About - Joe Stroud
Tree and Crows

About Me

As a child growing up in North Louisiana, the outdoors played a pivotal role in forming my passion for nature and wildlife. Like most kids, spending time hunting and fishing were the first steps to understanding the woods, the movements and behaviors of its inhabitants.  My passion for photography began when I saw Jim Brandenburg's image, "White Wolf Leaping" in National Geographic Magazine. From there my quest for knowledge was born. I wanted to learn everything I could about the craft - reading and studying images from the Masters (Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Michael "Nick" Nichols). There was more to these images that attracted me. It was the feeling I would get when I would look at these images. I realized it goes far beyond the beautiful, it's the essence of the place, animal or person that evoked those feelings.

I studied Photography and Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Photography and a Minor in Art History. After college I travelled around the country working for some of the best photographers in their field. I began assisting on photo shoots ranging from annual reports, studio set ups, to location editorial and fashion shoots, I also worked at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops as a course assistant. Though these experiences were life changing, informative, inspirational, and fun, it was that one image of the White Wolf that remained etched in my mind and I knew my heart and soul was nature and wildlife photography.

It is my vision, through my images, to share the moments that will hopefully inspire you, as "White Wolf Leaping" still inspires and speaks to me.