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Meet Cory Wong of Cory Wong Photography in San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cory Wong.

Cory, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It’s interesting because photography was more of a hobby. Throughout my university years, I maintained that I would apply to the LAPD after college, which eventually changed to Officer Candidate School in the Navy. Unfortunately, I was disqualified due to asthma, but in retrospect, I probably wouldn’t have survived the rigorous physical training anyways. So then began my pursuit of photography. In my early years exploring photography back in middle school (2005), I shot for school publications and adopted a photojournalistic/documentary style. It was not until late last year 2016 that I began to consider photography as a career. By then, I had an eclectic portfolio, but it lacked a particular style. Since then, I’ve attended a variety of workshops and meetups in efforts to expand my knowledge and professional networks.

Has it been a smooth road?
I had no contingency plan after my efforts to join the military failed. The only other feasible option I had was photography since I’ve been shooting casually for so long. However, I had no formal training in photography or related fields, which makes me wish I would have studied something like graphic design or business management. There are definitely those days that are a struggle especially because I don’t have a regular job. The only work I receive is the freelance work I attract through my own advertising. On the other hand, because I am fairly new to the industry as a professional, I often work on a trade basis (free). People have told me on more than occasion that I should just find any job and put photography aside, which is discouraging because it holds some truth. That’s the hardest thing when people aren’t rooting for you and you only have your own passion and drive to push you forward.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Cory Wong Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
My business is simple: Clean, quality portraits. That is what I’m known for. I think the better part of what I do is when I can inspire others to pursue their own dreams/goals despite facing adversity. I try to convey my passion towards my work and people get it. Every now and then, I receive a message from someone that really enjoys my work and it keeps me positive to know that my work is being appreciated. I’m not just another photographer that is looking to take cliché or racy photos. I want to portray through my images my passion to collaborate with other creatives and through that inspire others to take chances they would not normally take.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The photography industry has changed immensely since it’s advent. Even more so now with social media at our disposal as well as technological advances. Companies are no longer simply seeking a still photographer. They want someone that can produce both stills and video or mixed media. Brands want moving imagery in order to capture the ever-decreasing attention span of today’s consumers. Photography will still have its place in the future but in a less traditional sense. Photographers will have to come up with new, innovative ways to seek an audience and turn more to social media. Even now, more prominent photographers are progressing towards teaching classes and providing resources for other photographers as a means to make part of their income.

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Cory Wong

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