2013 has already been filled with so many amazing stories and the one I am about to share is one of my favorites. Darrell and Meredith live in Atlanta, but celebrated their wedding day in Richmond, Virginia. Their love for one another was so evident in their vows, first look, and every other interaction on their wedding day.  The tears showed up before Darrell even took his first glance at his bride & he could barely get through reading a handwritten letter Meredith had sent over to him in the morning. The first look was just magical and it was incredible to see every worry or fear disappear as they saw each other for the first time. The heartfelt ceremony was held at St. John’s United Church of Christ & the reception was held at The Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond. The reception was just incredible with a grand entrance into cocktail hour and a lot of amazing dancing thanks to the band Another Level. We also loved working alongside the fabulous Katelyn & Michael of Katelyn James Photography. I am so thrilled to finally share Meredith & Darrell’s film with you below:

Music licensed through WithEtiquette.

Ceremony | St. John’s United Church of Christ
Reception | The Jefferson Hotel
Photography | Katelyn James Photography
Cinematography | Josh Gooden
Wedding Coordinator| McBride Events
Florals | FloraCulture
Hair – Makeup  Lou Stevens – Glam Squad
Band | Another Level
Bridesmaids | Jasmine Bridal
Tuxes | Tuxes by Jos. A. Bank
Invitations | Sam Flax
Favors | Jam Made by Dani Jamz
Photo Booth | Shutter Booth



  • May 13, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Christinia Wilson - Great Job

  • May 13, 2013 - 10:54 pm

    Tori Watson - man. SO GOOD. loved every minute of it! :)

  • May 13, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    Josh Gooden - Thanks Tori! :]

  • May 13, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    Amy Isaacs Robertson - Beautiful!

  • May 14, 2013 - 12:03 am

    Donna Mathis Brown - OMG!!!!!! I’m crying now, darn it! That was amazing, thanks so much for sharing:)

  • May 14, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    ashley goodwin - So good, but what’s new?

  • May 15, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    Matt Thompson - Lovely work Josh!

  • May 24, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Ryan Posner - This is incredible. 2 weeks away to Anastasia Allain and I get married. This video makes me 2nd guess if we should have a videographer too.

  • May 24, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Shannon Lilbird Phillips - great editing

  • May 24, 2013 - 10:15 pm

    Bonnie Posner - Beautiful…loved the Kate Spade shoes:) You’ve done a lot!

A few weeks ago I shared Kitan & Jaylan’s wedding images with you and today I am thrilled to finally share their film. We had the awesome opportunity to do both photo & cinema at their wedding and it was neat to play more of the role of a director’s role while part of our team was shooting stills & the other video. You can read more about their wedding here. I hope you enjoy the film below! :]

Music licensed through The Music Bed.

2013 is going to be a year of some really exciting changes for us, and I am so thrilled to have started our wedding season off with Kitan & Jaylan. They are such a fun and an amazing couple with a love that extends to everyone around them. The wedding & reception took place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on an absolutely gorgeous day in College Park, Maryland. Kitan & Jaylan kept their wedding to close friends and family, which really gave it more of intimate feeling. Before the first look, they read separate letters from each other, which really gives you a beautiful glimpse into their lives and the love they share. Since Kitan is in the Navy, one of the most unique aspects of the day was the saber arch after the ceremony. On command, the saber team raises their sabers into a high arch, and as Kitan & Jaylan passed through, the last two saber bearers lower the sabers in front of them until they kissed. Before releasing Kitan & Jaylan, the saber bearer gives Jaylan a gentle swat on her backside with his saber, announcing “Welcome to the Navy Ma’am!”. It was a really neat tradition & certainly something we have not seen before. Once Kitan & Jaylan entered the reception, we also experienced our first Korean Paebaek, where Kitan & Jaylan’s parents & honorees were seated in front of a table laden with various edibles and tea to offer blessings. It was a really colorful and fun tradition, especially the piggy back ride at the end. The Potomac Jazz Band got the party started & it went on into the night. I want to thank my awesome team  of Jen, Jordan, and Greg for all of their help throughout the day & I hope you enjoy the images below! :]

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  • April 22, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Farren Diane - beautiful josh!

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Jan Alexander - Wow beautiful pictures!

  • April 22, 2013 - 5:14 am

    Kim Hitchcock - Wow, amazing pictures of an amazing wedding between two amazing people! Thank you so much for sharing! I loved it!

  • April 22, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Nooreen Yumn - Absolutely GORGEOUS! What a gorgeous couple you both make! The wedding looks spectacular! Such beautiful pictures! Wish you both a very happy life together xxx.

