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.

Travis and Cory

Anniversary Session | Ft. Myers Beach, Florida

This anniversary session is an extra special one for us because this couple is such a blessing to usTravis Brown is the incredible campus pastor of our church, CCV Scottsdale, and he and his beautiful wife, Cory, are a total inspiration to us. Their character, integrity and servant hearts are undeniable, and they’re constantly giving of themselves for others. We were so honored to get to give a little something back to them! Travis and Cory have been married for fourteen years and have FIVE (yes, five!!) children, ranging from a seventh grader all the way down to two twin kindergarteners, and they juggle life as busy parents and pastoring a thriving church with such grace. Before Travis was a pastor, he was an NFL quarterback, and it’s so extremely cool to see the way God is using him to make an impact in our city. They’re in Florida with us this week so that Travis, who baptized Paul and Nikki, can officiate their wedding ceremony, and when we found out that they haven’t had photos taken of just the two of them since their wedding day fourteen years ago, we knew there was only one thing to do! We insisted on doing a little impromptu mini-session, and even though they both had barely any notice, they rocked. this. thing. They’re so beautiful together, from the inside out, and it was an honor and a privilege to preserve these memories for them! Here’s a little look at our quick time together!

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Alyssa & Ryan

Anniversary Session | Nashville, Tennessee

Where do we even begin with these two?

One of the best parts about this job is getting to meet awesome couples from all over the country. Alyssa and Ryan are an adorable husband and wife photography team from Greenville, South Carolina, and when Ryan emailed us a few months ago to plan a surprise anniversary session for Alyssa, we couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of it. Since we were already going to be on their side of the country for our wedding in Tennessee, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it happen. With a five hour trek all the way from South Carolina and outfits to coordinate, Ryan couldn’t keep his secret a surprise for long, so he told her ahead of time, which we think was wise! It was so fun to hear about her reaction, and we couldn’t wait to meet them in person.

After hoping and praying that the rain wouldn’t hit at just the wrong time, we dodged the thunderstorm and had a beautifully overcast day with a thin veil of clouds draped over the sun. As for Alyssa and Ryan, they couldn’t be more perfect in front of the camera or more perfect together. They’re as adorable when the shutter’s firing as when it’s not. It’s inspiring the way they laugh together and hold each other, really. They’ve been married for two years but still have that look in their eyes, the one we all wish we had more. And can we talk about how cute Alyssa’s outfit is? Her navy dress paired with her thin belt, and statement necklace totally popped! The best part about our time with these two is that it didn’t end with the sunset. We grabbed dinner together after the session and just spent a few hours getting to know each other more and talking about business, love, life, and faith, sharing our hearts with each other and encouraging each other to keep at it.

Alyssa and Ryan, we’re so thankful that we crossed paths in person. We’re thankful that you made such a long trip and trusted us with your anniversary photos. We’re thankful for the memories we made together. But most of all, we’re thankful for your new friendship. Know that as you venture down this road in the months and years to come, you’ll have two Arizonans cheering you on every step of the way.

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How to Grow Your Business

In 15 Minutes Per Day

“The next five years of your life will be determined by the people you meet and the books you read.” – Dave Ramsey

Most creative artists – photographers included – don’t have a natural business bone in their bodies. So instead of being artists first and businesspeople second, oftentimes they’re artists first and second – and businesspeople never – when, really, to be able to do what they love over a long period of time, we should all really be businesspeople first and creative artists second. The problem? That doesn’t come as naturally to us as we think it should. In reality, though, business is a learned behavior just like art. Sure, there’s an element of God-given talent involved, but that’s just part of it.

We tell photographers all the time that no one was born with “an eye” for photography. We were all born with two eyes that function exactly the time as everyone else’s. Our eyes have been trained over time to know what we want and like, and what we don’t. It’s a lot of trial and error – and trial by fire – but we persevere because we love it and we want to get better and better. No one came out of the womb knowing how to hold a camera and use it well, and no one was born with a better business brain than someone else. They worked for it, just like you did with we all do with our art.

But here’s the thing, as photographers, we only spend about 20% of our time shooting (if that). The other 80% is dedicated to either working in our business (the day-to-day running of things) or working on our business (growing it for the future). So that, of course, begs the question: if we’re spending 80% of our time on business, and our business is what lets us do what we love, why aren’t we spending more time learning about business?

Maybe we think that if our photos are good enough, the business will run itself. But it won’t. Maybe we’re scared. Maybe we feel inadequate. Maybe, just like money, nobody ever talked to us about business, and we think it’s too late. Well, friends, we’re here to tell you that it’s not too late! It’s just time to start. You can’t become a business guru overnight, but you can make a 15-minute commitment every day that’ll put you in the top few percent of businesspeople in the country.

We’ve heard that the average millionaire in America reads at least one business book per month, and at around 300 pages per book, we’d only have to read 10 pages per day to do what millionaires do. And, if we can just pull one idea from each book that’ll keep our business from falling forward and instead move it forward, that’s twelve improvements to our business that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. And, when you consider that only 2% of businesses survive ten years, at 120 new business ideas over the course of a decade, you’re probably a lot more likely to still be standing when everyone else has long since closed shop.

You might be thinking, That sounds good, but I don’t even know where to start! We can help with that, because we’ve already done some of the work by reading some of the best business books out there for you to choose from!

So, here’s your challenge for this week: choose one book from our recommended list and either buy it or get it from your local library by October 1. Then, read 10 pages every day for 30 days. Write your ideas down or find someone to share them with, and see at the end of the month if you feel weaker or more empowered, less confident or bolder, brimming with new ideas or the same as you were a month earlier. Our bet is that you’ll feel energized, pumped up, and ready to tackle another book that’ll give you the fuel you need to run the engine that keeps your art alive: your business.

