We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Snead and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Justin, how do you think about risk?
My thoughts on risk have slowly changed the older I’ve become. Growing up, I was always taught to work hard and strive for success. What I wasn’t taught is that success is often limited the more comfortable we get. Life becomes easy when we have a stable job, routine, bills, etc. It wasn’t until I decided to take the risk of leaving South Carolina at the age of 25 and embracing a new journey that I saw just how limited my options for success were when it came to having stability.

My journey in life truly started upon taking a travel nursing assignment in Des Moines, Iowa. With only 200 dollars to my name, I took a scary leap of faith and dove headfirst into the Midwest life. With that several doors opened for me. I discovered that life isn’t as scary as it seems, but we are trained it is when taking risks. After falling in love with storm photography, I slowly started transitioning from working full time to part time as I fulfill lifelong goals of spreading my artistic journey to others.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a storm chaser and photographer, I photograph extreme weather events in the United States Midwest during the spring and summer time. This includes lightning, tornados and supercell structure. Storm photography differs from traditional landscape photography as it requires a lot of thinking on your feet when you’re attempting to capture events that sometimes last only minutes. It also requires watching your surroundings constantly as we often put ourselves in harm’s way. Some of the potential dangers include being struck by lightning, being hit by a fast-moving tornado, getting hit by large hail and hitting wildlife while driving.

Photography was always something I knew I wanted to use as an artistic medium, but while on the journey of discovering which genre resonates with me I quickly learned that most of the popular entry points were things that didn’t speak to my soul. After practicing astro, wildlife, general landscape and portraits, I was left feeling a bit defeated. It wasn’t until I saw a random cloud formation while driving through Waseca, Minnesota in 2018 that things clicked. Since then, I’ve fallen completely in love with the life of being a storm chaser and the difficulties that come with it.

Storm photography has taught me many life lessons. Perhaps the most important one is that things have a way of changing when you least expect it. Learn how to adapt to those changes or be steamrolled.

I would like for the world to view my work as an extension of myself. To see and feel the emotions I try to convey through the medium of photography and severe weather. Mother Nature often tells stories that are similar to our own lives. If someone is braving personal storms in their life, I would like for them to view my work and notice how at even the darkest of moments, there is light behind the storm.

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?
This Shoutout is dedicated to Matt Hollamon, David Baxter, Steve Salviano, Jen Walton and Chris Jackson. Without these people, I would not be the storm chaser or photographer I am today.

I would also like to dedicate this to the Moburg family, who encourage me to chase my dreams and accept me as one of their own.

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