For this week's interview we're heading out to West Virginia to talk to Joshua Hana!
If you're not familiar with Joshua's work, you really need to be! Whether you photograph seniors or sports, Josh has images that will most definitely inspire you!
Here's our conversation...
SeniorInspire I don't know that we've ever met, though I think you might have been in a big group I was sitting with at a table in Roberto's Pizza at SYNC a few years back. Is that possible? Does that place have the best pizza, or what?
Joshua Hanna That’s very possible! That’s our typical opening night dinner every year, and we usually end up in a group, which is how I’ve met some of the coolest people I know! ...and yeah, their pizza is legit!
SI Your lighting and processing blow me away! Are you mostly self-taught, or did you have a mentor or two who helped you find your style?
JH Thank you! I am primarily self-taught. I remember spending lots of late nights and long hours scouring the internet for any info that would help me figure this stuff out...but this was before so much of this info was so readily available. So I had to experiment and play to find ways to create some of the looks and styles I really liked. It wasn’t until years later that I understood the importance of seeking out solid education...particularly when it came to turning these skills into a sustainable business.
SI Which do you enjoy more, a session with a single senior or a shoot with a high school football team?
JH Definitely a single senior. Besides being able to get far more creative with lighting, posing and environment... it also allows the opportunity to connect with seniors one-on-one. In a team setting, the guys all still have their bravado on point (which as a guy, I get that), but one-on-one it’s pretty easy to get to know them and they’ll let their defenses down once they see you have things in common and you just want to make them look and feel good about themselves.
SI What’s an accomplishment you are really proud of?
JH Leaving a corporate job of 16 years to peruse photography. It was the most difficult decision I ever made and required faith over fear. I hope that it inspires my own son to find his own path in life and not get sucked into the abyss.
SI Who was your childhood hero?
JH My dad without question. He was our pastor and a jack of all trades. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or couldn’t fix. He taught me how to be reliant on God, what it meant to be a good husband and good father, and the importance of working with my own hands.
SI Your Facebook profile pic is way intimidating. 😨 Have you ever considered going with a softer, gentler profile pic? With all due respect, of course.
JH I bounce between having goofy profile pics and more serious ones. I guess it shows my split personality. But usually they’re just an excuse to Photoshop myself into looking way cooler than I actually am. 😂
SI If you were to start a podcast, who would be your first photography related guest? And what would your first question be?
JH Mark Bryant. Your artwork has the most amazing painterly look, without looking painted...what’s up with that? (Follow up question...will you teach me your ways?)
SI Where can people find the different templates you sell?
JH My website JHPhotoDesign.com has Photoshop template designs for anyone looking to simplify, and amplify, their team or senior workflow!
SI Just took a look and those look incredible! I'm sure a lot of our readers will be able to use a few of those.
Thanks for sitting down with us today! It was great to get a chance to meet you!!