We had the good fortune of connecting with Beau Leone and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beau, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first started my business, Beau Leone Photography. I did it to make extra money, and to travel. Being inspired by other photographers that have started their own business like Chris Burkard and Trashhand gave me the mold on what it takes to be successful in this industry. I have a long way to go

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud of my website as an artist. It is something I developed myself with all of my personal photos. It can be viewed at (http://www.beauexplores.com). Another one is building a following of over 4,000 people on Instagram dedicated to my photography at (https://www.instagram.com/beauexplores/). I also studied photography as a minor at the University of Arizona, where I obtained my degree in Information Science. My photography project on access to nature was featured in the Lionel Rombach Gallery in Tucson, Arizona in April 2018. Photography to me is all about trial and error as well as patience.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite hikes or places to go in Arizona include Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Sedona, Watson Lake, Sunrise Peak, Saguaro National Park and Flagstaff in the fall. One to check out at Canyon de Chelly is Spider Rock for sunrise, it is magical. In Sedona, I would recommend a few hikes that are my favorite: cathedral rock, subway cave, and fay canyon. Watson Lake is my favorite lake in Arizona as a close second to Lake Pleasant, but check out as much as you can there. For Flagstaff in the fall, I would recommend Inner Basin Trail and driving along the Arizona Snowbowl.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One of my mentors has always been Don Thompson: a former McDonald’s CEO, and current CEO & Founder of Cleveland Avenue. I worked for Don at Cleveland Avenue for two summers in Chicago while I was home from school at the University of Arizona. His wisdom has allowed me to pursue my own business and make connections in life.

Website: http://www.beauexplores.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beauexplores/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beau-leone/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/beau_leone

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beauexplores

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