In November, we headed over to Castle Hill Cider in Charlottesville, Virginia for Angela & Joe’s beautiful wedding. While we were first overwhelmed with the amazing details to capture, we quickly learned that Angela & Joe are immensely talented, as well as their friends & family. From one of Angela’s friends singing “Come What May” (with the quartet playing the instrumentals) during the ceremony to Angela herself performing for Joe during the reception, it was exceptional.  I was so glad to be capturing this with my sweet friends Jodi & Kurt from Jodi Miller Photography. We always have such a great time collaborating. The ceremony was very heartfelt and meaningful, especially with the performance.  After the ceremony, guests were treated to some delicious food, and s’mores + cake for dessert. After a sparkler exit, Angela & Joe headed off for their next adventure on their motorcycles. I am so excited to share Angela & Joe’s film with you below!

Venue:  Castle Hill Cider
Cinematography:  Josh Gooden Cinematography
Photography: Jodi Miller Photography
Caterer:  20 South
Cake:  Cakes Unlimited
Florist:  Buttercups Floral
DJ:  Derek J. Tobler
Quartet:  Quartet of UVA
Officiant:  Michele Quesenberry
Lighting/draping:  Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting
Hair:  Daphne Latham
Makeup:  Tish Perkins
Dress: Augusta Jones
Shoes:  Jimmy Choos

For the past year and a half, I have been working on one of my greatest personal projects & I am thrilled to finally unveil it to you. For the first three years of my business, I struggled to find a studio space to call my own. No matter how far I searched, the spaces were either too expensive or unavailable, so I decided that my only option was to build it myself. With the help of my parents & an awesome set of contractors, we turned our unfinished garage into a fun, inspiring, and functional workspace (maybe even a man cave).

In December of 2011, we cleaned out the garage and our contractor helped us envision the room. We chose to go with a light color for the walls that would compliment my logo and we worked from there. By far the hardest part was choosing the flooring. I hated the idea of tile, but then we started looking at older homes in Colonial Williamsburg that used it for an entry way and found a color scheme that did not immediately draw attention. While it was stressful at first trying to envision it, I think it turned out wonderful and matched the colors in my brand almost perfectly. With my limited interior design knowledge, I turned to my great friend, Ashley Goodwin, to help design the space. Ashley came up with detailed drawing for each section, which really helped us to envision the space.

We divided the space into four distinct sections, which are the gallery, workspace, equipment storage, and media center. The most challenging part of the room was choosing prints & laying out the gallery wall. I decided to devote one section of images to lifestyle and the other for travel. Currently I have a small section for weddings, modeling work, and my adventures in Paris & Boston. My goal is to update this every few months with new images. To light up the area, we found some wonderful track lights at Pottery Barn.  The second area is the workspace that includes my two iMacs for editing, an inspiration board, client schedule, and a mountain of hard drives. The third area that is located near the entrance is our equipment rack and storage. It is so nice to come home at one or three in the morning from a shoot and be able to quickly stack our gear in a secure location without dragging it through the house. We found the industrial shelves from a company in Norfolk, Virginia and I think they compliment the space well. Above it, I have a collection of film cameras that I frequently use, as well as a Super 16mm projector and some fun 8mm cameras. With my Leica obsession, I found a  vintage Leica dealer sign to put above the door frame.  The fourth area is the media center and I went all out on this. I finally was able to justify a 62-inch television with surround sound to really let my clients experience our films. Once clients have experienced our work, they can sit in my small Parisian cafe while sipping Coca-Cola from the 1956 Vendo machine. I know the Coke machine sounds slightly out of place, but I just do not think I could live without it. It not only holds 120 bottles of the finest Coke (we are talking real sugarcane), but Cheerwine, Fanta, Sprite, water, and a selection of beers as well.

While the studio will continue to evolve, I am so excited to be able to have a space of my own where I can create & share in. I plan to create a few films in the studio this year that will show more of the space and to share a little bit more of us with our clients. If you are near Harrisonburg, Virginia, we would love to have you stop by and check it out. I hope enjoy some images of the space below!

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Contractor: Lawrence Eby of Quality Trimworx, LLC

Sketches and design: Ashley Goodwin

Furniture & lighting: Pottery Barn

Antiques: Factory Antique Mall in Verona, Virginia

Paintings: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Images: Josh Gooden & Caleb Jenkins (Leica Polaroid)

  • February 10, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Ashley Goodwin - Looks FAB josh!! Love all the details that pulled it together. Although I am about to come kidnap all that pretty gear! ;)

  • February 10, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Lizza Maryann - Looks great! Congratulations Josh!

  • February 10, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    Debbie Amato - looks awesome Josh – a calming place to work with everything in its place.

  • February 10, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    Luänne Brown Austin - What a great space, with all the things you love best!

