We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Westerbeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Be ready to make changes to my business model when the market changes. When COVID hit, high school sports shut down. That’s my bread and butter. Without sports I was dead in the water.
I went a whole year without work but come December of 2020 I figured out that my portrait studio could be used to take pictures of the athletes. They started coming to my studio and I was able to get them to pose like they were in action on the field. I was able to generate social media posts to build up the anticipation of the upcoming season. Players were excited to be wearing their uniforms.
I’m now working busier than I’ve ever been. My social media and website traffic has more traffic than ever.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is to capture the drama and action of sports. I love watching sports and following my passion to be a part of the game is what I’m most proud of. Yes, I work really hard. But anyone can do that. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I weren’t following my passion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Cap Sheue field at Huntington Beach High School is my home away from home. I’d introduce them to the players and coaches since they are my second family.
Matsu is my second dining room. My parents have been going there since before I was born and they have by far the best sushi in HB. Ask for the Junk Food handroll. It’s our family’s special recipe.
Killarney’s in HB or Malarkey’s n Newport is where you’ll find me on a Saturday night,
I’d also take my friends to work out with me at Alex Alegada’s personal training. He’s been a huge influence on me and I work out with him twice a day so they’ll definitely get to meet him.
I would also take them to Rackhouse in Huntington Harbor for some beer and to play pool.
Finally, Capones is where we’d go for great Italian food, cocktails and a romantic atmosphere.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give this shoutout to my father. He’s in the post production television and film industry and has a great eye. He encouraged me to follow in his footsteps. When I was five, he gave me a chance to play with his color corrector when he was working on CSI: Miami. I really enjoyed it but my love of sports had to be a part of it. He helped me get the right equipment and encouraged me to learn Photoshop and has continued to help me learn how to light my shots and then make color and lighting changes.