Jessica and Ashlee's dad has a new creative venture

By Aili Nahas
Updated May 13, 2016 08:55 PM
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Courtesy Joe Simpson

He’s a movie producer, record label exec and the former manager of his two superstar daughters, and now Joe Simpson can add another credential to his resume – professional photographer.

“I’ve always loved being behind the camera,” the 58-year-old dad of Jessica, 35 and Ashlee, 31 tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I was even the photographer at my own wedding when I was 19! There is something about taking pictures that makes me happy, and it has always been a hobby for me.”

Continues Simpson: “It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, that I started spending time taking photos professionally. Landing my first editorial job was huge! It has been amazing to have credit in the space and people who respect my work.”

His fan base is sure to grow, as Simpson celebrates his new venture with a gallery exhibit at the Bruce Lurie gallery in Los Angeles on May 14. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Adopt the Arts.

“I am very excited and nervous to share my work and have my first show,” says Simpson. “I know that I am doing something I love and am proud of. It s a dream come true.”

Simpson’s photographs of his daughters will also be featured in his show. “As their father, I have obviously been familiar with seeing them in front of the camera and at hundreds of shoots,” he says of Jessica and Ashlee. “So it was a very cool and proud moment to be shooting them as Joe the artist not just their dad!”

As an added bonus, his newfound skills come in handy when it comes to family gatherings. “I am the one who is always capturing moments of my grandkids now,” says Simpson of Jessica and Ashlee’s children. “I am so blessed and have a beautiful family!”