  • February 10, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    Vicky Baugher Hensley - Congratulations and best wishes!

  • February 11, 2013 - 2:09 am

    Larry Lamb - Great Space, Good luck! Keep on following your Dreams.

  • February 11, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    Abby Grace - It’s so RAD. I love the light fixtures and ceiling fan- everything looks AWESOME!

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Rachel Kolb - I LOVE this space and all the details. Great job!! Also, can I ask where you found your fan? I’ve been looking at flea markets and thrift stores for several years now, but I’ve never been able to find one. Just curious where you stumbled upon that treasure. :) Your hard work has paid off . . . the space is amazing!

  • February 11, 2013 - 6:08 pm

    Anna Burke - It looks great, Josh!

  • February 11, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Rob Dunlop - That looks amazing! Can I live there please?

  • February 19, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Randy Lowery - Very Nice !

Channah and Russ are one of the most thoughtful & creative couples we have worked with.  I loved that they had a fun story to tell and their closest friends told it. Their genuine love towards one another throughout the wedding day was incredible & was shared equally among their friends and family. The wedding & reception took place at the gorgeous Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards located outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Having shot there previously, I was thrilled to hear that Channah & Russ had chosen to have their ceremony at sunset. The view is simply stunning and the light is beyond incredible. After the heartfelt ceremony, guests headed inside for the reception. I loved that there were so many personal touches throughout the reception area, which included some incredible artwork created by Channah’s aunt and the cake that was decorated by Channah’s mother. Simply Chic Events & Beehive Events simply did a phenomenal job with the space. DJ D-Mac got the party started and it was awesome. I am not sure if the traditional hora dance will ever get old as it is so much fun to experience. We had such a great time getting to know Channah & Russ and I hope you enjoy their film below!

  • February 8, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    Meredith Sledge - This is so wonderful!!!! Love, love, love it!!!

  • February 9, 2013 - 4:10 am

    Jordan Baker - another “wow” piece of work.

  • February 11, 2013 - 2:47 am

    Aunt Cecil - AWESOME! Wish I could have had you to video a special wedding for me. Simply marvelous the way you put together the visual with the audio. WOW! LOVE IT!

  • February 21, 2013 - 7:52 pm

    Yuri Weisberg - I guess that the film is really good, though I couldn’t see it properly because of lot of stops. But still the newly married couple is wonderful and their parents re happy.
    Love each other and life long and happy life.

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work with Vada Kelley & the great team at Estland Design, on a fundraising campaign for one of our local fire departments in Bridgewater, Virginia. Vada & I have worked on various commercial projects together and its always so much fun. We created a five minute film to introduce the local community to Bridgwater Fire Department’s new fire station & to also provide promotional images for their newly designed website & fundraising campaign. The production lasted two days and we had both Vada Kelley & Barbara Finnegan on set as script supervisors and to help guide the interviews.  It was so neat to work on a project for such a great cause and to meet some of the great men & women that serve our community. They also gave me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream of riding in a firetruck (on a live call..yes folks..a hot firetruck) and for that I am forever grateful. Enjoy the film below!

With all the projects I am currently working on, I haven’t much time for personal projects, so I always try to shoot a few film images on commercial shoots. The image at the beginning of the post was shot with with my lovely Leica M6 & Tri-X. To me, this image just feels timeless with their uniforms and strong stance.  The film was shot on the Canon C300, which we recently acquired after our shoot with Pandora Jewelry. With the documentary style we were going for in this film & the range of lighting situations, it made the most sense.

I am thrilled to finally share Laura & Charles’s beautiful wedding we shot outside of Richmond, Virginia. They chose one of my favorite venues, The Mill at Fine Creek, to prepare for the today, and it also served as their reception space. The area is filled with ruins of an old mill, cottages, and amazing rock formations surrounding the venue, so there was no shortage of amazing locations. Before the ceremony, Laura & Charles wrote each other letters which they read aloud to their closest friends. It was amazing to hear of the love they had for each other and how ready they were for this day. While we were limited to the back of the church for most of the ceremony, it was unique in that we were able to capture Laura’s expression when she first saw Charles. After the ceremony, guests headed back to The Mill at Fine Creek for the reception, and Eric from Choice Entertainment took the party late into the night. I hope you enjoy a small look at Laura & Charles’s wedding day below!

Music licensed through The Music Bed

  • January 10, 2013 - 1:41 am

    Jean L Bartnik - That is just so beautiful and the best memory keepsake. You could ever have. I just loved it.

  • January 10, 2013 - 2:06 am

    Kimmie Dill Portz - Love this!

  • January 17, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    Samantha Leslie - I just finished watching, and I can’t lie – tears came to my eyes! You two are so beautiful together…I’m so thrilled for you Laura, all my love xoxooxx.