We’re at the end 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

When we were little, our parents used to tuck us into bed at night. We’d brush our teeth (when we were old enough to have them), wiggle one arm and leg at a time into our pajamas (Ninja Turtles and Little Mermaid, respectively), and before story time, they’d pray with us. Jordan’s dad would kneel at the side of his twin bed, close his eyes softly, naturally, and rest his elbows comfortably on the dinosaur sheets. Jordan, still small and newer at it, knelt beside him and prayed like every child does: head jutted up and forward, awkwardly, eyes squeezed tight like a clenched fist, and arms extended all the way to heaven just to reach the top of the bed. Amy’s parents prayed with her, too, except that instead of getting on their knees, they’d snuggle up in the sheets, cuddle together in bed, and talk to God. Amy’s never been one for leaving the comforts of a warm bed if she doesn’t have to.

They taught us to believe

Our parents taught us how to pray. For the things we had and the things we wanted. For the people we loved and the ones who made life challenging. For the less fortunate. The poor. The sick. For our leaders. Our teachers. Our pastors. Our presidents. For everything. The little things and the big ones. For our life and future. For our dreams. They taught us to believe. In a God who made us, loves us, and wants the best for us. That we could be anyone and do anything in this world as long as we remembered one simple truth: everything we are and everything we have isn’t because of us. It’s because of Him. And because God’s in the business of loving people, we knew that our business would sink or swim, rise or fall, succeed or fail, based on how much we lost ourselves
in the love and service of others. So, we prayed. For years, months, weeks, days, and even hours before we made the final decision to leave our safe, full-time teaching jobs. We prayed. Just like we were kids, but with very grown up prayers. We prayed in the car, at the table, and in bed. We prayed alone, together, with family and friends. We prayed when we felt terrified, and when we felt excited, too. We even prayed that one night after a wedding, on the bathroom floor, when Amy was so sick and tired she couldn’t stand up anymore, and Jordan had to hold her up for support while she wetted his shoulder with tears, and we looked up to the sky with welled-up eyes and wondered if we’d ever make it. No one saw us that night except God, but even then, especially then, we prayed.

We prayed all the time.

And God showed up. In the most clear and convincing ways, He showed up. The way He always does. In people. In the friends and family who encouraged us. In the mentors who advised us. In the clients who trusted us. In everyone who hugged us, held us, and with the sincerest eyes looked at us and said, “We believe in you.” To those people, our army of angels, you know who you are, and thank you.

For us, going full-time wasn’t, as our pastor says, a leap in the dark. It’s been a walk in the light. A commitment. A resolution. A sacred trust. That building a life dedicated to loving and serving others couldn’t not succeeded if we did business differently, and instead of measuring our success in currency, we measured it in changed lives.

No matter where you were yesterday, where are you are today, or where you’ll be tomorrow, you can’t do it alone. None of us can. Maybe it’s time to set down the camera and remember what it was like to sleep in dinosaur sheets or wear Little Mermaid pajamas. To be a child. To have faith. To believe. If it’s been a long time, maybe now’s the right time. Maybe it’s time to get down on your knees.

Maybe it’s time to pray.

We’re so proud of our shooting and editing course students all across the world! They’re shooting better, editing faster and serving their clients better than ever before!

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Alisa

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    Darcy

    You guys are so awesome!! :)

    Darcy

    You guys are so awesome!! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    You're so sweet! Thanks, Darcy!

    Amy & Jordan

    You're so sweet! Thanks, Darcy!

    Cinnamon Wolfe

    seriously love you guys. keep doing what you are doing, it is appreciated and recognized and you are bringing God so much glory. Thanks for being a constant inspiration.

    Cinnamon Wolfe

    seriously love you guys. keep doing what you are doing, it is appreciated and recognized and you are bringing God so much glory. Thanks for being a constant inspiration.

    Amy & Jordan

    Ah! Thanks, Cinnamon! That's SO encouraging and WE appreciate it more than you know!

    Tiffany Loera

    I needed to read this! I'm working so hard (too hard) and this surely reminded me to put the camera down & get to praying. So thankful for you! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    So thankful for this sweet message! Keep working hard and praying, too! It's God's recipe for success. You can't win without both.

    Tiffany Loera

    I needed to read this! I'm working so hard (too hard) and this surely reminded me to put the camera down & get to praying. So thankful for you! :)

    Such a sweet and important reminder. Thanks for being so honest, you guys rock!

    Amy & Jordan

    YOU rock! Thanks, Kelly! This blog is represents our heart on our sleeve, and we're just so thankful to be able to connect with people everywhere on the same life journey.

    Such a sweet and important reminder. Thanks for being so honest, you guys rock!

    Amy & Jordan

    Ah! Thanks, Cinnamon! That's SO encouraging and WE appreciate it more than you know!

    Amy & Jordan

    So thankful for this sweet message! Keep working hard and praying, too! It's God's recipe for success. You can't win without both.

    Amy & Jordan

    YOU rock! Thanks, Kelly! This blog is represents our heart on our sleeve, and we're just so thankful to be able to connect with people everywhere on the same life journey.

    Stacey Hammarberg

    Thanks for sharing your faith so fearlessly! You guys are such an inspiration and this post was a great reminder about how our faith must be the foundation of our businesses. This was the perfect way to end this series! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    SO appreciated, Stacey! You are such a GREAT encourager :-)

    Stacey Hammarberg

    Thanks for sharing your faith so fearlessly! You guys are such an inspiration and this post was a great reminder about how our faith must be the foundation of our businesses. This was the perfect way to end this series! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    SO appreciated, Stacey! You are such a GREAT encourager :-)

    Lisa

    Amen!! Perfect way to end this series....our constant need for HIM!! You guys are awesome :) :) ♥

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, Lisa! YOU are awesome!

