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How to Cook Partnerships in Our Kitchen

If you follow us on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook – then you know that we LOVE our kitchen in our new house! In fact – it’s our number one spot for business meetings these days. This year we’re focusing on creating new partnerships and working on bigger and bigger projects. Because you may not have ever noticed – we never actually attach ‘Photography’ in our company name.

It’s literally always just ‘’ and we’ve done for a reason. Because we do more than photography – so much more. Sure, photography has always been our main ‘vehicle’ that has allowed us to do good works – but we’ve grown to the point where we can actually get more done than simply taking photos. We have a team of dedicated creative people, we have ridiculous amounts of gear that we use in the most creative and incorrect ways, but also… we have a brand and a voice. Without overstepping or too much hyperbole – we literally have one of the most visited photography websites in Atlanta. Of course we’ve worked incredibly hard to literally be… everywhere.

And partnerships have always been a part of our strategy. Right from the start. Good partnerships – and honestly – we’ve never really partnered with other photographers except for the ones that come to us through our Internship. The partners that we like to work with are crazy. Well – they like crazy. Because we like to think big. Or aim big. Or something like that.

So we’ve been inviting various people to our kitchen for a cup of coffee (a Living Walls muralist, a string trio, nonprofit executive directors, and more). Because these are people we’d like to work with – and why wouldn’t we invite them into our home for a cup of coffee?


It’s been a crazy ride and all of sudden we’re in the middle of our 4th year of business – and we’ve found ourselves in a position to do even more. 

Of course part of that is because we hired a Creative Director (Joy) to help us out – but then also because we’re just… ready.

Our company has always worked with more charitable organizations annually than any other photography company, and we still operate the largest photography internship in the country. There is a lot of good work that we’re doing and still even crazier projects in the works for this year.

It’s not that we’re trying to give back or make up for the good fortune that we’ve had (because dammit – we’ve worked HARD for everything we’ve earned) – but because it’s what we’ve done from the very beginning. It’s part of the reason that we exist. We’re not giving back or being charitable.

It’s what we do – and we’re going to do so much more with all of the partnerships we’re cooking up in our kitchen (and everywhere).

And if you haven’t come over for a cup of coffee – you should. Seriously.








New Years Resolutions & a Recap by +Jo

– Posted by +Jo

I hope your New Year has started off amazing. I hope you were safe and had a lot of fun on New Year’s Eve. You deserved it.

I’ve been rather vacant lately. This year holds so much potential – something I don’t think I fully took advantage of in the last. Growing up I always spent my New Years Eves with my Meme {aka grandmother}. Every one, until I went to college. The last few have held nothing for me. I was usually at home working on something for school or at a club bar tending/bouncing. {Yeah – lil’ ol’ me – but just the ladies.} So I was too busy to really take the time to think about the year in reverse.

This year I spent a great deal of time on the subject. It seemed like a luxury I couldn’t afford to pass up.
Unfortunately, even with my supreme ability to ramble, I can’t really put it all into words.

This past year felt like a decade and at the end I feel like a child. I found many insecurities I thought I had left far behind me. I discovered the many faults I believed I had conquered. I’m very cynical and naive at the same time.  This year threw me in every direction and left me beaten in the corner. But I like to believe I have a little bit of an Ippo Complex. {Now, I realize you probably do not know who I’m talking about – he’s an anime character based on a Japanese Featherweight Boxing Champion. He takes a beating every time, yet always allows his fighting spirit to lead him to victory.}

That was this year.

I my have won the match but I am far from the championship. And I certainly have my war wounds.
Most of the lessons I learned are depressing and cynical: people revel in takeing advantage of others, even long time friends can/will betray you, your health will give out when you least expect it, people do not like to pay for things, being multi-disciplinary is not the best thing in this economy, people want good little soldiers, etc…

I don’t know how else to think about those things. I tried to find a better {positive} way to word all of these lessons. But I don’t have the words.
This past year was crap.

Then in the last few months – this past year was amazing.

And I have to remind myself that I found a new part of me this past year. I have an amazing life long companion in Eric. I have so many people rooting for me in the world. I know that once I’m given the chance I can do anything I put my mind to. I have found my way into new little friend-families after my old one split in Savannah. I know myself better than ever. Not completely, but better.

And still, I can’t seem to be able to express everything…

maybe I’m not supposed to.


Instead – I’ll leave you with some images:


Here’s to the next year.
I will be my own Champion.