It’s here! Behind the Scenes 2014! One of our favorite posts of the year! It’s the post where we give you an all-access backstage pass to life on the job. What it looks like from the other side of the lens. You know, the photos behind the photos. Compiling these images is one of our favorite ways to look back on the last year, and when we look through 2014’s photos, we can’t help but feel so incredibly thankful for this job. The year of 2014 was our first full calendar year as full time wedding photographers, and when we stop to reflect on this past year, our hearts are filled with an overwhelming amount of gratitude. When we got married, we never imagined that we would be running a photography business together, but God has always had way better plans than us. This job has challenged us, refined us, pushed us to our limits and strengthened us in ways we never expected. But even more importantly, this job has brought us some of our most valued friendships, incredible life experiences and to places we never dreamed of. We are so thankful for each and every person who has trusted us to preserve their most cherished memories and become honorary members of their family. So this post is dedicated to all of our clients, who put up with all our crazy antics, trust us when we suggest something off-the-wall and still love us, even when we don’t look nearly half as glamorous as them!

Let’s start with the many faces of a test shot.

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When it comes to directing bridal parties, Amy’s spontaneous jazz hands never fail to make an appearance.

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When she’s not directing air traffic control, that is.

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Or giving bouquet-holding lessons.

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Or wearing THAT SAME DRESS ALL THE TIME.

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Jordan Demos: Proving chivalry is not dead.

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He’s also the one there for our grooms in the “This is it, man!” moment right before the first look, one of our favorite parts of the entire day.  We gotta say, Amy’s has her stand-in bride role down for first look test-shots.Jorda's Test Shots_0089

Not only is Jordan a total gentleman to our brides, he also knows just how to hang a dress, drape a veil and carry the details like a boss.

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The one thing he never holds? Amy’s lens hood. She’s rather wear it. As a bracelet. On her shoulder.

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Speaking of Amy’s fashion choices, let’s talk about how she somehow finds a way to match our clients!

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Or how many times she wore these pink pants.

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And as an extra bonus, the pink pants with her lens hood bracelet and her ghetto fab stool.

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Oh, you didn’t know about the stool?

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It’s one of her favorite short girl hacks. She may be short, but she is mighty. She’ll do just about anything for some extra height.

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On second thought, maybe she got that from Jordan.

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Which bring us to a segment we like to call “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Photographer.”

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While we may look slightly ridiculous, we do it all for our clients, who we adore with all our hearts.

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Because they are the ones who add a #demossandwich to their formal portrait shot list

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And they are the ones who put up with our shenanigans and have the best sense of humor

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They are the ones who trust us completely even when we see something that they don’t see

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The ones who know how to have a great time

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In rain…

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With different and amazing creative teams by our side every week

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Who go above and beyond, in times when a veil won’t fasten or a king-size mattress is casting a shadow on the bride.

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We’re ready to take on any challenge…

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Along the water ways of Venice, the beaches of Florida, the hills of Ireland, the fields of Tennessee, the desert of the southwest, the streets of New York and everywhere in between…

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The long days and sore bodies, the lost voices and the ridiculous hours? It’s all worth it. Because nothing beats this feeling.

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We are so, so blessed. 2014, what an amazing year. Feeling a little nostalgic? Us too! You can catch up on our other 2014 review posts here:

Best of Weddings 2014

Best of Engagements 2014

Amy & Jordan’s Top 14 Highlights of 2014

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    Cinnamon Wolfe

    best. post. ever. Can't wait to see what 2015 brings! Love you guys!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, Cinnamon! Can't wait to meet you in 2015!!

    Sara Nevels

    This post makes me miss you guys 10million times more than I already do….if that was even possible. Those photos in the beginning of Jordan - hahaha! So great! And Amy dressing like your clients!! How DOES she do that?! Seriously. Haha. I love how much fun you guys always have no matter where you, what you're doing, and especially who you're with. I've got non-stop love for you both! Big hugs! Cheers to 2014! And Merry Christmas, my friends!! Hope you get some well-deserved rest. :)

    Amy & Jordan

    Nevels! Aw! We miss YOU girl! Bahaha! Love you, friend!! Merry Christmas!!

    eileen

    this made me smile ear to ear!! love you guys!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Love you Eileen! Give Erik a hug for us :)

    Myrian Peery

    I have to be honest and tell you that just today, I went through this blog post 3 times, and I will probably be back, because it made me smile every time. It is genius. Being a wedding photographer, I can only appreciate all these moments being captured. You guys rock, the sky is the limit for you!

    Amy & Jordan

    We LOVE to hear that! In the words of Buddy the Elf, smiling is our favorite :) Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    Marvin Blue

    I love your willingness to share your world. It gives comfort to see the secret behind the magic that is in your images. You two rock and I love reading your blogs when I get a free minute. Merry Christmas and cheers to a prosperous and successful New Years!! Hope to run into your guys at WPPI 2015!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Marvin, for sure! We'll definitely be at WPPI! Thanks for all the love, friend! Merry Christmas to you, too!

    Ashley Link

    y'all are so cute!!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks so much, Ashley! :)

    Mik Sivak

    Sooo...I'm surprised why nobody has asked this yet...when are you guys going to make a reality TV show?

    Amy & Jordan

    Haha! That's so funny you mention that because we actually were in talks with Bravo at one point to be part of a reality show they were casting our friends for! I didn't work out :-)

    LOVE this post! Thanks for putting a smile on the face of a really exhausted mom and wedding photography entrepreneur. It's awesome and inspiring to see people doing what they love! Now how in the world do you have SO MANY photos of you two shooting? ;)

    Amy & Jordan

    Hi Anastasia! Aw! So glad we could put a smile on your face! Lol! We normally take photos of each other, or sometimes the videographers will snap a few behind-the-scenes for us (since they use DSLRs) while we're working :-)

    Eliza Morrill

    Can I ask what straps you use for your camera/what cushion you added to your shootsac? I am in desperate need of a change!

    Amy & Jordan

    Hey Eliza! We use Black Rapid straps and LOVE them! We don't have any extra cushion on the Shoot Sac, that might just be our big hips you're noticing! Haha! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    We use Rapid Straps from Black Rapid and a ShootSac! There’s no extra padding on it other than the comfort strap you can purchase with it. Hope that helps!

    Sean

    I had such a great time reading this post! You really know how to make the point and still have a great time doing it, so hats off to you for that! You two are such an inspiration! Cheers, and Happy St. Patricks Day!

    Sarah Pilon

    This is PROBABLY my favorite post of yours! Although... there are SOO many that I love. So awesome to see how you guys work! Glad I'm not the only one who may or may not look ridiculous to try to get "the shot"! You guys are such an inspiration! Keep doing what you're doing :-)

    Amy & Jordan

    Hey, Sarah!! Haha!! YES! We all look so silly with our "shooting faces" and stances, right? Glad WE'RE not the only ones!