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.

Cara & Kevin

Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa

We’ve only known Cara and Kevin for a few months, but from our first correspondence with Cara in June, these have held a special place in our heart. Cara is a professional writer, which Jordan thought was so cool right from the start, since one of his secret ambitions is to write and publish a book some day about marriage. We went back and forth with Cara over email for months before we ever met in person and that was enough, because her personality jumps right off the screen with every word. We seriously found ourselves getting excited every time our email dinged and we saw her name, because we knew it some witty retort to something we’d written. It was fantastic. We were all Internet pen pals! Kevin is an engineer by trade (a really good one!), but he’s got just as much personality as Cara, and a killer smile, too, just like her! Not exactly what you think of when you think engineer! Cara’s most recent writing assignment was reviewing all of the local resorts, including their spas and restaurants.

PAUSE! Her job was staying at 5-star resorts, tasting all the food, trying all the treatments, lounging by the pool, and living to tell (and write) about it! Confession: I think we were mistaken before when we said we have the greatest job in the world as wedding photographers. Cara’s might be it!!

Since that was her writing assignment, it was important to her that we showcase some of her favorite properties in her engagement photos and wedding pictures, too, which is why we did her engagement session at the prestigious Omni Montelucia and are shooting her wedding at the Royal Palms. Here’s the fun thing: their wedding is in two weeks, so we’ll (and you’ll) be seeing them again really soon!

Cara and Kevin, we didn’t think it was possible for you two to be as good in person as you were through the written word — and we’re not saying one is better than the other — but we are saying that we feel so thankful to have a relationship with written you and in-person you, because both are equally as awesome. Here are a few highlights of our time together on your engagement session. We hope you love them as much as we do… and we hope our spelling and grammar in this post is correct, too, because you’ll know if it’s not!

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the GEAR USED for this SESSION…

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Entire Gear List

Jodi & Rich

Royal Palms | Phoenix, Arizona

If you’re as in love with fall colors as much as we are right now, then prepare to be overwhelmed by gorgeous fall-lovin’ goodness! Even though our leaves don’t change here, Jodi & Rich brought fall to the desert at The Royal Palms, and we were head over heels for the deep, rich colors and swoon-worthy floral design thanks to our friends at Butterfly Petals. Their hanging floral installation over the head table is one of our favorite designs to date, and there couldn’t be a sweeter couple to sit underneath it.

Jodi and Rich are two of the kindest, most joyful people we’ve ever — ever — met. When a dear friend from Phoenix referred this Dallas couple to us, we immediately arranged a Skype double-date. We dialed them up online and saw them only for a brief moment before technical difficulties interrupted us and we couldn’t see them anymore. We could hear them, but that was it. After three attempts to get their faces back on our screen, we all decided that it probably wasn’t worth the fuss. So, for the next 30 minutes, Jodi and Rich could see us, but we could only hear them. Their sweet, southern, Texas accents came through loud and clear through the fiber optic cables that connected us over a thousand miles away, and one thing became crystal clear right away: these were happy people, the type who make everyone around them feel better about themselves — they certainly did for us — because even though we couldn’t see their smiles, we knew they were there. We could just feel them.

And when we met Jodi and Rich in person for the first time earlier this month for their engagement session in Dallas (we were on a teaching swing through the Lone Star State with Showit), their bright faces confirmed everything we’d suspected… and more. The Texas sunset that evening was bigger and better than anything we’d seen in awhile, and these two soaked up every minute of it in each other’s arms.

Jodi and Rich, we’re so thankful God connected us to you. In our short time together, we felt like we got a tangible reminder of Dale Carnegie’s best principles from you through osmosis: smile, be kind, be interested in others. You both embody all three so well, which probably explains why there were so many wet eyes when you said your vows. We’re so happy for you both and this next chapter of your life together. Here are a few highlights of your wedding day from our perspective.


