Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Premako.
Josh, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Photography really is in my blood. My grandfather spent his career running the go-to portrait studio in a small city in New Jersey. I can vividly recall spending afternoons walking the creaky wooden floors of his ancient studio, the air laced with the aroma of photographic chemicals and Grandpa’s pipe smoke. One of my first paying jobs was assisting him on a two-day portrait shoot for a large law firm. So, at some point in life, it came naturally to pick up an old 35mm film camera and start shooting anything and everything. Here we are, more than 15 years later and I’m still in love with the craft. While I primarily shoot on digital cameras, this year I’m incorporating medium-format and large-format film cameras into my work, to push myself creatively and technically, and bring something unique to my work.
In addition to my work as a photographer, I handle digital asset management for a thriving charter school organization and, drawing on my background in newspaper journalism, teach photojournalism and editing at the university level. I’ve been very blessed to be involved with the business and nonprofit community in the Santa Clarita Valley, and in 2017 it was a huge honor to be named one of the community’s 40 Under Forty. And besides all that, I have an amazing wife named Aimee who is my rock and a rambunctious toddler named Theodore who keeps us on our toes and brings so much joy into our lives.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I really thrive on creating portraits that capture my subjects’ personality with warmth and depth. I want the viewer to get a sense of feeling, of mood, and of story. And because I shoot a lot of family photos and weddings, it’s important to create work that is uniquely mine in a way that will stand the test of time.
For myself, I also enjoy photographing non-portrait subjects such as landscapes, urban and suburban decay, and street scenes. For me, it can feel like therapy to simply shoot for the joy of the process.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
For the type of photography I do, it’s two-fold. First, if the client has had a low-stress experience and enjoyed themselves while we’re shooting, and they’re in love with the images I’ve delivered (and maybe sing their praises all over social media), then that in my book is a success. Secondly, if I’m constantly pushing myself to engage in better and/or new ways with subjects, creating work that both of us are satisfied with, and staying fresh creatively, that is also a success.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My website, www.joshpremako.com, functions as my portfolio of my portrait and wedding work, and I’m also constantly posting on my @premakemyday Instagram account. The best support is to either commission me to create some awesome images for you or tell someone about the amazing experience you had with me!
- Website: www.joshpremako.com
- Phone: 661-904-0431
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/premakemyday
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/joshpremako
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