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Hello, I’m J.K.Winders!

J.K. stands for Joshua Kelly. I am a portrait, adventure, and documentary photographer. I have been taking photographs and growing in this craft since 2012. The blending of traditional lifestyle photography with the wonderment and joy of adventure, accompanied by rich tones and moody vibes, are what make up the unique aesthetic of my work. In all things, my aim is to explore and create to inspire. 

I was born and raised in the great state of Georgia; a red head in a family of brunettes. Since then, I have coexisted in the bustling city of Los Angeles, California, the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and several places in between. As my horizons have expanded over the past several years, so have my portfolio and skill sets. I travel a great deal and consider myself a collector of experiences.

In addition to photography, I am also an avid writer, musician, and overall artisan. I am enamored by the creative process and the business of creating something artistic for the purpose of saying something that has never been said before. I enjoy doing work that challenges me and my abilities, and takes me to places I’ve never been and allows me to see things I've never seen. I constantly draw inspiration from old, vintage styles and techniques to discover new places to take my art and creativity. At my very core, I'm just a young buck on a journey, unceasingly refining and establishing myself as an artist, an adventurer, and a young man. I am always eager and excited to connect, create, and explore.


Frequently Asked Questions


A. I've always had access to a camera and have always known how to operate one. But I began seriously pursuing photography in 2012 while living in Los Angeles, California. In my early career, I developed myself as a street photography and portrait photographer before venturing out and traveling full time.

Q. Where are you based?

A. I am currently a full-time roamer, constantly on the road and abroad going wherever a project or inspiration is taking me. Feel free to reach out to me through my contact page to see if I'm rolling through your neck of the woods.

Q. What other artists have influenced you the most?

A. Growing up, my family had a lot of prints by Ansel Adams displayed all over our house. From a young age, I was enamored by the stark use of light and shade in his imagery of the natural beauty of America. I also find a lot inspiration in the works and documentations of photographers like Margaret Burke White, Dorothea Lange, and Steve McCurry.

Q. What is the best way to employ your services?

If you are looking for general photography, visit my Services page to browse some of my photography and videography packages. If you are looking for something a little more specific, please inquire with me using the contact form.

Q. Where all have you Traveled to?

I have traveled extensively around the United States, visiting 35 of our 50 states. I have traveled outside the U.S. to over 20 countries, including Canada, The Bahamas, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Hungary, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.

Q. Coffee or tea?

Whichever one compliments my choice of whiskey.

Q. Whiskey, you say?

Oh, yes! Glenfiddich 15 is my favorite that I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling, but my go-to is between Woodford Reserve, Four Roses Single Barrel, and Breckenridge Bourbon. I’m also partial to a nice, crisp Gin every now and then. And I also drink plenty of wine, not enough to garner sommelier status, I just like what I like.

Q. Can I be your friend?

Of course!

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What’s In My Bag…

For Capturing

  • Canon 5D Mark IV camera body
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens
  • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L lens
  • Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
  • DJI Mavic Pro drone

For Computing

  • Mac Book Pro laptop
  • iMac desktop
  • iPad Pro tablet

For Editing

  • Adobe Lightroom (photo editing)
  • Adobe Photoshop (photo editing/graphic design)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (video editing)
  • Adobe InDesign (graphic design and publication)

For The Heck Of It

  • Journal(s)
  • Fiction Book (The Odyssey by Homer at the moment)
  • Non-fiction Book (Get Weird by CJ Casciotta at the moment)
  • Pretzels