Photographing Valentino In Paris

I discovered my passion for wedding and event photography in 2003, when the International Brand Ambassador for Valentino invited me to photograph the prolific designer’s Paris fashion show. I had never photographed an event before, but a few hours later I was backstage framing the likes of Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour, a Duchess, a Prince, two dozen top models and of course Valentino. That evening I photographed the cocktail and dinner at the designer’s apartment on the Quai d’Orsay. Thus began five inspiring years capturing Valentino’s Paris fashion shows and private parties. Discovering my love for “social photography” I soon found myself busy documenting the weddings and events of the colorful personalities in the Paris art and fashion scenes, and I was hooked.

Since then I’ve photographed weddings in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Newport, Marrakesh, St. Tropez, San Juan, Nice, St. Jean Cape Ferrat, Bretagne, Tulum, Acapulco, Bali, Tahiti, and many other magical places. Over the years, whether I’m shooting an intimate backyard wedding or a more elaborate black-tie invitation, my wedding clients and their families have become my friends, mentors, guides, surfing buddies, and inspirations. Their kids call me “Unky Josh,” a title I am quite proud of. Again and again my clients invite me behind the veil, trusting me to share in and record their most private and emotional moments. They take me on a roller coaster ride of beauty, excitement, movement, intimacy, fear, joy, glamour and romance…and I love them for it! They always give me so much more than they will ever know.