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

Hi Danny, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I would say that if someone is looking to give up they need to remember this: Your next move could be the one that gets your big break. If you make music, your next song could be the one that makes you blow up. As a photographer, your next gig could be the one to put you on the map. As a videographer, your next video could be the one to go viral. If you give up, you’d never know how close you really were to making it. By giving up, you’re giving up on yourself and your dreams and you are submitting to just living a boring life and not going after your goals.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Starting from the very beginning, Carter Shimp and I began creating artwork on Photoshop back when we were just 13 years old. Little did we know this would be kicking off our careers at such an early age. We did it for fun… going over to each other’s houses every other day and just creating sports artwork. Eventually, a piece of mine caught the attention of the Phoenix Suns. At the time, they were using fan art as their covers for their game programs and wanted my work to be used! This was a massive opportunity that I decided to take and was an incredible experience to see my work used a total of four times at such an early age. I continued doing graphic design after this and have made cover art, posters, logos and much more. I am currently majoring in Graphic Design as well at Grand Canyon University.

Just before graduating 8th grade, Carter and I began doing photography and taking photos. This was also for fun and we just loved capturing moments and exploring. I’ve stuck with photography ever since and it has morphed into something so beautiful and real. Throughout high school I would bring my camera everywhere, capturing my friends, bringing them to my favorite spots and having photoshoots. Eventually, I was able to upgrade my camera and began to do things more professionally.

After graduating high school, Carter introduced me to Zach Miesuk who is the owner of Treehouse Studios. They needed a videographer/photographer for an event and Carter told them I was their guy. I met Zach and right away knew we would be great friends. Treehouse was having a show and this is where I also met Chris Vergara. I became great friends with Chris, Zach and many others since we all lived in town. Chris began bringing me on to various video sets and got me involved in video production for his company Round 3. Zach has helped me always be in touch with music and Chris has always helped me with anything I might need within the industry. But more importantly, they’ve helped me by being my friends. I had no direction before meeting these two and because of them and because of Carter, I was able to find what I really wanted to do.

Going into my freshman year of college I noticed that JuiceWRLD was performing at a show for McDonald’s and their “Beat of my City” campaign. I thought it would be awesome if I could somehow take pictures for that show. After doing some digging and having a lot of luck, I was able to find someone who approved my media pass and allowed me to get in. I never knew how big of an opportunity it was at the time. I shot the last show Juice ever performed in his hometown before he passed away. Ever since, I fell in love with concert photography and I wanted more. I was able to secure a spot at the Lyrical Lemonade Christmas Bash in 2019 and I shot for Chance the Rapper & GHerbo before COVID hit. After being on lockdown, I was able to shoot for DaBaby in summer of 2020, and then so far in 2021 I have shot for Moneybagg Yo, $not, Trippie Redd, Isaiah Rashad and was able to be on the Official Media Team for Lyrical Lemonade and their Summer Smash Festival as well. I have also shot local shows as well back around my hometown of Yorkville, Illinois during all of this time.

On top of everything going on throughout the years, this past year I was  able to run a brand called HOGLEG Entertainment. I ran this brand with my friend Collin McMinn who I was able to meet through a friend from high school. We were able to throw shows, create music videos, have interviews, meetups, events, create clothing and so much more. It was a blast running everything, creating and working on all of this.

Overall, doing all of what I have just talked about has been nothing short of a grind. It was hard. I’m still pushing. I have so much that I want to do and achieve still and I just can’t wait until I reach these goals. I was able to overcome all of the challenges I was faced with by keeping a positive attitude and not allowing myself to fail. There is no such thing as failure. Everything we do is a chance to learn and become better. No matter what it is, or how bad we might think we screw up, it is always an opportunity to learn and get better. I’ve learned to become so much more positive and to gather as many connections as I can along the way while on this journey. I’m so excited to see what is to come in the future.

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?
Well, I’ve only been living here in Phoenix for about three months now. But, I know that this place in Cave Creek called El Encanto is an incredible restaurant. It’s a beautiful sit down Mexican restaurant that has amazing food. Definitely check it out. Back in Chicago, you just have to visit this hot dog place in the city called Devil Dawgs. It’s a hole in the wall place that is so good.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I absolutely would not be where I’m at today without the help of some amazing people. Chris Vergara, Zach Miesuk, Carter Shimp, Rachele Garcia, Zack Lawrence, Alex Siddon, all the family at Treehouse Studios, my parents & siblings, and countless others. These are all people who have helped me truly see who I am and what I am capable of. I wouldn’t be anything without these people and so many others. I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many that I can truly call my family. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to these people and to everyone who has supported me. It never goes unnoticed.

Website: www.pleckham.net

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Danny Pleckham

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