We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Pruitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Josh, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
When I was a beginner photographer, I was consistently told to stick to a ‘niche’ and photograph / market myself as someone who shot one type of thing. It made sense, but I remember feeling limited by that notion, especially since I was drawn to such a variety of subject matter.

I decided very early on that I wanted to hone in on my overall aesthetic as opposed to what I photographed; placing an emphasis on a consistent look that, no matter what I was creating, would still have my fingerprint on it.

This has not only opened up doors for a wider variety of work for me, but also helped me ensure that my voice, as a creative, would not be dictated by what I was shooting, but rather my internal vision as a creative and an artist.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Photography has been a bridge between myself and the people and experiences I am fortunate enough to capture. The ‘art’ of it lies in human connection, conversation, and relationship – depicting the humanity in whatever it is I have the opportunity to capture. I have always been intrigued by process, whether it be the journey of a brand or the story of a couple – each unique in its own right.

I am proud simply by the fact that I am more connected than I ever have been in my life. I have heard more stories, had more conversations, and learned more about things I never thought I’d know about. Photography has given me access to places and people I never would have had, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Becoming a freelance photographer has been the most difficult yet rewarding pursuit of my life. I have never worked harder and learned more than I have during this process. You truly have to become obsessed with your craft. If there’s one thing I have learned, it is that the more you do, the quicker you learn. Simple but so true.

If there’s one thing I want everyone to know about my brand it’s that I am a firm advocate for prioritizing the vision that you have over everything else, It’s the essence of human uniqueness that can never be manufactured.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Denver has a lot to offer outside of what emerges from a quick Google search. There are so many hidden gems to be discovered.

Some of my favorite places in Denver are:

– Hudson Hill (great aesthetic, food, and drinks)
– Improper City (a great place to work during the day with lots of other creatives and entrepreneurs who are doing the same)
– Blue Sparrow (great coffee)
– Denver Milk Market (lots of amazing food vendors in one place)
– Williams & Graham (a speakeasy with some incredible and unique cocktails)

Some incredible places to enjoy nature at its finest:

– Rocky Mountain National Park
– Emerald Lake
– Maroon Bells
– Brainard Lake

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I first decided to take the plunge into pursuing photography as a full-time career, Connor Robertson was one of my closest and most consistent friends in not only inspiring, but also offering insight and transparency into the life of a full-time photographer. He was kind enough to lift the curtain and show me a glimpse into the realities of not only the creative facets of photography, but also the business side of the job as well. Because of this shared process, he remains one of my closest and dearest friends to this day. Thanks Connor!

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