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Oct07

Vendors We Adore: Josh Trolio of Pixel Pop Photography

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Josh Trolio and Jessica Bartek of Pixel Pop Photography first caught my eye this past summer at the Today’s Bride Bridal Show at Executive Caterers’ Landerhaven in Cleveland, where we were both exhibiting our Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Reception Services this past June.  As Disc Jockeys, and especially as Masters of Ceremonies, we work quite closely with photographers at events, so we’re always on the lookout for professionals who would be particularly great to work with for our own selfish reasons (our primary criteria are fun, talented people, like you’ve seen in my interview series in the past and like you’ll continue to see in the future!).
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Pixel Pop Photography’s, quirky booth design aesthetic drew my interest, and made me take a closer look at their photography (which is equally fresh and quirky, by the way — that’s good advertising, people!)
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There are a few things I love about Josh and Jessica that I want to make sure I tell you:
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First — a big FAT criticism — they are WAY TOO MODEST!!!  Josh and Jessica come across as quiet, and even a little shy, at times, but behind those listening eyes, you’d better believe there’s a whole lot of head gears moving and thinking going on, and you only have to look as far as their stunning portfolio to see proofs (get it?  Proofs?  That was a photography jargon joke, people!).  Both Josh and Jessica have the kind of analytical minds that lend themselves, naturally, to well-thought-out design — that’s why their booth is so perfect for them, and that’s why their images are so uniquely demonstrative of their special brand of style, a very modern perspective with a hint of nostalgia.
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Second — what strikes me most about Josh and Jessica is how easy they are to be around.  Josh and Jessica are the kind of people you can sit comfortably with in silence, and that’s a big deal for me, because I’m a nervous-talker!  This pair exudes the kind of comfort that it seems to me is especially helpful to have around on the most stressful days of your lives, especially as a trait of a wedding professional who will effectively be your shadow for 8-12 hours.
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Third — welllllllll — here are a bunch of pictures.  Twenty-eight, to be precise.  So — let’s consider this section to be a 28,000-word essay on their images. 😉
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Something New Entertainment’s DJ Anna-Jeannine “AJ9” Herman: What first interested you in photography?
Pixel Pop Photography’s Josh Trolio: Jessica and I met 8 years ago and photography was one of our common interests. We have been photographing together ever since. A typical date for us would involve having our cameras in hand and adventuring to new locations together to photograph. What started out as a hobby quickly turned into our profession. We absolutely love our job and we love working together.
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DJ AJ9:How long have you been photographing weddings?
JT: We have been photographing weddings professionally since 2005. We worked for a photography studio together for about 5 years where we photographed weddings nearly every Saturday. In January this year we decided to start our own photography business and it has taken off faster than we could have ever hoped.

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DJ AJ9: How would you describe your photographic style?
JT: Our style is sort of a modern vintage. We take a modern approach when photographing and we like to add vintage color effects to our work. We are also a clash of contemporary and classic wedding photography. Since we photograph together, our brides get two angles and styles of photography on their wedding day. We do the traditional poses for family groups and also love to catch photojournalistic moments as they happen. We also compose artistic detail shots of all the hard work, time, and money that brides put into things like decorations, flowers, shoes, and jewelry.

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DJ AJ9: What do you enjoy most about being a wedding photographer?
JT: We love the warm welcome we’re always given. The fact that brides allow us to take part in one of the most important days of their lives really means a lot to us. We show our appreciation by creating and capturing images that they can cherish for the rest of their lives.

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DJ AJ9: What is the most important consideration couples should make when hiring a photographer for their wedding?
JT: 
Jessica and I are not only photographers, but we are recently engaged.  We are in the same boat as many of our clients when searching for a wedding photographer. As photographers, what we feel is the most important aspect is style and quality.  We want our photos to have a style to them that isn’t run of the mill or cookie cutter where every client gets the same thing.  We also look for quality work.  We want someone who can get sharp and well lit images throughout the entire day.  This means bringing all of the right lighting equipment and knowing how to use it.  Lighting is key to good photography, especially at the reception when the lights go down.

