Meet Joel Grimes, who talks to us about how he recovered from massive rejection at the start of his career and evolved into being a rock star advertising photographer. Joel talks to us about his journey, including the highs and lows along the way.
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Joel graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 with a BFA in Photography, and soon established a commercial studio in Denver, Colorado. Joel has been selected as one of Canon’s exclusive Explorer Of Light photographers and a Westcott Top Pro Elite photographer. He has also been selected by Adobe as one of their Photoshop Feature Artists.
For over 30 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe for clients such as AARP, AES, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism, AT&T, Canon, Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, Comcast, Febreze, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Kodak, Local Motors, Mary Kay, Phillips 66, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Century Link, Red Bull, Red Robin, Sony, Sturm Ruger & Co, United Global, USA Boxing, Visa, Volvo, and Xcel Energy. Over the years his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and fifty countries around the globe.
In 1990 Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and produce an eighteen-month sixty print solo exhibition at the Smithsonian American History museum in Washington DC.
Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life. Joel also teaches workshops and lectures across the country for venues such as Adobe Max, Annenberg Space for Photography, Art Center-Pasadena, ASMP, B&H Photo, Brooks Institute of Photography, CreativeLive, Framed Network, Galitz School of Photography-Tel Aviv, Golf Photo Plus-Dubai, Image Exploration-Canada, Imaging USA, KelbyOne, Northern Arizona University, Marianna Santoni-Italy, Photoshop World, PhotoPro Expo, Scandinavian Photo-Sweden, Texas School, Twit TV, West Coast School.
Joel currently has a photo studio located in Phoenix, Arizona where he resides with his wife, Amy.