Beauty Through the Lens 8

Northlander captures nature in all its glory

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Only some can take that beauty and translate it for others to see. Joel Schneider is one such individual. This Northlander makes his living capturing special moments at weddings and in portraits but his passion for nature is amply displayed in his more personal work. 

After his grandfather gave him an old SLR camera, he fell in love with the form and says that he seldom put it down. With the advent of digital technology, he was free to explore the world with abandon. He went on to complete his Bachelor's of Science in photography at the University of Central Missouri at Sedalia. After traveling the world, he has settled in the Northland where he shares a home with his wife, Robin, and son, Elijah. 

While deserts and mountains are two of Schneider's favorite topics, he says that he also finds beauty every day at home. Sunrise and sunset can transform any subject matter, according to Schneider. 

"There's really so much going on right here in Gladstone, if only people will stop and look around them," he says.  

Schneider sells his work at and will mount a show at the Gladstone Community Center during May and June of 2016.