Seattle, Pikes Market, and Alaska!!

I JUST got back from a wedding at Victory Bible Camp in Alaska, but I had to tell you guys about my last week =) Firstly, I had an amazing couple of days in Santa Barbara! I got to hang out with some amazing friends and Eric and I got to ride our vespas all around with Arisa and Kaela! After a BBQ, we went hot tubbing at the famous Santa Clause Lane and then watched the season finale of “The Office”… which was full of laughs. I seriously love that show…
I then left to Seattle for a couple days! My friends Kelsey Voetmann and Lauren Kuehl are both living there at the moment and I had a BLAST! Kelsey’s dad is an amazing businessman and artist, and he completely designed this house! I was in love with the architecture and design, I couldn’t get enough of it!

Everything down to the lighting fixtures were so rad… I actually went around their whole house and took pictures I was so stoked about it!
The first night we were there, Kelsey had a whole bunch of her friends over and we made a huge dinner! It was yum-MAY and we had a lot of fun =) We cranked the music up and went for it!

She’ll probably be mad at me for posting this, but this is Lauren getting all ready for the dinner party =P “Stop taking pictures of me!!”
Soooo they live RIGHT on the waterfront… which is amazing. We got so many sweet sunsets, and the first night there was quite the view! RAD!

So… Lauren is quite the little prankster, and I decided to douse her with a little cool whip. Little did I know that she has NO reservations in getting someone back (with extreme intensity, too!) and she didn’t give up until my face (and hair) was covered. Luckily she had some hidden ninja moves and got away… 
Yes, we found a zebra… skin. Its real, and it kind of stunk. But we chased people around in it for a while =P We were waiting to play hide and seek in the whole house and got a little bored!
Pikes Market! Kels took me down here one day and we got lots of little goodies =) We had some really good coffee and a Russian lunch thing! I’m not even going to try to spell it… It was yummy though =)
Kelsey and I!
I had taken Kels and Lo out for a photoshoot during our last year at Westmont, and they took me out to dinner as a thank you =) We met up with one of their friends who is a pro dirt bike rider! She was cool and hopefully I’ll be able to take some shots for her this summer! Lo and I also walked down to the town and watched “Prince Caspian” – it was in the daintiest little theatre, and we paid 4 bucks each, it was sweet!
Sunset on my last day there! We saw a bunch of whales out in the water too, that was so cool! I wanted to take a canoe out and say hi but we voted against it.
A lot of my family lives in Seattle, also, and my Aunt Julie has 3 adorable kids!! I got to play WII with them… and wow did they kick my butt at WII Tennis. It was a lot of fun though, and it was really good to see all of them! Here are some pictures of their newest born, Henry =)

I then went up to Alaska on Wednesday, and its definitely good to be back =) I love the weather, the air, the light, and the mountains! Its always amazing to be home… and my mom even had fresh chocolate chip cookies sitting by my bed when I got home from the airport!! MMM! This is a sunset over Anchorage… and this is the view from my “office” up here =) You can see the downtown buildings in the right, I love it up here!

What is WICKED SICK about this next picture is… well two things!! One, its taken at 2:30 in the morning, so for all you non-Alaskans reading this, this is what Alaska looks like all night! The sun is setting about 11:30pm right now and rising at about 4am. =P The second rad thing about this photo is thats Denali Mountain!! Its about 6.5 hours away and its the tallest mountain in North America (tallest climb in the world if you count from sea level!). Its in Denali National Park, one of my most favorite places in the world =)

I have a ton more photos coming… I am really excited to show you all my stuff from the wedding this weekend! I went out shooting with my good friend Garret Floyd for a couple hours after the rehearsal and we got some KILLER shots! Until next time… 

Kelli - Wow, those sunset shots are stunning! I was just there a few weeks ago, but didn’t get any shots like that, dang it. LOVE that last one.

Jon VanDyke - Josh, This is Jon, the tall guy from the wedding whoes sunglasses you were gonna steal 😛 You did an amazing job, the pictures you had already at the reception were awesome! Keep up the good work.

