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.

The 5 All-Time Best Shows on Netflix

According to Amy & Jordan

Happy Thursday, friends!! Ah! We had an AMAZING two days at our #ajworkshop, and if you missed the big twist, you have to check out this. We’ll have a full recap soon, but today, we’ve got a little something fun for you!

We were recently talking with one of our sweet #ajbrides, who is preparing for her husband to be deployed, and she mentioned that she was going to be in desperate need of some good Netflix recommendations while he was away. We started sharing our favorites with her, and then realized there are probably LOTS of people out there who are looking for a new show to binge watch on Netflix! New mamas who are up all night, dreamers working two jobs and just need a little escape, movers and shakers stuck at home with the flu, or, you know, maybe a husband and wife team who worked so many hours that they’re own bodies started protesting! We all need some “junk-food-jammie-days” in our life, right? We’ve watched these series all the way through (and then some!) so if anyone has some new recommendations for us, send them our way! So, without further adieu, here are our top 5 All-Time Best Shows on Netflix!

1. Gilmore Girls

Anyone who knows us knows we’re Gilmore Girls fans to. the. core. If you love witty writing, fast dialogue, and quirky, lovable characters, trust us, you’re going to be hooked! It’s soooooo good, you guys!

We always contest that if the show’s title didn’t sound so girly, it would have a much larger audience. It took Amy quite a bit of convincing to get Jordan to watch his first episode with her back in our college days, but as soon as he did, he fell in love with it too. It’s just such a smart, funny show.

We’ve seen every episode a billion times (give or take) and love it just a little more every time we watch it. We own all seven seasons on DVD and use to lug them everywhere with us! We even took them to Europe and watched over 50 episodes on that trip! Anyone who’s ever flipped through the channels on an international cruise ship will understand that! So you can imagine how excited we were when we found out the show was coming to Netflix!

Last year, we crossed a major bucket item list off our list, which was get as close as we could to the real Stars Hollow. Our dear friends Justin & Mary made all of our Gilmore dreams come true when we were visiting them Connecticut. They took us to the town the show was based off of and we even got to tailgate at a Yale game. We. were. in. heaven. We’re still hoping to #demossandwich Lorelai and Rory one day, but until then, we’ll just be content sipping coffee from our Luke’s mugs and watching this show on replay!

 

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2. Parenthood

We have to admit, we started watching this one because, you guessed it, Lauren Graham (our beloved Lorelai!) was in it! We were going through Gilmore withdrawals at the time (before it was on Netflix) and thought Parenthood might be worth a try. And we’re so glad we did! We quickly fell in love with Parenthood in its own right and it immediately became a Demos household favorite. We watched this show when we were still teaching elementary school, and watching the story of Adam and Christina, two parents trying to navigate raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome hit us right in the heart. The whole family dynamic on Parenthood just feels so real, and it’s definitely the reason we had to start buying tissues in bulk at Costco! This show makes us both laugh, makes Amy cry, and that’s why it’s such a Netflix gem!

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3. The West Wing

So many power suits, so little time! Jordan is a total political junkie. Seriously, he knows the names, states, and parties of the U.S. Senators like most men know NFL Football. So, any television show or movie with presidential themes is always at the top of his list. From The American President to Scandal to Ides of March to House of Cards (see below), it’s a bit of an addiction. Maybe that’s because Jordan was voted “Most Likely to be President” in high school, and he still hasn’t completely given up on that idea! Demos 2040 anyone?! But The West Wing is a staple around here because the writing is so good, and it’s definitely one of the most realistic White House dramas around (not that we don’t love Olivia Pope!). The characters are so lovable, which is how Jordan hooked Amy in! Amy’s favorite character to watch is C.J., while Jordan’s favorite is Leo. This is another series we own on DVD, but can’t help but watch on Netflix all the time!

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4. Friday Night Lights

In real life, Friday Night Lights aired on television before Parenthood ever existed, but in our Netflix world, that was reversed! We fell in love with Parenthood first, and then found out that the creators of Parenthood had another show together, and decided even if it was half as good as Parenthood, it would still be better than most! And, that, ladies and gentleman is how Amy got hooked on a show about football! We both loved this one, not because of the game, but because of the characters and the stories that they built around a little high school football team in Texas. Brian Grazer and Jason Katims know how to cast a show, ya’ll! There are SO many cross-over actors that are on both Friday Night Lights and Parenthood and we can’ t get enough of them. Also, for all our fellow Nashville fans out there, Connie Britton plays the coach’s wife and all we can think about is Miss Rayna James! Then we proceed to play all the Nashville albums on Spotify while we edit.

