© Joel Grimes, 2023


Orientation Monday, October 9th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Tuesday, October 10th – Thursday, October 12th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Friday, October 20th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional) VIA ZOOM

Canon Explorer of Light photographer Joel Grimes is known as a master of portrait lighting. His influential series of lighting materials and instructional videos have illuminated the intricacies and nuances of lighting for a generation of photographers.

Without question, one of the most essential elements in creating a visually compelling image is how light strikes a subject. It is incredibly empowering and satisfying to develop the necessary skills to create any desired lighting scenario.  And – be able to do this intuitively without flash meters, lighting ratios, and schematics!

Joel’s artistic approach can be described as that of an illusionist. He aims to capture the unique essence of each individual through his creative photographic process. He believes that there is no face on the planet that is the same, and his goal is to reflect and showcase this individual uniqueness in his portraits.

In Master The Light, Joel Grimes will give you the tools to creatively light portraits and fulfill your vision as an Artist. Take the mystery out of lighting and join Joel for this career-changing three-day, in-person workshop.

PRICE: $2540

plus $55 per day (Monday not included) Daily Registration (included: Model fees, workshop transportation, opening reception, networking dinner, evening presentation and party.



Joel Grimes is a renowned photographer known for his distinctive style of creating larger-than-life portraits. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Photography. Soon after graduating, he established a commercial studio in Denver, Colorado, where he began his successful career.

Joel’s impressive portfolio includes working with top advertising agencies and corporations, taking him to every state in the USA and over fifty countries worldwide. His talent and dedication have earned him recognition and accolades from industry leaders. Canon, a prominent camera manufacturer, selected him as one of their exclusive Explorer Of Light photographers, while Westcott designated him as a Top Pro Elite photographer. Adobe also acknowledged his skills by naming him one of their Photoshop Feature Artists.

In 1990, Joel published his first coffee table book titled “Navajo, Portrait of a Nation.” The book received numerous awards for its photography and design. It also led to an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History Museum, showcasing Joel’s exceptional work.

Beyond his personal work, Joel is passionate about sharing his knowledge and inspiring others in the field of photography. He serves as an ambassador for his creative process by conducting workshops and delivering lectures worldwide. By being open and transparent about his techniques and artistic vision, he hopes to encourage others to pursue their dreams and passions in the realm of creation.