Thursday, July 29, 2010

And the winners are....

Morgan and Garrett!!!! Woohooo!! I'm so excited to have the opportunity to photograph such a sweet couple- and maybe even a super cute almost two year old! I'm off to bed now so that I'm not dying tomorrow at work and then we're off to a weekend with friends and family back home in TN. I'll post another post after we get back with details of this incredible story that shows why this couple won. :o)

Night Ya'll!
Love, CJ

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lasting Love Story Contest

Hi! So, this is super duper exciting- my first contest and giveaway!! Hopefully this will be the first of many!

Here's what I'm looking for- the BEST love story (judged by someone other than me) that tells how your love has lasted. Whether you've been married for one week or fifty years, I want to know what keeps your love going! Tell me what makes you smile, what makes you laugh, the things that you do together, how your love started- I want to know it all! The couple who wins this contest will win a free photo shoot with me! The shoot will include one hour of coverage at the location of your choice and a cd with 20-30 images, which you will have full rights to!

If you're interested in winning a FREE photo shoot, submit your lasting love story in 750 words or less to byWednesday, July 28th at Midnight! The winner will be announced Thursday, July 29th. Good luck!!

Much LOVE to you all!!!

P.S. To participate, you must:
1. be married
2. choose a location 20 miles or less of Charlotte, NC
3. be willing to let loose and have fun with ME!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

very quick update!

This will be short, which is not at all how my posts usually are! Haha! Anywho, here are a few updates going on with CJP:

* CJP became an official business yesterday! I registered CJP with the register of deeds and applied for my TIN! Woohoo!
* I'm STILL working on the website and am just having a hard time finding adequate time to devote to it. I will keep you all posted and you will be the first to know when it's published!
* I'm thinking up some contest ideas so definitely stay tuned for those.
* I'm also working on an interview with one of my best friends who is also a photographer in our home town.

Keep an eye on CJP people! Things are coming along! You're not going to want to miss anything! ;)

Love and Hugs,

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Carolina Dreamin'

I'm starting a new position at work on Tuesday and I am so excited and nervous! But... I CANNOT wait until this is my permanent office!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I was walking to his classroom just like any other afternoon and that's when I saw it. My precious little angel- bullying a younger baby girl for the ball she held. She was sitting against the wall, minding her own business, and he was trying to take what she had even though there were countless other toys strung across the room. He had one hand on her ball, the other hand against her chest or face- I can't remember because I was so upset the instant I saw it! "JONAH ISAAC JUSTUS" came out of my mouth before I knew it, and much louder than I had hoped. He was startled to hear my voice, turned to look up at me, then whacked the little girl in the head! OH. MY. WORD. Someone please contain me before I lose my cool. One of the teachers calmly took him away from the little girl. I immediately ask for him to be given to me. I give him a quick whack on the bottom (yes, I spank my child when I feel he deserves it- which isn't that often. Go ahead, scrutinize, judge, then shoot me), tell him "NO SIR! WE DO NOT HIT!" And sit him down against the door next to his classroom for a time out. Oh yea, and I was bent down during this entire interaction considering he's two feet tall or so, and I had a skirt on. Enough said. I proceeded to speak to his teacher regarding his behavior and asked if this type of thing had been happening all day. She seemed almost embarrassed to tell me, like she would offend me if she told me how he'd been acting. She told me he had spent quite a bit of time in time out today for pulling hair and hitting. To sugar coat the situation, she told me he is always really sweet when he apologizes after time out. All of this is just so shocking to me. I mean, I know he has a bit of an attitude, ok if I were to be honest, he has a HUGE attitude. But, it still makes me wonder if there's something I'm doing wrong? I ask myself all the questions we mothers ask ourselves when we aren't sure we're doing everything right. He's a toddler, it's going to happen..... right?!?! Uggghhhh.