Nine to Phive Photography & Events

Some things take a lot of faith.

Quitting your day job to do what you love professionally is probably right up there. It takes planning, preparation, courage, talent, perseverance, and ultimately just letting go and making the jump. You have to balance your mental and emotional well-being with your family’s financial well-being. I doubt it ever gets easy. I doubt you ever stop wondering where you could be if you hadn’t given up a steady income. I also doubt that it ever gets old.

Whatever the consequences might be, I think we have sacrificed enough of what we are meant to do. It’s time for us to start living the dream, everybody!

Those of you who followed Josh’s and my journey through Europe know that we are obsessed with photography. After a few years of building our skills and accumulating better and better gear, we decided that we were ready to attempt to launch our passion into a full-blown business endeavor.

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 1.51.03 PMThus Nine to Phive Photography & Events has been created. We are live on the interwebs as of yesterday, March 5th, and we are pretty darn psyched.

Obviously, we offer photography services (family portraits, weddings, and the like), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Photography may be one of the the things that brings Josh and I together when it comes to this business, but we have also historically had hobbies and interests that have set us apart–just like any couple. Ever since planning my own wedding from top to bottom, I have been enraptured by the details of event planning. I am a creative and an administrator at heart, and those two characteristics together make me a natural for the job. Josh is also very creative, but his knowledge and skills when it comes to technology surpasses mine. This is why he is has been interested in DJing for awhile. Now that we’re committed to starting our own business, it makes perfect sense to bring our talents together to make something great.

We’re most excited to be providing quality event planning services with photography and DJ/emcee options in-house. We’re here to make your special day or moment as simultaneously unique and effortless for you as possible. Well, we’re here for you, that is, if you happen to live in Upstate New York 🙂

jjWe’re scared, I’ll admit. But making people happy with our work will make us happy. We’ll just have to trust that if we follow our hearts, the business and finances will follow. We’re going to do this, and it’s going to be great.

NOTE: Josh is still working full-time to keep us on our feet. I will be stepping down from my marketing job as soon as it is feasible.

Fuego Coffee Roasters

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At the Marriage Adventures weekend last month, Josh and I had the pleasure of meeting (along with three other couples) Tony and Renee Colon.

Tony and Renee stuck out to us for two reasons, one is that they have made the daring and exciting decision to let their creative passion take over their nine to five lives. After working as baristas for seven years, the couple purchased a coffee roaster and began selling their own brand of coffee. This weekend, they are embarking on something even more inspiring. They have opened their own espresso bar, Fuego Coffee, in downtown Rochester.

All of this creative power currently present in their lives brings me to the other aspect of Tony and Renee’s lives that made them seem exceptional to me. They truly have created beauty from ashes in their marriage. They have refused to let extreme tragedy keep them from–

Well, why don’t you listen to them tell their story themselves?

God bless you in your endeavors, Renee and Tony! You are an inspiration, and Josh and I hope we can have the pleasure of experiencing life with you in the future.

I’m off to see if they need any help at their new coffee shop 🙂

Photo and video credit: Taylor Isselhard