We’re in the middle of a series for photographers and aspiring entrepreneurs called “Making the Leap” where we’re sharing our ten practical steps for going from part-time photographers to full-time. Or, as author Jon Acuff puts it, going from your day job to your dream job without it becoming a nightmare. If you’re just joining us, you can catch up here:

Making the Leap
Step 1: Get Debt Free
Step 2: Get a Mentor
Step 3: Get Educated
Step 4: Get the Necessities
Step 5: Get a Team
Step 6: Get Branded (Part 1)
Step 6: Get Branded (Part 2)
Step 7: Get Busy Loving Clients
Step 8: Get in Community
Step 9: Get a Fresh Perspective
Step 10: Get to Praying

For the past four years, we lived double lives.

Elementary school teachers by day.

Photographers by night and weekend.

Until this year.

When we made the leap.

From our day job to our dream job.

We know what you’re thinking, Good for you, but it’s not possible for me. 

We understand.

We really do.

Because, at one time, we thought the same thing.

But it is possible.

There is hope.

There’s no magic formula.

There’s no “get full-time quick” scheme.

It doesn’t happen over night, and you don’t want it to. Trust us.

But it can happen.

We’re living proof.

But you have to have a plan.

You have to be honest with yourself.

You have to be willing to work harder than everyone else.

Last week, we went LIVE online to share our ten tips for “Making the Leap” from part-time to full-time.

Next week, we’ll begin a brand new series called “Making the Leap” designed just for YOU.

We’ll go into more detail about the ten steps we took and we’ll answer your questions, too.

So, you’ve got some homework before next week. It’s the warm-up to this ten week journey you’re about to take.

1. Watch the replay of “Making the Leap” here:

2. Read our article in Shoot & Share Magazine.

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3. Get to know us a little bit by reading about our story, or watch a quick version here.

Our Story

4. Check out our weekly newsletter to get exclusive photography and business tips and tricks delivered straight to your inbox every week! Click here to sign up for free!

We can’t wait for next week, because we know that the life you’ve always wanted is just ten steps away…

Amy and Jordan-0012

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    BrandyC

    Thanks for the inspiration! You two are phnomenal! ! I will be following your work. Blessings Amy and Jordan. -Brandy from KS

    BrandyC

    Thanks for the inspiration! You two are phnomenal! ! I will be following your work. Blessings Amy and Jordan. -Brandy from KS

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, Brandy! That means so much!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, Brandy! That means so much!

    Dilia

    When I saw Heather Morris' maternity session which featured in People magazine, I was in love. I had to look up Amy & Jordan right away. Since, then I have been following you guys closely and I show your photography page to all of my friends that are either engaged or getting married. I'm new in the photography world but I think that it's appreciating beautiful images that has really made me a fan out of you two. I hope to one day be half the photographers you both are.

    Dilia

    When I saw Heather Morris' maternity session which featured in People magazine, I was in love. I had to look up Amy & Jordan right away. Since, then I have been following you guys closely and I show your photography page to all of my friends that are either engaged or getting married. I'm new in the photography world but I think that it's appreciating beautiful images that has really made me a fan out of you two. I hope to one day be half the photographers you both are.

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, Dilia! You're SO sweet! Thank you so much for the support and encouragement! We're ALL still new photographers in some way, shape, or form, or we're all on this journey together, so keep it up all your hard work and it'll pay off :-)

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, Dilia! You're SO sweet! Thank you so much for the support and encouragement! We're ALL still new photographers in some way, shape, or form, or we're all on this journey together, so keep it up all your hard work and it'll pay off :-)

    Tara + Richard

    My husband and I stumbled across your site while looking for wardrobe inspiration for "head shots" for our new brand/site launch and I am sooo happy we did!! You two are not only adorable but do amazing work and are incredibly inspirational! The icing on the cake is that you went to ASU, a school that was pivotal to my relationship with my husband. You are now officially added to my blog stalker list :-) Thanks so much for sharing all of this super helpful info!! Cheers ~ Tara + Richard

