Beauty in the unexpected.


Our pictures are the best ever! We received many compliments from family and friends on how incredible the quality of the photos were.... Thanks Joel for leaving us with fantastic memories!


Absolutely amazed by the quality of your work!

Stephanie & Jeff

The quality of his work is unique and exceptional.... He takes time to make sure everything is just right while shooting the images, and the end result is beyond what we were expecting.



7 things you need to know about me:

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1. Whom are you sending to the line?

Them: Blog awards, blog features, endless details, popularity contest winner, shooting for the editorial police, mass media consumption.
Me: On your coffee table, wine consumption.

Them: Modern, candid, photojournalism, rustic, chic, fine art, classic, vintage, edgy.
Me: Beauty lies just beyond the "rules."

Them: "We'll capture every moment perfectly."
Me: Imperfection gives art its humanity.


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2. There's no online picture board for this.

If you want an adventure, you have to leave behind what you know. I commit extraordinary time to developing custom plans and lists, as my clients will testify. And there's an element of tradition to what I do. But there's no list for the the bride and groom behind an etched glass doorway at Villa Filomena, their lips on the verge of touching, the focus on the glass and lack of color hinting the viewer is privileged, but uninvited. The best stuff is off-guide.

3. No magical post-processing.

This is how Shannon, a grad student and scientist, looked through my lens at the time of capture. All of the art and magic are made live in camera and only gently edited, so your portraits remain organic and pure as a Renaissance painting, not overcooked in a computer or hit with every trendy filter. It's simple, true-to-life.


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4. Real weddings. No models. No styled shoots.

I've never done a styled shoot where vendors get together and stage everything for portfolios -- for the same reason I like street magicians more than stage magicians. I love the excitement of magic that takes place with you, right where you are. It's not constrained to location, time, the name of your hair stylist or dress designer, or even body type. It's already in the wild, waiting for the right person to grab it.

5. The posing police can kiss my ICE Light.

What the photographer told Sally was so common and simple, yet so confusing it instantly shattered her confidence: "Just be yourself." All the while Sally was dying inside wondering, "Is this what she wants? Is this the right way to be me?" I realize part of my job is helping brides, grooms and loved ones shine their brightest, when needed, in a conversational way, without interrupting natural magic. No sirens will go off. A group of angry photojournalists won't come to take you away. All will be well. If you don't feel absolutely confident you'll get a full day of drop-dead gorgeous pictures with just a candid photojournalist, it's OK. Contact me and it'll be our secret.


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6. This is for the guys, too.

If there's one trend no one is talking about, it's photographers overlooking guys on the wedding day. Justice be done to the ladies, no question, but what about the men? I flesh out the groom's story as much as the bride's. If you're a guy, chances are you'll feel more important, included and a lot more excited about the whole experience after you see how my collections look. If flowers, invite colors and shoe styles haven't been holding your attention, take deeper look at pictures.

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7. Your wedding is as beautiful as you feel.

Spend five hundred bucks on your wedding, or spend one hundred thousand. Your wedding is only as good as you feel about it, and so are the pictures. My camera doesn't care whether the venue is on the A-list or in your back yard. How you deserve to look and feel doesn't change. Inside the 35 mm frame, the best possible blend of art, nature and magic will happen, whether it's in the chicken coop at Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend or the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee.


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