We are Jordan and Dodge
And memories are kind of our favorite!
You can see more of our story below, but the gist is, I really like getting to celebrate the memories and milestone of my clients.
I grew up in the Tri-cities, then headed off to the Midwest for College where I studied Graphic Design and Photography. While my friends were writing papers, I was doing big kid arts and crafts, and I loved it. Now, I use that same arts and crafts spirit to create timeless portraits of my clients love and life stories, and I still love it!
After getting married in 2016, my husband Dodge came on board as the official IT manager and a myriad of other things to keep this business running smoothly! You might even see him at a wedding or two assisting! He studied a bunch of things in college ranging from physics to IT.
Also in 2016 we packed up and moved back to Washington and are loving establishing our business in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Alongside of Jordan Edens Photography, I'm a full time graphic designer and owner of 509 Bride! When Dodge isn't assisting me, he works in special needs classrooms as a para.
Jumping into 2019, we are excited to continue serving and preserving memories and milestones!
We are Jordan and Dodge
And memories are kind of our favorite!
Harry Potter/Gilmore Girls/Gossip Girl/White Collar/Friends/90s Chick flicks/Marvel movies.. (I promise I don't just watch movies all day!)
I LOVE city skylines, museums, and the strong lines in architecture!
Walking/running and pretending that nature and I get along!
Walking through ALL of the aisles of TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Hobby Lobby
I LOVE making things! Cricut, quilting, pottery just to name a few!
To us, it's two imperfect people bound in promise that we only have hope of by the grace of God. It brings me so much joy to witness each of my couples making their joyful promise to each other!
MOOSE! We love our little fuzz ball kitty, even though she is probably less than impressed by us.
I have an obsession with black and white, photos in motion, and moments that sneak glimpses into the strength of relationships.
I don't think it's a mystery that photographers, creatives, and artists alike have an explosive desire to travel. Creation, nature, and the beauty left by those who have gone before draws out and enhances creativity. I have had the privilege of travel, the beginning fire in my soul fueling what I hope brings a lifetime of wandering. Growing up in the great state of Washington, beauty was in my backyard. As a college Sophomore, I traveled with my photography class to New York to take the city. Our exploits took us all around the city and gave me a great love for architecture and strong lines. My Junior year of college led me to Guatemala in service to a camp full of the most beautiful children bound to wheel chairs. Travel in Guatemala brought culture, and the most vibrant color to my experience. In my senior year of college I spent the semester interning in Chicago. Living and working in the city, I captured sunrise to sunset and everything in between. I learned to appreciate the never ending sounds and sights.
As we continue to serve brides and portraiture clients, we are committed to continuing to elevate the experience and fulfilling our 'why' because we want our clients to remember.
Looking back, our focus was on creating perfect pictures. Looking ahead, our focus is fully set on taking in real moments, the beauty of motion, and bringing those together into your photos.
We have some pretty lofty financial goals that include paying off some student loans (YAY!) as well as working on the efficiency and sustainable growth in all areas of the business. We realize that this probably isn't wildly exciting to anyone reading this, but hey it's not a celebration without recognizing the small stuff!
Breaking into a new market isn't always easy, to help my transition and work on getting my name out, I started the 509 Bride. Visit the 509 Bride website here!
The general purpose of the 509 Bride was creating an easy space for brides to find and connect with area vendors in one easy place. It also provides a social media source with Instagram and Facebook. What I didn't realize was that it would join together a whole community of vendors in the process.
I'll be the first to say that networking isn't my favorite, but coming together with a common purpose of serving our couples on their wedding day has built great connections all throughout the wedding community, and I am so proud that the 509 Bride is a part of that.
In the fall of 2016 we decided to move to Washington! We rented a moving truck and drove 1,400 miles from Iowa to Washington on the hunt for some new experiences! I jumped right into opening Jordan Edens Photography as a licensed Washington business and started connecting with other wedding vendors.
A few things I learned, 1. The Tri-Cities has a HUGE network of amazingly talented wedding vendors, and 2. the landscape (that I never thought much of growing up here) turned into such a welcome new aspect of my photos.
