Andy and Jose hopped on the line, Friday March 13th, to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus on the event industry and their businesses as a prelude to the regular interview.
Listen as Andy and Jose discuss many topics, including the celebrity weddings he photographed in 2019. There is so much to learn from Jose, regardless of whether or not you are a photographer.
If you are not familiar with his work, Jose Villa is primarily a film photographer, named one of the top Wedding Photographers in the world by Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Harper’s Bazaar. Jose has also been recognized as one of the most influential photographers of the decade by PDN.
Listen as Jose shares how the level of the weddings he does has changed and what he feels when shooting celebrity weddings. In 2019, Jose did the photography for Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s and Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s weddings, two of the most high profile weddings he last last year. Jose also speaks about the cameras and lenses he uses and the presets that are now available that makes digital photos look like film.
Have you ever grabbed one camera, one lens, and just started composing images? Jose speaks about how much he likes to change things up, even after being in the business for the last eighteen years. He shares about those moments he waits a whole wedding to shoot, clients that require a lot of attention and how that pays off, and his strategy with social media.
Jose is very humble and grateful for what he has achieved, and has more he wants to accomplish. Jose shoots about twenty weddings a year now and the intricacies of each event keeps him plenty busy. Listening to Jose is always a pleasure and you don’t want to miss this conversation!
[02:14] Welcome back to the show, Jose!
[02:35] Jose shares where his business is now and how the level of weddings has changed.
[03:20] Jose speaks about the anxiety he feels during celebrity wedding shoots.
[05:55] Jose discusses the photos he shot for Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding.
[07:50] Did Nick ask for specific things he wanted for his wedding photographs?
[09:28] Jose shares his experience with Priyanka Chopra and her attention to detail.
[11:02] Jose chats about the fact that Nick and Priyanka’s wedding was the first time he shot a wedding digitally.
[12:55] Jose discusses Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s wedding and why the vibe was different.
[15:21] He felt like he was filming a concert at the reception because of how many artists were there.
[16:20] Jose speaks about seeing the world when he is photographing vertically.
[17:26] Jose chats about loving the ability to run around with one lens on a 35mm camera.
[18:20] What cameras and lenses are you using now?
[18:53] Jose shares how he uses lighting and how soft light compliments people’s faces.
[20:30] Jose speaks about taking photos intuitively and making sure the subject is present in the moment.
[22:42] Do you have moments when you feel like this is it, this is the photo I have to have?
[24:21] Jose shares his social media strategy and what he struggles with the most.
[26:37] Jose speaks about how he handles his business and the fact that he answers every email and text from clients.
[28:32] He chats about a client he works with that requires a lot of his attention, and it has paid off because they have hired him to shoot every event they do all over the world.
[30:40] How many weddings do you shoot a year?
[31:56] Jose tells us what he does for fun when he is not working.
[34:18] What is it like to be married to a photographer? Is there any competition there?
[36:51] Jose discusses what he spoke about at Engage and why he temporarily stopped doing workshops.
[38:52] What are you looking forward to? Are you going to be traveling a lot?
[40:02] Jose shares what success means to him at this point in his life.
[43:34] Jose, thank you for being on the show!
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