Know Joe

1.     How did you get into photography?

I was in the music scene in the Bronx in the late 90’s and started shooting other bands and found I had an eye for it, and it was something I really enjoyed.

2.     Do you specialize in any type of photography?

Currently I get a lot of calls for real estate photography and professional head shots, but I enjoy shooting portfolios for artists or highly stylized portraits for individuals like models or actors or musicians. My background is extensive in traditional portraits and weddings but getting in with an edgier clientele would be really exciting for me.

3.     What characteristics or practices set you apart?

In part, my experience. I’ve been shooting for 16 years. I take pride in what I do and it matters to me that the client is happy with their shoot. I also know my field really well and do my homework. I am constantly looking at new trends in photography, adapting my style, incorporating new technology and the newest software and equipment. I want to stay current, so my clients do too.

4.     What do your clients remember most after a session?

How good looking I am. No, but honestly, what a good time they had, how easy it was to get images they love. That they were comfortable in the session. They had a great time. I made them smile and feel relaxed.

5.     Do you have a motto that guides your work?

Bringing honesty to the job. Doing the best I can. No cutting corners. Do what it takes to get what that client asked for and better. 

6.     What do you like most about being a photographer?

Meeting different people from different backgrounds and surpassing their expectations of photography. Bringing back the value of a single portrait. There are so many snapshots and images being shoved under people's noses that it gets overwhelming and more difficult to realize it when you've seen the perfect one. A portrait is like a mini production, just to get one pose should take careful preparation and it requires a level of craft.

7.     What are your favorite things to do when you’re not working?

I play the guitar and listen to music. I like to draw and actually, I shoot photos.

8.     What are your future plans for your business?

Opening a studio. I would love to have a brick and mortar where people can come and get the best photos of their life. I don't think I can choose a location, there are so many great options in the boroughs that I can't see myself being limited, not quite yet!