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Creating a Unique Photography Style with Joel Grimes

By Pye Jirsa on August 2nd 2012

One of the great achievements that a photographer can attain in his or her career is to have people immediately recognize a photograph as one of his or her work. Only a handful of photographers like David LaChapelle and Annie Leibovitz (among a few others) can claim this feat.

Karron Clement by Joel Grimes

Karron Clement by Joel Grimes

It’s not hard to recognize a Joel Grimes image. His style is what I would describe as being a highly contrasted, desaturated HDR look. His style is his brand, and that is one of the reasons why he is so successful. It is a unique vision that did not come overnight, however.

Joel is a true inspiration and in this video interview, Joel sat down with us to talk about how photography played a major role in shaping his life from early on. He also talked about the kind of mindset needed to become successful in the photography business.

Here is part 1 of our interview with Joel Grimes!

What I really like about Joel is that he is first and foremost an artist. Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life. “There is no face on the planet that is the same, and my vision as an artist is to capture that individual uniqueness through the creative photographic process.”

The best place to learn more about lighting and photography from Joel is to watch his weekly lighting tutorial video on Framed Network called Lit Up. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite online photography shows and I’m always looking forward to a new episode every Wednesday.

Hope you enjoyed part 1 of the Joel Grimes interview, be sure to watch Part 2 to learn more! To see more of Joe’s work, be sure to visit his website, JoelGrimes.com.

 

Additional photos by Joel Grimes

Special FX-3 by Joel Grimes

Special FX-3 by Joel Grimes

Bianca Ventura by Joel Grimes

Bianca Ventura by Joel Grimes

Steven Stephens in New Orleans by Joel Grimes

Steven Stephens in New Orleans by Joel Grimes

 

 

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    great article

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    Great article and interview! Thanks for sharing these great experiences!

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  3. Mark Searle

    Steven Stephens in New Orleans by Joel Grimes: The guy in that pic is so freaking cool!

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  4. jt

    I worked with joel one time, and it was the last time. After the shoot i nearly lost my job and the agency was close to eating almost $70,000 in order to reshoot the project and hit our deadline. good luck.

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    • James Robertson

      calling bull on this.

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    • Anonymous

      What does that mean? You are calling bull on the interview?

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    • James Robertson

      Stop and try to use some common sense, why would I reply to a comment if I was referring to the post?

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    • Chris

      Apologies James, saw the comment but not what it was in response too. @jt your story does seem a bit far fetched.

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  5. Anonymous

    This makes me wanna experiment. why am i sitting her for ? :)
    Great intervju

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