Apr 16, 2018
Initially, Jose’s parents were nervous about him becoming a photographer. As recent US immigrants, they didn’t think his dreams of making money in portrait photography would come to fruition and wanted to see him take on a more traditional career path.
But Jose knew he was onto something when he started taking photos in high school, and his friends started paying him for senior portrait sessions.
He loved portraits, he loved film, and he never looked back.
Since then, Jose has been shooting film professionally for all of his clients. He’s been photographing weddings for about 16 years and finds them to be completely immersive, personal, and life-changing for everyone involved.
In this episode, Jose sits down to share his perspective and tips on what it’s like to be a professional wedding photographer who has an eye for fine art, and how his niche in film photography plays out in the digital age.
Jose Villa is a fine art wedding photographer known for crafting vibrant, energetic, fine art
images that are as unique as the people in the photographs. Jose has been published in many
magazines around the world, including Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Elegant Bride, Instyle
Weddings, Inside Weddings, Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Pacific Weddings, Southern Weddings, and many more.
He has been named a top wedding photographer in Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper’s Bazaar, Style Me Pretty, and Vogue, and was recently listed in the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine.
Jose is the author of Fine Art Wedding Photography.
Jose was born in Mexico and grew up in Solvang, California.
He attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.
Links Mentioned in the Show:
Jose Villa - Fine Art Wedding Photography
Jose Villa on Instagram - @josevilla
Jose’s book - Fine Art Wedding Photography