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5. Head to Head: Grey’s Anatomy & House of Cards

Okay, so we couldn’t agree on this last one! Jordan makes so much fun of Amy for still watching Grey’s Anatomy, but Amy is just committed to this show! To the end. It’s been on since we were seniors in high school, and we have thee great memories of watching it with Jordan’s mom and little sister over a big package of Oreos (and plenty of milk for dunking!). Ten years later… and it’s STILL ON TV!! The show has been through more freak accidents, deaths and illness than most people (including Jordan) can handle (in fact, most of the faces in this picture have either died or almost died!) but Amy just feels like she needs to stick with this one ’til it’s over. And if you’re SERIOUS about television consumption, this is the one to dive into because there have already been ELEVEN seasons and a new one is coming this fall!

GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Eric Dane as Mark Sloan, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang and Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery. (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)

And on the flip side, Jordan loves House of Cards. But it makes Amy feel dead inside. Like there’s no hope left in the world. All the back-door politics and manipulation… She watched the first six episodes with him and just couldn’t take it anymore! But Jordan, being the political junkie he is, is fascinated. So while Amy is crying over who just died on Grey’s Anatomy, Jordan is on the edge of his seat over who Frank Underwood is going to get next. This one is especially fun for you TRUE bingers out there because they release an entire season at one time. Jordan watched Season 2 in two days!

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And there you have it, folks! Our top 5 Netflix obsessions! So, what we want to know is, where do we go next?! Who has some stellar Netflix suggestions?! What are your favorites?! We’d love to hear from you!

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What We Can Learn From Taylor Swift

And What She Taught Us About Life

It’s no secret. We love Taylor Swift! We’re sold-out Swifties. Taylor fangirls through and through. Both of us. From her country-playing “when you think Tim McGraw” days to her most recent album 1989 (the first we bought in years!) we just. can’t. get. enough. Her writing is some of the most clever and creative out there; and, as two admitted math failures but above-average English students who write five times per week ourselves, we have a lot of respect for that! It’s catchy, too, right? We don’t know about you, but we find ourselves singing (badly) to her beats everywhere we go. We like it so much, in fact, that her CD is the only one in our car’s 6-disc changer! Now, whenever we pick-up out-of-town guests from the airport, Jordan blasts “Welcome to New York!” and makes everyone sing the chorus out loud — except he changes the lyrics to “Welcome to Scottsdale!” He also changes lines like “the lights are so bright but they never blind me!” to “the cacti are so sharp but they never prick me!” It’s worth flying into Phoenix just to see it. Really, it’s something!

And, friends, if you only follow ONE celebrity Instagram account, follow Taylor’s. For real. It’s one of the reasons we’ve grown to love her even more. Why? Well, we’ll tell you the biggest reason in a minute, but for starters, she loves her cats! And Instagrams them all the time! And cats just aren’t received NEARLY as well as cute little fluffy poodle mix puppies who look like perfect stuffed animals against white and teal backgrounds on Instagram! (That means YOU Bokeh the Bichpoo! We love your face! ) So it’s nice to see Meredith and Olivia (yes, we know the name of Taylor Swift’s cats) soaking in some social media love for the rest of the closet cat people who are all about #BringingCatsBack.

Taylor posts about her personal life on Instagram, too. One of our favorites? A 15-second clip of her and her brother competing in a family Easter egg hunt this spring. We might’ve watched it ten times. Maybe more. And now we’re telling you about it. Six months later. Because there’s something special about someone so spectacular who hasn’t forgotten her roots, where she came from, and what made her who she is — and there’s no better example of that than something she posted online a few weeks ago: a photo of one of her first concerts in the middle of a park with almost no one watching.

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We think her caption says it all.

That night she posted this.

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A few weeks before, she posted a photo of her in a park just like the one above, except it looked like this.

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And that’s why think Taylor Swift is someone worth learning from. We could probably write a whole book on all we can learn from Taylor, but one thing we want to remember is this. We all have times in our career when we’re playing in the empty parks of life and it feels like no one’s watching and nobody cares. Maybe it’s shooting your first few weddings in church basements. Or eating vendor meals in coat closets. Maybe it’s staying up all night helping with your child’s homework. Or caring for sick toddlers. It’s the stuff that’s not glamorous, the things that nobody sees, the moments we don’t get any public praise or credit for. But you know what? That doesn’t mean it doesn’t count.

