A Day in the Life

A Photoblog by Joel


September 23, 2018
Joel tickles Emmett while riding on the FrontRunner train.
Emmett and I on a family FrontRunner train ride. Emmett loves trains, and so do I.

I’m Joel. I live in Utah with my wife and 3 kids. I’m a full time senior front-end developer working at SQRD while simultaneously trying to co-found 460.

I love photography, especially shooting on my Fuji X-T20. I shot Canon for years, but the heft and the bulk and the need to always edit what I shot got really tiresome – enter Fuji mirrorless. Small, light, and can create incredible JPG images straight from the camera. Add in wifi to my smartphone and I hardly ever end up in front of a computer to edit. It’s fantastic.

I served a mission to Nagoya Japan many some-odd years ago and have a love for that place and culture. I took my wife there in April 2017 and am hoping to take my son Emmett there in spring 2020. #fingerscrossed.

I set up this blog because I’m growing tired of being the product for social media giants – I want to own my content, display in the order I want, not inundate you with ads, control the quality of the pictures, and keep the stupid political garbage far far away. I want to go back to the world of personal blogs and RSS feeds. This is my small movement to return to that.

I’m also available for hire if you’ve got something fun you’d like to shoot together. My favorite style right now is day-in-the-life and I’d love to come spend a few hours with you and your kids and capture memories of you having fun together.

A mom and two kids smile for a portrait in the sand at the beach.
My wife and kids at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas California