Katie and I have been married for 12 years! (gulp). I think that means we are getting older but I believe that is a good thing. I look back at our 21/20-year-old selves and think about how naive we were in just about every aspect of our lives. There was a reason NO ONE thought […]

January 30, 2020

Marriage Advice: Year Twelve

From Minneapolis to Chicago & just about every region in between, we have captured couples this past year. One common thread that ties them all together is their mutual love for each other and thrill of a great adventure. Many of them have a great passion for the outdoors and enjoy taking in every moment of […]

February 10, 2017

Engagment Photos

Today I am moved by just how awesome God is. I know we hear that word often, sometimes to describe pizza or the latest lipstick but the truth is NOTHING compares to the wonders of our creator. The more time I spend away from the things that distract me from His word the more at […]

August 15, 2016


Life Revered

November 25, 2015


Arizona Wisconsin Portrait and Wedding Photographer

So many bright and intelligent young men and women stepped in front of my camera this year! It is an honor getting to share a few hours with you, listening to your story and getting to capture you at your best. We hope you had a wonderful 2014 and are ready for all that 2015 […]

January 1, 2015

Class of 2015 – Happy New Year

Wausau Area Senior Photographer

Our rebrand has been a long time coming and so has this post. It is hard to put into words the process by which a company becomes a brand. The brand is a story. But it’s a story about you, not about the brand. Seth Godin said this and other insightful things as to what […]

April 2, 2014

Wisconsin Wedding Photographer Branding

Wisconsin Photographer Logo Branding James Stokes Central Wisconsin

The Birth of a Child and a Mother   9,113 days. That is how many days I lived without my little peanut in my arms. I knew I wanted to be a mother. I just didn’t know if I should be a mother. Would I be a good mother? Would my husband love me the […]

January 7, 2014

Wisconsin Birth Photographer | Arawyn’s Birth Story

Northern Wisconsin Birth Photographer Memorial Health Care center

We have so very much to be thankful for this Christmas! Our family has grown this year and so has our business. Katie and I feel like we were just celebrating the Holidays, but that is how all of life feels these days, a wonderful snowy-blur of life, love, and children. We are mindful this […]

December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Stokes

Christmas Card Ideas James Stokes Photography