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Love In Cuba

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Just finished up Andrea & Johns wedding and I’m getting ready to send them their images.  That was the last wedding for our 2011 season and we are looking forward to photographing  2012 wedding couples.  Here is another sneak peak image for Andrea & John.


Cuba Sunsets + Bride & Groom = Awesome Images!

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Last week we had the pleasure of attending & photographing the wedding of John & Andrea in Cuba on the beaches of Cayo Coco.  It’s always an honor to be asked to photograph another Professional Photographers wedding when there are so many options out there in our industry.

Andrea & John had gorgeous beachside ceremony followed by cocktails and dinner.  We opted to head out the next day during the afternoon/evening hours to create some unique wedding images for the couple using backgrounds found minutes from the resort.

We had a blast hanging out with everyone, especially our photographer friends that we only get to see a few times a year.   Every time we all get together we always reminisce about how/where we met and how fortunate we all are that photography has brought us into each others lives.

Andrea, John, thanks again for a great week of sun fun & rum.

Here are a couple from last week.  More to come.  Enjoy

(Me, Joce Andrea & John, Julie & Guy Martin)


Fan Mail Is Greatly Appreciated

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Just received this today.  Thank you so much Julie & Derek, we had a blast.

“Dear James & Jocelyne,

We wanted to post this on your website however, we couldn’t seem to figure out how lol…  This is long overdue but Derek and I MUST thank you again!
We cannot tell you guys HOW many people have come up to us  (and our parents) to compliment our wedding photographs… They just cannot believe them 🙂
James, you did an OUTSTANDING job capturing our wedding day. We are kind of stumped trying to find words because you really left us speechless! We have to be honest, we never hired a professional wedding VIDEOgrapher because we couldn’t find one…We were pretty dissapointed because we wanted to really “feel” and re-live our day every time we would watch the video…HOWEVER, after we saw our pictures and our AMAZING Wedding Story DVD, we no longer thought about the video lol…Everytime we watch the DVD (which is LOTS, because everyone wants to see it) , I cry (not Derek tho haha), and relive the day!!! IT truly is an amazing feeling….There is no price to the gift you have given us…It will be cherished forever…and Jocelyne, you are such an amazing person as well! You just ALWAYS know where to be, and what to be doing…You guys are a STELLAR couple!
Again, we could go on and on about how pleased we are…but I don’t want to waste too much of your photography time! haha….
You will DEFINITELY be seeing us for all photography sessions to come (ie: Trash the Dress, Baby (NOT PREGNANT YET hahaha!), kids, family ETC!!!! I just wouldn’t have it any other way…

Thank you (X a gazillion) for capturing our day 🙂
We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!

Take care,

Julie & Derek”

Sudbury Wedding Photographer


Finally, the Geraldton Wedding Pics

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

We have been so busy lately that I just haven’t had a chance to keep up with my blogging, it’s a good thing, but a bad thing as well as I love sharing our images and stories with you all.  I pretty well summed up the Geraldton wedding of Julie & Derek with their sneak peak blog post and I will say it again it was a blast.  So without much further a due, here are some more images for your viewing pleasure.


A Geraldton Wedding To Remember

Monday, July 5th, 2010

We just got back from documenting Julie & Derek’s wedding in Geraldton Ontario.  Where is Geraldton you ask?  Well it’s about 9 hours North of Sudbury past Hearst Ontario that’s where.     Like all my wedding days I start it off with a normal enough routine.  I wake up, have a coffee, relax a bit and watch the weather network.  This past Saturday I decided to do something different.  Normally I have my coffee first THEN I brush my teeth but Saturday I decided to brush my teeth first so I feel fresh and minty.  Now I know why I don’t do this.  After brushing for a few seconds I noticed that my toothpaste had a very menthol taste to it, and it was very very “Cinnamon” like taste.  Very cinnamon.  A few seconds more I notice that it’s a little hot and spicy as well.  As I am walking around the hotel room I am thinking, “I don’t remember my colgate tasting like this”.  After about 1 minute my mouth is burning so hot I just can’t take it anymore and I rush into the bathroom to see what I have just put in my mouth.  Well, turns out my “Icy Hot” Muscle Rub cream looks just like a toothpaste tube from the back.  I am now AWAKE.