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Hannah and Drew

This was SUCH a fun engagement shoot =) I’ve known these two for a while and I was lucky to get to know them at Jane and Luke’s wedding! We woke up super early for some sun rise shots and then we made our way to Summerland Beach Cafe (an amazing place!) and got some breakfast =) It was really awesome getting to know them both a little better and I am SO excited for their wedding this fall! Its going to be in Texas and those Texans know how to throw a good party 😉 Here are some of my favs and a slideshow!

Brandon Williams Photography - Love the images and I am also considering the Showit web.

Footprints in the Sand - aww Joshy!! lol – didn’t realize I hadn’t seen your page in so long – amazing pics!!! especially the sunsets – the water etc. 🙂 blessings. H.

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Insane couple of months!

Well, with the advice of a couple of my really good friends… I’m going to start blogging a whole lot more =) I feel like I can relate to Bobby’s feelings of “who exactly is going to be reading this?? =P But I want to have a really good way to communicate to a lot of people whats going on in my life! (not everyone is on facebook, I guess =P) And this one is going to be a beast of a blog, so prepare yourselves!

So… where to start?? well as many of you know, I got the chance to go to europe! but right before I left I had two photoshoots for ISS Facility Services – one in San Francisco and another in Pheonix. I met up with my friend Josh Gruetzmacher in San Fran and we got some sick shots for them =)

Here’s Josh shootin the bridge~

I actually ended up hanging out the back of a car getting pictures of their van driving down, but I got some rad shots too =)

So two days after Phoenix, I left to Frankfurt! I had no idea what I was going to be doing, where I was going to be staying, or what countries I wanted to visit.

I went to Berlin after spending a couple hours in Frankfurt and met up with a guy from Argentina, and he was rad! We split a hostel and went on a tour of Berlin the next day.

I then went to Amsterdam and Brussels, but was meeting up with a friend so I only stayed in both cities for a couple hours each. The train ride to Paris was amazing and I caught a beautiful sunset!

I stayed a couple days in Paris and I loved it =) I feel most at home when I have mountains and the outdoors close by, but Paris was really special. The Eiffel Tower was weird to see – I’ve seen it in so many movies and pictures… it was sweet to see it in person!!

Paris has so many little shops, cafes, outdoor markets, and bakeries! I ate as much food as I could and loved every part of it =)

After Paris, I went to Versailles, Marseilles, and headed east through Toulons and NIce to Rome. Rome was epic, I got to see all the major sites and I ate some AMAZING Italian food =)
I then made my way up to Zurich, and that was by far my favorite city. I watched the sunrise over the alps and went through so many amazing communities just sitting on the waters edge with mountains in their backyard. Zurich was by far one of my favorite cities, I’m really excited to go back =)

Zurich at night was beautiful, and I went out to some amazing restaurants here. I actually met up with a girl from Zurich, Fabienne Mayer, and she was awesome! She bought me roasted chestnuts and a ton of Swiss chocolate!

I stopped in Innsbruck for a couple hours, but I then made my way to Venice. I met up with 6 photographers from Sweden there and they were AWEsome! We spent a whole day and a half just walking around shooting random things, and it was a blast.

The weather was FREEZING cold and going on the boats was loads of fun but also quite cold. I was in Venice though, so I didn’t mind too much 😉

After Venice, I went to Vienna and Salzburg – both Amazing cities =) Salzburg has this wicked castle right on top of this hill and you can climb to the top of it to get a fantastic view of the whole city. I made it just in time for sunset and it was gorgeous!

Whats funny about my trip to Europe is that I got to go to Hawaii right before I left and also right after! I photographed April and Chris’ Wedding in Honolulu and then I got to go to Kauai with my family, my brothers girlfriend Ali Sheffer, and my sisters friend Caroline. 
I brought a second shooter with me to shoot April and Chris’ wedding, Christie Wilhelms, and we rented a BMW 750 =) it was a blast…

We drove up to the North Shore and made it to Pipeline just in time for Sunset! 

