Amy & Jordan

About Amy & Jordan Photography

We fell in love in high school. When there was nothing more important than the homecoming dance. When a driver’s license was a commodity. When passing notes was an art form. We were young little pups ready to take on the world.

Today, we are a husband and wife photography team based in Scottsdale, Arizona. We are passionate about marriage and blessed to do what we love together. If you would like to know more, visit our website using the link above.

WPPI 2015

Registration for our Class is LIVE

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Happy Monday, everyone! Oh, friends, we are so honored to be teaching at WPPI for the very first time this year! If you’re a free newsletter subscriber, you were the very first to know that registration for our WPPI master class is now open! Eek! We are so excited to empower other photographers will simple, practical tools to get their work published in 2015! Our exclusive master class, “Get Published in 5 Simple Steps” has very limited seating, and the seats are going fast now that registration is live, so if you haven’t signed up yet, click here to reserve your spot now!

Get Published in 5 Simple Steps
with Amy & Jordan
Wednesday, March 4 2015
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Room 205

REGISTER HERE!

In this jam-packed two hours we’ll break down step-by-step how we went from ZERO publications in 2012 and setting a goal of getting published once in 2013, to getting published FIFTEEN times that year and how YOU can, too! We’ll cover everything from how to shoot with an editorial eye and submit your work to national blogs and magazines, to booking more weddings doing it! We traveled the country last year empowering photographers with this content, and the feedback has been so encouraging! Photographers who never had their work published before are finding huge success applying what they’ve learned in our class, and we even heard from one photographer who went from ZERO publications to TWENTY FIVE in only six months! YESSSS!! How incredible is that?! This is the stuff we thrive on! We’re so excited to help a new class of photographers get their work featured!

Anddddd, there’s more, friends! This is extra fun! Everyone who signs up for the class will also get special access to a VIP brunch with us at the MGM — courtesy of our awesome friends at Showit — immediately following our class for a meet and greet, extra Q&A, and time in community! We are just so excited to be able to offer this class and extra time together for such a special rate! Our workshop seats are $1,200, and sold out within minutes, so we’re so excited to be able to offer a two-hour class and a VIP brunch at such a special, one-time WPPI rate of $89 ($59 for WPPI members). Right now, we don’t have plans to teach this class anywhere else this year, so if you’ve been wanting to see it, this might be your only chance in 2015! We can’t wait to see you there!

In case you missed it, here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ll be teaching at our class!

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One of the things we love most about WPPI is the incredible line-up of top-quality educators all in one place. There are so many talented teachers slated to speak, so we wanted to share five classes that are on the top of our can’t-miss list this year! These five teachers have incredible hearts for this industry and are such a gift. We glean so many amazing, applicable nuggets that immediately make a difference in our business every time one of them steps on a stage, so we can’t wait to get our butts in their seats! In order of WPPI’s schedule, we’ll be the first ones lined up for:

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Katelyn James
Dueling Identities: 10 Steps to Balancing Personal and Professional Marketing

Zach & Jody Gray

Behind-the-Veil: The Reality of a Successful Wedding Brand

Justin & Mary Marantz
10 Ways to Make Your Work Worth More

Matt Kennedy
Be Intentional, Be Successful

Melissa Jill
Simplifying Albums

To see the rest of WPPI’s unreal line-up, click here. Also, we’d love to connect with you in person at WPPI! Aside from the amazing classes listed above, here are just a few more places you can find us this year!

Sunday, March 1
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Showiteer Dinner at The Wicked Spoon

Monday, March 2

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Showit Booth, Trade Show Floor

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
ExpoImaging Booth, Trade Show Floor
* We’ll be doing a LIVE demonstration of how to use the ExpoDisc!

Tuesday, March 3
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Showit Booth, Trade Show Floor

Wednesday, March 4
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Amy & Jordan
Get Published in 5 Simple Steps11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

VIP Brunch, The Signature Towers

And that’s it! If you’d like to snag a seat to our class, click here to register!

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Let the countdown to WPPI begin! See you there friends!!

Kristen & Daniel

Historic Phoenix Neighborhood Engagement| Arizona

We always love when couples have a spot in mind for their engagement session that is meaningful and personal to them, so when Kristin explained her vision for a snuggly session in her childhood neighborhood, we knew it was the perfect fit. Kristin grew up in a historic Phoenix neighborhood, just outside of The Biltmore (designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright), an area of the Valley on the Sun with real character.  This was the place she used to play, where she went on imaginary adventures with her friends, where she learned to ride a bike, and eventually drive a car. This was the place where she grew up, the place that held all her memories, and now, only months away from a new last name, she got to bring her new world to the old one. Daniel and Kristin were made for each other. You can tell almost instantly. The way they laugh, the way he holds her, the way she looks at him. It was so special to photograph the two of them in a place that is so special to her… and now him. We loved all of the little nooks and crannies of this neighborhood. The overgrown vines, the tall trees, and the unique little pieces that added color, life and history to a city we all love.

