I was actually born and RAISED in Florida, baby! I am in love with this state and love adventuring around, I never feel like I have seen enough. We love spending time out on our boat, and with our beautiful little boys born in '08 and '10. They are not so little any more. And now we have a sweet pit bul girl named Aloe. She is super cute with fun floppy ears.
Some fun things about me. I love to eat! My hubby is like a mini chef and cooks fun foods all the time. When we are not drumming up some fun foods, we are out eating it at other places. We also have a passion for music, dancing is what brought us together in the year of 2000. So that is probably a huge reason on WHY I love what I do. I love love. I love being in love. Come visit me on Instagram at @heyitsjosiebrooks
What to expect.
My hope is that working with me is consistently three things: collaborative, simplistic and fun!
⌒No. 1 - COLLABORATIVE
I will always, always be here to collaborate with you along the way. I like to take time to get to know each of my clients needs & wants and things that I may not know about your wedding day. From the time you get this guide to the time I’m delivering photos, I want you to feel comfortable chatting with me about different things throughout the wedding planning process. So feel free to send me that vision, your dress or even ask me what I think. I am here the WHOLE way through.
⌒No. 2 - SIMPLISTIC
My second word is “simplistic”. My shooting philosophy stems from the age-old “less is more” mantra. I’m a pretty simple person and believe that creating timeless photos is more important than timely photos. Trends come and go, so it’s important for me to not rely on those to make okay photos, but great photos. Props, extremely staged moments, and “epic” lighting can feel fabricated and take away from the actual authenticity of the day, so I encourage couples to focus on what’s in front of them.
⌒No. 3 - FUN!
You’re getting MARRIED, so lets have fun! I try not to take myself, or my profession too seriously — at least where it counts. The last thing I want to feel like at your wedding is a vendor... I’m a friend who happens to also be a professional wedding photographer. We will have a kick-ass time, I promise.
*Head shots on home page from Kenzi Rae Photography and on this page, family pix from Janira Photography.
Fav things about what I do for a living
⌒ Serving my clients and giving them a great stress free experience.
⌒ Producing tangible gifts through my lens, for a lifetime.
⌒ Bonding with everyone on the day, or watching and photographing those bonds.
⌒ Going on adventures with my couples.
⌒ Different cultures and beliefs.
⌒ Fur babies/kiddos on shoots.
⌒ Breaking traditions.
⌒Emotions or tears at weddings! Ahh
⌒Couples who aren't afraid to try new things.
⌒Moments over mountains, always!
⌒ Spoiling my couples with things they don't expect (the experience).
⌒ Golden hour light!!
Hiring Josie was one of the BEST decisions we made for our wedding! I can't rave enough about the quality of her photos, the value of her packages, and Josie's awesome personality. She made each experience comfortable and fun, she's a total doll, and she gives TONS of information to help you prepare for a successful shoot. She has so much information to help the overwhelmed bride, from vendor selections to locations for the engagement shoot. She was also the most communicative person I dealt with for the entire wedding, which is a huge plus for me! Josie also brought Mary as the second photographer to shoot our wedding and both were a great addition to the atmosphere and took fantastic photos. Some of the little things that make Josie so great are that she helped me find an amazing hair & makeup artist (who came through clutch), she helped a friend order a print of one of our engagement photos as a surprise gift, and when she noticed the venue hadn't turned on the AC in the grooms "suite" the sweltering day of our wedding, she turned it on so it would cool before he got there. We plan on hiring Josie for every major event we want to photograph in the future, and my family loved our photos so much that they've all asked me for her info for their own photos in the future!
Lesley and Randy
Josie is not only an AMAZING photographer but an amazing person as well! She did our engagement and wedding photos and they all far exceeded our expectations! Josie will literally go ABOVE and beyond to make sure you get every single shot you want - and then a million more you didn’t know you needed with her creative eye! Choosing Josie and her team to be our photographers was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!
Thank you, Josie! ?
Sarah and Clay
I am at a loss for words with how wonderful Josie is! Her eye is absolutely incredible and I cried when I saw my pictures. We did our engagement shoot with her as well as our wedding. There were no awkward moments or poses and we had so much fun while taking pictures. Her aesthetic is incredible and booking her was one of he best decisions I made for my wedding.