The next day was wedding time! This was my first wedding in Hawaii, and I loved it! We got some really cool shots, and I was stoked to be able to photograph it. I got to see a lot of Westmont friends I hadn’t seen in a while, good times!!

After the wedding I spent of couple days just relaxing and touring around Oahu, and I got a chance to stay at my good friend Chris Johnsons house!! Christie and I drove up there  and we ate the BEST shave ice I’ve ever had =)

I was stoked on this next shot… I took a long exposure at night and even all the stars showed up! Sweet!

So, on to family vacation! We had so much fun and I had much needed relaxation time =) I hadn’t been sleeping at all trying to get work done and I was able to just chill a lot here. We went on a couple hikes, kayaking, to the ocean a lot, and to a couple waterfalls.

This waterfall is that the end of a small hike on the Napali Coast. I have pictures of the Na Pali coast on my last blog when I was in Kauai in November, its one of the most beautiful places I’ve been! But my dad, brother, Ali, and I went swimming underneath the waterfall and I LOVED it!!
Sunset later that day, and it was phenomenal. After Tim finished his caveman routine… which will hopefully be on youtube soon, he turned back into normal and I got some rad shots of him and Ali over Ke’e beach =)

We also had Easter in Hawaii, but the night before we had some fun with “costumes” and we all came up with names for each other. Good times for sure…

After I got back from Hawaii with my family, I spent a couple days with the Bohlingers and took some pictures of their house in Manhattan Beach because they are putting it on the market =( I’m excited for them to come up to Santa Barbara though, its going to be awesome!! But then I left to Washington with a couple friends to a prayer/worship conference for International Justice Mission and we met some rad people.  

We had a candlelit prayer service at each of the memorials (there were over 1000 people that came) on the last night, and it was really neat to be a part of it. I loved learning about IJM and what they’re all about.

I actually ended up meeting up with two of my friends from Alaska, Russel and Paul! It was really good to see them and I was totally bummed we didn’t get to spend more time together. 

Some of my friends I made in DC made a ghost picture… pretty wicked, huh??
Below are my really good friends Jonathan Olinger with Discover the Journey and Brad, from Dispatch, who runs Love Light and Melody. We had a really blessed day – we got to play with kids, listen to Brad’s music, and hang out at his house that night.
After I got back from DC, I went to Santa Barbara and just worked for 3 weeks straight on editing photos, uploading every wedding picture I’ve taken to Pictage, making slideshows, and designing a new website. I’ve gotten to shoot two amazing weddings, though, one in Livermore (near San Francisco) and another one on Summerland beach. 
This is a rad story… so, I was on David Jay’s blog the week before my wedding in Livermore and I noticed that he mentioned a guy named Bobby Earle. He had just met him that week and they met up for lunch and had a really good conversation =) So DJ put up a post about them, and I decided to go to their site to check it out. Right away I was blown away by their photography and so I added their blog to my RSS feed in my email. Well, a couple days later I got from their blog that they were going to be in SF over the weekend! So I gave Bobby a call and he said that he and his wife would love to meet up with me… and I was really stoked. I drove up to SF all Saturday morning and met up with my friend John Nelson, who I hadn’t seen in a while, so that was really cool =)
Later that night Bobby invited me to stay in his hotel room… which was a LIFE saver, and I could not have been more grateful! We ended up talking until around 2 in the morning, and right away we were all best buds. His wife Lindsey had to get up at 4, so she ended up falling asleep early, but one of her super powers is sleeping through anything… so that worked out well. 
The next day we woke up and drove to Livermore and got some Jamba to start the day off right =) We photographed an amazing wedding that day, and here are some shots from that wedding!

