As I sit down to write this post, I am overcome with emotions. I can’t even begin to explain all of them, but this is my attempt.
However, before I focus on the actual workshop, I will give a little insight on how I made the choice to go in the first place. Actually, I felt like the choice was made for me-and I mean that in the most amazing way. See, for those who know me well, I would be described as a very Type A personality. I like to know what is going on at all times, I like to have control of situations, and I typically do not adapt to change very well.
Why is this important to note? Because for the first time in a long time, I have been able to be at peace with knowing I am not in charge-God is and he has a greater plan for my life than I could ever imagine and the AJ workshop was one of His amazing ways of showing me this.
Around January, I decided that I really wanted to get serious about pursuing my dream of being a wedding photographer. I had a few weddings under my belt and absolutely loved the experience, but I was not content with where I was at. I knew I needed to research, learn, and soak in as much info as I could, but I really didn’t know where to start.
So I started where all millennials look, Instagram! I remember searching different hashtags and within a few searches I discovered a picture from Amy and Jordan and was instantly drawn to it. I admired the image and looked for more and a few clicks later, I was at their website and falling in love with not only their photography, but their hearts. I had never before seen a website that drew me in and made me feel like I really got to know the photographers as people. The more I learned, the more I felt I could relate, (my second favorite color is yellow) and before I knew it, hours had passed and I had already learned so much.
I admired from afar and thought to myself “wow, it would be amazing to meet these two” but I felt like a ten year old at a One Direction concert every time I thought about the chance of meeting them. I thought it was an unrealistic goal and would never even be worthy to sit in the same room as them, let alone have the opportunity to learn from them.
So fast forward to May when I saw a blog post about a recent AJ workshop. I felt the pull to go but still felt it unrealistic, but then something crazy happened- I found out that my husband and I share the same wedding day (not year) as Amy and Jordan. Now most people may say that’s just a coincidence, but there were so many that lead up to this moment that I knew it was a God nudge as I like to call them, to trust, and follow His plan. When I got the email to sign up for the workshop, without giving it much thought, I went for it. And it was one of the best decisions I EVER made.
The workshop was filled with like minded, incredibly talented and passionate people who were so inspiring to meet. I have never felt so supported so quickly which is a huge shout out to Amy and Jordan’s teaching ability! As a teacher myself, I was in awe of how engaging and captivating Amy and Jordan were and how they were able to pour so much of their hearts and minds into us. Seriously folks, this is no easy task, but they made it look like a breeze.
The two and a half days were a whirlwind of information, laughs, tears, and God moments and I am so thankful for every minute. Not only did I walk away feeling like a much more confident photographer, but a better person. Witnessing Amy and Jordan’s talent behind the lens was incredible, but what was an unexpected and even more incredible element was seeing them interact as a couple and learn about their mission. I walked away from the workshop feeling even more at peace that no matter where God takes my life, I know my purpose is to serve.
Here are a few behind the scenes looks at the workshop including practicing the expo disc, Jordan’s dance moves, Amy’s rapping, Amy taking some awesome head shots, and a bit of Scottsdale! It was absolutely gorgeous there and I fell in love with the scenery and I actually enjoyed the sun blizzard as opposed to the real blizzards here in Michigan!
Amy and Jordan, I can’t thank you enough for this incredible experience! Thank you for opening your hearts to us and for providing us with such valuable learning and growing as photographers and people. I can hardly put into words the overwhelming sense of joy and purpose I feel after being with you two and the amazing group! You all are amazing and I am so happy we have this community to support each other. I will forever cherish these few days and look back on them as the game changing moment for my future. I can’t wait to put into practice what I have learned and I am so excited to push forward with my dream.
p.s. Jordan, I am always ready for another round of West Wing trivia! I’ve been studying up!
Check back later for a post featuring the AMAZING styled shoot 🙂