Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


I Am My Greatest Critic

I Am My Greatest Critic

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
— Proverbs 16:3

So I know I said I don't do people shoots, but I was asked to do a wedding, so I said yes!

I am so glad I was given the opportunity to gain some experience! I had a blast and I shot a lot of photos (over 6,000, actually), but I learned something: I need a 35mm. I used a wide angle and a 50mm, but it was a little difficult because either I was too far away or too close, and the 35mm would put me in the best range for good wedding pictures. Someday after I break even with my photography I'll look into getting one. 

One unfortunate thing about my personality is I am way too critical of my own work. I know I can't get every picture right, so I've learned to accept that my work is good enough, and I will continue to get better by learning from each mistake.

On a different note, this last week was insane. I juggled a full time job, two very big shoots, editing well over 8,500 photos, packing for the move, and somehow having time to spend with my friends! I managed to get all the wedding photos completely done, I'm a third of the way through the other event's photos, but I was fried. I went five days with a total of 12.5 hours of sleep!

With that said, this weekend was a MUCH needed break from life and a super fun time with my friends! My friend Katie just turned 21, so her parents were amazing and got us all a weekend at Mount Hood in this awesome little cabin! We all went skiing/snowboarding, played games, watched movies, hot tubbed, snowshoed around Trillium Lake, and enjoyed having nothing to do but chill for an entire weekend. It rocked.

I brought all my gear but I didn't really get any pictures. Just these few of the snow.

The Beach and a Wedding

The Beach and a Wedding

2017, You Disappoint Me Already

2017, You Disappoint Me Already