Hi there, I'm Josh and I photograph people and their stories.
How did you start out in photography?
My photographic journey started with landscapes and cityscapes. Then, one day my son was born and well, everything changed. People having great times, loving life, cherishing moments - this became my focus. I still do lots of landscapes except they always have a person, family, or couple enjoying the beautiful moment too. I've never looked back.
My first wedding gig was in 2006. A friends sister asked and I could not refuse. I think the night before I was more nervous than the bride. I did it, nailed it and I loved every second!
Time will never stand still and those moments that bring us such joy become memories in an instant. To capture such a moment and record it forever is truly monumental. A single frame can tell a story and create emotions that even brilliantly constructed literature would struggle to produce.
Can you tell us anything else about yourself?
I am a husband and a father to 2 amazing children. I love to build and design things and think up clever solutions. Breakfast is by far my favorite meal. I am a registered nurse and have made placing an IV an art form. I am a coffee lover and work to master the perfect espresso pull from my Gaggia. I have 3 kitties and 7 hens.
Every person is unique and my approach to each session is always different. My sessions are all 1-2 hours which leaves plenty of time for a variety of shots and locations, with room for clothing or nappy changes too. I use natural lighting as well as a small studio flash set up for lighting depending on the location and available light. My aim is to get at least 20-35 unique images in each session. Most proofing galleries have about 75 images to view.
Life Session: Includes a 1-2 hour photo
session, travel up to 15 miles from 04107, post processing, an online slide show of the images set to music and access to an online proofing gallery to select your images. You have the choice of either 4 digital downloads or 2 8x10 and 2 5x7 prints with the session. There is a 2 week window to order with no minimum purchase. Retouched prints, session DVD's, canvas art and additional downloads are available directly from Lifesessions Photography from the online proofing gallery. $150.00
Mini Session: 30 minute photo session at the location of your choice, travel up to 10 miles from 04107, post processing, slide show and an online proofing gallery. Prints, canvas art, and digital files can be purchased directly from the online proofing gallery with no minimum purchase. This is perfect for head shots, senior portraits, and other one individual person portraits. $100.00
Newborns: My approach with newborns is slow, gentle and patient. There is no rush here and the newborn will dictate how the session moves along. I allocate a full two hours to each session leaving plenty of time for a variety of poses, feedings, and rest periods. Sessions generally take place in your home which offers a relaxed, familiar, low stressful place to enjoy the photography session. On my arrival we can discuss different posing options, locations and lighting as your baby become more familiar with my presence. I generally begin each session with a few images in mind, usually of the family holding, loving, and soaking up their newest little addition, however from there, each session varies incredibly. The types of images that result from any given session are very much a product of the family’s interactions with their sweet new baby, the dynamics of each family, and baby’s temperament.
Older babies, Children and Families: When photographing toddlers, older children and their families it often takes a bit of time to discover what is needed to create the magic. For some older babies or quieter children, this may mean that we are quiet, gentle, and slow moving. For others, it's all about the energy, being loud and having fun! Soon, as I find their style and befriending them as the session evolves, the great photos come. I aim to get a variety of shots from posed to candid. The location can be anywhere from your home, beach or park.
Seniors/Portraits: The senior portrait is all about capturing you as you are. My goal is to make images that you will love and you parents will cherish. Prior to the photo shoot we'll have chat via email or phone about location and image ideas. Are you into sports, cars, boats, music? Let's integrate that and make some cool, fun images. The location can be anywhere from the school football field, beach, Old Port, concert hall or even a parking garage. Honestly... I think a vacant parking garage with the right studio light would be amazing! I think these sessions are about having fun, creating a great portrait and then trying something really unique too.
Engagement/Couples: When photographing couples in love I usually prefer to shoot in the evening or early morning (if willing) to get the beautiful low light. This light creates a romantic and beautiful mood that compliments this style of photography. The location is up to you and can be anywhere from a local beach, park, farm, or city. The location is just the background while the pictures will be focused on you and the interaction of you as a couple together. Expression always trumps when it comes to making a great photograph and therefore I let you do a bit of the work with some added suggestion. It's always a bit weird at first but once the ice is broken and we joke around the images pour out! It's always a blast!
I aim to provide you with truly unique images of you, as a couple surrounded by your loved ones and immersed in the special day you created. My images will portray the character, drama, beauty and emotion of your day as it unfolds and blinks away. My approach is simple; to produce images that document the day that are stylish, beautiful and moving.
I find the best way to show a prospective client who I am and the work I do is to offer an "engagement session" followed by a chat, and some questions and answered (often over a beer or coffee). These are great fun and a perfect way to see how I work, my personality, and see the images I produce. It's also the perfect time to get acquainted and become more comfortable in front of a big camera. I offer these sessions at any location you wish and ask for only at non refundable $200 deposit to secure your wedding day. At the end you will be sent a DVD with the high resolution images to print as you like. Often these images are used to create beautiful photo books used as guest books on the wedding day. Once the photo shoot is done your date will be reserved and will be available discuss the details of your day. I'm pretty sure that after we meet and have the shoot you'll be thrilled to have me capture your day! :)
If you will feel that my style, personality, and service offered fit your need then please get in touch! My pricing plans are simple and there are no hidden fees and when you are ready to book I will then send you a contract for signing. This contract which will need to be returned with a $200 deposit to secure the date (of course the deposit will be deducted from the final cost). About one month prior to the wedding you will be sent a pre wedding questionnaire which will help me prepare for your big day and create the images you want to see.
My approach is unobtrusive, natural and creative and my goal is to capture the day from start to finish and tell the story of your wedding with imagery. I often incorporate a small bit of posing to nail that perfect image but for the most part I prefer to let the story unfold naturally. The day will fly by and as I cover the main event I always capture the little details too. An image can tell your story forever and your wedding photographs will be one of the only and lasting reminders of your special day.
There is no limit to the images I can take and I usually average well over 500-700 edited proofs depending on the length of the wedding and reception. When your special day is over and you are finally relaxing, I'll be busy optimizing each image to ensure quality. Within four weeks a link to your online slide show will be emailed to you. Soon after, an access code will be sent to you to view your online proofing gallery for purchasing prints, canvas art and albums. I have packages covering all bases from the 2 hour event to the weekend wedding blast. Contact me soon as my 2014 spaces are filling up.