It’s fun to welcome Joe Photo, an engagement and wedding photographer located in Orange County, as our Guest Photographer Judge this week! While his specialty is weddings, it’s easy to see from the photos he included in this interview that he loves photographing faces in any kind of situation. We are so excited to have him visiting with us!
He wrote: I am beyond thrilled to make my living as an Artist. I’ve had the pleasure (and pain) of operating my studio for 15 years. Photographing people is an exercise in psychology, which leads to a greater understanding of ourselves.
My photography grew out of art classes in High School. I began to photograph girls on campus, and my rock band friends. I was instantly hooked. I found my expression. I’ve been photographing people ever since.
Fun Q&A with Joe Photo
- What was your #1 favorite photography moment from this past year? My trip to India in January with my buddy Becker. We went for 7 days as a “photo field trip”. It was amazing. The morning we spent at Taj Mahal was extraordinary. There were so many great moments the entire trip.
- Do you have beautiful photos you’ve taken displayed all across your home? I have a few photos I’ve shot in my home. We have a lot of art in our home too. I like to enjoy my images as slideshows.
- Where do you find inspiration to keep your photography creative and unique? This may sound cliche but I find inspiration everywhere. Books, movies, nature, the web, daydreaming…everywhere:)
- Is there a particular photographer whose work inspires you? So many!! I find photographers on The Behance Network that blow my mind everyday! There are thousands of photographers who influence me with their images.
- Do you have your camera with you wherever you go? No, but I have an iPhone:)
- A favorite quote? “I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” Jack Kerouac from “On the Road”
- How about a “most stressful” photography moment? The most stressed I’ve ever been was after shooting a huge wedding for three straight days, and not being able to get a slideshow to run for the brunch. That sucked on so many levels.
Be true to your creative style for the moment. Your style will naturally evolve over time. Shoot the images that make you the most happy, and then show them to as many people as you can.
I love my Nikon gear. (Yes, I’m one of those guys).
Special thanks to Joe Photo for hanging out with us this week as our Guest Judge! We can’t wait to see which photos he chooses as his favorites for this week’s theme.