By: JOE BRANDER

Hello, I'm Joe Brander, welcome to Family 1st Photography!

In case you were wondering, YES, that is me holding on for dear life behind that rail car on the cover page, & NO, I was not actually flying to my doom.

While that photo was created simply for fun, it does showcase editing technique, while also accurately depicting my high levels of energy & enjoyment of life's moments!

Normally  I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another, I'm rarely without my camera, so I am constantly watching & shooting. Sometimes the images are left in the digital darkroom, other times they develop into more in-depth ideas & detailed photographic art.

Whatever the location, whatever the subject, I strive to bring out the details, & emotions connected to that moment.

If you've stopped by looking for a traditional "studio photographer", you've come to the wrong place. I prefer shooting "on location" both indoors & out, with an ever changing background of colours, texture & design. I genuinely enjoy learning about people, personalities & their journey in life.

Of course I want to astound you with stunning images, but I also want you to be comfortable, have fun & get enjoyment from our time together. My commitment to every customer is this -  I will treat you as a friend, not just “another face in the crowd”. Let's tell YOUR story, in YOUR way.

I am a self taught photographer of  over 10 years, I continually upgrade my knowledge & perfect my skills. You are assured of receiving superior results as my enthusiasm for taking photographs is matched only by my thirst for knowledge. What's the point of investing thousands of dollars in equipment & hours of education if you have no desire or intention of using them?

Born & raised in Canada, I reside in South-western Ontario. Family 1st Photography is a business registered with the government of Ontario. All sessions are done "on contract" &  require a signed "model release".

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