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Meet Santa Clarita Photographer: Justin DeGuzman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin DeGuzman.

Justin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Started shooting about 3 or 4 years ago as a nature and landscape photographer, went into concert/live music/band photography.. freelance for many music magazines, online blogs.. stepped away from in to start traveling more and getting back to my nature self.. still doing some concerts here and there and doing red carpet events as well.. today I’m in the process to open up a studio either in the Santa Clarita area or DTLA area

Has it been a smooth road?
This is tough… at the time I started I was working at a dead end job at Old Navy… I ended up quitting and making an attempt to make photography a career… the first few months were tough trying to get bands and artists, labels, publications to approve. I emailed 100s of people to get approved.. literally forever 100 I got one email saying yes. haha and I took every one of them… I wasn’t making money I was struggling.. issues at home were rough… the girl I was with did her best to help support both of us but she couldn’t handle it.. we were younger.. she wanted to have fun.. but couldn’t… she eventually left and it was just me… no job, hardly any money, had to take from whatever I saved.. luckily I had a supportive brother who did his best to let me use our living room as a studio so I can shoot a few clients to make some money. but wasn’t enough… I ended up having to move with my dad who I never had a full relationship with… and it was tough at first coming back.. getting told ” did you find a job? where have you applied? did you go to an interview? All those things.. kept bringing me down knowing he didn’t see this photography career going anywhere.. so for about a year I stopped shooting… to please the people around me.. but I wasn’t happy … just recently I decided to take a step back of what people wanted and do what I want.. and I have not looked back since.. and I’m loving every second of it 🙂

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
My Future plans consist of opening a Studio either in LA or out here in Santa Clarita. No real big changes, just trying to keep myself focused on photography and expanding my business. And honestly, my biggest goal is to help those in need, from helping the poor see that they are beautiful and that we have lots to learn from them to kids who need a place to go, help them express themselves through art and photography. to anyone that suffers from a medical condition such as depression… to show them that they are not alone and that they can show what they feel through photography.. and so forth. That’s my biggest plan for the future.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
the hardest time of my life was probably 3 years ago when everything really went downhill… I lost my “Job” had no money, worrying what to eat, where to sleep… I was sleeping in my car a few times, luckily I had a few friends let me stay at their house.. my family never knew about these times because I did not want them to worry about me…. but at that time I was going through some depressing times where I didn’t know what to do… I honestly just wanted to give up… what got me through that was the fact that I’m still alive and I know that I had much more to offer this world and I believe I’m here for a reason… till this day I still struggle with depression… where I feel I don’t know what else to do… but being able to express myself helps a ton.. every now and then I look back and see where I was to where I am now.. and seeing that i made it through everything I went through, I know I can make it today.. . it always helps to take a breath and see everything… see everything as a whole…

What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
To be honest. I still don’t think I have made it … I still have a very long way to go… but there have been a few moments that i have felt that “wow” feeling.. when I shot Demi Lovato and Travis Barker of blink 182 was a guest drummer and I caught a photo of him and that night I went to edit and I posted it and he reposted it on his IG.. then a few weeks later I went to photograph musink and he remembered exactly who I was and the photo he posted… another one was when Megan Trainer posted my photo on her Ig…. and a few other artists who shared my photos on their personal social medias.. those always seem to motivate me more to keep shooting

Contact Info:

  • Website: justindeguzman.com
  • Email: justindeguzmanphoto@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @justindeguzmanphoto
  • Other: tumblr: @ justin deguzman photo

 

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