Free Website!


So my really good friend and colleague, David Jay, announced recently that he is making a FREE version of Showit Sites! It’s not the full version that I used to create my website www.joshnewton.com but there are MANY rad things about it. You can publish 5 pages, host 30MB of data, get a free vanity URL… its brilliant.

I couldn’t be happier with a program, its honestly changed my business a TON. I’ve been able to update my website whenever I want and I built it in only a couple hours. If you haven’t seen this amazing piece of wonder yet, go to http://showitfast.com/ and check it out =)
Rock on!

Shannon McGuire - I’m so busy between work and finishing school these days. But I still plan to try once I graduate to make photography a full time gig. If not, at least part time. I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind.

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Cambodia Update =)

Travels and thoughts in Cambodia

Life here is really slow and it’s wonderful. Sometimes it makes me think that this is the way life is supposed to be lived. Just expanding Jesus’ kingdom and loving the people around us. The people who support this children’s center are wonderful and they allow for that to happen. I hope they know how much their gifts are appreciated and what they are providing. The kids don’t have to work nearly as hard to eat or get water here and they appreciate what they’ve been given. They are truly thankful at every meal for what’s been provided to them and they are so diligent and responsible with their time and resources. How many things do we do every day that are pointless and have no eternal impact? When everything that’s fruitless in life is done away with and all that exists is living for Jesus, it’s amazing what happens and what you look forward to. We pray and read scripture multiple times per day – and even though I can’t understand the language – I absolutely love it. I am also convicted in that I should be doing at least that in my own life, and I’m thankful I get to witness these kids’ faith.

I want to do great and big things, but I’ve learned that God doesn’t function within our time frame. God does not view time as a crutch and I need to be more patient. I need to fill my entire life with Him and that needs to be first. The love that these kids have for Jesus and for each other is astounding. They are so full of passion for Christ and they love Him with their whole being and hold nothing back. And God is rewarding them greatly – He is using them in a vivid and powerful way, it’s awesome to see. Yesterday a 15 year old and an 18 year old taught a whole town about Noah’s ark and a verse out of Proverbs. They were singing and dancing with the kids, it almost brought tears to my eyes. The kids were laughing and enjoyed it so much. They also got to color a picture with crayons and take it home, it was really great to see those two kids lead.

It’s so neat to see what the Pastor and leaders are equipping these kids to do and I know they are going to go far in this life. I pray that these kids grow up to become strong leaders and mighty warriors. That they spread the Gospel far and they never forget what they learned here no matter what happens. That they bring His name glory and continue His work. Each kid is equipped to teach the Bible, lead worship, pray for their peers and family, and are also given chores so that they learn valuable life skills. They take turns cleaning, cooking the food, repairing the well, washing clothes, and other chores. The older ones instruct the younger ones in school, teaching, and also help in running the center.

There have been a lot of new experiences here, that’s for sure. I got to take a dirt bike out to some far off village and it was crazy to see how these people lived and what they did to survive. The government here is very corrupt and at any point they can just kick people off their land and sell it to some Chinese or Korean businessman. That had happened to this family so they moved to a new part of the “little jungle” and had to clear acres upon acres of land just so that they could grow one rice crop a year to survive. The government here is supposedly a democracy, but if you don’t vote for the Peoples Party of Cambodia, your town isn’t given any help from the government.

On a lighter note, the pastor has had us try so many weird things as well. Fried locusts, boiled half grown baby ducks (still in the egg), different leaves, plants, and berries… All of which made me want to puke on the spot. But it would have been rude not to eat them, so I had to eat everything he gave me and pretend that I liked it! Yikes. The kids here love their games – chess, checkers, basketball, soccer, volleyball, domino’s… everywhere one of these games are happening if you want to join in. Today was extra interesting because we couldn’t use the water in the “showers” because we had run out of water, so I showered outside next to a well while only wearing a sarong. Awesome. I also washed all my clothes by hand today, that was somewhat fun :p

Today was also somewhat hard. Witchcraft is used frequently in Cambodia and one of the girls parents had gone to one and made sacrifices to demons. This made the girl vulnerable to attack and has suffered many attacks from demons since. There was an attack last night and she was screaming and yelling – it sounded like she was being tortured. It woke most people up and it took a couple hours last night and also a lot of prayer this morning to help the girl get rid of it and also not feel guilty. This doesn’t exist in the US and it’s interesting to be part of a community that’s used to it as a normal experience.

There is so much love, hope, and laughter here, however, and these kids have joy written all over their faces. I am so blessed to be here and to photograph them, nothing could be more fulfilling and I’m thankful for the opportunity.