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the WEDDING TEAM…

Floral Design: Butterfly Petals
Photographers: Amy & Jordan
Vocalist: Kristin Ourso
Wedding Location: Royal Palms

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

Erikka & Bryson

Arizona Biltmore | Wrigley Mansion Wedding

Happy Wednesday, friends! We’re so excited share Erikka and Bryson’s Arizona Biltmore and Wrigley Mansion (yes, the gum family) wedding with you today! You may remember these two from their engagement session in the University of Arizona’s football stadium last winter that was featured on The Learned Bride as its first ever published engagement session! We’d been looking forward to this one for months and months, and we almost couldn’t believe it when we walked in and saw Erikka and Bryson in their getting ready rooms last Saturday morning. Erikka was a sweet as could possibly be all day long. She kept checking on us to make sure that we had plenty of water, had eaten, and were having a good time. She even sat us with her guests during dinner! That’s not the first time that’s ever happened, but it doesn’t happen often, so it’s a real treat when it does! All day we truly felt like family. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, Erikka, Bryson, their bridal party, families and friends made us feel so loved and welcomed.

The day started at The Arizona Biltmore for getting ready photos and the first look, and then we headed over to The Wrigley Mansion for portraits, the ceremony, and the reception. Both are classic Phoenix properties that — by our standards — have real historical and sentimental significance for the city. Both locations were the perfect choice for this bride and groom, because they’re both incredibly classy in every way, from the decor choices they made to the way they treated every member of the creative team who made the day happen, they’re a true class act. The hardest part about having the best clients in the world, like them, is that we only get to shoot their wedding once!

Erikka and Bryson, it seems like ages ago (about 14 months, in fact!) that we settled in for a cup of coffee at a local shop, heard your story for the first time, and talked all things wedding. We were so honored to walk through this process with you and we feel so fortunate to now call you friends. We love you both and love your wedding photos so much. It was almost impossible to narrow down our favorites for the blog! We hope you love them as much as we do. Big hugs to you both!

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the WEDDING TEAM…

Bride’s Dress: Destiney’s Bride/Haley Paige
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Catering: Wrigley Mansion
Ceremony Location: Wrigley Mansion
Dessert: Honeymoon Sweets
DJ: Ray the DJ
Floral Design: The Crazy Daisies
Girls Getting Ready Location: Arizona Biltmore
Groom’s Ring: David Yurman
Guys Getting Ready Location: Arizona Biltmore
Guitarist: Roger Paull
Hair/Makeup: Artistic Wedding Hair & Makeup
Invitations/Paper Products: Bride DIY/Cards & Pockets
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Officiant: Reverend Carol
Photographers: Amy & Jordan
Reception Location: Wrigley Mansion
Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Arend

the GEAR USED for this WEDDING…

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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

Nikki & Paul

Portrait Session | Ft. Myers Beach, Florida

The opening chapter in this love story started with a romantic gondola proposal caught on camera and ended with a beach glam wedding on the shores of Florida, but there was a subchapter in-between that we’re excited to share with you today! The evening before their wedding, their last sunset as fiancés, we snuck them away for a quick portrait session, the same sand underneath their feet that they’d walk on the next day as husband and wife. We encouraged them to soak up more than the sun. We encouraged them to seize the moment, to savor it. And they did. With the same bright smiles they brought to their wedding and will carry into their marriage. The contagious kind. For as memorable as their wedding was and as momentous as their proposal proved to be, we think this one, though simplest in scale, connects the dots between “yes” and “I do” and colors in everything in-between.

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5 Money Must-Knows When Traveling Abroad

Happy Friday, friends! We’ve heard from so many of you that our travel tips are helping you plan your future trips, so today we’re adding onto our travel series with a topic that’s not quite as fun as delicious international food, but it’s an extremely important one! Here are five must-knows for traveling with and protecting your money abroad:

Currency Exchange

Conversion rates are always changing, but, unfortunately, one thing seems to be staying the same: the dollar is worth less in England (where they use the Pound) and Europe (where they use the Euro), so the best you can do is get the best exchange rate possible. We found that ordering Pounds and Euros online from our bank was the best bet. Just go online, enter the amount you think you’ll need for your trip, and they’ll have it shipped to your local branch. You get free shipping if you order more than $1,000 in bills, so do that, because you’ll spend a lot more than you think you will! Lastly, when you’d leaving a country for the final time (and you’re not going back on that trip), exchange your money there! It’s a lot easier to do it while you’re abroad than when you get home, so even though you’ll lose a little bit in the transaction, it’s better than getting back home, sticking the money in a drawer, and not doing it at all!