    Lisa

    Amen!! Perfect way to end this series....our constant need for HIM!! You guys are awesome :) :) ♥

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, Lisa! YOU are awesome!

    Vanessa Chupp

    First time on your blog, and the perfect post for me today! Excited to look through you other posts in the series! :)

    Vanessa Chupp

    First time on your blog, and the perfect post for me today! Excited to look through you other posts in the series! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    Welcome, Vanessa! We hope it's a great place of daily inspiration and connection for you! Thanks for stopping by!

    Amy & Jordan

    Welcome, Vanessa! We hope it's a great place of daily inspiration and connection for you! Thanks for stopping by!

    Such an uplifting post! I definitely needed it today...you guys are awesome! :)

    Such an uplifting post! I definitely needed it today...you guys are awesome! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, Rachel! So glad it helped!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, Rachel! So glad it helped!

    Katelyn James Alsop

    LOVE. THIS. :)

    Amy & Jordan

    LOVE. YOU. See you next week :-)

    Katelyn James Alsop

    LOVE. THIS. :)

    Amy & Jordan

    LOVE. YOU. See you next week :-)

    Sarah Carner

    Hi Amy! We met today at Mane Attraction. This is absolutely beautiful! You can really see your wonderful heart and love for God and His people. I cannot wait to read more of your blog.

    Sarah Carner

    Hi Amy! We met today at Mane Attraction. This is absolutely beautiful! You can really see your wonderful heart and love for God and His people. I cannot wait to read more of your blog.

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Sarah! It was SO great meeting you today! I LOVED talking with you! You're so sweet :-)

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Sarah! It was SO great meeting you today! I LOVED talking with you! You're so sweet :-)

    Michele Conde

    Absolutely love your work, Amy and Jordan! You are my new inspiration! Thank you for all your great advice in this series! I hope to join you and make the leap some day :-) Would love to be able to learn more from you - shooting, posing editing, etc. Any workshops planned in the future or mentoring opportunities available? I've always wanted to visit AZ ;-)

    Michele Conde

    Absolutely love your work, Amy and Jordan! You are my new inspiration! Thank you for all your great advice in this series! I hope to join you and make the leap some day :-) Would love to be able to learn more from you - shooting, posing editing, etc. Any workshops planned in the future? Or other mentoring opportunities available? I've always wanted to visit AZ ;-)

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! You made our day, Michelle! Where are you from? We don't have anything planned yet, but it's in our future plans for sure! We have a weekly newsletter that has tips and tricks that we don't post on our blog, so definitely check that out, because that's where we'll make any future announcements about workshops! So glad to have connected with you online! Let's stay in touch and let us know how we can serve you :-)

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! You made our day, Michelle! Where are you from? We don't have anything planned yet, but it's in our future plans for sure! We have a weekly newsletter that has tips and tricks that we don't post on our blog, so definitely check that out, because that's where we'll make any future announcements about workshops! So glad to have connected with you online! Let's stay in touch and let us know how we can serve you :-)

    Michele Conde

    I'm up in Massachusetts. I get the newsletter so I'll keep my eye out! Thanks!

    Richelle

    Hey guys. What a great training. Went through your entire ten steps training this morning. Even though we have been full time photographers for 3 years now, we are currently rebranding, and this is exactly what I needed to hear before we get together with our new Web designer this week. Thanks. The entire training was great and falls in line with a lot of other training we have done in the past. I. Dave Ramsey etc. Thanks so much!
    Richelle

    Amy & Jordan

    Hi Richelle! You bet! And thanks so much for sharing that with us! We're so happy that the series was a blessing to you :-) Congrats on being full-time for 3 years! HUGS accomplishment! Can't wait to see your rebrand when it's done. You'll have to share it with us :-)

    Andy Martin

    Two Thumbs up!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, friend! That's been the ONLY constant in our business and life.

    Yolande Stevenson

    I just read your 10 steps. And from start to finish it was as if you wrote it all just for me. I just completed a Christian debt free course and it is like I came across your blog at just the right time. God new I had to read it and you confirmed what God has lied on my heart already. God bless you and your business of changing lives. You and God just inspired me to follow my dream of being a photographer. ❤️

    Amy & Jordan

    We're so honored by that, Yolande! Thank you for telling us and keep working hard! We're proud of you :)

    Claire

    Going into my biggest, scariest wedding so far this weekend and reading this has broken me. Thank you for your wisdom, truth and Joy throughout all of your posts. x

    Amy & Jordan

    Ah! We're cheering for you!! You got this!!

    Net Campbell

    I believe that God had leaded me to you wonderful couple. I just you to know that you guys are amazing and I LOVE reading your blog. Thank you SO so much. You have blessed me so much! Every time I am out for a session Amy's voice always whispers inn my ear "look for even light from head to toe"

    Leigha

    I know I'm a few years behind in writing this comment, but thank you for this post! I'm a senior in college (for secondary and elementary education- go figure!), but my heart has been in photography for the past two years and especially the past few months. Between giving my all to school and attempting to establish a reputable business, there are days when I just want to quit it all. Thank you for reminding me that I'm not the one in charge, and where to cast my cares. The two of you have been so influential, thank you for sharing your story and faith with those of us who need it!

    Julia

    Ahhh! Love you guys so much! (In a good way! ;) ) Seriously so glad that I stumbled upon you guys! It is so neat to receive not only photography help, but encouragement to be who God created me to be! Many blessings!

    Tianaina

    Thanks for this! It's always great to see people standing for their faith. And it is always nice to see believing photographers who walks by faith.
    Be blessed.