The Lord has blessed me with such fun folks to work with - and I'm finally doing what my cousin Amanda recommended YEARS ago at her maternity photoshoot, click here to see it) - filling up the great gaping galloping gaps in my business-abilities with someone who can complete those tasks efficiently, with low stress! This brings me too... my Jo!
Jo & Alex James were clients of mine 4 years ago (click to see it), and afterward, Jo volunteered to help out if help was ever needed.
It takes a lot to ask for a person to ask for help, but 2 years ago I admitted it - I needed it - I asked, and she answered -
smoothly & efficiently with no drama, no stress ;)
She's fast too! I barely got her in this frame:
She's amazing. She's the calm in my storm :)
This particular storm was during Kara & Eddie's engagement shoot on a hike to a waterfall (click to see it). Jo carried outfits & camera gear & umbrellas & snacks & waters for all 4 of us. She is so much fun, AND she poses for light tests:
She's also my heavy lifter :) That's why she does cross-fit ;)
She hauls me with my camera up & out out of tough spots in rivers...
and sometimes she rescues swimming puppies. For this adventure click here, without splashing
It was another Adventure when I kind of... flipped out... on the way to Sarah's bat mitzvah reception because I forgot the extra camera battery! and Jo listened calmly, thought for a moment, and came up with an efficient solution, one that my brain was not going to figure out!
Jo makes everything easy. + She loves our photoshoots as much as I do!
Now she is taking video clips & behind-the-scenes footage, which really help bring memory movies to life:
and she now helps polish our portraits in the office, post-shoot:
and just this week, I've asked her for help in my greatest struggle - against my arch-nemesis: TIME.
Jo will fight that beastie for me, using the efficient weapon of a simple calendar.
Whew! I have commitment-phobia, calendar-phobia, ink-phobia... but when Jo inks the appointment in the books, we are golden :) When it comes to
* pinning down dates for our shoot(s),
* planning our planning session,
* ordering up our ordering session -
Jo and her calendar will absolutely take care of you and me :)
I soooo wish I kept bloopers of Jo for an occasion such as this, well, here's kind of a blooper...
Jo. With my kids. Typical.
If only this was me with my kids, or Jo with Ben & Hugh!
But no, it's Jo pretending to be the mom of my kids for a pre-shoot light test :) Per usual. Love it.
Thank you for all your help, Jo James, & I'm looking forward to a lot more fun & adventures with "my Jo"!