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Spread the Love: Dallas


Sometimes you meet people and you just know that your lives have to intersect. And intersect again. Even before you meet in person.

This is what it’s like with Justin and Mary Marantz. In a word, they are AMAZING!

On Tuesday, I attended their Spread the Love Workshop here in Dallas. After seeing them in New Orleans at the Pictage Partner Conference, it was a no-brainer about seeing them again. I mean, I got my ticket during their Black Friday Sale. While Cent was buying a new computer, I was getting my seat. Ever since I stumbled upon their blog, I think because Mary left me some blog love, I’ve been hooked. Their blog is like crack for a blog-a-holic like me. The stories, the beautiful photos, the advice and tips, their blog never ceases to draw me in, pull up a chair and get comfy to read.

Who are they? They are photographers from Conneticut, traveling the country, teaching other photographers and small business owners how to find balance with their business, finances, personal life, and world. Because when you are your own boss, it may seem like it’s “So TOTALLY AWESOME! No boss, no cubicle, no set work hours!” And yet, those might be the hardest parts about being your own boss. Discipline – whether it’s working too much or not working enough.

Justin and Mary keep it real. Through their stories, questions, and attitudes. They show you how to build momentum and get your life in order, especially if your work life is becoming a slippery slope into despair. If you read their blog, they are the same in person. Which I love!

Fun fact: When I still lived in California, I casually entered a contest running on their blog. And I won! They sent me a gift card to MAC Cosmetics which I used for my wedding day lipstick.

Thanks to Brandy of Bella Pop Photography for snapping this photo. I brought my P&S, only to find out it didn’t have the memory card in it. Way to go me! Me in the middle with the cake I brought. Yeah, I know, I’m such a cake nut.

Thanks to Cristina Wisner for hosting at your studio!

Spread the Love is coming to a city near you, if it hasn’t already passed. If you’re in need of some balance in your life, want to learn about creating a client experience, or just want to have a great afternoon learning, be sure to check them out! I believe Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are up next.



Spread the Love Workshop | Justin & Mary Marantz | VOTE!


I don’t quite remember when I stumbled upon the work of Justin & Mary Marantz. But upon clicking over to their site, I was welcomed with this warm fuzzy feeling and I knew that I would return. Again and again. And I had the luck to win one of their contests which I used to buy some of my wedding makeup. They are awesome!

I’ve never had the pleasure to meet Justin or Mary in person, but I feel like I know them. I remember listening to their interview on Ron Dawson’s F-Stop Beyond while running on the treadmill. (Yes, I was running! That was pre-wedding, ha.) I love their story! You can listen here and at the bottom of this post. They are truly givers and genuinely spread the love to everyone around them.

And now you could get to know them too! This winter, Justin and Mary are embarking on a 20 City Tour of their Spread the Love Workshop. And they are asking for their readers to help choose the stops! I mean, that’s pretty cool right. Your vote really counts!

(image via Justin & Mary’s blog | by their full time shooter Julia G)

So if you want Justin & Mary to hit up your city, you have to vote. And voting only lasts for the next 9 days!

How do you vote? Head on over to and leave a comment with your city of choice. I’d, of course, love it if you’d vote for Dallas, but that’s just me.

You can also tweet the following once a day, if you are Twitter inclined: “Spread the Love Tour 2010: Vote 4 (Your City) Here!! (via @marymarantz) Please RT!!”

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