Jose Villa Photographer ~ Genius or Entrepreneur?

Let me just start by saying, this was a trick question as he is BOTH!

I remember meeting him for the first time back in high school, as I to had the same class/teacher as Jose did. Though I was 14(and barely able to pick my nose and chew gum) at the time and he was probably 18.  We then met some years later while he was working at a local store doing developing while putting himself through Brooks Institute –  About 2 years after all this, I would occasionaly read about him in local papers, or see his work posted online on in various local print adds, to then one day walking into his new decked out office in downtown Solvang.

He was like a little kid, sitting as his desk surrounded by his printed out imaginations all around him. He had some old cameras, various images of his own musings and work printed out splattered all over the walls of this 20 by 40 room. It was a dream come true, and that was only the start of his entrepreneurial genius. Hope took over, and become reality.

Fast foward to 2011, he is in the t0p 10 photographers for weddings in the world, probably in the top 100 photographers currently alive for various forms of photography, and he is all of 30. The whole point to this ….his first book: Fine Art Wedding Photography

Fore more on his new book: Fine Art Wedding Photography: How to Capture Images with Style for the Modern Bride by Jose Villa and Jeff Kent published by Random House, Inc.

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-0002-6 (0-8174-0002-8)

Video on Jose Villa

Find the whole story out at his personal website:

I am very proud to see a man of his talent and humble backgrounds grow to such an amazing influence in modern photography.

  1. hey villa! thank you for the kind words.. hope to see you soon!

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