Joel Maxwell is a highly experienced, creative and technical photographer.

Experience to depend on

Joel Maxwell is a highly experienced, professional photographer, Photoshop expert, with great technical photographer skills and a commercial success. In a photography session with Joel, clients receive the benefit of his artistic eye and his technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Our staff plus specially trained photography art experts oversee every step of the creative process to ensure our clients have a thoroughly enjoyable experience and receive stunning artistic portraits of the highest quality.


Max Bailey Photography always delivers

There are many photographers but few have been around as long as Joel Maxwell. There are even fewer who have his photographic expertise and attention to detail. Many photographers "discover their love of photography" taking pictures of their own children. However, it takes more than love and some natural talent to be a professional photographer. He has the skill, training and knowledge to always deliver an outstanding artistic product. Joel uses his expertise in Photoshop to change an image a to piece of wall art. His clients call us because they know we will deliver high quality portraits and products.


35 years of experience working for you

Joel has been a professional photographer for over 35 years. He has spent the 16 hour days, 7 days a week necessary to learning and refining his craft. He has worked in the industry under Master Photographers, Ed Matuska, Jay Claussman, and Photo industry leaders such as Bremson Inc, and Kodak. His exceptional photography has been accepted into the National displays by the Professional Photographers Of America. While owning his own darkroom, he further developed his craft becoming an expert printer in silver, Black and White, and fine art high silver content Kodak Etcktalure paper. He now applies similar artistic control with Photoshop that he had in the past with hand printed fine art prints and retouching. Joel has taken his past skill and rolled it forward to be a Photoshop expert.


Prepare to be entertained

Joel is a uniquely art-obsessed individual. You will be entertained and you will appreciate the energy and passion Joel expresses for life and his art. Since 1974 he has developed his photographic style, lighting style and has perfected his technical photographic understanding. Joel Maxwell draws upon this experience to give each and every one of his clients the striking, artistic portraits he's known for. He uses only state-of-the-art cameras and equipment. Max Bailey Photography Portrait Studios is located in friendly downtown Park Rapids and is considered one of the Itasca State Park, Mississippi Headwaters, and Hubbard County photographer.


Attention to detail on your order

At Max Bailey Photography they pride themselves on the care and detailed attention they give each of our clients. They have a staff that is preoccupied with art and producing the finest imagery. The "office talk" is devoted to the delicate details of your order from cropping ,to toning, to finishers to talk about art technique and the endeavor of producing the best work that they can be proud of.


Review and choose your images with the help of experts

The art consultants are well trained to review your images with you at your order session and consult with you regarding image cropping and tone selection. They are experts at designing albums and combining images in your home for a complete art collection. They also use state-of-the-art software to help you order your portraits. If you send us digital snapshots of your wall space, we can show you how your images will look in your home. This takes out the guess work ensuring that you will love the art on your walls.


Every image is retouched

They send your order to our labs immediately to insure you receive your portraits in a timely manner. They have re-touchers and artists who understand their style, are efficient, and who specialize in image post-production and quality control. Our staff personally reviews all prints we receive from our professional portrait photography lab after we receive them. This insures that when our clients pick up their prints we know the order is complete and as perfect as can be.


Varied background & experience

Joel has been involved in the photo industry since 1974, and have worked for studios in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas and Missouri. It's been his pleasure to help nearly 1,000 brides preserve their wedding day memories. As a member of the Minnesota Professional Photographer's Association, Northwest Photographer's Association and the Twin Cities Professional Photographer's Association, he brings a talented experienced eye to Max Bailey Photography. Joel is currently serving a third term on the board of directors of the MNPPA, Minnesota Professional Photographers.


Mary's skill added to the team

Since their 1997 wedding, his wife Mary has been his key assistant at weddings and in the studio. Mary has great creativity, talent and design skills. She designs, most of the wedding albums, studio albums, and creative artistic composites. They constantly strive to educate ourselves on new trends and techniques of portrait photography.


Creating photographs is our Love

Joel and Mary love being able to capture those special memories, the emotions, and feelings that we all want to remember. They approach each photographic session with enthusiasm. Your session and images blend into an unforgettable portrait that you will be proud to display in your home. Our professional, relaxed, easy going spirit will help make your special day fun and relaxed.


Friendly and relaxed

At Max Bailey Photography, they specialize in capturing relationships through families, children, and weddings. We treat each of our clients like friends and you will be given our full attention when you come for your session. This is a portrait opportunity of a lifetime so we work hard to provide a relaxed and comfortable setting where we can have fun and joke with our clients. We schedule a consultation prior to your session so we can go over locations, styles, clothing, etc. and get to know you.


Remember, it's all about YOU! Don't miss the chance to create something you'll enjoy for years to come.


We take the time to do it right!

Always remember the goal of Max Bailey photography and Photoshop expert, Joel Maxwell is to take his experienced Professional Photography skills, his Technical photographer skill and create for you the an artistic image you will be proud to display.