Meet our Squad
What's our mission statement, you ask? It's simple, really. To use our talents to serve others in our community by striving to provide impeccable service and capturing life's moments that mean the most to you, your family, and your community.
About Jacob- Owner & Operator
About Josie - Lead Photographer
About Reno - Disc Jockey/MC
My journey has been an interesting one. At three years old, I already had an affinity for technology and broadcasting, pointing out and getting excited whenever I would pass a tower. I knew that my journey would take me somewhere on the creative path. Through the years, I have worked in radio broadcasting, while at the same time DJing at weddings on the weekends.
While attending college for Radio-TV-Film, I have learned many different avenues in addition to the world of radio. I had learned how to produce a music video show, how to shoot at events and city council meetings, and also eventually wedding videography through my friend's business that I DJed at. I learned that videography is a great way to capture a part of time, and a great way to get the word across to people and create a memory through not only certain visual medium, but also through the voices in the video.
I have always had a dream to own my own business. To provide exceptional customer service. To be able to bring smiles to people's faces by something I had done for them. It never has been about the money, only to ultimately bring happiness to others any way that I could. Through Just Your Way Media, I am able to do this for individuals throughout their lifetime. Be it capturing their new born, filming a graduation, capturing their engagement or marriage, helping their business make money through visual means, or filming that 50th wedding anniversary. What other industry can cover basically birth throughout their lifetime? And to be a part of seeing people grow through the years? It is such a blessing!
I would love to be able to learn about your family, how I can help through video and photography, and capturing all of your lifetime memories! Let me know how I can serve you!
My love for all things related to cameras started at a very young age; I can remember following my parents and siblings around with my first camera – a plastic Tweety Bird themed 35mm camera! Shortly after receiving my Tweety Bird camera, I also received one of my first video games – Pokemon Snap for the N64 (a game where you travel to different regions to photograph different Pokemon). It may seem silly, but these two “toys” essentially jump started my passion for all things photography and videography!
Once I began high school, I was fortunate enough to attend a school that offered photography classes as art electives in addition to the typical drawing, painting, and pottery classes that most high schools offer! I took all four levels of photography classes that my school offered; here, I learned the basics of how to compose a shot as well as how to develop my own film in a dark room and enlarge prints. This motivated me to go to college to study photography!
In my first year of college, I studied studio art with an emphasis in photography at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Although my passion for photography was as strong as ever, I decided to change my major to film production after my first year because a person does not necessarily need a degree in photography to be a professional photographer. Also, film production is incredibly similar to photography as it incorporates many of the same fundamental skills such as composing a shot, learning the basics of lighting, post production editing, etc. I wanted to be an all-encompassing visual storyteller; in my mind, the best way to accomplish that goal was to start learning film production in addition to photography. After making the decision to change majors, I transferred to the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. While there, I decided to double major in film studies as well! All throughout my time in school I worked as a freelance photographer/videographer for individual clients as well as companies such as Mad Max Convenience Stores and Shutter Stock Custom (formerly Flashstock). In 2017 I graduated with a BFA in film, video, animation, and new genres as well as film studies!
Today, I live in downtown Milwaukee with my boyfriend, dog, and two cats; I have extensive knowledge of a wide variety of photography/videography styles such as portraits, weddings, events, products, documentaries, stock, wildlife, lifestyle, travel, etc! My hobbies include going for walks along the riverwalk downtown with my dog, playing video games, drawing/making short animations, hiking, and traveling!
Without a doubt music is my passion and my lifestyle. I’ve been DJing weddings for about 5 years now, seeing nearly 200 receptions; it’s truly a been pleasure serving the newly weds and running the dance floor on their most blessed night. It's beautiful to watch families and friends come together and loosen up under the disco ball light. I think I’m a great DJ because I am versatile across many eras and genres of music, and also I love to dance! From oldies to hip hop, from pop to alternative, I’ll play and mix whatever you and your guests need to have a great time.
Something more personal about me, I first started experimenting with music in high school, my friends and I formed a band; I played the guitar. We played lots of late 90s and early 2000s alternate rock songs. We weren’t very good, but it was fun and that passion grew into new and different passions, like singing and of course DJing! Inspired, after high school I went to college in Milwaukee to study Music & Film. While still in school I was lucky enough to start DJing weddings as a part-time job on the weekends. I worked hard to balance my life, and between school & weddings I even wrote and performed music of my own around Milwaukee.
I’m very thankful for my 2 loving and supportive parents for exposing me to various instruments and different kinds of music as a kid. My mom likes rock and roll, she grew up with bands like the Rollings Stones, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and my dad he listened to a bit heavier stuff, ACDC, Nirvana, and Audioslave. When listening to music together they’d have to meet somewhere in the middle, maybe Johnny Cash, maybe Journey. Me, I grew up listening to bands like The Killers or Sublime and later in high school started exploring hip hop. Overall my tastes in music are eclectic.