Decorative Image

Family Photographer

Traverse City, Michigan

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.

I also offer adventure sessions for seniors, couples, and maternity in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Charlevoix , and Northern Michigan. Schedule one today!.

Josh Hartman - Traverse City Family Photographer

Family Hike Empire

"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

M22 Family Session Michigan

"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

Charlevoix Beach Family Session

"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

Backyard Family Session Empire

"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