THANKS JAH - OUR REEL LIFE - Episode 11

OUR REEL LIFE Web Series - Episode 11 "THANKS JAH"
An unscripted web show, starring Charles and Jennifer Maring, that takes you behind the scenes of their creative journey as a married couple who make their living as artists.

Photography and Video by Maring Visuals
Filmed on the Lumix GH4

Pumpkintown USA

 Pumpkintown USA

Pumpkintown USA

It's fall in New England and the colors are starting to peak here in Connecticut. We had a few hours, and a dire need to escape the computer, in order to refresh our creative minds. Jennifer found a cute spot in Connecticut called Pumpkintown USA. It's a great place for kids and adults alike as they offer hay rides, creative ideas for fall decor, and some amazing hot apple cider. It was just what we needed to find the energy we need to tackle the abundance of projects at our fingertips right now. If you are creative, the importance of getting away from the computer for even just a few hours can't be overstated as ideas happen when you are out in the world experiencing new things.

ENGAGEMENT PORTRAITS

 Engagement portraits in the rain

Engagement portraits in the rain

This week has been filled with amazing portrait sessions, but there is one that stands out in our hearts simply because it was so spontaneous. We got a phone call from a client wanting to do engagement portraits for the fall. We assumed the question was already popped, but in the middle of the portrait session he quietly filled us in that he wanted to propose and catch it on camera. So in the middle of their portrait session he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him, and she joyously said yes.

The moment itself was beautiful, but to make it even more magical the moment she said yes thunder cracked loudly and it began to rain. We all got wet running up to the porch, so we decided to simply go with it and finish the portraits in the pouring rain. A beautiful moment that will be a lasting memory captured by the camera. More people should document their proposal as it truly is a breathtaking moment..

JAMAICA - CREATING SPONTANEOUSLY

 Charles filming a music video on the Lumix GH4 and Defy G5 in Jamaica

Charles filming a music video on the Lumix GH4 and Defy G5 in Jamaica

Spontaneity is something we treasure and often speak about at photography conferences. The importance of taking action towards the direction of your dreams is so important. I see a lot of photographers and filmmakers sitting around and waiting for the phone to ring instead of taking their free time to create without being prompted by money. Sometimes the best opportunities to grow show up at the most unexpected moments. This was the case the last time we were in Jamaica when we met Maji and Jasazii McKenzie. These two artists are remarkably talented in a wide variety of ways, and their joy for creating is something we were attracted to. As a married couple ourselves we love meeting other couples who feed off of each other's creativity. It's a beautiful thing to see, and we are better for having had the opportunity to spend some time with them. If you haven't read my article here on Together In Style about creating with spontaneity click here and check it out. You can see the music video we created together in full and learn more about Maji and Jasazzi as well.. Her sculpture is museum worthy, and completely original to anything we have ever seen in our travels. Thanks Jah for all the amazing creators out there that we sometimes get the privilege to spend time with.

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE MARTINI

 Make sure to try Jennifer's Pumpkin Spice Martini

Make sure to try Jennifer's Pumpkin Spice Martini

Pumpkin spice is all the rage this time of year in New England. Jennifer decided to take it up a notch and created an incredible cocktail that you just have to try. I thought for sure it would be too sweet for my tastes, but in fact it's perfect. Click here and check out her Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini recipe here on Together In Style.

Next up we are off to NYC for the weekend. We have a big lavish birthday party celebration to photograph this weekend in the city. Also the Photo-Plus Expo at the Javitz Center is going on now. We have been attending this conference every year since were were both 17 years old. The best part is that we have lots of famous photographer and filmmaker friends in town from all over the world. Can't wait to connect with them and celebrate imaging along with seeing all the cool technology that is being introduced.

 

Charles Maring is a photographer and filmmaker at Maring Visuals, and a co-host / creator of the Together In Style talk show.