Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Jemmie Photography Year in Review


It's really impressive I made it through hours of organizing, sorting, editing, and blogging
to bring you this....without crying. It's been an AMAZING year photography wise. 

I don't quite have the words...or the time! tonight to bring you a Personal 2016 post. 
But this really covers so much of it. China pictures, England pictures ... so so much. 

So here you go, and enjoy!!!

Much love. HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

- JM- 

Friday, December 23, 2016

She chose Praise -

"I wonder if sometimes, Mary didn’t feel very favored at all as she carried Hope Himself inside of her.
 I wonder if sometimes, she just felt exhausted and sliced open—overwhelmed by the raw, 
suffocating heartache ever-before her. And still, she chose praise as her response.
To be favored and treasured and chosen by God Himself doesn’t mean an absence of pain. 
For Mary, it meant infinitely more of it—at least for the duration of her life on earth. 
But goodness, would any of us doubt for a minute that Mary was precious to God? 
Would we question for a second his fierce love for her, His unwavering commitment to her, His presence with her?
Advent is the question, the pleading, the desperate are-you-really-coming? It’s the lonely how long,
 the grieving and yearning and hoping for what we can’t yet see. Christmas, then, is the answer to our longing, 
the promise that in the midst of unspeakable pain, there is Hope and He’s come to rescue us. 
It’s the reminder that just as it was with Mary, our own dreams for our lives are anemic and pale incomparison to the story that God is writing. 

And while the temporary pain of what God is working behind the scenes might pierce us through to bone and marrow, 
Emmanuel—God WITH us—reminds us that in the midst of wrenching pain, we are not alone. 
The heartache of Mary’s life was true and real—but God’s declaration over her was truer, deeper, more 
real than anything that she could see. His love for her was more relentless, His plan to deliver her more 
unyielding. What I love about Christmas is that it does not pretend pain away—it points our pain to the 
greater story at work, and reminds us that Hope has come. A weary world rejoices, indeed." 
- Ashley Dickens

Full post here

I've read it five times and had tears in my eyes every single time. 
Merry Christmas, weary world. God is with us. 

- JM - 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Getting our Christmas Tree -

Hey y'all!! I know I've been sooooo absent from blogging here. 
Most of my stories go on Instagram, and never make it to the blog! 

But it's Christmas Time again!! So yesterday, Mama and I went to Lowe's to get our tree like we do every year. 
I loooove the scent of pine! It immediately puts me in the Christmas mood. :)

The first tree I saw, I liked, and wouldn't let go of it!
This is SO RARE for me, because I like to look at ALL OF THEM. Haha.
But we loved it, and took a tree selfie because I'm nothing if not excited to get my hair
all sappy for the Making Memories Box my brain ALWAYS resides in. 

Love getting to make memories every year with my Mama. It's truly a blessing to live with them. 

So apparently our Christmas trees take on life stories of their own: The Ant Farm One,
The Elf Shop Tree Stand Debacle of '15, and this year's tree is already off to a good start....

taking a Christmas tree selfie, and I happily pick up our skinny-trunked tree (read: light and easy to carry). I'm carrying it horizontal like I will be doing multiple times over the weekend and as I walk over to where the guys are manning the tent, Man Bun Dude swivels and his eyebrow quirks and I think "Oh no. I've trampled his manliness by carrying it myself." So I set it down and say "It was just SO LIGHT!". I should have stopped while I was ahead but they just stood looking at it, and me. 

So I go on, being enthusiastic and extroverted...."It's so short! And fat!". Man Bun Dude on the other side of the tree: "Same." (HAHHAHAHAA) I bite my lip and ignore that while the three guys laugh under their breath. I plow on: "It's adorable! It's the one!" So then the guy holding my tree says: "Ok, how would you like the stump trimmed?" Me: "Oh, just level it off. If it needs more, I'll just take it off with the....(realizing this makes me sound even MORE capable)....hand saw." He smiles, "okay". 

I resolve not to say anything else since I've stomped on their job twice now. I stand there in my hiking boots and jeans and flannel and try to look like I can't see them struggle with the netting. I pull up my little car and get the trunk ready, thankful that now I have a job that he can do...."I know the trunk looks small, but it'll fit! It does every year! Thank you SO much! We usually just attach the bungie cords to the....", he interrupts me: "I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to tie it down. Liability." 

As I laugh for reasons he probably thinks is awkwardness but is honestly me trying not to lose it, I say: "Oh that's fine! I'll do it! It's okay!!". I do it like I've seen Dad do it a billion times and in 1 minute the tree is tied in. So now I've picked out, carried, inspected, helped load, and tied Christmas tree. 

Thanks, tree lot dudes. I hope the rest of these weeks are as easy as us. 

Y'ALL. I can't even make these stories up. I can't stop laughing about it. hahahahhaa. 
I promise I'm not a feminist. Just really capable apparently. 

Friday, December 2, was the first day it really started feeling like Christmas, and I'm so so glad it did. 
Happy Christmas Season from Lucy Mae and I!! 