Now that I started the morning off right, I check the weather to confirm the very hot and sunny day they forcasted…………yesterday.  Still says sunny on the WN channel, but of course, they have mislead me again, as it starts to downpour, and I don’t’ mean any downpour I mean let’s get the rods out and start fishing in the parking lot downpour.  Dang (well I didn’t use that terminology).  We head out to the resort wear the guys are staying and it’s still raining walley and pike.  We wait about 45 minutes and catch a quick break in the sky to get some cool shots of the guys and about 1 hr after that the skies opened up and we had the most gorgeous day for a wedding.  When we were just finishing up the last of the photos, the clouds came in, the thunder rolled and the rain started just as I was snapping off the last shot of the rings.  Talk about perfect timing.  Below is one image we captured taking advantage of the dark clouds in the background.

Sudbury Wedding Photography

Jocelyne and myself would like to personally  thank the Poulin and Wilkins family along with all your relatives, friends and bridal party.    EVERYONE was in such great spirits, full of smiles and very helpful and accommodating. THIS, in my opinion makes a wonderful event SPECTACULAR!  Gaetan  thank you very much for offering up your property for some of the photos it is very much appreciated.  Julie & Derek, thanks again for a great day, for a wedding like that, we would have traveled across the globe to do it all over again.


Making Of A Merit Print

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Part of my presentation in Chicago was on the Elements Of A Competition Print where I discussed different aspects of planning, capturing and creating a Competition Print.  It went over very well with many many emails asking me to provide MORE information.  I thought every once in awhile I would post some of my images and describe what I was looking for when creating it.  As most of you know I do enter a lot of competitions as this is not only a personal goal but it is also for my photographic growth.  The more I look at my images a competition worthy the better product I can give to our clients so I strive to make every one of my images a “competition image”.

“Sarah By The Sea” was just awarded “Merit” at this past Professional Photographers Of  Canada Image Competition.  I captured this last April in Jamaica off resort on location.  The sun was high in the sky and strong with a reading of F22.  I knew I needed to get some addition lighting as the sun was behind Sarah throwing her in shadow.   Using 2 off camera flash’s and setting my output on stop stronger than the sun would give me the dramatic lighting I desired.  Of course, I had to expose for the flashes and not the sun.

I wanted to use the leading lines of the clouds and the horizon to bring your attention to Sarah.  Using the dress to shield the flash I had behind her also added to those leading lines bringing your attention into the bride.  Obtaining a correct exposure and white balance is crucial in ANY image (put some thought into this and just don’t go ahead snapping image and “fixing” them in Photoshop later)

Image out of camera

Out of Camera

I then darkened down the sky in various places as I did not want the sun to compete with my brides attention.  Using more of a “panoramic” format with a dark matting to accentuate the leading lines finished off the image.

Sarah By The Sea
Here is my crude lighting diagram



It Pays To Invest In Your Wedding Photographer.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Woke up this morning, grabbed a coffee, and read my first email.  WE LOVE getting emails like this.

Dear James and Joce,

As you know we are expecting our 2nd child at the end of May, I started to have some pre-nesting urges and decided to clean out the closet in the babies nursery.  In doing so I came across the furi album from the wedding, I had to take a moment to look through it.

I was so blown away by all the amazing images that were captured, I had to catch my breath at times because they were all just so beautiful.  I truly feel like the luckiest person, because I honestly feel like I have the most stunning wedding photos ever captured by another human being.  I personally think these wedding photos may have pushed you past being just a photographer and made you an almighty photo god.

I had to take the time to let you know again, how truly thankful I am for all the hard work you did to make my day the most memorable of days.  I couldn’t have put a price tag on the images you captured in Jamaica, nor can I express how much they mean to me.

I can not wait to see the family shots you will take when the new addition arrives.

Sending both of you a million thanks

Sarah Coutu

Sarah Jamaica Wedding
Sometimes you are not just hiring a photographer to take pictures at your wedding, sometimes, you are investing in a photographer  to capture the most important moments and events for the rest of your life.

Congratulations again Sarah & Luc, we look forward to documenting this next stage in your lives.


