A burgundy house with blue shutters was the inspiration behind this artistic duo’s entrepreneurial endeavors. Jay, from South Dakota and Ryan, Ventura County currently reside in the quaint, inland town of Ojai, California. Ryan was searching for a talented counterpart to help expand Caliendo Photography and Jay was looking to get her boots back on the ground in the photography business.
At a young age, you could find little Jay romping around with her Polaroid camera. Clearly a go-getter, Jay left home at 18, in search of a thriving art scene where she could put her talents to the test. In order to make that move, Jay managed to graduate high school a year early and take on full-time work as a local, award-winning photographer’s assistant and second shoot. Once in the Golden State with a respectable resume in her back pocket, Jay attended Brooks Institute of Photography before breaking out on her own.
Enter Ryan: the well-established, sole proprietor of Caliendo Photography. Growing up, Ryan was the go-to photographer for his family gatherings and has been intrigued by being able to “freeze a moment that you can always look back on,” ever since he could remember. Upon returning from a six-month escapade through Europe, Ryan decided it was time to buckle down and choose a career path. He kick-started his career by shooting an event with Olympic Gold Medalist, Peter Vidmar as the keynote speaker. From there, Ryan was able to grow his business simply through word of mouth recommendations.
Once Jay entered the scene, a “strictly business” partnership led to friendship and eventually a serendipitous love story. A three-week RV trip affirmed their affections and put the plans in motion for the successful business we know today as Burgundy Blue. The couple has photographed dozens of weddings together as well as a handful of notable celebrities. “We’ve been able to experience their more intimate moments,” Jay said, as the photographers have shot family photos for Michael Phelps, Case Keenum, Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers, to name a few.
The Caliendos wouldn’t reveal specifics, but they did allude to big plans for their future. Rest assured, they certainly don’t plan on letting go of Burgundy Blue – they will simply use it as their structurally sound foundation, much like the home that inspired the name.