Inspire Me Imagery {Alternative Wedding Photography Studio}
Inspire Me Imagery is here to provide couples a unique, organic, and artistic alternative to traditional wedding photography.
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JOHN

Learn about the founder of Inspire Me Imagery, wedding photographer John Kotlowski. We offer artistic wedding photography in NJ, NY, PA and beyond.

Who is this guy

Whats up guys! My name is John and I'm obviously the owner and photographer for Inspire Me Imagery. Why else would this be up here, right? First and foremost, I'd just like to take this moment to explain some things. It should be obvious at this point that I love shooting weddings, but my real passion is corny jokes. Yes, I know, I'm "that guy", but lets #realtalk for a moment. I'm a young father and really need to step up my dad jokes so don't hold it against me. Ask me about the grape that got stepped on sometime. Most of my life I have had a fascination with religious studies, people's personal freedoms of choice, and I have an unquenchable love for nature and the outdoors. I spend way too much time getting lost in the woods, and for me, it's the best way for me to ground myself and clear my head before a wedding day. My wife and son are everything to me, and if you look over at me while a groom is dancing with mom, you'll probably see me at some point have to look away because I can't help but see my own wife and son on his future wedding day. I get all misty eyed about it, DON'T JUDGE ME!!

 

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Here is where I enter random thoughts

 

The Game

Alright, here is the deal, If you are interested in playing The Game, all you have to do is keep reading. Once you have joined The Game, you are forever and ever part of The Game. if you do not wish to sign up for a life long competition of wits and memory, than I advise you stop now; for whomever reads on will be visually signing a visual contract with the universal forces behind The Game. I wish you all good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor....

Rule #1: Once you start playing The Game, you are forever  playing The Game. ( yes, even in your after life )

Rule #2: The objective of The Game, is to FORGET you are playing The Game.

Rule #3: If at some point in your life (or the next) you REMEMBER that you are playing The Game, you must announce to the world immediately, that you have lost The Game. Hanging of heads in shame is optional, but encouraged. 

Rule #4: If you are some place in the world and you hear a fellow human exclaim that they have lost The Game, it is you duty to ridicule this person and claim victory. A sound "winner winner chicken dinner" will due.  

Best of luck...

Zion National Park

This place is incredible. I don't know what else to say about it. It's hard to put into words the vast feel of the whole park. My wife and I spent a few days taking our time hiking through the park and these pictures do it no justice. We stayed in a small yurt style camp outside of the park and spent our days hiking The Narrows, Angel's Landing, Emerald Pools, The Grotto, and Weeping Rock. The fact that a place as beautiful as Zion National Park is an actual place in America blows my mind. It makes you very humble looking up at the giant cliffs. To see such a diverse landscape thriving all around these monumental cliffs. It makes you realize Mother Nature is a force that is so incredibly powerful and commands respect. 

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Someone say, Champagne Fountain?

Champagne to the face 

Remember that time I told you to shake it up a bit and point it away from the camera, but it exploded before I could get the sentence out? That was fun.........and sticky 

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And while we are on the topic...

Champagne is always a good idea 

Well, this isn't something that happens everyday. Cheers to one of the most ridiculously fun couples I know. :)

Well, this isn't something that happens everyday. Cheers to one of the most ridiculously fun couples I know. :)

Every year at the time of the Summer Solstice, people gather to welcome in the longest day of the year. To many, this is a time of celebration and a unique opportunity. On the eve of the Summer Solstice, Stonehenge is opened up to the public. They throw a giant festival in and around the stones all through the night leading up to the sunrise. I had the opportunity to actually participate and photograph this event and I can't even begin to explain how incredible this experience was. It's sad that over here, people sometimes view earth based spirituality as taboo, but over there, it's heritage and history. Get out there and experience the world; it's amazing what you can find.

What did the grape say when it got stepped on?
Nothing, it just let out a little wine.
It really is a lot of fun, and very freeing, to do some random out of the blue shoots. I had the chance to hang out with Manda in the woods and just get lost for awhile. Lauren and I had a lot of fun shooting and had the chance to try out a few different posing techniques, some lighting, and just a general freedom to explore photography a bit more. Things like this help us out a lot with wedding days since we try to make the most of out time and don't want to "mess around". Random shoots like this help us to hone things a bit so when it comes time to doing these lighting techniques and poses, we don't have to spend a lot of time tweaking things. It helps let things move more freely and flow more naturally. So yea, If you ever want to come out and randomly shoot with us, let us know! 

It really is a lot of fun, and very freeing, to do some random out of the blue shoots. I had the chance to hang out with Manda in the woods and just get lost for awhile. Lauren and I had a lot of fun shooting and had the chance to try out a few different posing techniques, some lighting, and just a general freedom to explore photography a bit more. Things like this help us out a lot with wedding days since we try to make the most of out time and don't want to "mess around". Random shoots like this help us to hone things a bit so when it comes time to doing these lighting techniques and poses, we don't have to spend a lot of time tweaking things. It helps let things move more freely and flow more naturally. So yea, If you ever want to come out and randomly shoot with us, let us know! 

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The Appalachian Trail 

#lifegoals

My son Holden and I. 

My son Holden and I. 

My wife is a beautiful woman. I love her to death because I know she is the one that will always have my back. I took a big leap of faith quitting my job and starting down this path. She was there for me and supported me. I think the most important thing I've learned about her, is that she will always be the one that will wade onto the battlefield of life with me. Sword held high, guarding my back when life surrounds us with enemies. Someone I can trust to hold the line when a tidal wave of toddler temper tantrums comes down on us. She is the reason we have a happy home, She is the reason I am who I am, and she is the reason I am where I am. Nicole, thank you so much for everything you are, and everything you do.  ~<)

My wife is a beautiful woman. I love her to death because I know she is the one that will always have my back. I took a big leap of faith quitting my job and starting down this path. She was there for me and supported me. I think the most important thing I've learned about her, is that she will always be the one that will wade onto the battlefield of life with me. Sword held high, guarding my back when life surrounds us with enemies. Someone I can trust to hold the line when a tidal wave of toddler temper tantrums comes down on us. She is the reason we have a happy home, She is the reason I am who I am, and she is the reason I am where I am. Nicole, thank you so much for everything you are, and everything you do.  ~<)