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Meet Josh Heidebrecht of Pinnacle Exposure in Orange County

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

Thanks for sharing your story with us Josh. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a nature and landscape photographer from Orange County, California. My fascination with photography started at a young age, as I was fortunate enough to spend the majority of my youth traveling with my parents. While visiting locations such as Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska, I would see professional photographers with their massive lenses trying to photograph the Grizzly bears or trying to capture a moose or wolf in Denali National park. This instilled in me not only a curiosity to figure out the mechanics of cameras, but a developing reverence for nature and animals, which inspires my style as a landscape photographer and animal lover.

My earliest memories have left with me a need to share the overwhelming beauty of the earth with people all around the world, inspiring them to travel themselves, or at the very least bask in beauty they may never see in person. It is my hope that I can provide a view into the pristine, untouched areas of our world to those who follow along with me on my adventures.

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?
The biggest challenge for me has always been personal growth as an artist. It is easy to get stuck in a rut and feel unmotivated, especially when so many external factors play a crucial role such as weather, which can make or break an entire trip. However, I have been working on improving my style and techniques to become more adaptive to my surroundings and unforeseen circumstances so that I can create an image that tells a story regardless of the obstacles thrown my way. To me, the journey can be part of the story even when it ends in failure.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pinnacle Exposure – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Although I occasionally accept various jobs/projects on a referral basis, my primary focus is on landscape, nature, and travel photography with an emphasis on fine art landscape photography. Currently I operate completely online since my journeys often take me away from home for long periods of time.

The most rewarding part of what I do is when I hear back from clients who share their story of how having one of my images in their office or home has helped them through a difficult period of their life, or how seeing the beautiful landscapes of our planet have motivated them to travel and see the world for themselves. My ultimate goal for my business, and as a photographer, is to continue impacting the lives of others in a meaningful way, the same way I have been influenced by the photographers and artists that I look up to.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The last few years of my life have been full of changes and while it’s been rough, photography has been the best constant in my life; reminding me to never settle and to travel as much as possible. The past year has provided me with a new passion: videography. I have 2 videos produced already and I plan to document all of my upcoming trips using my drone and video equipment. It’s been truly inspiring to see the places I love from a whole new angle (quite literally) and it has taken my still photography to a new level as well. I’ll admit, I already crashed my drone into a tree once but worse things have happened; like dropping my lens face-first into the rocky terrain of Death Valley or melting a hole in my bag while photographing lava in Hawaii.

My plans for the upcoming year include Lofoten (Norway), Iceland, Hawaii, Utah, Death Valley, Colorado, and more! I can’t wait to share my adventures and experiences along the way!

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