Amy and Tim
Josie is so incredibly talented and a visionary. Her earthy tones and colors are simply to to die for. Somehow and in some way, she makes every photo gorgeous, no matter how un-photogenic you might feel (and who doesn't have those moments?).There is such an ease about the way she shoots and she is so chill and flexible. She finds a way to make you feel comfortable and tries to capture who you are. She did our engagement shoot and then also our wedding. We just got a sneak peak the other day of our wedding photos (another bonus, she is super efficient!), and are already in looove.
Josie is not only a talented photographer, but just an all around good person. She cares about your well-being and asks after you. We lucked out finding her, and now want to spread the word on how amazing and magical she is. She was one of our best hires. Book her for anything and everything - you know you'll be in good hands!
Jocelyn and Lawrence
Josie did my engagement shoot this past April and was so amazing. It was my first photoshoot so I was so nervous but she made it fun and as natural as possible! She didn’t just take pictures, she captured moments! Everyone still compliments my engagement photos. I’m happy to say she will be my photographer for my wedding in November too!! Super excited! Thanks Josie for being awesome ?
Jennifer and Jonathan
My new husband [still getting used to the sound of that] and me were delivered a sneak peak collection of photos from Josie. I am truly astounded by the quality! We couldn’t be more pleased with her work! Having her there to document our day is the best decision we made! Josie was excellent at directing our large party and despite the chaos of the day she found sweet quiet moments to capture the essence of our joy! For anyone considering hiring her for your Big Day, looking for a recommendation, know we would choose her over and over again!
Sarah + Uli
All I can say is WOW! Josie is so extremely talented and has the ability to not only capture amazing photos, but special moments. Her candid shots and moody edits were what attracted me. She far exceeded my expectations and her photos allow me to relive my perfect wedding day over and over again. She is professional, personable, and made us extremely comfortable in front of the camera! She will definitely be my go to photographer for many more special occasions!! I so look forward to working with her again!!!
Michelle and Josh
Amazing experience with Josie!
Josie has been INCREDIBLE to work with! From our engagement photos, boudoir, wedding shower and wedding. She has NEVER ceased to amaze me. She has such an amazing eye for photography and is a true artist. Aside from her beautiful work, she is an incredibly kind person and now, a friend. Extremely thankful that I found her!
Char and Kellen
Truly amazing. How do I even start. The way Josie captures beautifully simplistic and moody photos that show every ounce of emotion is what first caught my eye. She has such great attention to detail. Little did I know that choosing her as my wedding photographer would also turn into my bridal shower photographer, my engagement session photographer, and now a really good friend and my lifetime photographer. I have recommended her over and over and my friends whom have chosen to go with her have had the most amazing photos come out of it. Her work truly goes noticed for obvious reasons. My wedding dress designer Hayley Paige has posted Josie’s work on her own Instagram feed. You truly can’t go wrong with Josie. She’s a gem. ?
Hayley and Austin
The BEST Photographer
I can’t say enough great things about Josie. From the first day we spoke she has gone above and beyond to make our wedding great. We absolutely loved our engagement photos, that she got to us so quickly! On the day of the wedding she was so helpful, she knew when I needed a moment to myself and consistently asked me how I was doing. She got all of the great shots we wanted! Countless guests said “your photographers were working so hard, they must’ve taken 10k pictures.” Book Josie, she will hands down not disappoint. .
Courtney and Dave
Better than We Could Have Dreamed. Josie was a second-shooter with Amy Slogar on our wedding day. Just like Amy, Josie was i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e. They both captured our day perfectly and we have so many beautiful pictures that I have to keep changing my phone background because I can't choose a favorite! Josie and Amy made me feel so comfortable on a day that could have been so stressful, and I couldn't imagine choosing anyone else to capture our wedding. I can't wait to have Josie capture our big family moments in the future!
Holly and Mario
Josie was amazing!! She worked with us for our engagement photos and we loved every single one. This was the first time we met Josie and she created such a comfortable fun environment for us. We never once felt awkward which is something I was nervous about. She captured our personalities and interactions perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. Thank you so much!!!!
Claire and Nicholas
I highly recommend Josie, actually I did already Josie to friends! My husband and I came from Ohio and wanted family beach pictures while on vacation. I found Josie on Instagram and sent her a message on her website. She was quick to respond and was very professional with arranging the photos and all the details. She really pays attention to detail like no other photographer I have met! She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera as well. After we shot, she sent us a sneak peek of the photos that next day! I posted the sneak peek on social media and had numerous people asking who shot it and that they would like to get in touch with Josie when they vacation in Florida. Our pictures are phenomenal!! We’re very satisfied. Thanks Josie