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DJ AJ9: What are some ways that couples can prepare for their wedding day to help ensure better photos?
JT: The best thing a couple can do is to plan enough time for photography. Photographers need time to get creative, romantic, and fun photos. We sit with each of our couples to help them plan the timing of their day to ensure that they get all the photography that they want. Knowing how much time things like family groups, receiving lines, and travel take can mean the difference between a smooth relaxed day where you get exactly what you want versus being rushed, stressed, and sacrificing photos you wish you would have done.

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DJ AJ9: What’s your favorite “must capture” moment during the day?
JT: For us it isn’t merely one moment, but rather the reception as a whole. Some couples are really nervous before the ceremony and after all the formal groups it is time to relax and have a good time. Those are often some of our most memorable photos. Things like the bride and groom being introduced, their first dance, the emotion during the father daughter and mother son dances, laughs and cries as the toasts are given, and people cutting loose and dancing like no one’s watching (even though we are).

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DJ AJ9: What’s the question I’m not asking you but you wish I would, or What’s the question that clients usually don’t ask you but you wish they would?
JT: “Do you bring more than enough equipment when photographing something as important as our wedding?” Often people think that they can save money on wedding photography by hiring a family friend with a nice camera. With technology, anything can go wrong and you don’t want your photographer to have a camera error or something break when they are relying on their one camera alone to capture your wedding memories. We not only bring backup cameras, but we also bring extra batteries, extra flashes so we are ready for any lighting scenario, and extra memory cards, so we will never have to worry about filling them and having to delete images in order to continue shooting.

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DJ AJ9: What do you look for in a great DJ and what are your DJ pet peeves? How can your DJ “co-workers” help you, hurt you, or irritate you throughout the day?
JT: It is our job as the photographers to make sure that all of the events up until the reception are done on time to maintain a schedule. Once we get the bridal party to the reception, we let the DJ take over and we follow their itinerary. We always appreciate working with DJ’s who are organized, thorough, punctual and flexible if need be. It is always great when DJ’s have a lot of personality on the microphone and can get the crowd excited for events. Our pet peeve for DJ’s is when they have no idea what events are taking place and at what time.

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Josh Trolio attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied graphic design and photography.  Jessica Bartek graduated from Youngstown State University where she majored in studio art with an emphasis in photography.  We have been pursuing our passion for photography together since we met in 2003. We both worked at another studio photographing weddings, portraits, and families. Through this we learned about traditional poses, photojournalism, lighting, exposure, and business skills.

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We always work with you on a personal basis to get the feeling and mood that you want from your photos. That also includes having two photographers present to see all the details, the tears, and the joy.  We create each image in our digital darkroom for a custom look.

Every opportunity we get to photograph we give it our all. It doesn’t matter if our clients spend a little or a lot. We look at every session as an opportunity to prove ourselves and to provide quality work that we are proud to display on our website, blog or Facebook. That is our promise to you for allowing us to pursue our dream.

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2 Comments

  1. Samantha Taylor

    Josh and Jessica were my photographers for my September wedding and it was hands down the single best decision I could have made. Myself being a very creative, art centered individual, the photography was what I was most worried and selective about. Being a certified wedding and event planner I’ve come across a lot of different photographers which many have beautiful work, but being a DIY bride on a budget, were out of my price range. Also many seemed to be “selling” their work and became very pushy when suggesting their business. They didn’t make it very comfortable to communicate with them. After a photographer I finally decided on was booked for my date, he recommended Pixel Pop and instantly I felt such a connection with their work. They aren’t just photographs, they are stories. They have so much emotion behind them that without even knowing anything else other than just a freeze frame, it pulled at my heart. They blew me away with how much they gave in their packages and the price couldn’t have been better. My absolute favorite part of working with them is their smiles that are permanently on their faces while shooting. You can tell that they really love what they do and that is so important. Their photos sell their work for them, they don’t need any gimmicks or ploys to get you in the door. Their modesty is so refreshing, not to mention their friendliness. I honestly can say that I want to keep in contact with them and get to know them outside of a professional relationship. Several of my photos were used for this blog, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. The more I look at my photos the more I fall in love with them. There isn’t a single moment that was missed and I feel as though I can relive my perfect day whenever I want to. I cannot say enough about this pair. Their work is something that will proudly be displayed in mine and families homes for the rest of our lives. I will forever be grateful to them for the level of talent, passion, and service they gave me. Everyone I talk to will know their names.

  2. Arfus

    These photos are fabulous! I love their nostalgic look.

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