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

Hi Joseph, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I love spending time with my wife Ashley and two dogs Norbit and Pooch. Traveling is the key to my happiness right now, I’m always on the lookout for the next place to visit. I love everything about photography. I love the different genres to experiment with, and I love being able to create and edit different styles. So when I get free time, I like to collab with fellow photographers, as creating art makes me happy.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I started taking photography more seriously when the pandemic began, I wanted a hobby in which I could express myself more creatively. I’m super introverted and I think photography allows me to open up more. In the beginning, I would look up YouTube videos to learn little photo hacks, or I’d do long exposures. For a moment long exposure photography was my thing, then I shifted to portrait photography. I would do portrait shoots for free because I didn’t feel comfortable charging people while I was still figuring out how to use my camera, however, I knew I wanted to take photography more seriously. I ended up taking a professional photographer certification course at the New York Institute of Photography. This allowed me to learn the technical skills of photography and enhance my skills in various genres of photography, while also shaping my business etiquette. After earning that certification, I decided I wanted to start a business and began to post to my social media pages with more intention. This opened doors for me to work with some local companies and in the process, I became a photography teacher at Utterback Middle School.

A lesson I’ve learned is to focus on your own path as a professional because it won’t be the same as others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
People visiting tend to want to see the mountains. A great view of this would be up on Mount Lemon or Saguaro National Park. I’m a lover of sushi and would recommend “Mr. Ans” for visiting tourists. A local Tucson favorite is also Mi Nidito. For lounging vibes, “Hush Social Club” has karaoke, game nights, spoken word, and of course drinks and great food as well.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course, my wife Ashley who really helps me out by being an on-call model and patiently waits for me as I try to get my settings correct. She has always had my back since starting this journey, so it’s been nice to always have her support. Also, I’d want to recognize anyone that has worked with me and referred me to others, who has shared and/or liked my photos online.  I will always have a heart of gratitude for those who have aided in growing my business because we all have to start from somewhere.

Website: PhotographyJosephClark.com

Instagram: j.clark_photography

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