We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Boone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking to me is nothing more than a strategic plan. Nothing in life is guaranteed but we can increase our chances of being successful when we understand a few key factors. Taking risks for myself wasn’t easy at first until I changed my perspective and realized just how much risk I was taking. I was taking a risk unknowingly depending on a job that could disappear at any given moment. So I decided to take better risk for myself and my life in becoming an entrepreneur. By far it was the greatest decision I made. Being able to live your life on your own terms is the most beautiful feeling. I’ve been able to travel around the world doing what I love because of the risk I took.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Photography found me really, it started as a form of release therapy. Being able to capture and freeze a moment was just incredible to me. It really gave me a sense of belonging like I had something to contribute in this world and the best part was it wasn’t about me.
I started photography when I got to college from my best friend Zack Chavis who was at the time the photo editor for the universities news paper. He gave me a school camera to photograph a sporting event and the love connection with the camera was immediate. Being able to capture the emotion, the big shot, the crowd eruptions, all of it just left me with a high. I would go through photos and relive moments and just feel happy. Happy that I was able to produce something like that for someone. That passion transitioned from sports to events, more specifically weddings. Weddings are the biggest life moment for some people and it’s a huge honor just being the photographer.
My proudest moment was being able to say I photographed majority of my favorite recording artists and being able to just sustain a lifestyle from photography. It was the ultimate goal when I was in college to travel the world doing what I love. One of my most excited moments have come recently being able to photograph a wedding in Jamaica and being flown out to document the relationship and work processes in Switzerland for a watch company called Talley and Twine.
I wish I had a blueprint for how I got here, but honestly it was just God and hard work. I learned my camera in and out while in college and hit the ground running after I graduated. I wanted to connect with small businesses in the community because I understood the importance of having a media presence and how it could increase traction. And just sent out a boat load of emails asking locals would they like to work. That was probably the hardest part of the journey, the moment I became more intentional with photography. Before when it was just a passion I didn’t have anything to worry about. But the moment this became a business I realized there was so much to be learned. Business structure, practices, policies, automation, etc. The best way I overcame this was by changing my perspective.
This journey is a life journey. I may not have it all together in my 20s, 30s or even 40s but to be dedicated and committed to growth was the first step. Understanding there’s no real time that everything would be perfect and that there’s always room for improvement The more I detached myself from what I was doing and looked at my business from more of a quality control stance I feel in love with making improvements.
If you don’t gain anything else from me or my brand just know anything is possible. It’s a road that comes with it’s own set of obstacles but what path doesn’t. Trust God, trust yourself, work on yourself and be happy in all you do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So for a week long trip I would have a list of options showing them what offers what and planning around their interest. We would have a lists options from museums, local eateries, live entertainment, excursions and spas
For food we would have these options: Cheesecake Factory, Smokehouse Bar and Grill, La H, Bahama Breeze, Tupelo Honey, Bay Local, Island Jerk Hut, Bangkok Garden and Cava.
Museum options: Chrysler, Moco, Nauticus,
Live entertainment: Comedy club, Croaker spot, The Grain, Hell’s Kitchen,
Spas: Massage envy, Luxe Massage,
Adventure: Boat, Atv,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank God first and foremost without Him I am nothing.
Secondly, I would like to shout out two gentlemen that took me under their wing and paved the way. It is because of you two that I am. will Hawkins and Marcus Williams spent countless hours mentoring me and taking the time to teach me the business side of the industry when nobody else would.
I would like to shout out my brother Zack Chavis for inspiring me enough to even become a photographer. It is because of this man I even picked up the camera professionally.
Lastly I would like to shout out all of my supporters and other creators running this race. You all gave me hope in my lowest moments and inspiration when I needed it most!
My headshot photo was taken by Will Hawkins Photography at true Collective Studio.