Jodified.

I’ve been at a loss for over a week now. Unsure of what to write. How to write. Where to begin.

And tonight I realized I just have to start. And see where the words take me. Because I still have no ideas.

Here we go.

This will be my last post on this blog. Ever.

Because as of tonight Jodified is done. I’m killing off Jodified. And although parts of me are sad, the majority of me is happy and ALL of me knows this is the right decision.

Here’s the DEAL.

Kim Weiss and I will be merging completely over at Fresh Art. Have you been there recently to see our new look? We’re hoping it’s family friendly because that’s what we’re aiming for! So not only will we be photographing the heck out of newborns, we will now be doing families and seniors and kids and even weddings together!

If you are a current Jodified client that has already booked a session nothing is changing for you except that things will be called Fresh Art now, your sneak peeks will be over HERE from now on and you will get two photographers for the price of one if you’re lucky, as Kim will be coming along on most of my fall Jodified sessions! Print prices and packages aren’t much different so there are no price changes b/c of the move. And if you have questions or concerns please email me directly… and please also check your inbox this week for an email with more details about your session!

Here’s WHY.

I had an insane summer. Which is leading into an insane fall. Full of family and newborn sessions, a few big commercial shoots and holiday promotions. This summer I had a husband at home full time and I still felt like I was drowning a lot of the time. Now he’s back at school and coaching THREE sports this year so my help has diminished. Greatly. And at the end of the day I want to be known as a good mother more than a good photographer. But unfortunately we depend heavily on the money my business brings in so work is a necessity for me. Which is where Kim comes in. Since working with her I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. In her I have an equal partner who can pick up slack when my kids are sick and I can step up when she’s busy too. We both are passionate about giving our clients a great experience and lately I have been forgetting things, dropping things, skipping things and that’s not fair. But together we can make sure things are on track.

And all of that is not to mention how much fun we have working together and pushing each other creatively. It is so rad to see the things we can do TOGETHER as opposed to apart. And we can’t wait to share more of what we have planned!

Here’s HOW.

I will still be blogging. Just like I do now. NOTHING will change on my end. Except, of course, you will have to make sure to have Fresh Art in your Readers or bookmarked since that’s WHERE I will be blogging starting tomorrow! And the other thing is that Kim will be blogging personal things too. Which will be fun b/c you’ll get to know HER as well as you know ME! And trust me, she’s great!

And now, can I just say a quick goodbye to Jodified?

This blog has changed my life. And I know I’ve said it before so I won’t go into details, but it has.  It’s been a place for me to vent and share, rejoice and seek help. It has brought me out of dark times and led me into the brightest times of my life. It has given me opportunities like none I could have imagined. It’s been a diary, three baby books and letters to friends. Not to mention a place to share my work and my passions, my joys and fears.

Thank you to all of you FIVE people that have been here from the beginning and to all of you that started reading along the way. I am still humbled each time someone takes time out of their day to leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks.

And NOW.

Because HOW IN THE HELL COULD I LEAVE WITHOUT A CONTEST?

Ok.

Are you ready? Because this might be one of my BEST ideas ever!

We are having…

AN ONLINE SCAVENGER HUNT!

The first clue is below in this post. EVERY answer can be found in my blog and in the links page on this blog. They will be easier or harder depending on how long and how often you’ve read my blog! Before you can move onto the next clue however, you have to complete the task given to you on the clue card! ALL tasks are about capturing your life. All will be a blast. And along the way you have to email me your photos so I can see how you’re doing!

Once you figure out WHO the clue is, complete the task (email it to me!) and then go find the clue’s email address! All clue answers have blogs or websites and if you cruise around enough you’ll find out how to email them.

Say the answer to CLUE #1 is Tara Whitney… b/c in my world I pretend we’re BFF (HA!)… and you figure it out, do your task and find her website. Then you have to email her with “Jodified Scavenger Hunt” in the subject line of your email. AND then you have to tell her how cool her site is! Or just say HEY! Whatever you write in the body of the email is up to you. Then Tara will read your email and reply with your next clue!

And the winner will be announced on the Fresh Art blog on October 11th… my 30th birthday! AND the winner will get a BOX full of gifts from EACH of the clues! LOTS of talented women are participating so this is a great prize!

I hope you play along!!!

clue#1

Thanks again for everything.

Signing off.

Jodie.

14 thoughts on “Jodified.

  1. Did you type those last few words without crying? I’m sure not. I hope this will be a wonderful change for you (& Kim!). Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us starting tomorrow. I know I won’t be disappointed! :0)

  2. since i just found this blog, i am definitely sad to see it end. but happy to be able to continue to read over at fresh art!

  3. I know this is going to be great for you and Kim but I am crying at the end of this era. Thanks for sharing, inspiring, motivating and telling it like it is to all of us for so long. I think I have gotten to know you more through this blog then through 18 years of sharing a bathroom.

  4. Jodie,
    I am happy for you and sad at the same time. I am sure ending this blog will be as though you are saying goodbye to a dear friend, a friend who has supported you and given you strength along your remarkable journey of beginning a company and embraced you through your changing role as a mother. I have read every single blog since you sent out your infamous e-mail about starting your site. I don’t comment often, but I do read your blog daily. I am proud of you as a friend and am humbled by your ability to be so candid. Wishing you the best on your next endeavor at Fresh Art. I know you will love it and do great!

    Love,
    Dre

  5. I am sad to see this blog end, but I am excited to see what is in store for you and Kim with Fresh Art Photography. I still plan to hit you up when the special time comes for me…and hopefully that will be soon!

    Take care and good luck! I will be keeping tabs on you for sure through the Fresh website.

    Your friend,

    Tina

  6. Wow, I didn’t expect to read this, but I guess looking back at a few posts a week ago it makes sense. I have been following your blog and you have been my Tara Whitney. I’m sad to see this close – but happy that there will still be a place to find you. I think it’s awesome you had the courage to make this decision!

  7. Oh, I’m sad about this! But I will follow you at Fresh Art and love what you are doing with that company! Best of luck in your new adventure. BTW did you see the news about Walmart and the bathtub pictures as child pornography? I said well then Sally Mann needs to be in jail instead of being uber famous.

  8. I’m sad to see Jodified “go,” but happy and excited to know that all of your great advice and creativity, honesty and humor will continue on Fresh Art – times two with Kim posting as well! Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished with Jodified. Can’t wait to read Fresh Art in the morning:).

  9. I’m so happy for your new adventure. It seems like things are falling into place. I certainly hope to partner with a kindred spirit sometime in my business. Congratulations. I’ve already been following Fresh Art and will continue to watch as your business progresses. It’s all about making your business work for you. Something all us insane mommies struggle with. :)

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