I'll keep buying Ralph Lauren and driving my beat-up car. Thank you.
There are two really bad pieces of advice I've seen from wedding professionals. The one that applies here was something to the effect of "If you want high-end weddings, you need to drive a high-end car, hang out at high-end places, rub elbows with rich people."
I drive a 2000 Saturn with wires hanging out where there should be a light. Some black gaff tape helps hold my second camera body together. I buy Ralph Lauren.
And I photograph what I love, which is classic glamour and elegance, fairy tale light, romantic visuals, color. I like symmetry, balance, geometry, contrast.
You don't have to fake a lifestyle to create one in camera. So I'll keep buying Ralph Lauren while I drive a beat-up Saturn and create magical images in locations from campgrounds to ballrooms.
Your wedding doesn't need to be of any certain type or budget. If you like classic glam, romance, fairy tales, magic, my pictures are for you.
For so many couples, a wedding is a fairy tale they get to wear for one day, like a wedding dress. Everyone else seems focused on making things real, as if you needed a photographer to create reality.
I just want to make pictures that are unreal.
Joel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.
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As someone entrusted with your wedding, I believe in being an active, fully-trained professional, which is why I'm currently a candidate in the Professional Photographers of America Certified Professional Photographer program.
But that's not enough. As a proud member of the Horicon Chamber of Commerce, I help support local businesses and find ways to give back to the community through photography education.
I've spent hundreds of hours studying, training and honing my craft at all levels. I continue to study the latest business and photography techniques to improve my service and results.
I didn't discover my passion for images. That was always there. It just took a lot of years and a lot of work to turn it into a career.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be like my dad, who loved to photograph our travels. When he introduced me to an SLR camera for the first time when I was about 10, I became fascinated with learning what it all did and have been studying and practicing ever since.
From 2004 to 2010, I worked as a photojournalist/reporter for the Dodge County Pionier in Wisconsin, where I was an innovative photographer, page designer and writer, winning Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards (click; under second group) in those categories in 2007 and 2008.
But I wanted to create fairy tales and saw a need for better integrity, quality and service in the wedding industry. So I began studying and practicing wedding photography in 2012. I briefly contracted with American Wedding Group and Edward Fox Photography before specializing in wedding portraits full-time on my own in 2014.
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Professional Photographers of America Member since 2012