Joel “Bear” Ross & Maggie Ross
Temecula, CA | Denver, CO
Canon 5D Mark III, Mark II & Nikon AW1
It seems that you two collaborate in perfect harmony. Tell us about your relationship with each other and how it helps you both to stay creative.
Joel Bear Studios is made up of myself (Joel “Bear” Ross) and my wife Maggie Ross who are both professional photographers. We have been married for going on two years and have been best friends from years before that.
How we stay creative together is by first our Faith and living the adventure of life together. Whether it’s surfing, climbing, exploring, backpacking or just having an afternoon at a coffee shop, we are always in the pursuit to inspire and to be inspired by those elements and people around us. To be inspired by life itself. Inspiring people through a narrative has always created adventure in our hearts thus we find such enjoyment in telling stories through our photography. To allow the viewer to take part and feel inspired to be a part of that image, to sit back and dream. This is a big part of our relationship as well, because we are always inspiring one another, pushing each other to the next level of life.
You say that you aspire to tell people’s stories through your work, but we want to know about yours today!
At ten years old my parents sold everything and bought a Jeep and a trailer and we lived across the country. I think this spurred my love for adventure and traveling while also giving me an appreciation for life and people who live and work in America.
After high school I took two years at Calvary Chapel Bible College and met my wife Maggie, whose love for life and the outdoor truly inspired me. Having grown up in Colorado, being in the outdoors is a lifestyle to her. She fell in love with photography when we were married and has been tag-teaming with me ever since. After we met, we completed and graduated early from New York Institute of Photography, and a week later we were married.
We wanted to create a business where we could work and inspire people. Also creating a desire to live life and feel a part and yearn for something bigger is one of our goals. We created Joel Bear Studios in the fall of 2012 and it took about a year to find who we were as photographers. It came about on a trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, in our trusty Honda Element. The trip consisted of working and collaborating with other photographers and sharing our adventure with others. From this excursion down the coast, we found that we love to adventure, to work with and alongside brands and companies, and sharing stories.