Joshua Holko of www.jholko.com started photography around 12 years of age, but it wasn't for many years afterwards he turned full time professional. His passion has always been nature photography. Today, he would be classified as a wildlife photographer.
In particular a polar photographer.
That's right. He spends most of his year down in Antarctica or up in the Arctic.
He left a corporate job to pursue photography full-time.
He travelled extensively – including to the polar areas he most wanted to photograph – at significant personal cost to help build a portfolio and his network.
Today, he has too many awards to list here and one look at his portfolio, it's no wonder. His work is incredible. And the places he's seen – truly, amazing.
I'm talking about Melbourne based Joshua Holko and in this interview, he shares how he's managed to build a successful, profitable photography business, photographing wildlife. It all comes down to building three profitable arms to his business – licensing images, print sales and photo expeditions to some of the world's wildest and remotest regions with paying amateur photographers looking to capture the incredible images Josh does.
Here's some more of what we cover in the interview:
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The key to really strong wildlife imagery and to get intimacy is you got to be at eye level or below with the subject because if you're not, you're a voyeur and you're looking down on the subject and you're disconnected. – Joshua Holko
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What is your big takeaway?
Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Joshua shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below, let me know what your takeaways were, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.
When people are passionate about their subject, they are going to make great photographs. – Joshua Holko
If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Joshua or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.
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