Why are Sophie and I doing this?


Over the last six years, I have been a mentor with Explore Austin spending 48 Saturdays and six week-long Summer Wilderness Trips with my team of 15 teenagers and 5 other mentors. All along the way, Sophie was there cheering us all on! 

I have observed my Explorers transition from shy kids to mature and experienced young men by utilizing adventure sports to improve their leadership skills every year. From never having been on an airplane before, to setting up a campsite, cooking dinner, and navigating a topography map with a compass to help us reach our destination, I have continued to build an incredibly deep connection with these young adults - the Explorers and their families have given me so much and deserve more.

In the spirit of giving back, Sophie and I really want to contribute in a way that rings true to our hearts. Senior portraits capture such a special moment in time - right on the cusp of adulthood. We are so inspired by the model of "buy one, give one," motivating us to create our own for Explore Austin. For every portrait session that we book, we are essentially "matching" and donating a senior portrait photo shoot to an Explore Austin high school senior who may not have the opportunity otherwise. In capturing  memories for you and your family, you in turn are providing another family the opportunity to do the same.

We are so excited about this organization, and can't wait to hear from you!

Sophie + Jordan Epton

"BUY ONE, GIVE ONE" 
SENIOR PORTRAITS for explore austin

Why are we doing this?

Since 2011, Jordan has been a volunteer mentor with Explore Austin, a local 
non-profit whose mission is to change and impact the lives of underserved youth through leadership, mentoring, and adventure. 

"I have spent roughly 48 out of 54 Saturdays with my group of Explorers over the last six years, six total weeks on Summer Wilderness Trips, have been a member of the Explore Austin Mentor Leadership Council for three years, participated as a member on the Mentor selection committee, co-chaired a fundraiser in 2016 that raised over $20k in donations, and have attended countless events, meetings and happy hours - and still, I can't even think of the idea of prying myself away from any of it. I want more. These Explorers and their families have given me so much and deserve more."

In the spirit of giving back, we really want to contribute in way that rings true to our hearts. Senior portraits capture such a special moment in time - right on the cusp of adulthood. We are so inspired by the model of "buy one, give one," motivating us to create our own for Explore Austin. For every portrait session that we book, we are essentially "matching" and donating a senior portrait photo shoot to an Explore Austin high school senior who may not have the opportunity otherwise. In capturing memories for you and your family, you in turn are providing another family the opportunity to do the same.

We are so excited about this cause, and can't wait to hear from you!

Sophie + Jordan Epton

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MEET ASHLEY

hello there!

MJ

I'm happiest at home with a cup of coffee (heavy on the cream & sugar), flipping through a J.Crew catalog AND Instagram, with a puppy snuggled on my feet. 

MY FAVORITE THINGS