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    ashley goodwin - wow wow wee wow! So many amazing, CLASSIC ones of them! The top right of her bouquet (and those pinks?!?!). The one of them with their foreheads together in front of the brick building and that dash of LIGHT? The black and whites of them walking down the aisle (adore!) and their first dance! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great job dude!

  • April 22, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Mithu Kalsi - What a gorgeous wedding!! I wish your married life is just as beautiful!

  • April 22, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    Lina Petkova - You are both so lovely :)

  • April 23, 2013 - 12:07 am

    Pritpal Rahman Kalsi - The pictures bring back the good memories from the wedding – had a blast and the pictures are stunning!

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:05 am

    Kitan Bae - Yes! good times…

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:06 am

    Kitan Bae - Thank you big sis! it’s been forever since we met!! we gotta have a family reunion soon! :)

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:07 am

    Kitan Bae - Thank you Kim! :)

  • April 23, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Jaylan Bae - Awww thank you dear Lina!! Do come visit us in DC!:)

  • April 23, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Mithu Kalsi - Would love to see you!! Jaylan looks precious! I am so happy for you!

  • April 24, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Lina Petkova - Hopefully soon, dear :)

  • May 1, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    Meredith Sledge - These are freaking amazing!

  • May 10, 2013 - 12:53 pm

I met Garrett & Rachel just a few months before their wedding at their friends Ryan & Shannon’s wedding. They were absolutely the sweetest people and incredibly gifted through their music. They played a piece for Shannon & Ryan during their ceremony, and it was just incredible. Fast forward a few months, and I was able to see another performance by them, but this time as husband and wife. The ceremony and reception were both held at a gorgeous estate, Oak Ridge Estate, that I immediately fell in love with. It had a very French chateau feel with sprawling gardens & I have to say it was perfect. I even used the location for my Pandora commercial earlier this year. :] The ceremony took place within the main garden and  was very heartfelt with personalized vows. While the weather was cloudy for most of the day, we were given the most amazing light to work with during the reception. It was gorgeous and the perfect start to an evening filled with dancing, laughter, and fun. I am thrilled to share Garrett & Rachel’s film with you below. Enjoy!

Music licensed through The Music Bed

Venue | Oak Ridge Estate

Event Planner | Shindig Weddings & Events

Event lighting and Rentals | Big Top Entertainment

Photography | Katelyn James Photography

  • April 16, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Anna Burke - Love this one, Josh!

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Melissa Brugh - Beautiful! So well done!

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Jacqueline Bergren - Beautiful celebration of love and life!

  • April 22, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Cate Waters - Sigh. Love. <3

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As an artist, I am always a perfectionist and I am sure if you ask any artist, we are all a little insecure with where we are in our path to success. I struggled a lot in the beginning with my work never being good enough or never matching the level of quality I was seeing presented on the web. It was discouraging, frustrating, and I eventually learned that I could just be me. My personal goal has always been to remain humble and to seek out others who share that same belief. It is so easy to go online, look at the vast array of others, and declare them as competition without getting to really know them. The problem is that while most photographers/videographers are so connected online, it is hard to see the real person past the work & online persona. Every year there seems to be an opportunity to finally meet the people you follow and this year it was WPPI.  Two weeks ago when I traveled to Las Vegas for the show, I had no idea that it would be a life changing experience.

I signed up for WPPI after I saw that two of my favorite filmmakers, Joe Simon & Kevin Shahnian, were teaching a class the same week. It was an amazing opportunity to go to somewhere I had never been, and to meet up with many industry friends that were attending the conference. I have truly learned over the last two years that trips and new experiences are what flood my mind with inspiration, so Vegas was a must. My neighbor and good friend, Caleb Jenkins, decided to come along with me for the trip. He shoots mostly film and focuses on Polaroids. He had been looking to get into the portrait side of the industry and I thought this could really help him out. We both arrived in Vegas on a Saturday, and our first stop was the amazing In-N-Out Burger. I have to say that it lived up to the hype and it was completely amazing. Afterwards we spent the day exploring the strip and our hotel, the MGM Grand. On Sunday, the conference began, and all my friends were flying in. At Zack & Jody Gray’s workshop, I was standing in the entrance when two familiar people came up to me. It was Natalie Franke and Serena Severtson. I am actually shooting Natalie’s wedding in May, so it was absolutely awesome to finally meet her. They were both the sweetest people and we all became good friends as the week progressed. Another surprise that day was meeting Holley Maher and Marie Hines. If you have been following my work, you will know that I use a lot of their music in my films and even commercials. I used Holley’s “Perfect Day” in the national Pandora commercial and it was so amazing to finally meet her in person. She surprised me with a hug and said, “Josh! I love you. Thank you so much for supporting my music!”. It was so neat that she even knew who I was and I even got a few signed CDs to take home. Supporting musicians by licensing their music is one of the things I am most proud of with our company and its always amazing to meet & hear the artists perform live. It is just a completely different experience. I ended this amazing day by going to Mon Ami Gabi at Paris for my French fix. It was delicious and well worth the trip. I also joked that it would be the closest to Paris I will be this year.