Emily S Crawford - Josh…thank you for that ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been praying for you and Amy, and for the children/leaders there. It’s great to see how the Lord is working in all of you. Can’t wait to hear more. MISS Y’ALL!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Steve H - Sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you. I am Steve. . . the big guy. I am in Vietnam right now. I love what you wrote about the center. That is what our goal is. . . just living life and spreading the Kingdom of God. If you can express that in pictures that would be so powerful!! Thanks so much for coming all this way. I hope you have a good time at Angkor Wat. You can see the roots of the demonic things you experienced there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mary Jane - Josh!!! Thank you for the update. I have been thinking and praying for both of you often. Sounds like you are spreading the love and that is so awesome! Misses.

Vanessa - Wow, Josh. You express yourself so well and have painted a captivating picture. Thank you for sharing it with us. Praying for you guys! Give Amy a big hug for me!! Love!

Anonymous - HI Josh..
we have friends who have lived in Cambodia for years as missionaries….see if anyone there knows the Everitts(Dave & Lisa) They are taking a year off right now so they are back in the states. I remember years ago when he told us about eating some of those gross "foods." They refer to Cambodia as "Paradise." see you (meet you) 6/27
barbara

Beverly Lynn - Josh, I just stumbled upon your blog. How long were you in Cambodia? It sounds like it was a very interesting trip and I would love to hear more about your experiences there!

Michele B - Josh – you just blessed me tremendously this morning – not just with sharing your experiences in Cambodia, but sharing Christ so openly and nakedly on your “business-related” blog, where many might be tempted to hide their relationship so as to not scare away business. I hope you realize (I’m sure you do) what a tremendous blessing it is to be able to serve at a moment’s notice anywhere in the world… being a married mom of one with one on the way, I often find myself regretting not taking better advantage of my single years and making myself more available to serving the Lord. Keep letting your light shine, brother. I’m still a faithful fan of your photography on Facebook!

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Bridesmaid Photoshoot

A couple of my friends (who of course all happen to be bridesmaids) decided it would be awesome to do a photoshoot before their wedding, and it turned out GREAT! I honestly had so much fun with this group of girls – they were all hilarious together and I thoroughly enjoyed photographing them =) I went over to their dorm yesterday to look over all the photos with them and there were definitely a lot of funny moments. Be sure to check out the rest of them at my gallery!

Amy Nave - Hmmmmmm! I think it’s time for an update:)

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San Diego, Bobby and Lindsay Earle, Dylan and Kelli Mayer


So on Monday night I decided to take a trip to San Diego and I absolutely love it down here! I love being able to visit all my amazing friends down here and SD never fails to come through.ย 

The last few times I’ve been down here I always spend the night at Bobby and Lindsay’s house and also at Dylan and Kelli Mayer’s house. They are the kindest people that a person could ask for and I am so blessed to have met them! All of them have become some of my closest friends this last year and if any of you get the chance to meet them, I definitely would. Bobby has taught me tons of MMA moves and Dylan is a part time employee for Josh Newton Photography!
Bobby’s house is always a huge breath of fresh air and I always feel so comfortable and relaxed here. I’ve gotten a lot of work done, which most of you guys will love because I’ve finished 6 weddings and a lot of engagement shoots! But last night was truly phenomenal – not only did we get Chick-fil-a (my favorite restaurant), but we ate there for a couple hours and I have to admit, I haven’t laughed that hard in a REALLY long time. My good friend Jennifer and Bobby’s friend Garrett met us there and I couldn’t have had a better night =) Then to close the night off, Bobby’s dog Remmy fell asleep on me and it was the cutest thing ever!! Check out this blog to see pictures
And today I got to go to Dylans baseball game, it was sweet! I’ve never been a huge fan of baseball as a sport… but I grew some appreciation for it today. Dylan and I got to throw the ball around for a while and I’m not sure why, but thats what of the greatest and most fun things to do!ย 
Stoked to photograph a wedding this weekend, be looking for pictures on facebook! Until next time~

Bobby Earle - We love getting quality Josh time!

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The Vespa Experiment

The VESPA Experiment – Three Vespas and the truth
I have the most AMAZING opportunity to travel on Vespas from San Diego to San Francisco, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!! For two weeks we’ll just have the back roads and the ocean keeping us company. Jason Reeves, Brendan James, and Amber Rubarth are three incredibly talented artists and I’ve been blessed to have had the chance to work a lot with them.ย 

We’re only bringing Vespas, a guitar and small piano, and my camera =) We’re going to be camping out wherever we can find a place to put up a couple tents, having concerts in the woods and on top of mountains, and we’re going to have a blast. Not only am I excited to listen to awesome music for 2 weeks every day, I’m excited for what the trip stands for. I’m going to be updating a lot more in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.

Rock on!!

Shannon Renee Photography - That is seriously SO awesome! I’m looking at selling my car and buying a Vespa… so cool to see other Vespa lovers and super spontaneous at that! Have a blast! I can’t wait to see the images!

amynave - So exciting! It’s like the Rock Boat gone Vespa and urban:P Listening to music for two weeks straight, heck ya! What an awesome time you’re going to have, excited to see all the crazy pics that you’re going to capture!

Dylan Mayer - rad-i-cool!!!! kudos

|| davidjay || - This is sick dude!

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