Again, my photography journey wouldn't be nearly the same without my own life experiences! On my 25th Birthday, we got to experience what we had celebrated so many times with our clients. OUR WEDDING DAY! And it was a celebration! A celebration of five years of dating, and the start of a new life together. We were married at Canoe Ridge in Walla Walla surrounded by family and friends with the candle lit reception that I had always dreamed of.
I learned very quickly that having a photographer that you trust completely is paramount. I was nervous and not a huge fan of being the center of attention, and my sweet photographer friend Aanna knew just how to refocus my attention to the meaning of the day.
I can't tell the story of this business without infusing my own life into it! In July 2015 on a trip to Chicago, Dodge proposed in the Art Institute of Chicago! And right then and there, I jumped into the understanding and mindset of the brides that I was serving myself. I loved that I was able to chat with them about specific aspects of the wedding planning process that I had never even considered, and I think that built up my process of helping and serving my brides that much more.
My good friend Aanna captured photos of the proposal. It's a beautiful way to remember and begin your engagement and wedding experience, guys I highly recommend hiring a photographer for your proposal!
On 11.12.13 I walked into a Midwest Courthouse and started Jordan Edens Photography! I felt very strongly that if I was going to offer services I had to be as knowledgeable and professional in all aspects of my business from my camera skills to the back end aspects like licensing and insurance.
I was blessed to start my photography business in a small community with an abundance of weddings! I learned quickly, even after vehemently refusing to do them, that weddings were a large part of my future with photography.
My final semester of college was spent interning in a Chicago photography studio! The beauty behind interning, you live and experience the work every day, and through repetition and observation, I learned so much. Proper lighting techniques, posing and how to care for clients, and the ins and outs of running a studio.
I was very lucky to have a great studio as well as fellow intern, Aanna! The beauty of sharing the internship, we were able to practice different techniques, bounce ideas off of one another, all while exploring living in the city.
One of my design classes lead to a logo project for an event center, and shortly after, I began working there as a banquet manager/assistant manager. These rolls gave me such a positive look into the wedding and event industry and how it's really just an on your toes game of human tetris and problem solving to ensure that each event goes off smoothly. I was able to view photographers in action and learn how to serve clients well in the less glamorous capacities.
What I loved most about my photography classes in college, we had a small group of students that moved through the classes together. As a class, we convinced our photography professor to take us on a field trip to New York City for spring break. The trip was such a valuable time of discovery, and since we were traveling in a group, we quickly learned to look for our own interpretation and angles.
Fun facts about this trip: my brother and I both went. My friend Aanna (who photographed my wedding and I photographed hers) also went. We stayed at a hotel that was originally a brothel, then converted by artists to a hotel. Carlton Arms hotel - look it up!
My first college photography class was a black and white film class and I LOVED it! We spent time learning the mechanics of the camera, processing our own film in the dark room, as well as making our own prints in the dark room. Our photos from this class will never be considered masterpieces, but I love that the foundations were firmly cemented.
From there I jumped into digital photography and started working on portrait photography. College was FULL of opportunities. It was also FULL of willing participants as I learned the ins and outs and practiced photographing people and all of the things available in a small midwest town.
Working with a number of publications/online presences has allowed for both print and digital publication of my work. Dainty Obsessions, a midwest based wedding magazine and online source published a Jordan Edens Photography couple Mara & Eric in their print/digital magazine and couple Abigail & Stuart on their blog. As a part of their photographer series, Basic Invite featured Mara & Eric on their blog. I started the 509 Bride as an online presence in the Tri-Cities to help brides easily find and connect with wedding vendors and have featured Jordyn & Drew on the blog. I love working alongside of local sources to provide inspiration for future brides!
The Shoot & Share photo contest is an annual contest open to all photographers! I've entered since 2015 competing against thousands of photographers worldwide! See slideshow to the left.
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With weddings I love getting together with couples and hearing all about the wedding day and how the two of you plan to celebrate both the day and your marriage.