Hi, I'm Joan Cusick – a documentary photographer with a passion for capturing the honest emotions of real people in real situations.
I began my career as a writer and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis before moving into corporate communications at Maybelline, FedEx and Charles Schwab. I was always involved in storytelling, whether writing for the newspaper or managing photography for the company's annual report and website. But I wanted to be in the person behind the camera, so in 2013, I traded corporate life for a full-time photography career.
With a degree in journalism, I am well-suited for editorial assignments. I am a regular contributor to Comstock's magazine and write monthly for comstocksmag.com. My photographs have also been published in Edible Sacramento, J. the Jewish Weekly, Outword, Real Weddings, and The Huffington Post.
With my corporate communications background, I am a good fit for businesses and nonprofits. I have covered events, documented business processes, and taken corporate portraits for clients including Bogle Winery, California Surveying & Drafting Supply, Californians for Pesticide Reform, First American Title Company, Inland Business Systems, Lionakis Architects & Engineering, Pride Industries, and Soil Born Farms. I covered both artists and art projects for Warehouse Artist Lofts and recently worked with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission on an 18-month documentary of public art at the Golden 1 Center.
With a personal interest in stories that span generations, I am a frequent choice to capture family portraits and life events. I have previously photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, youth sports, and family portraits throughout Northern California, the Bay Area, San Diego, and in West Tennessee.
I am a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
If my storytelling style seems like a good fit for your next project or event, please contact me today!
Portrait by Brian B. Fox