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Meet Josh Davis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Davis.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started shooting photos of my friends skateboarding while in middle school. In highschool one of the basketball coaches noticed I had a camera and started hiring me to shoot games which eventually led to students needing photos and videos to show potential college recruiters. After taking a few photography courses at a local college, I started sending out close to 300 emails every few months begging photographers to bring me on as an assistant.

While only about five jobs came from those emails, I was able to network with some of their crew and eventually start making a semi-living as a photo assistant. I used this time to build my portfolio and ask photographers and producers questions on marketing and how to become a photographer. I made the transition to a full-time photographer (occasionally assisting) a little over a year ago shooting everything from outdoor recreation for retail clients to the Stagecoach festival for Goldenvoice entertainment.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For the most part, yes with the occasional invoice being paid late I have nothing to complain about.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Josh Davis Photography – what should we know?
I started shooting photos of the local skateboarders in my area and eventually found a passion for shooting outdoor recreation. Growing up, I spent a lot of time outdoors which is why it came natural to start shooting it. I think I am known for being passionate about photography and always trying to be funny on set. I am most proud of the relationships I have with my clients and crew. I’ve found that if you take care of your clients and crew they will most often take care of you. I am different from most other photographers because I am the only one in Los Angeles shooting real outdoorsman.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think working hard is a huge reason why I was able to get pretty far in a small amount of time. I still work early in the morning till late at night on my photography. I am fortunate enough to love what I do for a living so it never feels like work.

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