For Joel Grimes, the passion to create is not optional; instead, it is part of his DNA. As a young child, he constantly drew, painted, sculpted, and played music. In his freshman year in high school, he tried photography and fell in love with it. Initially, he was fearful of pursuing a photography career because he is colorblind, but thankfully his teacher reassured him that this would never hold him back.
Joel went on to earn a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona. He credits six semesters of Art History, which seemed pointless to him at the time, with inspiring him to use lighting and his unique artistic vision to transform his photography into dramatic works of art, rich with both emotion and style. Throughout his career, Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies across the globe on assignments that have taken him to every state in the United States and more than fifty countries.
Clients include AARP, Abbott Laboratories, AES, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism, AT&T, Carnegie Institution, Case Logic, Dial, Febreze, Goldman Sachs, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Kodak, Nikon USA, Pentax USA, Philip Morris, Phillips 66, PSE Archery, Red Bull, Roper, Quest, Sony, Sturm Ruger Company, Village Inn, Visa, Volvo, US Postal Service, USA Boxing Wacom, Western Gas, Xcel Energy.