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Featured farm photographer Joseph Opsal

Published on 26 May 2020
Hoseph Opsal

How did you get started in photography?

Opsal: I started doing photography through 4-H by taking photos to our county fair. Over the years, I began to really love photography and was constantly taking pictures.



Holstein photo

My sister had asked me to take her engagement photos in 2016; at first I was unsure but agreed to do it. After her engagement shoot, I was pleasantly surprised with the results and decided to start a portrait photography business.

Heifer photo

What is your favorite type of photo to shoot?

Opsal: My favorite type of shoot is anything involving animals. That is what I started taking pictures of when I first picked up a camera – and still love it to this day. I especially enjoy when clients include animals in their sessions. It is such a fun experience capturing the bond they have with their animals.


Heifer photo

Describe your most memorable photo shoot.

Opsal: My most memorable shoot was having the honor to photograph the Supreme Champion ceremony at World Dairy Expo this past fall. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity being in the same ring as living legends. There is so much emotion from the exhibitors when they finally achieve their dreams and all the hard works pays off.

Winning photo

Why do you enjoy farm-related photography?

Opsal: I enjoy farm-related photography because of the people. Any shoot I do that is farm-related usually involves industry people I haven’t seen in a while, and it is so much fun to catch up with everyone and be able to work alongside great people. I truly wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of the amazing people in our industry.


Loves her cow photo

What are one or two tips you would give to an amateur photographer who wants to take a great picture of people and/or animals?

Opsal: A tip I would give for amateur photographers is: Lighting is everything. No matter the equipment you have, you can create amazing photographs with the right lighting.

Girl and his cow photo

Try to always capture your photos right before sunrise or sunset while the light is still soft and warm. If you’re taking photos in the middle of the day, you often create harsh shadows on the subjects’ face that aren’t as flattering.  end mark

Photos by Joseph Opsal.

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Joseph Opsal Photography
Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
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