In fact, it might just count for more, because the small stages of life, those parks where no one is watching is where we get to grow. It’s where we get to make our mistakes. It’s where we get toughened, weathered, and eventually, strengthened. It’s on those small stages of life that we learn who we are, what we’re about, and what we want to stand for. It’s a training ground and a practice field. And the “small stage” isn’t a permanent personal or professional purgatory, like it feels, it’s a stepping stone to significance. So enjoy it. Embrace it. And remember there is NO such thing as an “overnight success.” Our friend, Taylor?

She never forgot what it felt like to be where so many of us are right now: between where she was and where she wanted to be.

She hasn’t forgotten the hustle.

And no matter where we all are in life right now, in this second, in this moment, whether you’re in a cubicle and you don’t want to be, or it’s late at night and you’re fighting for your business even though you wish you didn’t have to, if you feel like you’re in the middle of “forever” even though you’re really just passing through “for now,” whether you’re on a small stage in life or even backstage, never stop dreaming about your big stage, okay? Whatever that looks like for you. Never stop giving it your all. Never stop playing to that empty park like it’s a sold-out stadium. Because there’s something special about someone who came from humble beginnings. There’s something special about the hustle.

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FOX 10 Phoenix Suns Dancer Gets Married

At the AJ Workshop!!!

Oh, friends, we’ve got some REALLY fun news to share! Yesterday, on Day 1 of the AJ Workshop, during the styled shoot, our model bride and groom actually GOT MARRIED! Like, for real!! And we are still on cloud nine about it!!

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This spring, Trevor proposed to his (then) girlfriend Tasha (a Phoenix Suns dancer) at mid-court during halftime of the game. The video went viral and almost broke the Internet with cuteness overload. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop everything you’re doing right now, grab a box of tissues, a jar of cookie butter (or your sugar of choice!), sit back, relax, and prepare to smile, because these two are some of the sweetest, happiest, and most beautiful humans (on the inside and outside) that you’ll ever see.

A few months after their epic proposal, we were photographing a Fourth of July look book for our friends at Closet Candy Boutique, Tasha was the model for the shoot. We’d worked with her before, but not since Trevor popped the question in front of 18,000 screaming fans. In-between frames, we asked for the behind-the-scenes scoop of their big moment — and that’s when they told us… that they didn’t have plans for a wedding… except maybe just a Friday afternoon… at the courthouse… in August. Tasha expressed how much she wished she could have some great wedding photos even though they weren’t planning a traditional wedding. And that’s when our wheels started spinning@ Sure enough, one thing led to the next, and Tasha and Trevor weren’t just modeling for our workshop: they were getting married at it! So, we assembled a creative team of vendors — led by our sweet friend and top wedding planner (named one of the top by Martha Stewart!) Jenni Thye of Imoni Events — who all so generously donated their time and talent to give Tasha and Trevor the wedding of their dreams. All the personal touches made this one so special. Their names were addressed on the invitations. The cake was their favorite flavor, and they got to take it home! Amy even went dress shopping with Tasha earlier this week to choose the perfect gown! Everything fell perfectly into place for two people so passionately in love.

As an added bonus, FOX 10 Phoenix not only came out to cover it, but it ran as the second story on Monday night’s news! For the sixth largest city in America, we could NOT believe it! It was such a whirlwind of an amazing day!! We’re heading off to Day 2 of the workshop soon, so, without further adieu, here’s the video!! Happy Tuesday!!

A special thank you to the entire creative team who made Tasha and Trevor’s wedding dreams come true! We couldn’t have done it without you guys!

Event Designer: Jennifer Thye at Imoni Events
Floral Design: Butterfly Petals
Wedding Dress: Schaffer’s Bridal
Suit: Celebrity Tux and Tails
Officiant: Matt Nathanson – 1st Officiant
Cakes & Treats: Heartsweet Cakes
Linens: La Tavola Linens
Paper Products: Freed Hands
Rentals: Glamour & Woods
Hair: Emily Hughes Hair
Makeup: Linda Wagner Makeup
Venue: The Clayton on the Park

The Best Pinterest Board We Follow

(For Photographers!)

Happy Monday, friends! We hope your week is off to a great start! We’re kicking off Day 1 of the AJ Workshop today and are so excited for these next two days with our attendees! (If you want to join in on the fun, you can follow along with us in real time on Instagram using #ajworkshop!)

