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Last year WLNS approached some of the most well known vendors in the Lansing area to come together to create what became a “DREAM WEDDING.” Literally. The entire wedding was to be free for the couple from the cake to the dresses to the honeymoon. The prize came in at over $50k! I thought this would be an amazing opportunity and was so honored to be chosen. We had over 100 couples who completed their entries. On March 9, 2015 we all gathered at Walnut Hills to watch the finale of The Bachelor and announce the winners after. It was so amazing to watch the reactions from Amanda + Cody! They are an amazing, loving couple that I have been so blessed to work with!

 

 

Here is their amazing story they submitted:
“On August 3rd, 2013, I met my fiancé on the beach in Grand Haven, Michigan. The six hours we spent getting to know each other felt like six years of friendship. After that day, I learned why clichés become clichés: they are the simplest way to explain the unexplainable things that occur in life. So many clichés resonated with me after August 3rd; “the rest was history”. It was indeed “love at first sight”. I met my ‘best friend”, my “other half”, my “soul mate” that day. I came home from the beach that evening and informed my parents I had met my future husband. The following months were filled with Cody’s Hope College football games and my work as a teacher and volleyball coach. On Halloween day, we bought our first puppy: a yellow lab named Beau. On Christmas morning 2014, Cody proposed to me in front of my family. The last present I unwrapped contained specific instructions, accompanied by 14 wooden letters. After pulling out a “W”, “I”, “L”, “L”, I started to distinguish what was being spelled. Before I knew it, Cody was down on one knee, asking me to marry him. I instantly began sobbing uncontrollably. It was the best moment of our lives. Against our wishes, a video of our engagement was put online and went viral. The video amassed 2 million views. Although we felt our special moment had been exploited, we were overjoyed with the prospect of spending our lives together forever. Nothing could detract from the happiness we’ve felt since the day we first met.”

 

Amanda + Cody: Your wedding day was a DREAM! I had an amazing time shooting it. I hope you felt like your dreams and lives beautifully came together as one that day!
Much love, Jill – Two Ring Photography

Thanks to ALL the amazing vendors:

Judy at Walnut Hills Golf Course

Nicole with Weddings By Nicole

Carrie  + Kristie HH Jewelry Design

Aaron with Acbproductions 

Jill with Two Ring Photography (me!)

Becker’s Bridal 

Life Support Band 

Bliss Salon

Synergy Photo Booths

Baryames

Whipped Bakery 

Grand Limousine 

Metro Bride Invitations  

WLNS

Last year WLNS approached me about a HUGE contest they were going to run for a free wedding. Little did we know at the time just how HUGE it was going to be. With the generous donations from many, many of the top Lansing area vendors we managed to create a wedding worth over $50k including venue, dresses, rings, photo, video, invitations, flowers, tuxes, wedding planning, band, hair and makeup, photo booth, rehearsal dinner, limo, picture framing, and even a honeymoon to Mexico! There were over 200 entries and over 12,000 votes. We had a Bachelor Finale viewing party at Walnut Hills with drinks and appetizers. It was really a night to remember and the icing on the cake was hearing and watching the reaction of the amazing couple that won! CONGRATS again to Amanda and Cody. Here is their story and some pictures from the night:
“On August 3rd, 2013, I met my fiancé on the beach in Grand Haven, Michigan. The six hours we spent getting to know each other felt like six years of friendship. After that day, I learned why clichés become clichés: they are the simplest way to explain the unexplainable things that occur in life. So many clichés resonated with me after August 3rd; “the rest was history”. It was indeed “love at first sight”. I met my ‘best friend”, my “other half”, my “soul mate” that day. I came home from the beach that evening and informed my parents I had met my future husband. The following months were filled with Cody’s Hope College football games and my work as a teacher and volleyball coach. On Halloween day, we bought our first puppy: a yellow lab named Beau. On Christmas morning 2014, Cody proposed to me in front of my family. The last present I unwrapped contained specific instructions, accompanied by 14 wooden letters. After pulling out a “W”, “I”, “L”, “L”, I started to distinguish what was being spelled. Before I knew it, Cody was down on one knee, asking me to marry him. I instantly began sobbing uncontrollably. It was the best moment of our lives. Against our wishes, a video of our engagement was put online and went viral. The video amassed 2 million views. Although we felt our special moment had been exploited, we were overjoyed with the prospect of spending our lives together forever. Nothing could detract from the happiness we’ve felt since the day we first met.” -Amanda and Cody

I’m SO excited to work with this couple!!!
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Photo Challenge Submission

After nearly 8 years in business I finally decided that this was the year to head to WPPI-the biggest photo convention in the US.
WPPI consists of a HUGE tradeshow and a lot of classes from master photographers.

