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Joel Jordan '07
Joel Jordan graduated from the University of San Diego in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Art. With a specialty in visual communication and minor in art history, Joel's well rounded education has equipped him with an amazing tool set for creating stunning images. With a strong vision and immense passion for his craft, Joel runs his own photography studio and is quickly becoming one of the top wedding photographers in San Diego. You can view his work at http://www.joeljordan.com.
1. What have you been up to since graduation?
I photographed my first wedding while still attending USD. Since that first wedding during my junior year, my career as a wedding photographer has exploded. Having photographed more than 140 weddings I have established myself in the highly competitive wedding market and have been been hired to shoot weddings all over California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.
2. What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory of USD was designing the School's Art and Literary magazine, Asylum.
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
My favorite places at USD area the art studios in the basement of Camino. I was in the very first class of students to have access to these amazing spaces. Collaborating with other students and having personal space to explore creative ideas was a truly unique experience. We were given the space and freedom to explore topics which we otherwise would not have been able to pursue. It was a very exciting atmosphere.
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
There were certainly many who contributed to my personal and educational growth, and I would love to give them all credit, especially all of the amazing faculty members of the Art Department. I have to say my favorite instructor was John Halaka. We butted heads on a couple occasions in terms of creative expression, but John consistently challenged my vision and changed the way I "see."
5. How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have remained in Contact with faculty members, in some cases collaborating on personal projects. I have been back to USD several times to shoot weddings of former classmates, including most recently, Joyleen (Tropel) and Derek Maravilla, married Sept 4 2010 in Founders. This was a very special wedding as Joyleen and I used to be on the USD cheer squad together. She was my flyer.
6. If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Get involved. There are so many different groups and organizations, and the more you do, the more amazing memories you will have.
Miranda Stratton '13
Miranda graduated from USD in 2013 with a degree in Biology. Since her days on campus, she is now pursuing her PhD on cellular and molecular biology at Stanford University.