Joseph Smileuske grew up in Syracuse, NY where he studied Graphic Design and ended up working for a local newspaper before moving to New York City some 15 years ago. Here in the city he discovered his passion for photography and working through different jobs, he finally landed in the field of photo retouch. Working with photos and learning the tricks to enhance their beauty gave Joseph so much pleasure that he started to wonder what it would be like to make his own art. And so, about 7 years ago, he bought a camera.
Retouching photos and actually taking photos are two very different things. And so, bravely, Joseph embarked on some courses in how to use camera and lighting before he started to experiment by himself. It seems obvious he picked up on the art pretty fast. Joseph chose people as his area with a specialism in male nudes. Inspired by the portraits made by earlier mentioned Jim French, but also driven by the skillful work by masters such as Bruce Weber and Herb Ritts, Joseph set to work and started to experiment with lighting and settings. His efforts already pay off, but Joseph is still learning. And that he is enjoying every second of it clearly shows through his work. - Beautiful Magazine