Joel Grimes was first introduced to photography his freshman year in high school and from the very beginning it was a perfect match. By the time he began college, his passion for the photographic process was all consuming. After receiving a BFA degree from the University of Arizona in 1984, Joel served a three month assisting stint in LA and soon after set up a commercial studio working out of Denver Colorado. For over 26 years he worked with many of the top advertising agencies across the globe for clients such as AARP, Abbott, Arizona Office of Tourism, AT&T, Febreze, Discovery Cannel, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Honda, Hyatt, Phillips 66 Aviation, Pfizer Qwest, Sony, Sturm Ruger & Co, Visa, Volvo, Xcel Energy and most recently Red Bull. Over the years his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe.
In 1990 he produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation’ which received a number of photographic and design awards as well as an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum.
Joel considers himself an ambassador for the photographic creative process by teaching workshops and lectures across the globe. “I feel that by being an open book with my process I have an opportunity to inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to create”.
Currently, Joel resides in Pasadena CA with his wife and his two boys. He is widely known for his amazing digital composites, and today, he shows us just that. Plus, he sings a song or two and shares his wisdom, his life, and his passion as we enjoy his amazing success in celebrating light, art , and talent….all while being color blind!
Make sure to not skip the last 10 minutes of his inspirational speech.