Becoming a professional photographer was not something I chose. Photography more or less chose me.
Fifteen years ago, on a day like any other, I witnessed a very touching, intimate moment between a mother and son. The moment had a profound affect on me as I felt this sudden urge to capture it – to freeze the moment in time – so I could return to it, hopefully share it with the young child some day and keep it alive and within us over the years to come. I picked up my camera, clicked the shutter and what developed transformed my life.
As the image revealed itself to me, I suddenly grasped the inherent value and enormous power within the photograph as well as the infinite possibilities for me as a photographer. The ability to stop time, to preserve a memory and to share an experience with someone else was so priceless. I was struck by this feeling of honor for being present and a part of such a significant experience in these two individual’s lives and I had this sudden and consuming desire to fill my life with these rare and precious moments. In an instant, I became aware of this passion for photography building inside me.
I began photographing weddings shortly thereafter primarily because I was drawn to the open and honest display of emotions. I consider myself a ‘seeker of truth’ at weddings - searching intently for those rare and intimate moments between loved ones. This search has not only defined my style of photography, but has also guided my passion and become the driving force behind what I consider my greatest obsession.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve had the extreme honor of photographing weddings for couples from all over the world and each one of them proves for me time and time again what a wonderful gift this has been. Each and every wedding I’ve photographed has given me the opportunity to bare witness and play a part in the most near and dear moments in a couple’s life together. The depth of that realization still overwhelms me today.
I’ve often times been asked how I “find” these rare and special moments between a man and a woman. The answer is simple – I
am not content to see with just my eyes. I see with my heart because that’s where I find connection. That’s where I find truth. And that’s where I find love.
Joe Buissink began his professional photographic career in 1995 and has become one of the most sought after and praised wedding photographers in the world. His work is both revered in the photographic community and admired in the wedding industry. He is a favorite among many celebrity couples, having been commissioned to photograph the weddings of:
Joe’s photography is about capturing the moments, and the essence of the person in those moments. His work redefines wedding photography, and has been described as “Fine Art” by his most notable celebrity clients.
Although a wedding photographer at heart, Joe is also committed to several personal causes and utilizes his talent in the photographic field to help increase the awareness level for various events. A number of prominent celebrities have shared Joe’s passion for these personal projects including:
Joe’s exceptional craftsmanship in the art of photography has led to several recent television interviews on programs such as; Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment News, Good Morning NY, Extra, Lifetime’s "Wedding of a Lifetime" and a very special Good Morning America interview by Diane Sawyer.
Joe dedicates a great deal of his time educating up-and-coming photographers on the skills, techniques and craft he’s become so known for over the years. As one of the most in-demand speakers on the International photography circuit, Joe has made appearances in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, England, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and across the United States.
In the USA, Joe is asked to speak at various workshops and photographic schools across the country including the Santa Fe workshops, MARS (Mid Atlantic Regional School), the Long Island Photographic workshop, Golden Gate School and the
California Photographic workshop. He also hosts his own workshops throughout the year in Russia, Ukraine, Vienna, Vermont, California and Oregon.
In 2009, Joe published his first book along with co-author Skip Cohen, entitled “Wedding Photography from the Heart.” His
images have been featured in several other wedding books including “The Wedding Box” which was published in 2000 and “Jessica Simpson: I Do – Achieving your Dream Wedding,” published in 2003.
In 2007, with Joe’s assistance, The Help Group published the book Autism Heroes, a wonderful collection of images and interviews of families who have been touched by autism. Joe is very connected in and supportive of the Autism community and spent the better part of two years working on this book.
Joe Buissink has been the recipient of several admirable awards and accolades over the years including the International Leadership Award in Photography by the International Photographic Council at the United Nations in 2003. In 2004 Joe was commissioned to photograph the International ad campaign for Kodak’s Portra film line. In 2005, he was selected as Apple’s spokesperson for their new software program Aperture which was designed to enhance the digital workflow for the professional photographer. In 2006, Joe was officially announced as the newest inductee to Canon’s exclusive Explorers of Light. In 2007, American Photo magazine nominated Joe Buissink as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world and in 2009, a BBC television special selected Joe as one of the Top 5 Wedding Photographers in the World. His images have received countless awards from the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) annual print and album competitions including several Grand Awards.His work continues to grace the covers and inside pages of several news, entertainment and industry magazines including People, In Touch, Us Weekly, InStyle Weddings, Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style, Photo District News, American Photo, Popular Photography and Rangefinder.