about joan - joancusick

about joan


Hi, I'm Joan Cusick – a documentary photographer who captures 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.

My degree in journalism makes me well-suited to editorial assignments.

I freelance for 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. 

I put decades of corporate experience to work for business clients.

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

I deliver on time and on budget for nonprofits and government agencies.

I have photographed events for Soil Born Farms, produced annual report photography for Pride Industries, followed the development of public art for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and documented news events for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). I am currently working with Californians for Pesticide Reform to document families caught in the drift of agricultural chemicals.

I love telling stories that span generations.

I have photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, youth sports, and family portraits throughout Northern California.

I am a member of the National Press Photographers Association and Professional Photographers of America. 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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