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Life & Work with Joel Overstreet

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joel Overstreet.

Hi Joel, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
All of my life, I’ve tried my hand at different types of art but never got super serious until I got my first computer and discovered Adobe Photoshop and a few years later purchased my first digital camera. I started Street Photography in 2010 after becoming a Harley Davidson owner in 2005 and decided to put my love of motorcycles, photography and digital graphics editing into one business. The name Street Photography came obviously from my last name and an army buddy called me Street when we served together.

I also owned a Harley Davidson Street Glide and took most of my photos in the street. Street Photography specializes in Biker photography but I photograph normally people as well. I’m also a full-time truck driver and my wife and I own Pam’s One-Stop Bottle Shop in Avondale, Mo. across the street from Bears Hiway Classics and right next door to the Depot Saloon. I take photos in Avondale every Saturday evening for anyone who wants them. I also photograph at Worth Harley Davidson every Thursday at their Bike Nights. My website is www.streetphotographykc.com. Call me when you want to get framed!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The most difficult thing about becoming a good photographer is learning what a good photo is and evaluating your own work. You can’t just go by what other people say unless you know that they know what they’re talking about. Luckily I have a younger brother who was into photography before I was and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute. He’s always been my go-to for constructive criticism.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in Biker Photography but I photograph normally people also. I create what I call Fantasy Biker Art mostly I can do the same thing with cars and people as well. I take a photo and then I take Adobe Photoshop and do fun graphic edits to them. I sell them on a 16”x 24” canvas print for $200.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I don’t consider myself a huge risk taker but I guess as a biker, I take a risk every time I hit the road on two wheels. A photography business isn’t a huge risk but it does require a decent amount of money to get the gear you need but I love doing it so much that even if I didn’t make money at it, I’d still be doing it.

Pricing:

  • $10 – $500 is my normal price range.

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Image Credits
Street Photography

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