On Monday, I attended the Event Cinema workshop with Joe & Kevin, who were amazing. They managed to fit their 3 day workshop into one day and it was fantastic. We were there from 9AM to 7pm and my mind was melting at the end of it from all the knowledge I soaked up. Joe & Kevin run completely different event cinematography businesses that focus on two distinct markets (traditional & South Asian), and it was interesting to see the similarities and differences. They also were extremely humble and very open to answering all of our questions, which I greatly appreciated after having bad experiences at other video workshops in the past. After the workshop, I headed over to the MGM Signature and met up with Jeremy Mitchell, Ashley Mitchell, Jen Jar, Ashley Goodwin, Katie Nesbitt, Serena Severtson, and Natalie Franke. It was everyone that I love in the same place & all of us live on the East Coast, besides Ashley Goodwin, yet we never see each other. The best part is that I got to know Jen, Katie, Serena, and Natalie beyond photography and as people. We all shared so many interests, and it was just awesome to be with a group of people that were fun, humble, and so willing to share.

When Tuesday rolled around, I knew it would be a long day and an even longer night. Our first class was with Elizabeth Messina and it was unbelievable. I have always admired her work, and to hear her on stage talking about it was amazing. I even won a copy of her book and to be honest, I have not even opened it yet because it is packaged so beautifully. Right afterwards, I met up with Ryan Muirhead and Becky Earl, who are two of my favorite film photographers. They were offering a four-hour workshop and I knew I had to sign up. I am so glad I did because there were only three of us in the class, which made it incredibly personal. Ryan & Becky took us to downtown Las Vegas, where we learned advanced spot-metering for black and white, the zone system, shooting street, and communicating with film labs. The wealth of knowledge that they shared with us was invaluable. Just getting to hang out with them was so neat and I have to say it again, they were completely approachable and friendly. It is just so nice to learn from those at the top of their field that have remained humble. After a day of learning about film, Caleb & I cruised the trade show, where we met a ton of great vendors, played with gear, and took a bunch of free film from Kodak. That night, I headed out with my awesome East Coast crew to Lazers & Blazers, where we partied the night away until 4AM. I refuse to acknowledge the mindless photo booth shots I found myself in, but I will be sure to post one of my amazing friends.

On Wednesday, our final day, I took it easy. I got to meet up with Amina from Stillmotion at the Canon booth (so nice to see her again), play with Canon C100, and then hang out with the good folks at Indie Film Lab. I swear, I am sending my next B&W rolls there. You really could not ask for a greater group of people. In the afternoon, we met up with our East Coast crew again for yet another adventure. Jen and Katie rented a minivan, and all of us jumped in. We headed out of Vegas and into Red rock Canyon for a photo shoot. The park is thirteen miles long and we stopped at the first mile and never left until it was pitch black. There really are no words for what it was like. The colors were perfect and I could not get over how beautiful everything was. A huge part of this trip for me was shooting everything on film. Before I had mixed digital and film, but I really wanted to push myself and do something new. It was completely worth it and I think you will love some of the images I have to share. Overall, this was an amazing trip and I gained some incredible friends. I really learned that connecting with people and establishing a relationship is what is most important. I am forever grateful for all the experiences that we had and I am excited to share some of those with you today. Enjoy!

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Myself with Joe Simon at the Event Cinema Workshop and below with all my East Coast friends at the WPPI party Lazers & Blazers.

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 Above: A portrait of Ryan Muirhead

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  • March 26, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    Serena Severtson - Okay, first off – I love your wrap up. It was so great to hang out and have photo adventures! I’m loving all of these frames. :)

    Second: That awesome addition to the last image just made my week. Fallout = <3.

  • March 27, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Emily Shaw Lapish - These are absolutely amazing.

  • March 28, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Katie - Love this Josh! Your images came out great:)

  • March 29, 2013 - 5:00 am

    Josh Moates - love these man.

  • March 29, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    ashley barnett - I LOVE that one of Jen where she’s sitting on the rock. These are awesome and I’m so glad we got to hang out!!!

  • May 31, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Melissa - I love your photos! I live in Harrisonburg, but I am getting married in Vegas. Did you meet any Vegas photographers or videographers while you were at your conference?