My Mom and Dad

Let me explain a few things about my parents. Goofballs! But not today, well, not by much anyway. I’ve never shot formal portraits of them, or even asked for that matter. I’ve been wanting to take photos of them for a few years now. Ask me why, couldn’t give you a straight answer other than I was scarred to ask. I guess when you approach your parents with even the most of mundane of questions you may freeze up because you still care of what your parents think of you. Deep.

Once in front of my camera, boy did the tables turn. I noticed my parents seemed docile, stiff, and simply nervous. A few personal questions and implying that my dad had grown an inch and their guards came down. I never realized how much harder it would be to shoot my own parents. I meet strangers all the time and invade their space without any regards. It was surreal directing my parents to be affectionate and hold hands. I tried not to laugh, but I felt like a kid wanting to pretend I was hurling as my dad would give my mom a kiss on the cheek. “Whooowahhhh!” My photographer instincts took over and started acting like an adult. In the middle of the shoot my dad, says “you really like doing this, don’t you?” To which I replied, “I do. It’s easy for me.” I learned a few things about my parents today, first, they care of what I think of them. I was humbled to be in that position, my parents went way out of the comfort zone with complete trust in me. Secondly, and most importantly, I really like doing this. I really do.

I am thankful for my parents and all they have taught me and continue to teach me. Thanks mom and dad!

Desiree Mier - You have captured alot of love…what a true gift to wittness and to follow.
Your parents look great….now do your inlaws….then you would have captured a whole lot of love that you can pass into your children 🙂

Dertavitian Family :: Griffith Observatory Family Photos

I don’t always shoot family portraits, but when I do, I chase kids and let them take pictures with my camera. Such a fun day shooting with this lil family! I usually have to break the ice when meeting new kids before they open up, but I got a hug and some hand shakes from these boys. Absolutely adorable. Araxi, you and Nick make beautiful, fun-loving kids. I have to admit it was a different kind of family shoot, more like a field trip with no tour guide and a race against dinner time. I can’t remember the last time when editing pictures was as fun as the shoot, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. Araxi and Nick, thank you so much for trusting me with capturing your family, and if you guys are up to it next year, I’m in! 🙂

nick D - Wow Joel! These came out so darn awesome! Thank you so much. I dig the one of Steffen wearing my glasses.

Araxi - These are beautiful Joel and represent my little family so well! I can’t thank you enough!

Ana + Diego :: Elegant Affairs Wedding Photos

I’ve known Ana for over 12 years, seeing her through my viewfinder as she was getting ready to marry Diego was that much more special to me. We’ve been through some challenging times together and so I’ve always felt compelled to be there for her in any way I can. It’s funny how through the years we would loose touch for a minute, run into each other and just pick up where we left off. When we shot Ana and Diego’s engagement sesh a couple months back it was so awesome to see them exchange looks of endearment and whispering to each other in Spanish. Now, I am proficient in this language that hails from the America’s of the south, but not when it’s whispered and certainly not in gibberish of the toddler-esque persuasion. Anyhow, Diego is one lucky man, and I was so happy to see her laughing and heart out through the day. It was picture perfect. No pun intended…

Thank you two for trusting in me to capture these moments, I wish you guys lots of love and the very best!

Sheila - Joel you rock beautiful pictures I have your card … Hope it’s me hiring you soon 😉