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Family Photographer

Traverse City and Beyond

The life and dynamics of a family are somehow both always changing and always the same. As a family photographer, I aim to capture moments that you’ll look back on twenty or thirty years from now and recognize an expression or glimmer of personality that is immediately familiar. A sheepish grin, a full belly laugh, that serious look of wide-eyed reflection as your child makes sense of the world around them.

These moments don’t happen amidst the props and backdrops of a photo studio. That’s why I started offering Family Adventure Sessions. The motion and momentum of a shared journey or expedition create room for personalities and relationships to emerge in ways that can’t be achieved in a posed session. Plus, some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country are right here in northern Michigan!

Together, we’ll choose a location that works for your family in terms of accessibility, age, adventurousness and attention span. Then we’ll lace up and hit the trail. No phony or awkward staged scenarios, just a fun family adventure with me tagging along to chronicle it. Sound like a good fit? Send me a message to learn more.

If the Family Adventure Session isn’t your speed, I also offer portrait sessions for seniors, children and families in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Charlevoix and beyond. Schedule one today!.

Josh Hartman - Traverse City Family Photographer

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"My wife and I couldn't be more thrilled with the pictures Josh took of our family. He not only has a great eye for photographing smiles and sheer joy, but he also proved exceptional at picking the perfect outdoor location for our session. His friendly personality made things even more enjoyable -- to the point where we forgot he had a camera in hand." ~Marc

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"He’s the kind of guy who feels like a best friend the first time you meet him. We were so comfortable and relaxed I knew we’d get some great shots but I had no idea how great. When Josh sent our photos I started crying they were so beautiful.." ~Temple

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"I first discovered Josh Hartman during a special a local news station did on him. I followed him on instagram and was so amazed by his work. I live in the Petoskey area but recently traveled to Traverse City for a family mini session. Josh was so great with my three year old and the photos I received are so beautiful. I would highly recommend Josh Hartman Photography!" ~Sara

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"Josh did an amazing job with our family photos. 3 year olds are unpredictable but Josh just went with it. We ran all over the park. There were lots of laughs and great smiles. Josh was very laid back and super flexible. Highly recommend him." ~Tamra

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"Josh gave us a timeless gift.... family photos that will last a lifetime! I've worked with many photographers and can absolutely say Josh is one of the best. ...My kids and husband enjoyed the experience of the session without it feeling like a photo shoot. Usually it's pulling teeth to get my family to "pose", but Josh just let us play and have fun! The images are timeless, genuine, and truly capture the crazy and wild time that we're in." ~Rachel

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