    Tara + Richard

    My husband and I stumbled across your site while looking for wardrobe inspiration for "head shots" for our new brand/site launch and I am sooo happy we did!! You two are not only adorable but do amazing work and are incredibly inspirational! The icing on the cake is that you went to ASU, a school that was pivotal to my relationship with my husband. You are now officially added to my blog stalker list :-) Thanks so much for sharing all of this super helpful info!! Cheers ~ Tara + Richard

    Amy & Jordan

    You're SO sweet, Tara! Thank you for all the kind compliments and congratulations on the new brand and site launch! That's always such an exciting time! ASU will always hold a special place in our heart, too, because we have so many memories there. Good luck with everything you've got coming up! Your fellow Sun Devils will be cheering you on with pitchforks!

    Amy & Jordan

    You're SO sweet, Tara! Thank you for all the kind compliments and congratulations on the new brand and site launch! That's always such an exciting time! ASU will always hold a special place in our heart, too, because we have so many memories there. Good luck with everything you've got coming up! Your fellow Sun Devils will be cheering you on with pitchforks!

    Kristy & Vic

    My husband recently went full time with our business and it's a scary and exciting time in our lives. I am also an elementary teacher doing photography alongside my hubby on nights and weekends! Can't wait to dig into and dissect the tips you guys posted! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing! We are definitely looking forward to following you both, you guys are pretty fantastic :)

    Amy & Jordan

    Kristy and Vic! You guys! We're so sorry! I don't know how we didn't see this comment sooner! You guys are awesome :-)

    Karina Bravo

    I am so excited to have found your blog! I'm also in Phoenix and also married to my HS sweetheart and my gateway was also JStar! What are the chances?!! (Great minds think alike!) Anyhoo, I have recently had some momentum on my photography and started to think hmm maybe I can make this happen one day full time?!! So I subscribed to your newsletter and I'm looking to you on as my new e-mentors!! So let the learning begin! Thanks for sharing everything you do, I really appreciate it. You're helping me see maybe this can be a reality to me too! Thanks again!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Hi Karina! SO awesome! We love Phoenix photogs! And high school sweethearts, too? NOW we're talking! We're cheering you on with your new adventure and hope all of our resources can be helpful to you, friend! Good luck and let us know if there's every anything we can do to help you!

    James Cauley

    I want to say this Amy and Jordan. You guys seem super sweet, and in a good way. It's refreshing to find this type of love and care for not only your clients, but for human beings in general. I love your spirit, and I hope to keep following you two with enthusiasm, aside from being tired from working all the time on third shift and not getting enough rest. I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with next.

    Amy & Jordan

    Hi, James! WOW! Thank you SO much! Seriously. SO much. You have no idea how much we needed that encouragement today. It came at just the right time! We appreciate you so much and thanks for sharing that with us. It made our day and gave us the fuel we needed to keep pushing through one of our busiest months ever. Thank you :)

    Jo

    I can't believe I hadn't heard of you guys until Turn It Up conference! I have been thumbing through your blog (like, way into the depths of your blog) and journaling through what I learn. It's so rich! I love your story about saving for a rainy day and starting out debt free. I'm just feeling a bit discouraged, as my husband is not a photographer and doesn't see it as a potential for income and fulfillment. It's an expensive hobby of mine to him, and I feel like I can provide for us through my business one day. But I can't ask him to provide for both of us through just his income, so that I can save & start my business full time off of mine. It just seems selfish. But your story is giving me the encouragement I need to talk to him about why it's so important to me, and maybe I'll start working a second job to prepare for my leap! I feel like I've figured out a lot, but have a hundred more questions. :) Love what you're doing. Thank you!

    Amy & Jordan

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing that Jo! Keep pursuing what you love with passion! We both worked day jobs AND Jordan took on a second job to make this dream a reality, so we know exactly what that feels like!

    Wow, you guys just get more and more amazing. I love that you provide such high quality materials no matter who the audience is- the world, C@Heart, People magazine, lol, you guys are the best and there's a reason you're killing it.

