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.

Marketing Inspiration

You Can Thank Us Later

Happy Friday, friends!

We’re kicking off another double header wedding weekend starting today, but before we head out the door for wedding number one, we just had to share with you one of the most epic pieces of marketing inspiration we’ve ever seen. As small business owners, we know that having a solid marketing strategy is one of the most important keys to success, which is why we’re always looking outside our industry and analyzing what the best of the best are doing: Apple. Disney. Starbucks. You know, brands that really make you feel something.

Well, today, friends, prepare to have your mind melted by what just might be the best marketing campaign this world has ever seen. Circa 1991. Grab your favorite pair of light-washed jeans and your fanciest scrunchie, check your perm, sit back and enjoy the best four minutes you’ll ever spend on this blog. Just wait until 0:45. That’s when it really starts to get good. You can thank us later.

All over America, a quiet revolution is taking place… Here’s to starting the weekend with a smile! Let’s make it a great one!

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Shooting Your First Wedding

Dear A&J | No. 7

Dear A&J,

First of all I want to thank you both for always being so helpful, and sharing some of your knowledge with other photographers! When I started my business 6 months ago, I never planned on being a wedding photographer. After all, I’m 15, and never thought anyone would trust me enough! However, a close friend of mine asked me to photograph her wedding, because she loves my style and has been able to watch me grow in my photography. This was actually one of my prayers/goals for 2015, so of course, I am so excited! I was just wondering if you had any advice for shooting my first wedding? I appreciate any advice, as I’m still fairly new to this!

Sincerely,

MN

WOW, M! Congratulations! What a BIG honor! We still remember shooting our first wedding solo! The butterflies in our stomach had their own butterflies! And we were NOT fifteen! Go girl. We admire you for taking on the incredible challenge of a running photography business at such a young age. Heck, at any age! You’re making us feel like grandparents of photography! Every wedding day is such an adrenaline rush, and there are so many things to think about. Which leads us to wonder what we could say. Where to start? There are so many things we could tell you, but here are the first three things that came to our mind:

1. Be more than a photographer. Be a coach, an encourager, an advocate, and a friend. Offer your sleeve if it’s needed and even the shirt off your back (which happened to us once and is another story for another day!) Let your first instincts always be to love and serve. Love and serve. Marinate in that. Let it invade every area of your heart and become woven into the fabric of your very being, because the way we treat people matters as much as the photos we give them, so love and serve people all day in every way you can. Walk onto that wedding day with a servant’s heart and go out of your way to make people feel cared for and special. Also, smile. A lot. Be an ambassador of joy. That’s what the day’s all about — joy — and it’s what we should be all about, too.

2. Dress for the job. This is especially important when you’re young. You’ll be making a lot of first impressions on that wedding day, so choose something that reflects what you want to project. We avoid wearing all black like the plague, because it seems to scream, I’m just another vendor! Instead wear something well-put-together, cute, classy and professional, like a pencil skirt with a nice blouse and some accent pieces. Even though you’re young, people will take you seriously if you treat yourself professionally. And on that note, wear comfortable shoes! Your feet will thank us later!

3. Have a plan and get prepared. Offer to second shoot or even third shoot/assist for wedding photographers in your area between now and your wedding, so you can see what photographing a wedding is like before diving in. It’s so different than a portrait shoot for so many reasons, and you’re going to feel so much more confident if you can walk onto your first wedding day with as much on-the-job wedding day experience as possible. The more wedding-specific education you can absorb between now and then, the better. Spend some time writing out a timeline and figure out what you want to accomplish during each portion of the day. If you just show up, you’ll easily feel paralyzed because there’s so much going on. If you have a plan and know what shots you need, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable and serve your clients the way they deserve to be served.

We are so excited for you! Cheering you on!

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Kathleen & Aaron

El Chorro | Paradise Valley, AZ

Oh, friends, we can’t believe this day actually came! When we were driving through the hills of Ireland with Aaron and Kathleen this summer for their engagement session, we talked about it. Dreamed about it. Imagined what it’d be like. But it felt so far into the future that we couldn’t see it. This winter, though, when we saw them at our first ever AJ Bride Party, they shared more of their vision for their day with us, and it started to come to life as they explained. Irish moss to celebrate part of their heritage. A thousand handmade Japanese paper cranes to honor the other. And classic bow ties (Aaron’s signature) to tie it all together. Yes, to say we’ve been looking forward to this wedding for quite some time would be an understatement. Not just because of the style and decor, though it’s always a plus, but because of who Kathleen and Aaron are, what they stand for, and the splash they’re making (and will continue to make) in this world. They’re salt of the earth people. Kind. Generous. Loving. Warm. And always concerned about the welfare of others before their own.

In that way, Aaron’s vows were revealing, because he didn’t pre-write them. There was no rehearsal. And do you know what came out of his mouth? The overflow of the heart. He told Kathleen that she was beautiful (and, wow, she really was) but he focused mostly on who she is. He thanked her for loving his family, each and every one of them. He applauded her for her drive and determination, working three jobs and going to school at the same time, never complaining about one of them, and always thankful for all of them. But the part that got us — that’s still getting us even as we write this, if we’re being honest —  is when he got choked up at the end. When his eyes welled up. When he teared up. And then when he cried. When he told her that she’ll be her dad’s little girl forever, but when he’s gone, the man who raised her can be sure that Aaron will take nothing but the best of care of her. And when he made a declaration that was so bold, so surprisingly raw and refreshing, that it caught everyone off guard and brought many to tears. He told Kathleen that the most important thing to him in the world wasn’t money or material possessions. In fact, he said, he didn’t care of they had anything at all in life, but he did want their family to be generous. To stand for taking care of people who couldn’t take care of themselves.

