Joel Griffith was born in Hollywood, Florida, and split his formative years between Atlanta and Chicago. It was his affinity for the desert that eventually drew him West, where he honed his craft at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Following his graduation in 2000, an invitation to assist Bruce Weber led him to New York City, where he apprenticed for the next five years. In 2005, Griffith launched his own career in fashion photography. His roster of clients includes Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Belstaff, Gap, Uniqlo, DKNY, Nautica, Hugo Boss, Bergdorf Goodman, Abercrombie & Fitch, Vince, Ann Taylor, Lands’ End, DL 1961, and Vineyard Vines.