We had the good fortune of connecting with June Guz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi June, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always had an interest in the arts. Whether it was music, movies, art, photography or video. Honestly sports was never my strong point. I didn’t go outside as a kid. I stayed in and let the creative juices flow. Early years I wrote a lot of poetry and songs. My main focal point in the arts was music. I made hip hop music and rapped early on. So yeah, I haven’t been a stranger to the arts. In 2018 I picked up a camera and decided this is what I want to specialize in. I thought to myself since I’m good at this why don’t I pursue this and make a career out of it. Matter a fact, I do have a career already, but photography is a ‘side career’ that gets me away from my usual stresses from work. It allows me to be free and creative and I’ve been on that energy since I was a kid.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I do photography. I specialize in all kinds of events and moments. Whether you’re a model looking to expand your portfolio or start one, then I’m the one you want to shoot with. If you’re a musician or artist looking of setting up some promotional shots or social media photos then i’m your photographer. If you’re wanting to take photos of those special moments in life then i’m the one who can capture those moments. I’m happy to showcase my skills in different fields where photos are needed. I’m most excited that I learn every day. On a weekly basis I’m perfecting myself so I’m not the same shooter as I was the week before. There was a time where I would have to turn down a potential client because I didn’t know how to deliver the type of photos they wanted. Now I grow and learn so I don’t have to kindly turn any one down. It is more than just pushing a button and I admire the ones that really see it and understand that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spot in the city to eat is “Nani and Rafi’s Pizza” off the Beltline near Krog. I’m a pizza fanatic so im always going to gear towards a good slice. That one currently has takes the cake for me.
The Beltline is also another great area to get good food/drinks/desserts. Pick any hospot off the Belt Line and you won’t be disappointed. I love that it’s constantly growing. Just north of the city, there is Truist Park. Thats a good time too, especially if you’re a sports fan or just enjoy having drinks at a bar. “Grana” is also a good spot to go to with a very nice vibe.
I’d also pick any spot with a rooftop because of the obvious vibes. Really my list could go on! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All credit has to go to the close ones around me. As cliche as it sounds my family and friends are the driving force behind where I am today. I never felt judgement from any of them when I said I was picking up a camera. Everyone already knew it was in me to take photos and make a business out of it so it was strange to hear this.
My wife is definitely the biggest support I have. She’s been there since Day 1 and never steered me in the direction to not pursue this. She deserves the biggest trophy.
My friends are a big driving force as well. All those nights from when I had to play cameraman for a bunch of females making sure we got the right picture and the right angle. It was early on in those times I knew how to take the right photo.
Definitely my team as well, Daydream Clique.
We’re a collective group, comprised of different talents/art forms. We move together as a collective with support and push one another to be the best we can be as we hone our craft.