Wow, Aaron. We’re so blessed to serve couples like you and Kathleen, people with hearts of pure gold. We’ve loved everything about this journey with you, and we can’t wait for many, many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to come. Who knows? We might just have to take you up on that offer to sneak away every summer for an epic Ireland for a getaway with you. For now, though, we hope you love reliving your wedding day through our eyes as much as we loved telling it through them.

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the WEDDING TEAM…

Planner: Danielle Goettl at Outstanding Occasions
Coordinator: Lindsey Rendon at El Chorro

Bride’s Dress: Watters Bridal
Bride’s Ring: Fred Meyers Jewelers
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Catering: El Chorro
Ceremony Location: El Chorro
Cigar Roller: Fumar
Dessert: Ruze Cake House
DJ: MT Sounds
Floral Design: Petal Pusher
Getting Ready Location: The Sanctuary on Camelback
Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: Calvin Klein
Hair Stylist: Erin Fink
Invitations/Paper Products: Idieh Design
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Makeup Artist: Arielle Rondeau
Officiant: Travis Turner
Photo Booth: The HIP Booth
Photographers: Amy & Jordan
Reception Location: El Chorro
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
String Quartet: Allegro Quartet
Videographer: Serendipity Cinema

the GEAR USED for this WEDDING…

Canon 5D Mark III
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Canon 70-200 2.8
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Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT
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The Last 48 Hours

The last 48 hours have been a real struggle. A dark storm, twisting and turning and engulfing us in unbearable grief and turmoil. Because when you get phone calls, voicemails and text messages littered with words like grandma, hospital and emergency, that’s really the only way to describe it. A storm. A dark, twisty storm. The thing about storms is they always seem to come with their own treasure chest of memories, too. All my memories with her have been swirling and twirling and rushing around in my head. Every Christmas. Every dance recital. Every birthday card. Every hug from a woman who embodies warmth and faith and love and everything I want to be.

You did your best to protect me from the news so that I could love on our clients who deserve nothing but the best version of us. And you sat me down at the end of the night, and delivered it softly. You wrapped me in your arms and let me ugly cry into one of your nicest shirts. You dropped everything to support me. You held my hand in the waiting room. And when it was our turn to get that precious time with her alone in her hospital room, you ignored all the masks and tubes and machines and told her how beautiful she looked. You opened her bible and read her favorite chapter, right out of John, and soothed her when breathing got hard. You coached her through each breath, and loved her like your own.

You’ve spent the last 48 hours thinking of everybody else first. Offering rides and sacrificing sleep. Never letting me drive anywhere, taking me to appointments and letting me sit in the backseat of our car, so I could hug my mom and be a support to her. So that we could walk with her to the ICU and be there to talk. And sometimes not to talk. Letting me sink into your arms on our couch at the end of the night and just sob into your shoulder.

So today, on a day when visitors weren’t allowed, you talked me into keeping the hair appointment I scheduled weeks ago, then insisted on taking me to the salon yourself so that I wouldn’t have to worry about driving. You dropped me off, and it was about an hour into that appointment that a new text popped onto my screen. No words. Just this photo. This selfie. Of you and my grandpa. The man who has had to bear this unbearable sadness and burden and live in a constant state of fear. A man who has been married for 55 years to that sweet woman laying in that hospital bed. You made time for him without even telling me. To lift his spirits. To get him out of there and away from the storm for a little while. You’re determined to be the light in this dark place. And this sweet, smiling photo of the two of you together was a bigger gift than you ever could have imagined. You never intended for this photo to live on the internet, but it’s so special to me that it needed to be shared. So I could remember the light. And the day I’ve never loved you more.

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Our Newest Obsession

We think it’s about time we make a confession.  And it might send some serious shockwaves through the Internet… Are you sitting down?

We haven’t eaten one single scoop of Blue Bell ice cream in months.

How could that be? you might be asking yourself. These are the people that get tagged on Facebook every time Blue Bell ice cream goes on sale at the local grocery stores, and the same people that got a flurry of concerned emails and text messages when Blue Bell made the news for a national recall. We are the Blue Bell people! We will always love Blue Bell, but it might’ve been permanently replaced by our newest obsession: cookie butter cookies.

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Yes, you read right. Cookie butter cookies! There is really no way to describe them except that they are like little pieces of heaven. The first time we tried a jar of cookie butter from Trader Joe’s, we thought it couldn’t get any better. How could they pack so much tasty goodness into one little jar? But when one of our best friends (and current #ajbride!) Melissa, introduced us to cookie butter cookies, we became full-fledged addicts!

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So naturally, loving ice cream the way we do, it wasn’t long before Jordan suggested combining our two favorite desserts into one super delicious creation.

And from that day forward, cookie butter cookie ice cream has become A THING in the Demos house! Cookie butter cookie ice cream. Say that three times fast!

We always use Kirkland Premium Vanilla (from Costco) and mix in full cookie butter cookies (from Trader Joe’s) then enjoy in a waffle or sugar cone (which we obviously have stocked in our pantry at all times). Ice cream just tastes better in a cone! Here’s how we do it:

Scoop two scoops of Kirkland Premium Vanilla from Coscto

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Use the scooper to hollow out a little crater in each scoop an place one cookie in each crater

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Use the scooper to smash the cookie butter cookies into tiny morsels of goodness

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Fold the ice cream with the scooper and shape onto the cone… and wa-la! The best at-home dessert of all time! We’ve since realized you can actually purchase cookie butter ice cream directly from Trader Joe’s, but we think there’s just something about making it yourself that makes it tastes so much better! Look at all those little morsels of sugary goodness! Mmmmm….the best way to start the weekend! Happy Friday, friends!

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