#ff - jose villa || manila destination wedding photographer

today’s #FF fabulous person doesn’t need a huge introduction if you are in the wedding photography/industry - he’s a legend. (he didn’t even pay me to say that <wink!>} he’s one of the industry’s most sought after photographers. but of course i still will give him one. :) he is none other than jose villa.

a number of years back, a friend of mine who has chosen to stay true to herself and shoots film in this digital world (yes sherri, that’s you babe!), introduced me to the work of jose. she adored his work (and still does). she was having a birthday and i thought it’d be way cool to get her jose villa print. so i emailed him.

that is when i fell in love (not like TRUE love, but LIKE love..hehehe..) with jose. he emailed me back…and even knew of sherri from her interaction on his blog. wow. that was COOL i thought. to make a long story shot, he mailed me a print of his for her from california to good old canada land. i have never had a photographer that i didn’t know be so incredibly friendly to me. that impressed me tremendously.

he was so genuine. and it really shows through in his work as well; the most amazing photographs that are so personal and real.

we have “kept in touch” over the interwebs - a tweet here and there, liking his amazing work on fb. so i was THRILLED when i emailed jose to be a part of my #FF blogposts and he said he would love to. truly he has a part of my heart - as an artist and person. :)

thanks for coming out and being apart of this feature, jose. thank you for being an inspiration to me and to many other photographers. you are the awesome. :) one day i’d love to attend one of your workshops - they look so fantastic!!

and to my blog readers - enjoy a little chat with jose.


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TLH: what is the favorite part of what you do (business wise)?

Jose: I love sharing my images with magazines and blogs as a way to advertise my business and new work. The business part of my business has always been the tough part. I went to photography school to know how to take great photos technically so I can create beautiful images for myself first then my clients. Along the way I started to pick up my “style” or “look” or whatever you want to call it.. all the while trying to stay afloat, make some money to pay my school loans and live. I became a good business man through all the mistakes I made and all the successful moves I made. Believe me, there were 100x more mistakes along the way, but these only made me a stronger photographer and most importantly a stronger person.

Upload from November 22, 2011

Upload from November 22, 2011

TLH: how did you get started? everyone asks, i know, but peeps wanna know! 

Jose: I was never really into photography when I was in my teens, but I knew I liked light and I knew I liked pretty things.. I grew up on a 200 acre horse ranch and I loved the colors that nature would shed from season to season.. When I was in High School I took a photography class to occupy my time as a senior after my college prep classes. As soon as I picked up the camera in Mr. Burtons class, it was all over. I knew this was what I wanted to do—to capture the world and people through the glass of crip lens. I knew I could capture people at their best and as long as I placed them in the right lighting situation, one that I was most comfortable in, then I knew this was for me.

Upload from November 22, 2011

Upload from November 22, 2011

TLH: if you could live anywhere in the world for a year, money not an issue, where would it be and why?

Jose: I was born in Mexico and at age 5 my parents brought my brothers and I to the US to have more opportunity, although I go to Mexico more than 3 times a year. I still can’t get enough. I don’t want to say I would live anywhere specifically, but I can live pretty much any where in South America.. I have a soft place in my heart for anything south of the border. The light, people, fool and colors inspired me to see the world in a soft beautiful way.

Upload from November 22, 2011

Upload from November 22, 2011

TLH: favorite story/memory of past client/work/project

Jose: Oh, this is a tough one.. I’ve been shooting for 10 years and I’ve had lots of great stories throughout my photography career. I think one of the best memories was when I booked my first destination wedding to Hawaii 8 years ago. I remember getting the contract and check in-hand before telling my parents, who I lived with at the time, that I’d booked this fun wedding. While I was jumping for joy, my mom, on the other hand, loudly said “why are you traveling so far? I dont like that idea”.  I thought this was so funny and a little discouraging as this was a lifetime opportunity. On the other hand my mom is such a homebody and expected I’d only shoot weddings 45 minutes away from home.

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TLH: what is your favorite foods to eat? to make? to buy? why?

Jose: I love fried rice, I can eat this all day long.. I also love corn on the cob.. the best is also on the grill.

Upload from November 22, 2011

Upload from November 22, 2011

TLH: where do you see yourself in your biz and life in 5 years?

Jose: Starting a family is on my mind these days…I’m only getting older. I want to adopt from the US and experience being a dad. In my business I see myself shooting a lot more editorial work for lifestyle magazines. I know this requires travel, which is actually what I’m trying to scale back on. There will some balance I’ll have to work out, but for now thats where I’m headed.

Upload from November 22, 2011

TLH: how do you want to be remembered? 

Jose:As a Fine Art Photographer who sees beauty in all people and things.

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check out more of jose on the interwebs:

website:  http://www.josevillaphoto.com/

blog: http://josevillablog.com/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jose-Villa/120335988039012

twitter: http://twitter.com/josevilla


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