Joseph R. Beckham was born in Rhode Island and has spent most of his life on, in or near the sea. Joe works with his wife, Ashley, helping run Willywaw, while pursuing his love of photography as Light Forge Studio.

As an avid diver, Joe began shooting underwater photography at a young age. His recent photographs chronicle nature and outdoor life, and he prefers to shoot in natural light. Joe is frequently seen cruising the salt marshes of Narrow River in his boat, SQUID, or capturing photos of surfers along the sea wall.

Joe worked in the marine industry as a boat builder and marine engineer for nearly 30 years and continues to consult on new construction projects. Currently, he is working on support boats for the offshore wind farms. He's crewed on numerous ocean racing sailboats, participating in many races including the Trans-Atlantic, the Fastnet, as well as the Bermuda race. 

In search of unique frames to compliment his work, Joe began making his own out of salvaged, reclaimed lumber and driftwood. He has a loyal following of customers who come to him for the unique colors, hand-rubbed and distressed finishes he creates.

His work can be viewed at lightforgestudio.com or follow him on Instagram.

Check out Sky Sabin's short video of Joe making frames!

Light Forge Studio from Joe on Vimeo.