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Fits and Stops Photography Photographer P.J. Oswald

P.J. Oswald

If you’re anything like me, you’re a hopeless romantic when it comes to the power of a photograph. A photographer captures a moment frozen in time, full of the uncertainty, wonder, or joy in our body language. And strangely enough, after we see those photos our brains unconsciously reshape our memories around them.

Perhaps you’re looking for someone to capture those moments at your wedding day, or to make some family photos. There’s no shortage of photographers who can help with that.

People choose me when they want a photographer with experience and empathy. My prayer is that I can add a sense of calm to your wedding day. Or that I can put you at ease during a family photo session with crazy toddlers. Or even that I can summon confidence in you when you can’t stand being in front of a camera. And I’ll keep the mood light.

If that sounds like you, reach out and we’ll make some incredible images together.

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

Fact #1: I've got a love affair with Scotland

I bought my first camera for this family vacation. Along the way, I fell in love with the country, the culture, and even photography. Dinna fash yersel!
The family of photographer P.J. Oswald

Fact #2: I've got a tribe of my own

Being dad to these three kiddos and husband to this once, twice, three times a lady is the adventure of a lifetime.
Landscape photograph of Playa Penca Costa Rica by photographer P.J. Oswald

Fact #3: Landscape photography fills my sails

My inner introvert likes nothing better than getting out to a remote place as the sun is rising or setting and shooting the heck out of what I see.
The Cross of Christ at a wedding ceremony

Fact #4: Jesus changed my life

God rewrote my understanding of love, making me want to love everyone around me in richer ways. We even started a simple church to better follow Jesus through life.
Photographer P.J. Oswald kissing his wife in Iceland

Fact #5: I've got the travel bug. Bad.

My passport is pretty worn after traveling through 15 countries, and I'm ready for what's next with Erica at my side. Norway, here's looking at you!
Fits and Stops Photography Photographer Erica Oswald

Fact #6: My wife is my favorite second shooter

My bride of 15 years often plays the role of second photographer at weddings or large family portrait sessions. She's the best!

Frequently Asked Questions

How would you describe your style?

I blend a photojournalistic style with a dash of fine art. That means I bring an eye for storytelling about what it is that I see in your wedding or in your relationships, and capture candid photos that tell the story. Though I’ll also be on the lookout for the most flattering or creative ways to photograph you based on your location. So you can count on me to help you pose in ways that make you look great, while also capturing those authentic “inbetween moments”.

Where does "Fits and Stops" come from?

Doing something in “fits and starts” is an old way of describing a process done in bursts of activity … sometimes in a herky-jerky way. That’s how venturing into photography was for me. After falling in love with photography on a trip to Scotland, I started blogging about my photos. And then I did a bit of paid photo work as a side hustle. But it definitely took me some years to work up the faith and courage to make photography my career. When it came time to pick a name, I wanted something that described my journey, but that was also unique (easy to find on the internet). And since photography measurements are taken in “stops” of light, I changed the expression to fit the business. That’s how Fits and Stops Photography was born.

What kind of gear do you use?

Great tools make for brilliant art, and all my tools are professional grade. I sling a couple of Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera bodies, as well as a Nikon D750 backup camera. I also carry six different lenses that let me cover wide vistas to tight close ups and everything in between. And I usually bring flashes on light stands to each session or wedding so I can be ready for anything. Be careful though–asking me about camera gear gets me talking too much!

Who are your "second photographers"?

I’ll be the only photographer at most portrait or engagement sessions. But when your wedding or session includes a second photographer, I’ll often call upon my wife Erica to make it happen. Not only is she lovely, but she brings a great love for people and skill behind the camera. When Erica’s not available, I invite other experienced photographers to help capture your images–still using my same professional gear, of course.

Is photography your full-time job?

Yep. I took the full-time photographer plunge in 2019 after several years of part-time work in the field. I love what I do, and I love the people I get to serve!

Do you shoot with natural light or flash?

Both! I love the natural look provided by sunlight and I’ll default to harnessing it whenever I can. Though when I’m shooting in bad weather or under low lighting, I know my way around flash as well. I’m ready for what comes my way.

Where I'm At
Sacramento, CA 95821
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