With love and laughter,
- JM -

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Here's my heart, Lord -

"Those who can soar to the highest heights can also plunge to the deepest depths
and the natures which enjoy most keenly are those which also suffer most sharply." 
- Lucy Maud Montgomery -

All my life people have told me that I love too hard. That I don't let go well enough. 
That I should hold it in instead of spilling it out, and most certainly, don't spill it out where people can read it.
Sometime in the middle of my grief over losing someone in my mid 20's, I finally realized that was a bunch of bull.
So I kicked that theory out the window and kept on writing and loving and being Jean Marie. 

I will forever believe that the people who say "don't be" haven't been closely on the
 receiving end of that love or haven't understood that there's no changing it. 
Somewhere in me from when God made my curly red hair and fiery spirit,
He also made a heart that would weep for orphans, want to hold the grieving, show up at far-away-funerals,
love when love wouldn't give back, and not let go just because everyone else says so. 

Lately I've been repeating to myself that suffering is not meaningless. 
It isn't because God says it isn't. And the way God designed my heart isn't a mistake either.
God gives attributes to His children to use them mightily, wildly, deeply, beautifully, unexpectedly...
for His glory and to the praise of His great Name. 

For a few months, I thought I had an idea of what that might I don't. 

But as I repeat to myself that God doesn't make mistakes, 
I'm also praying deeply that God has plans for little old me, 
for my wild, deeply loving, unruly, ready and readily wondering heart. 

Here's my heart, Lord. Use me. 

- JM - 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Off to England! -

In less than 6 hours, Shannon and I will be on a plane (and an 8hr flight) to England!!! We are SO EXCITED. 
It's going to be amazing and I'm so blessed to have her to rely on as we shoot this wedding in England!
We really don't understand how this is real life right now. It's like the dreamiest of all photography dreams. 
We've over planned and over packed and we wanna' fly. Let's GO. 

Which is ironic since 6 months ago I stepped off a plane from China and swore not to go on an 
international flight again anytime soon after 21 hours of travel. {Haha hah ha}

I'll be shooting a few other sessions while I'm there after the wedding (September 17),
so if you'd like to book a session in ENGLAND (what), e-mail me at!

{images by Shannon Ashley Photography, who will be 2nd shooting for me this time!}

Rach is getting MAAARRRIIIIEEEEEDDD. It's gonna' be BWILLIANT. 

America, I'll see you in 2 weeks!!! And England, I'll see you tomorrow. ;) 

- JM -

Monday, August 22, 2016

Anna's getting married! -

Back in February 2016, my dear friend Anna came to visit from Texas and attend the Ligonier Conference with us! 
I showed her my favorite places, including the amazing Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and views....
and before I head to Texas tomorrow, I had to post this look back!! Love the memories of our happy laughter
and the incredibly strong whipping wind (which made lion manes out of our curls, haha!). 

Anna is a bringer of JOY. 

Love love love her. 

I can't WAIT to hug Anna a million times this weekend (which is basically my job at the wedding). 

I'M SOOOO HAPPY for her and her love, Michael, and for God's incredible gift in her life. 

Anna has such deep wisdom and great joy....and occasionally I text her with hard prayer requests
and she always listens, prays, and speaks to what is reaaaallly going on. That is so rare, and she is a gem! 

Anna, I love you sooooo much and can't wait to rejoice and celebrate your wedding day!!!!
So very glad that God has blessed you so richly and mightily. And yes, I'm going to Instagram it. haha.

I'll be in Texas for a week and then be back in Florida before heading off to England 2 weeks later!
Can't wait to celebrate Anna & Michael and to see Kimberly & Ben!!

With joy,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Friday, August 19, 2016

April 21, 2016 -

It's been almost 4 months since Ben & Kimberly's wedding, and yes, I'm just now getting around to
blogging the pictures from our lovely "girl's" evening we spent on Thursday evening, April 21.
Sarah & Abby were in town already by Thursday, as was Rebecca, we just missed Ivis!

Kimberly and I talked about a few ideas, and just settled on the thing we love the most: the beach.
Yes, there were other lots of things we could have done for her Bachelorette party,
but let's be honest...nothing trumps the beach and joyful sweet conversations held there.

The beach is our favorite and such a place of peace for us.

First stop: Chipotle! 

LOVE these girls and so grateful for our beautiful time together!

Ponce Inlet, FL. We walked the beach, gathered shells, let the wind whip our hair with abandon,
enjoyed one of the most stunning sunsets and spent several hours being salty and sandy. Bliss. 

Kimberly and 3 of her 5 ladies in her bridal party! Such tender hearts and Godly women!

I ADORE that Kimberly gained another redheaded sister. haha. 

And then we shared stories and got stuck in traffic and ate chocolate all the way home. ;)

Such a beautiful night and wonderful memories!
 I'm flying to Texas this week to visit Kimberly & Ben for the first time! I'm SO EXCITED.
I haven't seen Kimberly (or Ben, haha) for 3.5 months now! I've missed them so so much.
And attend dear Anna & Michael's wedding, AND see Jas & Baby Wynn. ALL. THE. JOY. haha.

Then I'm home for 2 weeks, and then fly to England for 2 weeks! Ohhh, this 2016 year. ;)

With love always,
- JM -