Keep calm and read on, friends.

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Our Business Book List

Here’s the list of 10 books we recommended in Step 3 of our Making the Leap blog series and still love to this day:

Quitter, by Jon Acuff
This is the ultimate book for anyone on the fence between their day job and their dream job. It’ll change your outlook and help you make a smart transition from one to the other. Plus, the author’s really funny, so turning the pages is actually pretty fun.

START, by Jon Acuff
If you wanna get fired up about business and life, this is the book for you. You’ll wanna attack every day and chase your dream. Did we mention we love Jon Acuff?

Entreleadership, by Dave Ramsey
If you need a clear, straightforward business book to get you started, this one’s for you. Dave breaks down the playbook of how his business went from a card table in his living room to a multi-milion dollar company and one of Nashville’s best places to work.

Purple Cow, by Seth Godin
You’ll think differently after reading this book. You’ll always be thinking of ways to stand out from the crowd and cut through the marketing noise to reach your audience.

Good to Great, by Jim Collins
Seeing example after example of companies who were almost identical until one surged ahead is an incredible lesson in being better than average. If you only read this book for the boulder analogy (you’ll know it when you see it), it’ll be worth your time.

The E-Myth, by Michael Gerber
Don’t cry when you read this. We almost did. Okay, let’s be real, Amy totally cried. And that’s exactly what we needed, a reality check, a kick in the pants, and a challenge. Every good business needs systems in place so that things don’t fall through the cracks. Approach it from this angle: How does this apply to photography? You’ll be just fine and come out with such valuable wisdom that it’ll make the tears worth it.

Love is the Killer App, by Tim Sanders
If you want to get excited about loving and serving other people, this is the one to read. Powerful stuff.

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss
Time management! We cut our cable and stopped reading the news for more than a few minutes per day after reading this book. The principles here will save you time at work and get you more time doing the things you love.

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
The oldest book on our list, and perhaps one of the most important! You’ll learn how to uplift people in this book by taking the focus off yourself and putting it on other people.

No More Mondays, by Dan Miller
If you’ve ever had a “case of the Mondays,” then pick this book up. It’ll help you see the light at the end of the tunnel and find vocational freedom.

Books We’re Reading Right Now

Business Brilliant, by Lewis Schiff

Jab, Jab, Right Hook, by Gary Vaynerchuk

Extreme Productivity, by Robert Pozen

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Laura & Dave

Handmade Wedding | Nashville, Tennessee

The rolling green hills of a 100-acre Tennessee ranch painted the perfect backdrop for Laura and Dave’s handmade wedding this weekend. Everything from the bride’s vintage lace dress to the groom’s multi-colored bowtie screamed casual sophistication. The DIY elements were everywhere, but so were the smiles and tears of joy, and so was the laughter and lots of love, because for as much as this wedding felt homemade, it felt even more like home.

 Laura and Dave, we love you both more than you’ll ever know and wish you all the happiness in the world in your new life as one.

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the GEAR USED for this WEDDING…

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50 1.2
Canon 70-200 2.8
Canon 100 2.8
Canon 24-70 2.8
Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT
Entire Gear List

The Power of One

Spread the Love

Happy Monday!

We’re flying home to Phoenix today after spending the weekend working in Tennessee (and sneaking in some quality time with friends and family too!) We shot an anniversary session for a sweet couple from South Carolina and a wedding on a 100-acre property north of Nashville near the Kentucky border, which will both be coming to the blog later this week! In the meantime, you can keep an eye out for some sneak peeks of each on our Instagram accounts @amy_demos and @jordan_demos!

What’s interesting about our time in Nashville – although not surprising, because this seems to be the case every time we travel – is that the most impactful moments on any trip are always the unscripted ones, the ones we didn’t have on the calendar. Because life happens in the in-between, doesn’t it? Well, one of those moments for us happened this weekend when someone said something so simple, yet something that took our breath away:

“Thank you for making us feel like the most important people in the world.”

Wow. Talk about feeling fulfillment with a capital F! You see, earlier this year, we were challenged at church to pray for opportunities to make a difference and prepare in advance for the chance to impact others’ lives. One person at a time. In fact, our theme for this year: The Power of One. The idea is simple when you think about it: one person has the power to do everything from changing another person’s life to changing the world – and sometimes doing the first is doing the second, or at least leads to it, right?

So, we’ve been working hard to be more conscious than ever about what we choose to bring into the world, more intentional about what we want to be all about, and, for us, it starts with smiling, encouraging and loving on others. As humans, we’re designed for community. We’re meant for it. It’s who we are. Nothing feels better than belonging. In a somewhat cold, disconnected world, we want to help bring the warmth back – and it starts one person at a time.

Who needs a smile from you this week, friends? Or a compliment? Who hasn’t had a hug in a while? It’s the start of the week and we encourage you to start it with others in mind first. Plan to love on someone. Prepare to compliment them. Go out of your way, wherever you are, to spread a little happiness and joy. It’s contagious. It really is. We find the more we focus on others, the more filled up we feel. Let’s get past the point where someone’s surprised that we were more interested in them than ourselves. Let’s make it commonplace, everyplace, to love people’s socks off. You might be the only smile they ever see or hug they ever receive in a day, too. Think about that. It’s powerful stuff. And even if the person you choose to infuse with joy this week never verbalizes it, know that you’re making a difference.

That’s the power of one. Rock it out, friends.

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