Hi I'm Josh,
I'm a proud husband of 12 years and a Dad to 2 young boys.
Thats me over there. I was tempted to take the most impressive self portrait I could. Instead, I chose this one for a specific reason. This portrait was taken by my 7 year old son, Gavin last summer on our annual road trip to Yosemite. We spent the mornings exploring the woods, flyfishing for brook trout and searching for bear poop. He used an old 35mm film camera to take this photo, and many others of me... supposed bear poop, birds, bugs and some really stunning views of the forest that could only come from the perspective of a 7 year old boy.
I chose this portrait because it makes me feel something. It warms my heart in an undeniable way. It reminds me of our conversations on the edge of the river. How Gavin was nervous to cross the water alone and how tight he held my hand. It reminds me of the smell of the forest floor when you disturb the pine needles.
Thats what photography does. It transports us. Your photos, and this experience that we embark on together should do that very same thing for your family for generations to come.
I've always been a person with multiple interests. Sometimes to a fault. My wife calls me a compulsive hobbyist. I love learning new things and photography was one of those things so long ago. I found the practice of photography in college. I fell in love with gritty photojournalism and street photography. I was drawn to the unscripted, human element of the genre. I started photographing weddings in 2004 and was immediately taken with the way each family was a new story to explore.
I'm constantly trying to grow in my craft, and I've been able to teach photography at the university level over the past few years. In those classes I emphasize to my students that technical perfection is only half of a good photograph. The real power of a photo is in how it makes you feel. Thats what I bring with me to each wedding. In the past 12 years I've photographed over 300 weddings around the US. I've learned something new at each one. Every couple, every family dynamic, every challenge, has taught me something that I take with me to the next wedding. In the end, thats what I love about what I do. I get to give something valuable to a new family and bring something valuable back to my family.
My family is everything to me. They give me the courage and the motivation to keep growing as a photographer and a business owner. They're the reason I bring so much intentionality to my work. My wife, Katie and I live on a farm in Arcadia, Ok. with our boys (Gavin 7 and Fischer 4). We value good food, and try to raise as much of our own food as possible. We've taken a bit of a different road over the past few years in order to find more freedom as a family. In 2013 we sold our dream home in OKC and moved into an Airstream travel trailer for a year while I built our farmhouse. We've embraced living simply and the slower pace that comes from living outside the bustle of the city. We love to travel as a family and I often arrange to bring my family to many of my wedding destinations outside of OK. We are always scheming on our next trip to Colorado or California! But Oklahoma will always be home. We love OKC, and the way it feels like a big city and a small town all at once.
You can keep up with us via social media. Or if you're an OKC local and want to have coffee, we'd love to connect with you! Don't be a stranger :)