So the news is out. This tiny nugget of joy that we have kept close to our hearts has been shared to the world ...OK I know the entire world doesn't know (or care), but at least OUR world knows. Our whole life is being disrupted in a few months and if you had asked me if I was ready for this 5 years ago, hell even a little over 2 years ago, I would have said "NOPE". That's the funny thing about not getting what you want when you want it - it tends to makes you want it more. I always try to be as authentic as possible in how I communicate with any audience, although typically it looks like images of beautiful people in some of the happiest times of their lives, but this story's happy ending (or beginning) started right here in this picture. I have no idea why I took this picture that day, but I did and I'm so glad I did. It reminds me of this journey we've been on...
I have spent the past [almost] five years as a solopreneur with Jill Doty Photography. It has been my brain child, the fruit of all my labor and my baby. As I have grown personally and professionally, I realized it was time to add a team member to this business of mine. The process has been a rough road to find just the right person to help us grow, and we cannot WAIT to bring her on this July.
You know that time period between Christmas and New Year when you don't know what day it is or what you're supposed to be doing? For me it is a time to recharge and reflect back on the year... and stay in my pajamas while soaking up the last few days of decorations and twinkle lights. 2017 was a jam-packed and wonderful year for JDP - 25 weddings, a mini session marathon benefitting the Atlanta Humane Society, countless hours in the car, two winter storms, three rainy days, two wedding dogs, eight church weddings, six outdoor ceremonies, almost 300 friends standing beside the bride and groom, and thousands of images delivered to to be enjoyed by the countless family and friends that made these wedding days so much fun.
For the past year I have had a desire to give back using photography weighing on my heart. My schedule always seemed to fill before I could make plans, but this year I made it a priority. I came up with a way to combine several things I love - my couples and families, helping animals, and photography. So I hosted a day-long mini session marathon for my past brides and families. Together with these amazing people (and their fur-kids), I am THRILLED to announce we raised $2,000. This money will go towards helping the Atlanta Humane Society do what they do best - rescue those that need help the most. The incredible people that work and volunteer at AHS were very generous in allowing me to come and visit and meet some of the animals we helped (Christine is the best!). They do hard work - emotionally and physically and I am so thankful for them! If you would like to donate to AHS or volunteer, I promise you won't regret it! ...and if you would like me to send you pictures of dogs that are available for adoption each week - let me know, I can do that too! They have several ways to help - monetary donations, purchasing items on their wish list, sponsoring a dog or cat, or even fostering. If you have room in your heart and home, I encourage you to go visit one of their campuses and fall in love with these sweet babies yourself!
Almost two months ago Morgan and I left a rainy Atlanta and headed to Santorini with Roger and Wendy (my fabulous in-laws). Well technically first we hit up the club lounge (HEY-OH, free pre-flight bourbon and snacks!), then flew to Paris... then Athens. THEN Santorini. Needless to say we were exhausted when we arrived but once we stepped foot inside our apartment, I literally jumped up and down and squealed like a school girl. The entire trip was jump+squeal worthy and I'm so thrilled to FINALLY be able to share it with you. Normally I'm the worst at blogging our adventures (still have a blog draft from Hawaii I haven't finished), but we have SO many friends making the trip for anniversaries and honeymoons this year that I had to share our experience! If you're planning a trip to Greece and have questions, feel free to reach out! Special shout out to my favorite travel partner, Morgan for capturing AWESOME shots and videos with his drone!!
If you've fallen in love with Greece or you want to be able to daydream and pretend you're there, you can order prints for your home here.