What our clients are saying about us.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Just received this great email from one of our destination wedding couples.
(She has been sitting on this for awhile 🙂 )

“When we first got engaged we knew we wanted to do a destination wedding, and that we wanted amazing wedding photos to enjoy for years to come.  After looking on the websites for the resorts we quickly realized that photography was not their strong suit.

Destination Wedding Photographer
So the search was on to find a photographer that could capture our special day, and then some.  When we came across James Hodgins photography we were blown away by his creativity and editorial type style.  His attention to detail was like nothing we had seen before, and the way he used lighting and special effects was remarkable.

Destination Wedding Photographer

The first time we met with James and Jocelyne we knew we had made the right decision because we felt instantly comfortable around them.  You could tell they were very excited to shoot the wedding, and were very good at listening to what style we wanted.  They had a great balance between having a well operated business, and just having fun and genuinely enjoying their work.

With destination weddings there were a lot of other details we had to deal with, like traveling arrangements, hotels etc…  James and Jocelyne were always very understanding and patient and took the stress off of these situations, which was very helpful.   They were always so great at giving quick responses to any questions or concerns we may have had.

Destination Wedding Photographer

Once arriving in Jamaica, they never lost sight of why they were there.  They got to work right away scoping out different locations around the resort to set up photo shoots.  Together they were amazing at coming up with some outstanding ideas, but they were also very open to any suggestions we may have had also.

Destination Wedding Photographer

On the day of the wedding they were very organized and knew when and where they needed to be.  They made all our friends and family feel relaxed, and they assured all my “anti-photo” relatives that they would get the best shots ever and that they were doing great0 (which just made the day go by that much smoother.  Thanks for that James. )

Page Gallery™ v4.06

During the ceremony James was amazing at capturing the moments without having to be right up in our faces.  Half the wedding party didn’t even realize that he was taking pictures, which made it so much more relaxed and natural. (That’s the sign of a true master)

Destination Wedding Photographer

After  the ceremony we were dealing with the elements, it would rain off and on, but they always knew how to make it work to their advantage, and get some of the best pictures because of it.  The whole time we were having fun, and they made it exciting and not like it was a chore. (which was always the response we got from other couples that got married)

Destination Wedding Photographer

There aren’t enough ways I can describe how amazing it was to work with James and Jocelyne, it’s was so natural and fun.  They definitely don’t have the “look at the camera, look at each other, now kiss” type of photography which is really great.  It was the best day of our lives and we totally have Hodgins photography to thank for adding to it in so many ways.

Destination Wedding Photographer

The images we received were like nothing we could have imagined and they speak for themselves.  If you have any doubt in your mind if you should invest in your photos… the answer is YES!!!! 100 million percent YES!!!”

Sarah Sommers- Coutu


Sudbury Photographer | Emails that make me smile.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

“Dear James & Jocelyne

No one person can walk into our home without unknowingly gravitate towards our portrait.  It’s not just the image, the layout or the details.  You can feel the emotions and the mood that me and Josee were feeling at that exact moment. I love the reactions when someone looks at it for the first time.  I guess when people are used to mediocre pictures from department store photographers; it’s effortless to be in awe at true quality.  As for me, it’s my only life.  Moments come and go fast these days.  I will always invest those few extra dollars to capture history the way it was meant to be seen.  Anyone who is of a different opinion simply has to walk into our home to experience the magic.

You truly are a master of your art.”

Alain Leclair

Sudbury Destination Wedding Photographer
We photographed Al & Josee on the beach while we were photographing a wedding in Cuba and they just picked up their 20×30 wall portraits consisting of this image and others from this session, and also 20×30’s of images from this session.  These 20×30 Canvas Gallery Wraps look AMAZING!


Blue Mountain Resort Wedding Anniversary

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Congratulations Tricia and Rob on your 1 year Anniversary.    We photographed their wedding at the beautiful Blue Mountain Resort in Colllingwood.  They got married at the top of the mountain with a gorgeouse cloudy day, took the gondola to the village for our photography session, then partied it up all night at the resort.  The rain held off the whole time and even with a badly sprained toe Tricia danced on the rest of the evening.  We look forward to future sessions with the two of you, congratulations again.

James & Jocelyne

Blue Mountain Resort Wedding Photography
Blue Mountain Resort Wedding Photography

Blue Mountain Resort Wedding Photography

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