The first time I laid eyes on Natalie & Josh was via a Skype session earlier this year.  I instantly could see the chemistry between them.  Natalie exuding an undeniable beauty; and Josh oozing a pleasent confidence.  Throughout the meeting I came to learn that not only are they adorable, madly in love, but also both very talented musicians working hard in Nashville.  Their wedding in the Palo Duro Canyon was..jaw dropping.  Honestly, I had no idea that the Canyon existed until speaking with Natalie.  Arriving, and realizing that this beautiful canyon system is the SECOND largest in America.  I have a suggestion there.  Get off your computer; outta your house..and go to this friggin’ place.  Amazing.

What was more amazing was seeing the love between Natalie and Josh throughout this day.  Here is the story.

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  • So good!!! Nobody can create a black & white photograph like you my friend!! The whole set is simply amazing!

  • Thank you Kristen!!

  • Jessica Claudio

    Love!! ❤️

Last year I had the chance to fly in for the weekend to attend the WPPI Print Competition.  What I learned in a few short days was invaluable to the growth of my work as an artist.  Seeing and hearing experienced and accomplished photographers from all over the world give constructive criticism to piece after piece made realize just how important the finer details in every photo we take truly is.  Let’s not forget; just how difficult printing truly is.  It’s a true art in itself.  I took that with me, and set a goal to have at least three photos hanging at the 2014 WPPI Print Competition.

A year later, we arrive a little early to see a few of my photos in the “details” category judged randomly.  It’s a gut punch; prettying fing gruesome..but also if you listen and watch with an open mind its easy to realize just how valuable constructive thoughts are.  Then it happened..Melissa and I ventured down the next morning to the area where the Best of the Best were hanging.  Any score over an 80 has the privelage to be hung amongst the rest.  Within a minute, we find one..then another..then another.  Each one hit me the same way; but I have to say to find the 3rd really completed the day for me.  Goal complete.  Lessons learned.  See below for the three that had the privelage to hang with an amazing group of artists.

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I’ve wanted to do this post for a very long time.  Fear drove my complacency; as it does in many of our lives when we are standing in front of a huge project.  2013 was a year of awakening for me.  My life changed with too many moments to count.  I visited the shores of Normandy which gave me an undying perspective of just how thankful I should be; it also gave me a real life vision of history.  Those beaches I’d read about in pages of books came to life.  The art of my work also took a change at the beginning of the year and on.  2012 was the year of finding my place among this amazing community.  Wedding after wedding, late nights, a lost relationship, and long flights home.  2013 was different.  I was focused.  Every 3 months I set a new goal.  From finding my own way to tell the story of a beautiful bride, making a groom stoic, focusing on the details details details; I slowly started began to feel comfortable in my own skin.  I stopped looking at other peoples work.  If I did, it was the likes of Avedon or Winters.  I focused on my work; I also had an amazing woman supporting me who also happens to be a photographer.

I asked a potential groom today to describe what drew them to my work.  His response hit me hard and reminded me what a shit ton of hard work, sacrifice, and attention to detail will give you..RESULTS.  He said, “It was a wedding on a small ranch.  You followed them throughout the day.  I felt like I was present.  Like I was apart of their family.  As I was reading a novel.  You told a STORY.”

This is why I do this.  To tell stories.  I am not blessed with the ability to paint, draw, nor dance (according to my girlfriend + erick).  God has blessed with me the ability to tell a story through my eyes; and it be enjoyed by several people.  I’m not sure what else I could really ask for.  I truly am the luckiest man alive.

My idea for this post was to do just that.  Tell a story; through my eyes.  This is my 2013.  This is my growth.  These are my goals right here in color & black and white.  These are my wonderful clients who trusted me to tell their story.  Who welcomed me into their private circle of loving family and friends & treated me like their own on a day like no other.  To you all; I am humbled.  Thank you for all the wonderful people who helped me throughout the year:  Cameron, Melissa, Stephen; just to name a few.  This was my 2013.

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  • JoshuabTyi

    This is world class, Joseph. You should be proud, congratulations.

  • liking what I see brother. great job!

  • Jonathan Ivy

    Impressive. I can’t wait to see 2014.

  • Top shelf work brother. Bravo.

  • Joseph =

    You blow me away with how stunning your pictures are. Each one is a masterpiece or artwork.

  • I just found your work recently after moving to Houston and find your story telling absolutely inspiring and truly incredible. I thoroughly enjoy looking at your work and appreciate it as well.