join this week, we have a special $200 off deal for you :) The link is in my profile! We’d love to have you join us! And give you the roadmap you need to take your business to the next level!
I just never could’ve known it would be this good 💛 I’m only twelve weeks in, but being Beckett’s mama has already brought me more indescribable joy than I could’ve ever imagined. And given my tear ducts a serious workout. I woke up to the sweetest post from @jordan_demos that made made me cry (before church!) Then I cried DURING church as I watched a teenage boy hug onto his mom during worship, and then I cried AFTER church when Becks fell asleep in my arms for the perfect afternoon nap and I thought about how one day he won’t fit in my arms anymore. Whoa dang. Nobody warned me about this!! Thank you Lord for this precious gift! I’m doing everything I can not to take one single day with my sweet baby boy for granted. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there! To the ones whose babies don’t fit in their arms anymore. To the ones who have babies in heaven and to the ones still waiting for their turn. To the ones who go through more diapers and dry shampoo and cups of coffee (and tears!) than you ever could’ve imagined. I read in my doctor’s office a plaque that said: “Motherhood, the scariest hood you’ll ever walk though.” I think it’s also the most beautiful :)
We didn’t get to meet Taylor Swift last night, but we DID get to spend an entire evening having a serious BLAST together at her concert. We felt like we were 17 again. (Until we went to sleep at 2:45am and Becks woke up at 5:45am. Then we quickly felt the OPPOSITE of 17 😂) #worthit -📷-@carolineloganphoto
The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now... but we are coming for HER!! We haven’t been to a concert together in over a decade (seriously, our last one was in 2006. Kenny Chesney 😂) but when we found out @taylorswift was opening her world tour in our hometown, we couldn’t resist. We also heard that Taylor looks for people from the crowd to go backstage based on their t-shirts. Needless to say, we are READY. FOR. IT. I mean... go big or go home, right? 💁🏼♀️ See you soon, Taylor!! #fangirls #taylorswift #reputationtour
Filing this photo under: “Reasons I love the desert” 🌵☀️ (I need a file like this... because triple digit temperatures... the first week of May 😝)
Wondering how I can just stay right here forever :)
Can you guess my favorite thing about this photo? 💁🏼♀️ I DIDN’T TAKE IT!! 🙌🏻 Isn’t it beautiful?! I’m such a proud teacher :) There has really been no greater joy for us in this job than seeing our online course students transform their photography and their lives! The sweet girl who took this enrolled in our Shooting & Editing Course last February. Before she took our course, she was shooting in manual mode and told us she didn’t know anything about white balance, camera settings or how to be a real photographer. She said her photography dream was only a dream, until she dove into our courses and made it a reality! She loved our first course so much that she enrolled in our other two, and now one year later, she’s running a successful photography business with her brand new husband and creating gorgeous images like this one! @shaunaandjordonphotography, we’re so proud of you!! 💛 Shauna’s story is just one of so many. Every Monday in our private Facebook group, photographers share their Makeover Monday (a photo they took from before the course and after it) and it’s just the best way to start the week! You can see one of Shauna’s (and a few others!) in my Insta Story tonight! So so proud of all our online students! We may not teach in a physical classroom anymore, but our heart for teaching is as strong as it’s ever been! Thank you to all our students for working so hard and inspiring US!!! You guys are the best!!
Beckett LAUGHED for the very first time today (and we happened to catch it ON VIDEO!!) It was the cutest tiniest little baby laugh and we felt so happy/proud/excited that you would think he medaled in the Olympics or solved world peace or something. We’re only ten weeks into parenting, but it’s already surprised us with more gifts of joy than we ever could’ve expected. (📷 by @carolineloganphoto )
My new type: bald, with a potbelly 💛