Notifying Your Bank

You can use your bank’s debit card while you’re abroad, but make sure that you notify your bank ahead of time with the dates and places you’ll be traveling. The last thing you want is to have your card shut off for suspected fraudulent activity when you need it most! Just in case, if you’re traveling with a spouse or family member, make sure to have a few cards linked to different accounts, just in case that does happen. Our business card got flagged for fraud in the U.S. while we were abroad (and that was our backup card).

Debit Cards & ATMs

You’ll incur a fee every time you swipe your debit card abroad, and you won’t know how much that fee will be until you check your bank statement, so we tried not to. There are different types of pre-loadable cards that, from what we understand, charge a lower rate or no rate at all, but we just used cash most of the time and withdrew cash from an ATM a few times along the way. A lot of large U.S. banks have sister banks in Europe that won’t charge you a fee for withdrawing money, or you’ll only pay one of the bank’s fees instead of your local bank’s and the foreign one. You can find a list of your bank’s sister banks online before you leave. We just left them on a note in our iPhones and tried to be conscious of where we withdrew funds.

Safety

To be honest, we read some horror stories about robberies before we left for Europe, and we’ve had personal friends who’ve experienced theft in foreign countries, so we were on guard from the get-go, but decided against a money belt and decided to just be as smart as we could about it. Thankfully, we didn’t have any trouble at all while we were abroad. When we left our hotel every morning, we put any valuables we were going to leave in the room in the safe. Then, Jordan carried Amy’s purse at his side the entire time we were out and just put his hand on it when we walked through crowded places. We weren’t out much at night and we didn’t wander too many places where there weren’t other people around. That probably helped, too. Just be as smart as you can, keep your eyes open, but don’t let it control your mind while you’re trying to see Europe! Refuse to let fear prevent you from truly embracing these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Insurance

It’s no secret we’re big Dave Ramsey fans, and thus, big insurance fans! Since we were making a significant investment in our trip, we took out special trip insurance. In case we fell seriously ill, got seriously injured, or there was a death in our family, anything that would prevent us from going on the trip, our trip insurance guaranteed that if we had to cancel our trip before we left, we’d get reimbursed 100% of our expenses. If in the middle of our trip, something like that were to happen, not only would our trip get reimbursed, but also all medical expenses abroad, as well as an air-vac out of remote areas to a reputable hospital would also be covered. We know it might seem like a stretch, or unnecessarily cautious, but we have a friend who had a serious accident abroad, and there is nothing scarier than thinking you might not be able to get the care you need. If nothing else, it’s just worth the peace of mind! On a side note, as professional photographers, all of our gear is insured here in the states, but we had to make a special call to our insurance company to make sure everything was covered overseas and attach an international rider to our plan. Thankfully, none of these horrible things happened to us on our trip, and we enjoyed every minute of it, but it sure made it easier knowing that if catastrophe were to strike, we’d be ready!

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Looking for more travel tips? We’ve got ‘em here!

Part 1: 5 Gear Essentials for the Traveling Photographer
Part 2: 5 Tips for Photographing your Vacation
Part 3: 8 Things to Consider When Packing for Europe
Part 4: 4 Tips for Eating Well in Europe (Without Breaking the Bank)
Part 5: 5 Money Must-Knows When Traveling Abroad

Missed our European Adventure? It’s all here!

Part 1: Ireland
Part 2: England
Part 3: France
Part 4: Spain
Part 5: Italy
Part 6: Greece & Turkey
Part 7: Our Anniversary Photos in Venice

For those who asked, we photographed our trip with the Canon 5D Mark III camera and Canon 50mm 1.2 L-Series lens. In hindsight, a wider lens would’ve been helpful! The European streets are tight, the buildings are tall, and the tourists are plentiful! If you need gear recommendations, you can view what’s in our bag by clicking here.

 

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