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BiographyPBJ is a Chicago-based Glamour and Portrait photographer who brings a sense of edge to classic style. He has been developing his craft professionally for eight years, but has had a passion for making beautiful pictures his whole life.
He grew up in a very rough neighborhood in Chicago. Despite the hardships, he found beauty in life. He was determined to get out of the old neighborhood and take on larger challenges. Photography was a creative outlet that allowed him to connect to the community in whole new ways.
He first took an interest in photography when he joined the high school yearbook staff and became a member of the Photography and Videography clubs at Wells Community Academy in the Chicago's East Village neighborhood. With his Ricoh 35MM film camera at his side, Joe seized the opportunity to document the delights of high school for his fellow classmates.
At 17, He made a serious decision to join the United States Marine Corps. By the time he was just 18 years old, he was already active in the 1st Persian Gulf War. While in the Marines, he continued to develop his picture-taking skills by documenting his travels through Spain, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Thailand, Japan, Somalia, Peru and Iraq.Upon returning to the United States, he knew photography was more than just a pasttime, so he began studying with his mentor, Walter Malabehar Cantu where he learned the finer points of shooting glamour and wedding photos. Professionally, Joe has worked as a photographer for the Spanish newspaper, “Chicago Ahora” as well as closely with the Puerto Rican Parade Committee and has had photos published in a book called "Chicago Latinos at Work" (http://goo.gl/F11uj) showcasing high-profile Puerto Rican leaders from Humboltd Park Community.
Currently PBJ is building a strong business on his own. He takes every picture with care and creativity. Whether you’re building your own modeling portfolio, trying to send family pictures across the country, or giving your special someone a sexy gift, you’ll have a wonderful experience and the beautiful pictures to prove it.
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