Oh yeah and did I mention it’s in Vegas?!

To say I didn’t miss my family well, I would be lying but I would also be lying if I said I didn’t feel like a teenager while there.

I, of course, immediately started saving for Disney when I got home to heal the guilt of going without my family. But at the same time I convinced myself that
I deserved this trip to myself. I work hard for both my business and my wonderful family.

Okay, onto the fun…

I recruited my very good friend and assistant, Shawn to go with me to meet the rest of my photographer friends who had gone the previous day.
I had a wedding the day before travel and had to be up at 2am, be on the road at 3am and on a plane to Vegas at 6am. It was a long day of travel but we managed to get some sleep in.
We were SUPER groggy when we got there but managed to mustar up enough energy for a tour from my friend Derek.
Strange enough we stood in line directly behind another Michigan photographer, Adam. Already weird seeing another Michigan photographer there considering there were probably
20,000 photographers there.
That night we did manage to get in a big photo rally so we did some learning and literally were falling asleep at it so had to leave for bed.

The next morning I was bright eyed and bushy tailed at 7am. No leaving that hour behind when you have kids.
We attended the tradeshow ALL day (after a massive breakfast buffet). I learned a lot and got some valuable information on new products.

Then came THE NIGHT! Our big night on the town. We went to this huge, amazing party where Miranda and I (roommates included Shawn, Miranda, Derek + Ed) danced all night. I literally bruised my toenails.

Some of our photobooth pictures with new friend, Sarah (another Michigan photographer we happened to run into there!)


The next day was more tradeshow and then Miranda, Shawn and I ventured off for some sushi and slots at New York, New York. This is when things REALLY got interesting!
Shawn likes to play tables so Miranda and I were in search of a good, cheap slot to play. I stumbled upon MONOPOLY, one of my signature board games at home. I said Oooo yes, let’s play this one.
So we sat and started the fun. We are so in love with the bonus rounds and Miranda got one after just a few pushes. It was giving her some mad bonus spins so I stopped to watch.
These few minutes were some that I will never forget. Not so much the fact that she won some serious cash but her facial expressions were priceless.
They were the very face of gratefulness, pure happiness that this money was going to pay for her trip and honestly, very few are more deserving. I love this girl. She is a genuine joy.

When we got back to the hotel room we tricked the guys which was SO much fun! We acted really sad with Derek and then Miranda just started pounding down the $100 bills and Miranda acted sick and like she needed Ed when he returned. They were yelling and jumping up and down, it was great!
On our walk back from the casino I got to meet the one person I had been searching for the whole time we were there, bobbi, from bobbi+mike. I’m not one to get all crazy over “celebrities.” The reason I wanted to meet her was the pure joy in her big, beautiful smile. She’s an inspiration to me by the simple fact that she is SUCH a happy person, crazy in love with her hubby and now the picture of health as she has lost a significant amount of weight in the last year.
Isn’t she adorable?!

That night Miranda took us all to “Paris” with her winnings for burgers. Her only request was that we had dessert 1st. It was SO yummy! Little dessert sliders (donut bun, brownie patty, kiwi pickles, jello cheese, shortbread fries)

This last picture is of Ed and some of our other new friends, Stephanie + Dorie. They came to our special dinner that night. We all had so much fun laughing about best and worst lyrics, best and worst movie lines and we did “the wave” at our table. We definitely got some looks but we didn’t care, we had SO much fun.
Now we aren’t really drinkers but we decided we had to go try one of those obnoxiously huge slush drinks.

It really just tasted like a slurpee but was WAY more sugary. It was funny to walk around with though. That night we went to the Canon 80s party. It was fun but we bailed early to go have our own little dance party in our hotel room with just our little group.
The next day was clean up. My 4 days were up. We truly had the time of our lives. I value each friendship I have with these people. I feel so incredibly close to them and hope we can carry on with these bonds that we created over the few days we were in Vegas together. I’m so glad THEY were my roommates. They MADE this trip for me. I love them all so much.

Thank you Shawn, Derek, Miranda + Ed for a memory I will not forget in this lifetime. May there be more stoooopid nights to come!

