The Don’t Give Up Project 2…because we just couldn’t wait to show you!!

you know those moments in your life where you think, “I don’t think it can get any better than this”? Well, we had many of them this past week when we hosted our workshop for the second time – the don’t give up project in Colorado. we were talking today about how difficult it would be to convey to you, wonderful blog reader, how incredible the don’t give up project really is. for now, we will try to gather our thoughts, images and words to do it some justice. but for now, here’s a teaser of what we experienced there. first, the shoot we did of the amazing katie + nick, and then a same day edit video that our incredibly talented friends jeff + erica put together for us.
so, take a deep breath, grab your morning cup of coffee, turn up the volume, scroll down, hit play, and enjoy.

to those of you who gave so much to come and share this time with us, we miss you already!…you know how we feel about you, your stories, your journeys, your cans of hairspray ;) and we can’t say enough how thankful we are for each and every one of you. this blog post is for you!
jer + ash

jenberry - 03/23/2011 - 7:56 pm

one day.
love the twirl series.
one day.

Keri Bryant - 03/22/2011 - 10:29 pm

OH, I feel like I know how amazing it was just from the video…thus, well done. I got a huge lump from the model’s tears and the love that is so obvious between the 2 of them. I LOVE what you said at the end, Ashley…”this weird contraption…this is how you view the world.” That is why your followers love you. (and want to master our contraptions as YOU have…) Because you capture the world as it is. Just beautiful and real. Thank you for this and the lift I get every time I visit.

Ravyn - 03/22/2011 - 7:11 pm

WOW! Seriously … Beautiful photos, amazing video. I hope my hubs and I can attend a DGU project in the future. You guys rock.

taylor internfizzle - 03/19/2011 - 2:06 am

you know how sometimes you look at images and you want to barf in a good way because they’re so beautiful? yep…that’s how I feel right about now.

lizz selders - 03/19/2011 - 1:45 am

so inspiring and beautiful.

David Robertson - 03/19/2011 - 1:06 am

these are absolutely amazing guys.. very impressed

Meg - 03/19/2011 - 12:15 am

beautiful and inspiring. you did it again. :)

suzy hachey - 03/18/2011 - 10:29 pm

thatgirlblogs - 03/18/2011 - 7:20 pm

really makes me want to buy a new camera and run off to the mountains!

Emily - 03/18/2011 - 2:24 pm


graham - 03/18/2011 - 12:21 pm

just stunning.
and deeply stirring.
thank you for laying beauty before us.

carly - 03/18/2011 - 9:59 am

ditto to what Thomas said. Brilliant beyond brilliant.

Maggie - 03/18/2011 - 9:34 am

Love! I can’t wait for DGU III! I am there!

anna - 03/18/2011 - 8:01 am

this makes me want to become a photographer. like, for real. well done friends!!

jessz - 03/18/2011 - 7:53 am

Stunning and moving.

Savannah Lauren - 03/18/2011 - 2:48 am

this makes me cry. in a wonderful, beautiful way. ^_^

Amanda VanVels - 03/18/2011 - 12:19 am

I’m too in love with all of these photos. And I agree, I feel really sad right now that I missed out on this.

Thomas - 03/17/2011 - 11:28 pm

Holy CRAP!
All I could think while I watched this was “I’ve made a huge mistake.”
There is NO way I’m missing the next one!