about joan - joancusick

about joan

Hi, I'm Joan Cusick – a documentary photographer who focuses on stories that bring generations together.

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, but I wanted to be behind the camera – not in front of it. So in 2013, I traded corporate life for a full-time photography career.

My journalistic style and corporate experience make me well-suited to a wide range of clients.

Businesses: I have documented business processes, taken corporate portraits and covered  events for clients including: California Surveying & Drafting Supply; First American Title Company; Lionakis Architects & Engineering; River City Bank; Uptown Studios; and Vanir Construction.

Families and Individuals: I have captured family portraits and inter-generational stories at  bar mitzvahs, weddings and other life events.

Government and Nonprofits: I have produced annual report photography for Pride Industries, followed the development of public art for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and covered news events for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments  and Soil Born Farms. I also work with Californians for Pesticide Reform to document families caught in the drift of agricultural chemicals.

Publications: I have been published in Civil Eats, Comstock's magazine, Edible Sacramento, J. the Jewish Weekly, Outword, Real Weddings, Salon and The Huffington Post. 

I am a member of the National Press Photographers Association, Professional Photographers of America and the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. If my storytelling style seems like a good fit for your next project or event, please contact me today.

Portrait by Brian B. Fox

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