In 1970, Joe Butts became a professional photographer. He opened his studio in 1974. The Professional Photographers of San Diego County awarded him Top Wedding Photographer for five consecutive years and Top Portrait Photographer for three consecutive years as well as Photographer of the Year from 1986 to 1994 and again in 1998 after taking a two-and-a-half year sojourn from his business from 1994 to 1996. Joe is now living in Silver City, New Mexico with his wife, Cecilia. He continues photographing throughout the United States as well as internationally.
He began his career
as a commercial photographer producing advertising and illustrative
images of products, architectural interiors and exteriors.
In time Joe discovered
that he preferred photographing people more than boxes and has
since become recognized internationally for his expertise and
talent as a people-photographer. In 1980 his peers honored him
with the degree of Master Photographer from the Professional
Photographers of America.
Now, as a Commercial
Photographer, his people images are used for illustrating
products and services for all types of publications, annual
reports and board room portraits that express the tenacity of
success and the wisdom of maturity.
Joe's approach to
Portraiture is to discover the personal story behind each and
every subject, expressing their individuality through the highly
refined art of photographic portraiture.
The joys of life
are fleeting. We can't capture them, but much of their sweetness
and fullness can be retained and continually re-experienced
through the sensitive portraiture of Joe Butts.
and Bat Mitzvahs take place in the mind and in the heart
and that's where Joe Butts photographs to capture real feelings
and emotions. He looks for naturalness and spontaneity. Joe
visualizes your special occasion from your point of view.
The photography of
your event can be scheduled at your convenience so that your
day is not monopolized by a photographer but is left for your
enjoyment of family and friends.
A series of well
done photographs combining beautiful portraits and photojournalism
that captures the magic of your day, will become an album of
substance, individuality and memories that will be cherished
for generations. If this is what you want, then Joe Butts, Master
Photographer, is your ultimate choice.
but a day,
Memories are forever.
Joe Butts is a Photographic
Artist. His work has hung in galleries, is displayed
as art work for wall decor in homes, corporate offices, hotels
and hospitals. It is not too surprising to hear viewers use
such words as, "breathtaking" and "emotionally
compelling" to express their feelings about his images.