If you don’t follow me on facebook, you should!!! That is where I have been posting all my wedding previews, updates to other portrait sessions and of course some of my beautiful little girls. Here is 1 of Chloe (almost 8 months) and Natalie (3 1/2) I can’t believe how fast time goes with 2 kids. It’s so much fun though! These little girls are a true blessing in my life.

My facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Ring-Photography/63448200019

and my girls:

Hello Everyone!

As my very busy wedding season is about to begin I wanted to take the time to make a few announcements.

1st of all weddings: I am booked solid on weekends from May 21st through July 30th. This means that I will have limited to no availability on the weekends for sessions. Most of my sessions in the summer are done on weekday evenings and book out at about 2 weeks in advance.

I also am looking for a baby sitter for my 2 girls for a few days a week. Ideally, I would like for the person to come to our home in Williamston to play with them for 4-5 hours 2 days a week. Most of the time I will be home but will be working. Please e-mail me if interested: jill@tworingphotography.com

Lastly, I have only increased my print pricing ONE time over the past 6 years i’ve been in business so the time has come and starting June 1st, 2011 my a la cart print pricing will increase by about 25%.

I’m looking forward to an awesome wedding season and can’t wait to see all you beautiful brides and handsome grooms!

Jill
Two Ring Photography

Thank you all SO much who voted for my pictures in this years “Best Photo of the Year Contest” on The Bliss Blog because both of my pictures place 3rd! I was thrilled just to be chosen by 4 judges to be in the top 10 but it’s super awesome to have placed 3rd. Yay! Little things like this just clarify that not only did I choose the best possible career for me but that I also have great clients who help make that happen!

Speaking of best possible career, I just have to say that I am VERY thankful that besides running this full time business, i’m the full time mommy to 2 adorable little girls. I always wanted a business so I COULD stay home with them. That was clarified last week when I attended 2 ALL DAY business classes with speaker,  Jason Aten. It was so great to get away for some adult time and learning (which I learned A LOT!) but I also learned that I am VERY thankful for being able to watch my kids learn and grow at home with me. They are a piece of me and it’s very hard for me to be away from them. Another clarification that I chose an amazing career.

The winning pictures:


I’m SO excited to announce that a picture I took of my 2011 Macinaw couple, Sara and Ben was chosen out of hundreds of entries as one of the TOP TEN photos for Bliss Blog’s Photo of the Year Contest!

Here is their photo that was chosen:

So here is where you come in…to become the winner I need your votes. Please visit:

http://www.yourblissblog.com/archives/3049

Vote for #1 (that’s me!) AND you MUST also leave a comment with which photo you voted for and why you voted for it. I would greatly appreciate all your votes and I would love if you would pass this along to your friends and family! The 1st place winners get a business class with a top wedding photographer that I love and would love to be able to take this class for free!

Thank you SO much for all your love and support over the past 6 years!

Jill, Two Ring Photography

I’m SO excited to announce that a picture I took of my 2011 Macinaw couple, Sara and Ben was chosen out of hundreds of entries as one of the TOP TEN photos for Bliss Blog’s Photo of the Year Contest!

Here is their photo that was chosen:

So here is where you come in…to become the winner I need your votes. Please visit:

http://www.yourblissblog.com/archives/3049

Vote for #1 (that’s me!) AND you MUST also leave a comment with which photo you voted for and why you voted for it. I would greatly appreciate all your votes and I would love if you would pass this along to your friends and family! The 1st place winners get a business class with a top wedding photographer that I love and would love to be able to take this class for free!

Thank you SO much for all your love and support over the past 6 years!

Jill, Two Ring Photography

Recently, my friend Starfarm informed me that a picture I took for their promo shots was going on a billboard! You can find it at the Cedar St. exit in Lansing off 496 freeway. I took a picture of it last night:The billboard is promoting an event for The Capital Area Woman’s Life Style Magazine (CAWLM). They are having a full on 80’s night with amazing music styling by the amazing Starfarm. A portion of the proceeds benefit the WCA Youth Mural Art Program. So come out for a good cause and a good time!

Also, i’m supporting my new friend Lainie in her River Bank Run for DetermiNation and The American Cancer Society by donating a family photo session to their silent auction at Michigan Brewing Company in Lansing tomorrow from 3-5pm. There will be a TON of awesome items and gift certificates so come out and support that cause too! I’m doing it in honor of my granny who passed from cancer in 1998.