Meet the Photographer - Joel Samways

Meet Joel - Eveni Photographer

Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Joel. I’m 26 years old, born in Sydney Australia, currently living on the Gold Coast. 

10 Questions
1. When did you start photography?
I started photography as a hobby in 2016, and got serious about it in 2017. 
2. How did you know this is what you wanted to pursue?
I had no idea this was something I wanted to pursue as a career. I bought a camera just to get some travel snaps, but after seeing my photos many people encouraged me to consider becoming professional. I enjoyed it, so I decided to go for it. 
3. What's the best thing about photography?
The best thing is the people you get to meet, whether they be other photographers, models or clients. Photography has helped my discover how important networking is. 

4. What's the worst thing about photography?
The worst thing is how expensive it can be to buy the gear. 
5. Any tips on photography?
Shoot what you enjoy and are passionate about. If you don’t enjoy it, then it will reflect in your work and the images will never be as good. Also, challenge yourself to capture something from a new perspective by limiting yourself, either to one lens, or a set of rules for a shoot. 
6. What's your photography style?
I feel like my style is always changing and developing (as it should). I do a lot of adventure/travel photography, my passion is capturing the beauty of creation and how humans can interact with and enjoy it. But I also love shooting portraits and making people feel good about themselves in the images a capture. 
7. What's your experience on the Eveni shoot(s)? 
The Eveni shoot was a lot of fun. Myself and the models drove around Upolu for the day and stopped off whenever we found a cool spot to shoot. It was spontaneous and relaxed, which made the shoot really enjoyable. Can’t wait to do another one! 
8. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
My favourite image is this (see below), because it reminds me that life isn’t meant to be too serious. The important things in life are family, the ones we love and enjoying what is around us. It’s also taken in Samoa, one of my favourite places on earth.  
9. Whose work has influenced you most?
The person who’s work as influenced me most would probably be @jasoncharleshill . He is an amazing photographer, and I haven’t seen anyone who can take photos like he can. 
10. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
If I knew the amount of opportunities it opened up for me, I would’ve invested into it a lot earlier.