But before we head off to spend the rest of the day with our AJ Workshop crew, we wanted to share an amazing resource with you! Have you ever wished you could have a one-stop-shop full of free resources from all of your favorite photographers in one easy-to-follow-place?! Well, you’re in luck! We’ve joined forces with some of our favorite educators from across the country (and Canada!) to bring you one heck of an AMAZING resource on Pinterest! If you’re not following the “Business of Photography” board on Pinterest yet, today is the day to change that! This board is PACKED with SO many valuable resources, lessons and wisdom from top professionals in the industry, and we’re so honored to be a part of it!

 

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We all know Facebook algorithms are changing daily, which sadly means that less and less of this valuable content is getting seen in the place that we all used to count on seeing it (We’ve missed SO many of these awesome posts!), which is why we’re so excited about this Pinterest board! It’s a one-click follow, so you’ll have a central place to see it all! Plus, it’s just so dang pretty! Click here to follow the group board now!

And while you’re at it, we’d love for you to join us, A&J, on Pinterest here! Along with lots of educational resources, you’ll be able to keep up with our favorite work! Whether you’re a bride looking for inspiration, a photographer who loves to collect posing ideas, or just someone who loves love, we’d love to have you join us on social media’s prettiest platform by clicking here! Anyone else get lost for hours on this thing?! Haha! It’s just too fun! See you there! And happy pinning!!

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Our New Classroom

And Why We Never Really Left

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a little quiet over here on our blog, and we think it’s about time we let you know what we’ve been up to! (Other than indulging in cookie butter ice cream cones, binge-watching Gilmore Girls late at night and working on this beautiful wedding, that is!)

In the past week, we’ve had to privilege to do what we love, a lot! Teach! And we feel so thankful. When we left our day jobs as teachers to pursue our wedding photography business full-time, we vowed that even though we were leaving the classroom, the classroom was never going to leave us. That our lives were always going to be about more than photography. That we were going to be about life change and making a significant difference, both in the lives of our couples and in the lives of others. Without committing to that, we’re not sure we ever would’ve been able to leave the classroom in the first place, but looking back now, we are so glad we did. We feel so called to where we are right now, and God has done and continues to do incredible things that leave us in awe — and we never want to take that for granted!

First up was a full-day coaching session with this cute smiling face! Lianna Marie traveled in from Las Vegas, and we really enjoyed spending the day dissecting her business and equipping her with the tools she needs to move  forward.

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Next up was our Phoenix PUG Group, which is a local monthly meet-up for photographers that regularly gets together in Old Town Scottsdale. We love plugging in to our local community, but have been on the road so much, that this was our first chance in a long time to do something for our hometown crew. As we mentioned, PUG normally meets in Old Town Scottsdale… but we got so many RSVPs this month that we had to change the venue to a spot that could hold more people! And THAT is how we ended up on the stage of a comedy improv club! We had to resist the urge to bring out those stools that stand-up comedians always keep their bottles of water on… you know… comedy stools! That’s a thing, right? We loved getting a chance to share our 5 Time Saving Tips & Tricks to Save Time and Make More Money in Your Business, connecting with familiar faces and lots of new ones too, and the best part has been hearing our fellow photographers’ success stories ever since!

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Lastly, we had the privilege of speaking with our industry peers this week at this year’s Wedding Symposium, which was put on by the talented Jennifer Thye of Imoni Events and hosted by one of our favorite wedding venues, El Chorro. With a room full of Arizona’s best wedding planners, catering managers, florists, stationers, cake artists and more, we definitely had those pre-talk butterflies, but once we got up there and started looking at all the faces we loved, we were so thankful to have an opportunity to share our hearts on community.

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View More: http://liphotoaz.pass.us/wedding-symposium

Photo Credit (Top Left): Melissa Jill (Bottom Middle): Leslie Ann

So those are a few of the reasons why it’s been a little quiet in our tiny corner of the internet! We also spent a day working on home to-do projects that we’ve had on a list since FEBRUARY! Ah! Can anyone else relate?! Haha that’s always the thing that gets pushed to the bottom of our list! We’re making progress though, and are excited to share more with you soon! We’re currently preparing for our next group of workshop attendees to arrive this weekend, and can’t wait to meet our new bunch face-to-face! You can follow along in real-time on Instagram next Monday and Tuesday using #ajworkshop!

So cheers to a fulfilling week, friends!

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