    P.S. I tell at least one person a week about your 'yellow is my second favorite color' story...so cute.

    Amy & Jordan

    Awww! Thank you SO much Christina!! You just made our day <3

    Erin

    Such great advice!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom so freely. As a former teacher myself I am in awe of how you built a business and taught. I truly admire your commitment to your craft and each other. So excited to follow your beautiful work.

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much for that sweet encouragement Erin! Us fellow teachers have to stick together :)

    Marnie

    I cannot say thank you enough that you give of your time, talent and hearts to help us who want to learn. I am not full time yet and know it is a little way off at the moment as I have 4 small children and only one income so money is tight. I want you to know that your teaching is so insightful and helpful and so honest that i am learning so much for your. Thank you . I am getting small amounts of client in our little country town and trying to build my business and just listening to you inspires me to keep trying every day. Your faith also has been inspiring and refreshing for me and I know it is God who can open and close doors and I cannot wait until it is my time to succeed. I will continue to learn and learn and shoot and practice and grow as much as I can and will follow you and your amazing example. So thank you again and again. Marnie

    Tonie Driscoll

    I have only been in business for myself only 2yrs as of oct 1 and it's very hard to get clients and only people that I attracted was cheap people who try their hardest to slick me by comparing me to actual studios and I get very offensive because that is my main feral goal
    Looking at y'all work is so much inspiration. I'm just stuck how do I get Constance work even if it's only 1-5 clients a week

    Kim Zuidema

    You guys are AMAZING!! I am a 27 year Kindergarten teacher and can hear you LOUD and CLEAR! My Photography has blossomed to Full-Time now. Therefore, I'm working 2 full time jobs as a single mom and trying to find the balance. I feel like God literally dumped this opportunity in my lap and am feeling so blessed! Now to figure it all out! He gave me your love and excitement for teaching as well as Photography and so I am loving this journey with you! Thank you for sharing your gifts so unselfishly!

    Amy & Jordan

    We have totally been there!! You can do it!! Hugs!

    Amy D

    Oh my goodness! Words can not explain how grateful I am to stumble upon such wonder people and educators:) You guys are doing a fantastic job and I can't wait to learn more!
    Thanks You:)

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!! We're so glad this has been a blessing to you!! Hugs!

    Julie Berry

    I'm not sure where to post this, but I have to be honest. I have been so overwhelmed by emails in my Inbox that I almost hit the delete button before reading your email "3 Reasons to Be Thankful for Where You Are Right Now"! Wow - it was like you were speaking directly to me! I have been struggling this past year with hating my day job and wanting so much to quit and pursue my dream job. I work at the school my daughter's attend which saves us a ton of money for tuition. They are juniors in high school (twins) and as much as I am looking forward to quitting my day job in 2018 when they graduate I also don't want time to go too quickly because than they will be off to college! Your email definitely changed my perspective and I have printed it out to remind me daily to be thankful that my girls go to a great school because of me. I will use this remaining year to continue to pray and plan for the future of my business and educate myself. THANK YOU - I'm so glad I didn't hit delete!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us! We are so glad that we can encourage you! We are cheering for you, Julie!! :)

    Emilee

    Ever since I found a Facebook Ad to watch one of your Webinars, I have been hooked to your blog, website, and all your Monday minute emails! You two have inspired me to stop dreaming about being a photographer, and just to work towards becoming one. This year is the year I will be working towards my dream job, and I am proud to say it! Thank you both for inspiring me. Oh on a side note, I am reading Quitter right now! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    Hi, Emilee! Aw!! Thank you so much for sharing that with us! You're so sweet! We hope you continue to follow your dreams! We're cheering for you!! Hugs! <3

    Lizzie

    I love you guys! I'm learning and feeling so encouraged by everything I read or watch from y'all. Thanks for all your uplifting and practical resources!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!! Thanks for sharing that with us, Lizzie! That means everything to us! Hugs!! <3