Kristen and Daniel, thank you for trusting us with your memories. We are so excited for your wedding this spring! To hold us over until then, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites from our time together.

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the GEAR USED for this SESSION…

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Entire Gear List

Things We’ve Been Loving Lately

Happy Friday, friends! We’re working away today, and wanted to share a few things that have been brightening our week with you!

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Candles from Anthropologie

We loooove burning candles, and recently, a sweet friend of ours gifted us a candle from Anthropologie that is literally the best smelling candle we’ve ever experienced in our entire lives! I mean, we’re pretty sure they must sprinkle just a dash of crack in these candles because we have become total addicts. Our most recent morning routine has us listening to our favorite worship music while we sip our coffee, and the aroma from the Capri Blue candle is the cherry on top of our perfect kind of morning.(Thanks to Three Girl Loft for the candle photo)

Starbucks Field Trips

This is the longest stretch that we’ve been in town since we can remember, and we’re taking full advantage of it! It’s been so nice to be home long enough to have fresh groceries in our refrigerator, and we’ve been extremely intentional about stacking our days, which has helped us get so much done, but it also means we’ve had days where there is actually not one single reason to leave our house! Except for one of our biggest weaknesses: the Starbucks around the corner. Combine that with our gift cards from Christmas, and this is one addiction that’s prompted more spontaneous field trips to get two hot skinny vanilla lattes with half the pumps (say that three times fast!) than we’d like to admit. We’re each other’s worst influence because once one of us suggests a little coffee outing, the other can’t resist. Oh, and we don’t just suggest it. We sing it. In the snowman tune from Frozen… Do you wanna go to Starbuuuuucks? If you haven’t seen this video yet, stop everything your doing, and watch it. You can thank us later.

Special Projects

‘Tis the season for special projects! We are working away on quite a few special projects of our own right now, like two gorgeous styled shoots for our very first round of workshops that are coming up in just a few weeks (so excited about those!) and decorating our home, which a bigger task than we ever imagined (can’t wait to share pictures soon!) We never anticipated hosting two workshops in a row, but when the first one sold out within minutes, we made a split second decision to open another one, and we are so glad we did. We cannot WAIT to hug our incredible group of attendees from over ten different states and have been working like crazy for them! We also have a super special project that we can’t talk about yet, but we will be able to spill it all next month, so stay tuned for that! In the meantime though, we are celebrating with some of our dearest friends who have been hard at work on their special projects. Our sweet friend, Katelyn James just launched an entire new brand yesterday, and we are in love with it! Anddd, next week, our sweet friends Justin & Mary are launching their new brand on Thursday, and the anticipation is absolutely killing us! We know it’s going to be uh-mazing, just like them, so we’re counting down the days. This season is a serious explosion of awesome, and we can’t get enough of it! So much so that we’re using awesome as a noun. We’re feeling that wild!

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Krystie & Adam

Engagement Session | Scottsdale, Arizona

These two. Oh, these two! Are they beautiful together or what?!

We feel SO fortunate that this engagement session even happened — and even more excited with how it turned out! Krystie and Adam travel a lot for business (and so do we) so coordinating all of our schedules (and re-schedules) has been a puzzle! And even though we only had enough time for a quick mini-session, that’s all we needed, because these two turned. it. on. right from the click of the first shutter! It was sweet at times. Serene during others. A little sensual, too. Like a good Bordeaux, it was the perfect blend. A beautiful combination. So them. Just right. And a session that we’re just so proud of, because even though their lives move so fast right now, we were able to, for a brief moment, slow it down, freeze time, and preserve memories of a time in their life that’ll only happen once, but will last forever.

Krystie and Adam, we love you both and can’t wait for your wedding next month! Here are a few highlights of our time together!

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the GEAR USED for this SESSION…

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50 1.2
Canon 70-200 2.8
Entire Gear List


A Not-So-Sexy, But Oh So Important Post

Okay, let’s face it. There’s nothing sexy about today’s post, friends. It’s not exactly the Ryan Gosling of the photography blog world. Not by a long shot! But it’s an important one, friends. Oh-so important. Because it’s one of those back-end, behind-the-scenes things that nobody will ever see, but we’ve just gotta do: gear maintenance.

