Wisconsin wedding photographer Joel NisleitMilwaukee Wedding Photographer Joel NisleitIf you need a classic-style wedding photographer covering anywhere in Southeast Wisconsin, contact me today.

Why I do this

It happened one day in March 2017. My 4-year-old foster daughter Hailey looked up at a portrait in our hallway of my wife Heather and I and asked, "Are we not in there?"

It'd only been a month and a half since she and her 3-year-old sister Ellie had been placed with us, and we hadn't had time to settle down enough to even think about having a foster family portrait done.

We'd had dozens of family pictures on our iPhones and iPads, and hundreds of others of the girls -- our new foster family.

But out of the endless screens of digital snapshots, which the girls already knew how to take and swipe through faster than they could blink, Hailey instinctively recognized that a professional portrait on the wall meant we were a family, or weren't.

That moment rocked me. A 4-year-old girl showed me exactly why I do heirloom wedding photography better than I could. I can't represent anything less.

Yes, our professional portrait is pending. But like my clients I'm taking time because I know the difference between just having it done, and having it done superbly, and what that will mean generations from now.

Imagine everything your wedding portraits could mean, or not mean, and how important it is to choose a photographer who represents that.

Chat with me about your wedding, what excites you and what portraits mean to you.


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Not another story about picking up a camera and discovering a passion

I didn't discover my passion. Rather, I've spent a lifetime fighting for it. Love of poetry and images, to me one and the same, came with the original equipment. And I've worked hard to earn my place at your wedding and in this industry.

My dad, who loved to photograph our travels, introduced me to an SLR camera for the first time when I was about 10, and I became hooked and have been studying and practicing photography 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 I saw a need for higher quality and better service in the wedding market. 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.

I’ve studied with literally the top wedding photographers in the world in the Doug Gordon workshop and Jerry Ghionis “How to Wow” tour. I’ve spent countless hours training in lighting, directing, photojournalism, storytelling and album design so that if given the honor of photographing your wedding, I'll make it an awesome experience.

I continually enhance my art and business with the latest workshops, tools, best practices and techniques, with my own twist.

As a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Horicon Chamber of Commerce, I have proven dedication to service and results, and I have higher visibility in my community than photographers who are fly-by-night.


Personal stats

Most recently played tracks: "Daddy Finger" children's song and variations

Most recently watched movie: Moana

Most consumed beverage of the week: Mountain Dew


Random Personal Facts

  • I'm a poet published in literary magazines Phantasmagoria and Wisconsin Review.
  • My favorite color is sapphire blue.
  • I love EDM, Tool and Chopin, with a few guilty pop pleasures here and there.
  • Movies that blew my mind: The Matrix, The Avengers, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring, The Descent, Blue Velvet, The Mist, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire. Dances With Wolves did everything right.
  • Stuff I watch in bed: Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: Next Gen, Frasier, Golden Girls (I'm not ashamed!).
  • The B'b'b Bacon burger at Slater's 50/50 in San Diego was so good, it made me cry.




Professional Photographers of America Member since 2012