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

Hi Joel, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
After I’m gone, I want people to remember me the way I think of Man Ray, Bert Jansch, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and so many others. I want to be a source of inspiration, a visionary, a devotee to his craft. I want to be the catalyst that precipitates a new wave of artists and scholastics. You know, nothing big.

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Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In 2018, leaving California for Texas, I decided to turn my passion of photography into a business. With my wife’s help and support, and the mentorship of my dear friend, Eric Corrales, I began investing in myself and my vision.
But I was quick to learn that this would not be a lucrative venture right off the bat. Cameras have become more and more affordable, flooding the market with amateur “point-and-shoot” photographers. Not to mention anyone with a smartphone. I actually think this is a wonderful thing. More competition in the marketplace is what motivates me to fine-tune my craft and stand out from the rest. But it also means that clients will often turn to the cheapest, less motivated option, which shows up in the final product.
But, again, this is a market issue. It’s not the client’s fault that they can’t see what I’ve trained my eye to see. They’re making an economic decision. It’s my job to show them what they’re missing.
So, what are they missing?
The one thing I always pay attention to are modern trends. But when others follow these trends religiously, I’m the iconoclast. I will always give the client what they want, but what most people have in common, is that they want their photos to stand out. They want their memories to look differently than others’. It shouldn’t take a watermark or filter to identify my work. It should be in the beauty I capture and the feeling it evokes.

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Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Of course, you can never go wrong with the Stock Yards, and the Water Gardens. But for my money, I would start the night with a cup of coffee at Roots Coffeehouse, enjoy music and drinks at Scat Jazz Lounge, and stop in Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge for a cigar and nightcap.
Of course, you can’t go without genuine Texas barbeque. And of the very wide variety to choose from, Heim Barbeque takes the burnt ends. But if you’re in the mood for something a little more bourgeois, Double Eagle Steakhouse is the place for you. Or perhaps you’re like me and want a place to enjoy a drink and a nice book, take a trip out to the Library on the corner of Houston and 6th.
Fort worth is a rapidly growing city with a versatile day and nightlife. By the time you read this, I’ll have added several other locations to my list.

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The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As with all things, I dedicate my shoutout to my wonderful family: my loving wife, and two beautiful boys.

Website: https://www.luxography.org

Instagram: @lux_ography

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Image Credits
Joel J. Dominguez

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