Virginia Beach portrait and lifestyle photographer specializing in comfortable portraits and candids
Have you ever had your worlds collide? Like, a moment where you ask, “you two know each other?” Or when your mom says, “this is a remake of a song from the 60’s.” Or my favorite is when a couple I was shooting had met while they were traveling the world… realizing they were actually classmates at the same college from back home. I had a small moment like this about 2 years ago. But what lead up to the moment started long before that.
Obviously, you know that I am a Horse Girl. I have ridden since I was 6, and have been kind of pressed on anything horse related ever since. When I was in middle school, Monty Roberts was becoming quite popular. Being the original, The Horse Whisperer had just came out and for a girl who rode with soft hands, he was a god. Mr. Roberts taught not only a skill, but a way of life. A worldview. His gospel was all about patience and gentleness and trust. When the opportunity arose for a clinic with him, I was totally sold.
Fast forward about ten years. I’m dreaming about photography school, working at my alma matar, and spending my breaks on wedding blogs. I see images that make me gasp. Jose Villa’s work will make you do that. So, I research him. Who is this guy. Ok. He’s good. Really good. Like, top 10 in the world good. So I tell all my photo friends, add his blog to my bookmarks bar, and listen to an interview online.
Enter worlds collide moment. Jose Villa worked on the Horse Whisperer’s farm. Immediately, I had 1000 questions for him. And I had 1000x more interest viewing his work [which is crazy because I already checked his blog daily].
Jose Villa and I have never met. He still has celebrity status in my life. The kind where I still refer to him using his first and last name. But I just want to put it out there to my readers and viewers. He is one of the photographers who inspires me with his beautiful colors, soft light, crazy techniques, and infinite creativity. Cheers, Jose Villa. And thank you! Check out 2 of my favorite sets of his: