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 who need everything from a quick "head shot" to long-term documentary photography.
Businesses: Sacramento area clients include California Surveying & Drafting Supply; First American Title Company; Lionakis Architects & Engineering; River City Bank; Uptown Studios; and Vanir Construction.
Families and Individuals: In addition to taking family portraits, I have captured inter-generational stories at bar mitzvahs, weddings and other life events.
Government: The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission commissioned me to document the development of local art for the Golden 1 Center, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments called on me to cover the launch of JUMP bikes in Sacramento.
Nonprofits: I have produced annual report photography for Pride Industries and captured agriculture-related stories for Californians for Pesticide Reform, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and Soil Born Farms.
Publications: My work has 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