Joe Buissink’s work looks like he shot on most painstakingly-rendered commercial sets, full of models, set directors, and professional props, styled and lit especially to produce photos.

But Buissink is not only photographing real people in real moments, he’s doing it in a high-pressure situation. Buissink is a wedding photographer. In fact, he’s a wedding photographer to the Hollywood set, with a client roster that reads like the guest list of a red-carpet event (try Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, and Christina Aguilera for starters).

Big-name success notwithstanding, Buissink does not rest on his laurels. He stepped things up and allowed the crew of CreativeLIVE to follow him around for a weekend last September while he photographed a wedding, which was broadcast live (the groom worked for the CreativeLIVE team).

Not only that, but he and his second shooter then came to the studio over the next couple of days to allow the audience to watch him select and edit photos, and then present them to the couple.

There is nothing like getting a glimpse into the way a great photographer works if you really want to learn something. Buissink’s calm during the chaos stands out, as does his constant awareness of what is happening around him. It’s a collected mental focus that allows him to capture moments as they fly by.

You can see him work, too. Visit his website, or get the video from CreativeLIVE. It’s a privilege to watch one of the greats at work.


This is one profile in a series about photographers to follow in 2014. These are people who are doing groundbreaking photographic work and who teach the rest of us how to do it too. They fit the PhotographyTricks motto: spreading passion for life through photography.

* is not affiliated with CreativeLIVE in any way. This series of photographer profiles and any other references exist on this site solely because I admire and frequently take advantage of their broadcasts. I mention and recommend these presentations quite simply because I find them to be some of the best photography resources available.

-Heather Nilson, Editor-in-Chief,

About The Author

Heather Nilson was editor of from August 2012 until November 2014. She has a background as an academic geek, with a degree in biology and work history in biology research. This was followed in 2010 by a complete career switch from laboratory research to writing, photography, and travel. She specializes in travel and fine art photography, and loves spending her computer time continually learning more about photography and creativity. Heather lives in Denver, Colorado, when she is not traveling. Like her Facebook page at:

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