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Photographer to Watch: Joe Schmelzer

Photographer Joe Schmelzer is a Renaissance man of the camera lens. He shoots celebs, food, wine, interiors, exteriors, lifestyle, landscapes, and quirky still-lifes—all beautifully. He's also pretty good at shooting half-naked people. He does both commercial and editorial work, and has gallery representation for his personal work.


Joe received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and then migrated to "the City" (New York City) with his photographer peers to work as a freelance photo assistant and later became a studio manager for a high profile studio. When it was time to move on, Joe set his sights on LA, where he pursued his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including some of my shelter faves, ELLE Décor, House Beautiful, and Metropolitan Home.

To see a gallery of Joe's breath-taking photographs, read more

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