About Me - JOEL Y SONG

WILDLIFE | TRAVEL | WEDDING & PORTRAIT 

BASED IN CHICAGO, IL


ABOUT JOEL Y SONG

HELLO! My name is JOEL Y SONG. I am a Photographer based in the Chicagoland Area specializing in Wedding & Portrait Photography as well as Travel and Wildlife. I am also currently a MSHR Student at DePaul University.

I started to develop an interest in photography on trip to Korea in 2007, using my dad's old point and shoot camera. That interest led to my purchase of my own point and shoot at the end of 2007 and then eventually my first DSLR in 2009, when I consider the beginning of my photography.

Fast forward to 2017, though I have mostly shot weddings, events, and portraits up until now; my passion for Wildlife photography has grown throughout the years. I believe that photography can make a powerful impact on wildlife conservation & awareness. I hope to do my best to help make a difference, showing people the beauty of wildlife through the lens.


TIMELINE

JULY 2009 - Beginning of JOEL SONG PHOTOGRAPHY

JUNE 2012 - Shot my first Wedding

APRIL 2017 - Rebranding as JOEL Y SONG


Photo by Joe Park

MAJOR EVENTS COVERED

-Joshua Generation Conference (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) 

-One In Love Conference (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

-Global Korean Young Adult Mission Festival - Chicago (2012) 


AFFILIATIONS

-OIL Media Team (2012 - Present)

-J-Gen Media Team (2011 - Present) 

-CFC Photo Ministry (2011 - 2016)

-GKYM Chicago Media Team (2012) 

-Liberty in North Korea UIUC Photographer (2010 - 2012) 


AWARDS & HONORS

-"Paperman" short, shot with JChung Photography, featured at the Illini Independent Film Festival 2013

-Photos featured on howheasked.com in June 2017


BRANDING

From 2009 until 2015, my brand was known as JOEL SONG PHOTOGRAPHY.

Between 2015 and 2017, I started to use my name with my middle initial, but in doing so it created an inconsistent brand with both JOEL SONG PHOTOGRAPHY and JOEL Y SONG mixed together.

In April of 2017, I decided to fully commit to the JOEL Y SONG brand, dropping the JOEL SONG PHOTOGRAPHY name altogether, and rebranded with a new logo and revamped website.



My current brand design was created through a collaboration of

JOEL Y SONG and AYC Collective.

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