A little about me
Hi and welcome to my website!
Photography has been a big part of my life ever since I took my first photography class back in high-school in Sweden - I was hooked after developing my first roll and watching it come to life in the darkroom. I earned a BFA in Interior Design from F.I.T. in New York City in 2006 and have worked at several Architecture and Interior Design firms in NYC. Though I love design, I have always had a passion for photography, and since these two skills build on many of the same basic principles and merge well together - even better!
I specialize in portrait photography; families, newborns and babies, children, maternity, engagements, head-shots, and intimate events, but of course not limited to, so let's talk if you have something else in mind. I love capturing those unscripted moments when a person is not really posing, just being him or herself, families laughing playing together, kids running around just being kids - moments that truly reflect personality, emotion, and love. My approach is a mix of lifestyle/documentary and artistic portraits giving clients a nice variety, all worthy to be framed on the wall.
My goal for each photo session is for everyone to have fun and feel relaxed and natural. I love to get creative during our session and play with different angles, light, and backgrounds while keeping your vision in mind. I strive to make these captured moments move you and your loved ones for years to come as works of art.
I'm located in Montclair, NJ, but can come to your home, a park/playground, or a favorite spot in the Tri-state area. (I can also travel for larger sessions/events).
In my camera bag: Nikon D750 camera body, Nikon 35mm, Nikon 50mm, Sigma 105mm Macro, and Nikon 70-200mm, Yongnuo speedlight, LED lights, and more:)
"Oh my gosh, I just saw the photos, they are absolutely gorgeous!!! Beyond all our expectations!! We will definitely be asking you for more photos in the near future both for our professions photos and for our family photos! Thank you so much again!!!!"
-- Anna and Billy
"Wow Josie we are speechless. They are just all so precious. We love the variety and definitely see the devotion you put into each shot. Thank you thank you thank you."
-- Sara and James Tsantes
"Our experience with Josie was one of the highlights of our year. She is effortlessly able to create a fun, relaxed environment for little children and their parents, and she captured every one of us with images of joy, humor and beauty. Our photos with Josie have a precious place on our walls, and we've also used them for holiday cards, headshots, gifts to grateful grandparents, and even school assignments. So charming and useful for our family! Having a session with the warm and talented Josie is something we want to do year after year!"
-- Julia and Rasmus Johansen
"From the moment she stepped into our apartment, Josie put us at ease. She is so patient, friendly and enthusiastic. What's more, you can tell she genuinely loves what she does. Josie is gifted with a natural eye for the candid and spontaneous. Her work as engaging and timeless as it is vibrant and she captures the fine details in such a way that is lifelike, honest and beautiful. Josie made the session incredibly fun, by offering unique insight and by being so receptive to our ideas. Choosing someone to capture your most precious moments is a major decision and Josie is warm and dedicated, a talented and true professional. We feel so lucky to have had the chance to do a session with her. And thanks to Josie, we have such truly amazing, artistic pictures that we will treasure forever."
-- Sia Sotirakis
"What sets Josie apart from other photographers is her attention to extraordinary detail. Throughout the photo shoot, editing, and presentation of photos, her eye is always on the details. Her creative ideas and ability to make my kids laugh was an extra bonus! They were so comfortable with her. The beauty of her candid shots shows her ability to capture moments that you didn't even know were happening. We are so thrilled with our family photos from Josie...and can't wait for the next session!"
-- Margo Bassett
“My wife and I were already impressed by the quality of Josie's work from earlier pictures. What really surprised us was her patience with our fussy little 2-week-old, her kindness and ability to produce top-notch photographs out of difficult and awkward situations, and her overall easygoing personality. She is incredibly enthusiastic about her work, too--she had an endless supply of creative ideas for how to discover the beauty of our little daughter.”
-- Tod and Sarah
"Josefin was very professional and kind. She was patient and helpful in direction us and worked around our daughter who has a mind of her own. It was a great experience. We LOVE the pictures!!! They are so amazing! Josefin is a fantastic photographer. Thank you so much!"
-- Iraniss Dziengeleski
"We are thrilled with this work of yours,
Josie. Thank you for capturing lovely Oona, and
for making her parents look so good!"
-- Dee Pelletier
"We had a fantastic experience working with Josie. From the moment we met, she put us all at ease. She is very responsive, warm, and reliable. Most importantly, her work is beautiful and really captures our family. We were thrilled with her photos. I couldn't recommend her more highly."
-- Ilana Nossel
“Josie has photographed my daughter since birth and every time we get together it is just such a fun and easy time together. She makes you and your baby feel at ease and never rushed. The pictures are always beautiful and have been used for all of our holiday cards and are framed in our home. We can’t wait for our little girl’s 1st birthday to get some amazing family shots.”
-- Rachel Scandiffio
“I am very pleased with the photos Josefin took of my 3 month old son. She came to our home with lots of creative propositions and ideas for the different shots. We started in the house and ended up in the neighbourhood park where she got some beautiful pictures with leafy and colourful backgrounds. Lukas was not very cooperative on this day, but she was patient and calm with him, still managing to catch many beautiful moments. I can highly recommend Josefin if you are looking for someone to take photos of your newborn.”
-- Sigrun Pahr Skudem
“When I needed new headshots I knew exactly who to call and that was Josie!! She is a thoughtful, creative and an amazing photographer. Josie has an incredible eye for bringing out who you are as a person in a picture.”
-- Dina Silberstein
"Josie took time to get to know all of us. We felt very comfortable working with her and were especially impressed by her ability to engage and interact so well with our little ones."
-- Jeff Lieberman
“Josefin captures the moment, feeling, and your personality in her photos, bringing them to life. Our wedding photos were playful, which reflect our personalities, yet so elegant. We feel very comfortable during our photo shoots with Josefin and she has lots of creative ideas, which is especially helpful when your kids might be in a mood that day. We’re looking forward to see our kids grow with her photography.”
-- Gyllesten family
“Our photo shoots with Josie are so much fun. She if full of great ideas and makes us and our young daughter feel completely relaxed. We absolutely LOVE the photos! Can’t wait until our next shoot with her!”
-- Reed family
“Josie is an amazing photographer! She is able to capture beautiful and memorable moments even if you feel a little awkward in front of the camera. She really did an excellent job staging the photos and setting up the backdrop. Also she was very careful about setting up the perfect lighting. Her lighting and camera equipment is very sophisticated and she uses these tools like a true artist! We treasure the photos she has taken of our baby, Theo and our pug babies. Our family also treasures these photos; every family member's home has a photo taken by Josie proudly on display.”
-- Jason and Moriah Candotti
"Josie is very patient and sweet as well as a lot of fun to work with! She brought out our baby's personality in the photos and they came out so fantastic that we used them in our wedding programs!"
-- Danielle and Brian