We finished at about 10 o’clock that night, and Bobby had been on the phone with his wife for a couple hours because his 5 month year old german shepherd had gotten sick! I had planned on staying in SF for a couple days, but I knew Bobby wanted to get back so we drove all night back to SB. Bobby and Lindsey were such a blessing to me – they totally encapture what a relationship should be and were such an encouragement and inspiration. They are so in love and they’ve been married 7 years and haven’t skipped a beat! I loved talking to Bobby all night on the drive back home and I learned a lot =) I am SO excited to hang out with them more and get to know them better, I know God has amazing plans for them and I’m stoked. When I grow up, I want to be like THEM!! 😉
That morning was actually amazing – I stayed up for the sunrise (we got in at 4:30!) and went out on the pier to get some rad shots of SB!

All last week was filled with lots of Super Mario Smash Brothers (a very good distractor from my friends finals schedules!) and more editing =) I got a chance to go to this swing overlooking a valley in SB, it was soooo beautiful!! (And fun! It felt like I was flying into this valley!!)

I had another wedding the next weekend… but my life has been kind of crazy for the last week so I haven’t been able to edit any of those photos. Last Saturday I had my best friends graduation, a birthday party at the beach, a graduation dinner, night out with the friends, and then I had to be in Newport to pick up a friend and meet with a bride.
For those of you that made it to the bottom of this, thanks for reading and I’ll be trying to upload a lot more!! Much love~

Kelli - I’m reading it! I’m sure tons of other people will too :). Is that the picture you took with my tripod? Oh, and I stuffed myself silly in Paris too…man I miss those croissants.

Bobby Earle - Yes! Now you better update this thing or else…

Seriously, you’re a freaking rad friend, Josh. Can’t wait to hang out and/or shoot together again.

p.s. I’m getting close to being done with the wedding images so I’ll send them off to you soon 🙂 Just let me know your mailing address.


Bobby Earle - Hey, I’ve got the finished slide uploaded here…

Pass it on to the bride and groom for me as I’d love to know what they think… and what you think.


I want to see another post within the next few days, you hear! I know you’ve got some awesome photos somewhere 🙂

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Sunrise in Kauai

This was my second to last day in Hawaii, and I woke up around 5:30 to get some sunrise shots =) I loved being out at the beach alone and I spent some much needed time by myself just taking in all the beauty.

It actually poured rain on me near the end, but I loved it. The rain was really warm and although it soaked all my gear I totally had fun.

I’m in Haiti now and my time here has been life altering, I can’t wait to tell everyone about it. Talk to you soon!!

natalie - love it!

jess - that last one with the rainbow is incredible!!

Kerry - Wasnt sure what type of mood I was in..until I came to this site and heard this song. perfect.

the photog. is captivating as well. Happy I stumbled upon this. : )

Wesley Hargrove - Awesome man, I’ve never been out to the islands.. these pictures are making me want to!!

Anonymous - hey you havent posted in awhile, where did you go??? i want to see more pictures!!

Anonymous - hey i was wondering if you are still bloging on this blog? or if you got another. just wondering since you haven’t posted in awhile.
God Bless,

Sarah McAllister - .incredible.

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Na Pali Coast, Kauai

I got the chance to go out to Na Pali coast the other day, and it was absolutely breath taking. I don’t think my photos represent at all what I was able to see that day, it was sooo sweet =) Its one of my favorite places in the world, and not just because it reminds me of LOST =P I’ll be posting more later, can’t wait!!

I’m going to be leaving for Haiti in two days, and I’m totally stoked about that. I am SO amped about being able to take photographs of the ministry there, I’ll also be posting those as soon as I can 😉 Enjoy!!

Courtney - Thank you for posting Josh. 🙂

Your pictures are so beautiful! I’m a little jealous that you actually get to stand there and see all of that for real. wow. Hope you have a wonderful time in Haiti!

Julie - Josh your pictures are AMAZING!! I hope you have an awesome time in Haiti!! Cya in MD!

kristen leigh photography - Jossshhua! Your pictures rock like an ox with green socks.

Enjoy every moment of Haiti!!!!!!

Stacey - great pictures josh!
hope your trip to Haiti goes

Claudia Hung - Reminds me of Napali Coast in Kauai…

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