We are retired Professional Freelance Photographers, our philosophy is to take photos that will be cherished for a lifetime, being retired we now take on limited photography sessions and events that interest us. For more details contact us if you have a need for a photographer.
Now a little more about ourselves:
John and Nancy Roskos
Nancy and I have over 50 years of various photography experience between us.
My knowledge relating to photography began in High School in the darkroom working in offset photography which is taking photos of photos then developing them into negatives for printing in news type papers or magazines. I then moved on to 35 mm film cameras in the 70's to pursue my passion for photography as an amateur.
Nancy studied art at Brownell School in Cleveland. We married in 1974 and since then she has assisted me in my photography with her artistic view. Nancy’s, actual hands on camera photography began when we as a team in 2002 converted from film to digital photography and established JPRphotos.
Customer Comments, weddings, portraits, parties:
Great photos John!
Angela, your wedding looked beautiful, Best wishes!!
So many beautiful shots...I don't even know where to begin!
You have really out done yourself...these are so beautiful! I am so happy you were able to photograph our wedding!!!
Oh my goodness...John it's awesome!!! Thanks so much, looks really great.
Kelli and I appreciate all that you have done with the wedding photos. They are great!
Thank you so much for such an amazing gift of memories we will all cherish! Thank you so much John.
Not only do we love the pictures. Paul does as well. And its pretty hard to please a teenager! Thank you so much.
The pictures look amazing. We were glad to be able to share our day with you guys.
Everything turned out great and we couldn't have asked for more.
You guys are totally amazing, and I can't tell you how appreciative we are for the photos.
Thank you so much for taking these photos. They are awesome and will have these memories forever. Being that I was so busy these pictures help tell me that everyone was having a good time. From my heart thank you again. You two did a wonderful job capturing these moments
Commercial and Retail Clients:
Sans Souci Restaurant, Brass Lounge, Irwin Bay Cottages, Country Cottages, Shawn Lake, Hazen Manner, Georgian Pillars, The Pencil Box, Roots of American Music, Brandz Concrete and Design, Cresent Electric, Newark, Premier Farnell and Samuel Adams.
Why You Should I Hire a Professional Photographer
If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t), when it comes time to find a portrait or wedding photographer, you may naturally consider enlisting your friend or relative. They’ve offered their services to your family many times, always at a reduced rate… but before you choose an amateur over someone offering professional photography, take heed: when it comes to your most pivotal and precious moments and memories, saving a bit of cash in lieu of professional photography just isn’t worth it. Here are the top eight reasons to hire a professional photographer:
A professional photographer will have had years of training and/or schooling in the art of photography. They’ll know their equipment inside and out. They’ll be able to set their camera to the proper exposure intuitively, without having to stop and fumble through a manual. Wedding photographers in particular sometimes have just 2 to 3 seconds to adjust their settings on-the-fly so that they don’t miss a shot.
2. Lighting Techniques
Lighting is key to successful photography and is a whole topic unto itself. It can take years for a photographer to master lighting techniques both in the studio and in outdoor settings. A professional photographer is able to adjust camera settings quickly and fluidly based upon diverse or changing lighting conditions. Knowledge of how the camera interacts with light is key to compensating for over- or underexposure, but sometimes photographers must rely upon their experience instead of the camera’s readings. The professional is also adept at creating unique and customized lighting scenes and are able to expertly supplement natural lighting with their own professional lighting effects as needed.
A professional photographer has done it before; they’ve shot a variety of events and portraits and have been exposed to many subjects and conditions. There’s no shortcut to experience, and you take a tremendous gamble with a first-timer or an inexperienced photographer not knowing what to do at various points during your event or shoot. Those in the professional photography world have a lot of experience to draw from; they know intuitively to take extra shots of crucial moments in case anyone blinks or has an awkward expression. They know the ins and outs of posing and can make subjects look natural in any setting. They anticipate angles and approaches for each scene. They have experience in guiding groups of every size for optimal results, interacting fluidly with their subjects to achieve the desired results.
Professional photographers have an assortment of quality lenses at their disposal as well as the knowledge of which one is best for any given scenario. They’ll have the foresight to be prepared for a variety of situations with a second (or third) camera already equipped with a different type of lens. They have knowledge of advanced lens focusing techniques to achieve artistic effects that an amateur would only stumble upon by accident (if you’re lucky.)
5. Props and Backdrops
When it comes to portrait work, there’s far more to the equation than just a camera and a basic lighting setup. The right backdrops and posing props can be crucial to a successful final result. A professional photographer will know ahead of time what backdrops to have on hand for your shoot, how to light them and what effect their lens choice will have. Your friend or relative might show up with a bedsheet and a stool from their breakfast nook; while this could work, you can count on a professional to deliver optimal results.
6. Editing and Software
A professional photographer will also own or have access to the ideal editing software and know-how to retouch and edit your photos, bringing out the very best in each one. The last thing you want is a Photoshop novice trying to retouch photos of your most prized and precious memories.
7. Professionally Invested
A professional photographer is working for you, and they are invested in your satisfaction. You are their client, not their relative or friend, and they will retain a level of professionalism your aunt or brother-in-law may not. They also have the fortitude and commitment to work for long periods without breaks and see the job through so that the best results possible are achieved.
8. The Artist’s Touch
Lastly, a professional photographer does not just “take snapshots”; they facilitate the creation of works of art. A professional will draw from all of their artistic training and knowledge of equipment and gear to deliver the finest-quality photographs possible. An amateur will likely be “winging it” for large portions of your shoot.
There are a lot of ways to save money in life, but skimping on professional photography for your most precious moments should not be one of them. For timeless heirloom photos that will be cherished for generations, don’t leave your photography to chance. Invest in a professional.