In the past, we never sent our cameras and lenses out for routine maintenance because we didn’t have time — or didn’t think we had time — because we were shooting off and on all the time and couldn’t let go of our gear for more than a few days. And, to be honest, we never had any issues with our gear. None. Nada. Zilch. Everything worked fine. Last year, though, as we were gearing up for our busiest wedding season ever, we decided to send all of our gear away for inspection and routine maintenance to make sure everything was working to its fullest before we begin our 2015 season. And, man, what a great investment it’s been!

We know that a small sliver of photographers maintenance their own gear and others choose to use a local camera store or repair facility for their gear (and that’s awesome!) but we decided to get a membership to Canon Professional Services (CPS). At first, the idea of packing our very expensive gear and shipping it to Canon’s California repair facility terrified us, but once we got over that fear, it was smooth sailing. So, without further adieu,  we wanted to share how it works for anyone else looking for peace of mind!

When you open a membership, Canon asks you to input the serial numbers for all of your cameras and lenses. From there, each piece of gear gets assigned a point value. For example, our 5D Mark III is worth 7 points in the Canon system. Once all of your gear is entered and assigned a point value, the points are added up. From there, you’re offered a membership in one of three categories: silver (10 points), gold (20 points), and platinum (50 points). The memberships range from free to $300 per year, and it’s important to note that you’ll only qualify for one. So, if you have enough points for a gold membership, you can’t pay more and get a platinum membership.

You can see a full list of the CPS membership benefits here. For the sake of simplicity, though, we’ll explain how we use our membership and why it’s been so beneficial to us.

Our platinum membership costs $300 per year, which at first might seem expensive, but it’s actually a bargain for us, because it includes free routine maintenance on up to 10 pieces of gear with free overnight shipping both ways, a 30% discount on any repairs, and a guaranteed 2 business day turnaround around time — which is imperative for wedding photographers like us who do most of our shooting on the weekends.

Here’s are a few examples of how we’ve used our membership recently:

Example 1:

We bought a 24-70 from a friend in town because we wanted a second one for the getting ready room and shooting receptions. We totally trust this friend. She’s an amazing person. She assured us that the lens was in great condition and she hadn’t used it much, but we just wanted to be sure that there wasn’t something wrong with it before we bought it. So, we asked her if it’d be okay if we sent it to Canon for maintenance and an inspection before we committed. Best case scenario, everything would be fine, and we’d get a lens back from Canon that was cleaned and calibrated. Worst case, there was something wrong, it needed repair, and we could have Canon fix it at our 30% discount, and she could just deduct that from her sale price.

It didn’t cost us anything, but it gave us all peace of mind knowing that it had Canon’s seal of approval.

Example 2:

Recently, on a Sunday engagement session, we realized that our 100mm Macro lens wouldn’t attach to either of our camera bodies. It wasn’t a big deal, because we don’t shoot with it for portraits very often, but we knew that we desperately needed it for our wedding that coming Saturday. So, on Monday morning, we called Canon and, of course, they picked up right away. Their customer services representatives are so quick to answer, so competent, so efficient, and so kind. We gave them our CPS membership number, told them which piece of gear needed to be looked at, and they immediately sent us a FedEx shipping label that we printed on our home computer. From there, we filled out their brief form that accompanies anything you send them with a description of what’s going wrong, stuck it in a box with the lens, and dropped it off at FedEx. The whole process took less than an hour — most of that being drive and wait time at the FedEx down the street.

That was Monday. And, remember, it ships priority overnight.

On Tuesday, we got an email from Canon stating that they’d received the lens, diagnosed it, and the repair would be just over $100. We called, they (of course) picked up right away, we gave them our debit card number, and they started the repairs immediately.

Since it takes no more than 48 hours (or two business days) for repairs, the work was completed on Thursday and shipped back to us via FedEx priority overnight, and the lens arrived on Friday before our Saturday wedding. The whole thing was systemized and flawless.

As photographers, it’s our professional responsibility to do our due diligence and ensure that our gear is in top working condition at the beginning of each wedding season — and have a solution in place in case something goes wrong with our gear to get it fixed and back as soon as possible. In both cases, CPS has been a lifesaver for us. We’ve been blown away by the entire experience from start to finish. Every time. Each piece of equipment. It’s one of those things that we’re just thankful even exists, so we hope this helps motivate you to find a proactive solution for peace of mind when it comes to your gear, too!

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