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Joe Buisink

As a wedding photographer, I was ecstatic when I had the opportunity to sit down with the legendary Joe Buisink, a Venice Beach-based wedding photographer. The man is a true inspiration to me and to anyone who's ever considered photography as a career. It's not every day that you get to meet a photographer of Joe's caliber, let alone one who's been in the industry for over 26 years.

Joe's story is truly inspiring, especially for those of us who've ever felt like it's too late to start a new career. He began his journey as a wedding photographer at the age of 44, after having an epiphany about the power of capturing life's most precious moments. Prior to this, Joe was working on his PhD in psychology, but he felt the pull to follow his passion and pursue photography.

Joe's unique approach to wedding photography was what set him apart from other photographers at the time. He was a true photojournalist, capturing the story of each wedding in a way that was unmatched. He wanted to document the powerful moments of each couple's day so that they could relive them years down the road. This approach was so successful that he quickly became one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in Los Angeles.

Over time, Joe realized that he was missing out on some of the more traditional family formals that were captured by other photographers. So, he started pitching himself as a second photographer and allowed the primary shooter to handle the formal family shots. This allowed him to become the "sniper" or the "ninja," capturing the candid moments that often go unnoticed.

Joe's approach to wedding photography is still unique to this day, and it's a testament to his unwavering passion for capturing life's most precious moments. I left the conversation with Joe feeling inspired and reinvigorated about my own photography career.

Before I wrap up this post, I also want to mention a tool that I recently came across called Wire Stock. Wire Stock is a platform that helps photographers, videographers, and other creatives submit their work to the largest stock libraries, including Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, and others. The process is incredibly easy and streamlined, and they even have mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. The best part is that they make money when you do, and they have higher than standard royalty rates compared to other services. If you're a creative looking to make some extra money, I'd highly recommend checking out Wire Stock.

In conclusion, meeting Joe Buisink was a true highlight of my photography career. His passion and dedication to capturing life's most precious moments serve as a reminder of why I got into this industry in the first place. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, I hope that Joe's story has inspired you in some way.

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