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Meet Joel “Klassick” Gamble of Klassick ViZion Photography in The Valley and Las Vegas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joel “Klassick” Gamble.

Joel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I fell into Photography most serendipitously, growing up most of my life in theater, dance and music studios I was either in front of a camera or around one watching the lighting and tech crew unknowingly soaking it all in indirectly, I remember first getting really tuned into taking photography seriously after meeting this beautiful friend of mine in the valley who wanted me to help assist her in a photo shoot, of course, I didn’t say no! lol her photographer asked me to help with the lighting and I then suggested a few poses as a dancer that would elongate her or capture angles after previewing a few of the photos from my suggestions the photographer was pleasantly surprised with the results of my direction, seriously at that moment in 2008 I knew I wanted to take it more serious, fast forward I took many of my first photos on my friends borrowed equipment to practice or my camera phone to learn my ‘Eye” which would later turn into my VIZION, I struggled between what camera to shoot with but after some extensive research I was drawn to Nikon, after studying the glass used with nikkor lenses I then took some Nikon class courses and my mind was made up, I purchased my first entry level DSLR camera in 2011 and went fully into the art of photography.

I ended up moving up to Las Vegas for work and ended up going full force into my photography establishing my business a bit more seriously, I am currently a professional signed freelance photographer with Best Agency out of Las Vegas, NV and Miami and still work and travel to Los Angeles/ The valley and greater Los Angeles at least a few times a month for work as well. currently working with a creative industry friend within a full strobe lit private studio we hope to open to the public in the coming year!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the most compelling things I’ve learned in this beautiful uncertain road we call life, is the road that we travel even with the greatest GPS we are still going to have some major detours and believe me when I say my detours had detours! I honestly believe by the grace of God photography found me! not to sound overly spiritual but I truly believe we all have a purpose and a gift and when we align those through faith the obstacles become building blocks for our future. Some of the major struggles I faced that not even many of my personal friends and family members knew is that at the beginning stages of growing my business as I was trying to raise my two new baby daughters and build skill and my passion I was dealing with an extreme case of UC (ulcerative colitis) and literally dropped down from 175 lbs. to about 134 lbs. & became extremely weak almost unable to lift my two year old for Long or even get out of the bed for more than an hour at a time! It was extremely exhausting to even walk around the house, but my parents didn’t raise me to sit nor settle, so I forced myself into overdrive, I think my super power is that I’ve always had a high tolerance for pain so I would still go to work! parking cars in the evening to fund my camera equipment, coach my daughters soccer team and use all my downtime to go test my knowledge in my shooting, I’d set up TFP shoots, like Bruce Wayne in the night slipping away like batman lol I’d work on my evening eye and low light shots, something about me focusing more on my art helped me heal a bit quicker it became in a way therapeutic for me and the bounce back was real, as my business started to go from less TFP to more paid gigs I ended up setting up a light studio in my Garage and started booking steadily as soon as business started climbing I went through a divorce which then figuratively speaking turned into a “funeral’ for my progress, I sunk low, lower than I thought I knew I could sink, I lost my house and with it my studio. after dealing with the action I had a choice, react or keep sinking, I’m a reactor, this is why your reading these words I tell you now. I didn’t see it while I was in it but that struggle and loss made me a stronger creative, because I seen all the beauty in my darkest place seriously like a dark room, my vizion was developing. through those struggles, I gained a greater appreciation and respect for my gifts and the process.

Please tell us about your business.
Previously growing up in the industry my self I’d remember the times I’d change my look and have to go out on an audition and need a new shoot or a new headshot and as a “starving artist” I remember not only not being able to afford a Zed card but let alone a professional headshot, keyword, professional! and I have seen myself miss out on some major opportunities because of it, so when I started my business I made sure to give all entertainers and artist a discount just like I give my first responders and military a discount because I know how it is when your more serious than your photo could ever tell them, but I wanted to be the bridge for fellow creatives. I specialize in portrait, drone and landscape photography for me those embody a bit of what I love most within the art of photography, perspective, life and character. I believe what I am most proud of is the fact that I’m standing out and booking amongst companies that tower over me in both cities but my gift has put me places these companies can’t go! I’m also extremely proud to be one of the few licensed African American photography business owners in the community.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Soon I plan to open a visual art photography studio in hopes to incorporate a modern twist on specialty designed interior set shoots for artists and customers, I’d also really like to bring my sisters gifts into the process! her incredible creative setting designs will add to the overall vizion, she has an incredible feeling when it comes to setting a space with the right amount of vivid appealing decor, I’m also looking forward to reaching a wider market than just the states I’ve been very fortunate to travel overseas and visited Singapore a few years back and was amazed at the culture and the architecture! so I want to expand my vizion to more places than just the states for sure, there are a few big changes that have already been put into motion, let me just say stay tuned, 2020 & beyond is going to be a visual surge for klassick vizion photography!

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Klassick Vizion Studios LLC

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