PYSK: Behind the Camera with Josh Vaughn
What is your profession?
I’m a professional photographer as well as the Business Development Manager for the Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Airport.
What do you love most about your work?
The variety. 90% of what I shoot involves cars or aircraft and I’m lucky enough to get to drive and shoot a huge variety of incredible cars and planes. On the airport side, I’m a lifelong aviation fanatic so I love all of it. I get to be involved in the community and talk about the airport, what's not to like?
What are some of your biggest challenges, professionally?
Balancing a professional photography business and promoting the Clarksville airport. Both are huge undertakings and require a lot of time; luckily the skillsets for both intertwine in a lot of ways. Setting aside time for family is a huge challenge when you keep as busy as I do.
How long have you lived in Clarksville?
I moved here from Germany in 2010.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
My wife Aimee. She’s brilliant, beautiful, driven and the most capable person I’ve ever met and on top of all that she’s a wonderful Mom. I married up y’all. Other than Aimee I find inspiration everywhere. I'm constantly amazed by the people in this community-their talent, charity, and ability to make change is a constant inspiration.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’ve always been artistic, I can draw, paint, sculpt and I’m still taking a crack at photography but I suppose the “hidden” aspect would be my desire to constantly learn and improve. Every single day I learn something new about photography-technique, composition, lighting, editing- it never ends and that’s what I love about it.
What's your guilty pleasure?
I wouldn’t exactly call is a “guilty” pleasure, but my greatest pleasure is waking up early on Sunday mornings to watch Formula 1 races, edit car photos and drink coffee while my 10-month-old daughter Sabina takes a nap on my chest-just the best thing in the whole world.
What is your biggest hobby?
Photography (if that isn't obvious yet)-specifically car photography. The list of cars I haven’t shot is getting small so if you’ve got a Ferrari F40, Porsche 959 or a Lamborghini Miura give me a call.
What's on your bucket list?
I really want to photograph in Africa, Japan, Iceland and Tierra del Fuego. The other big box to check is to order a Porsche 911, go to Stuttgart and watch it being built at the factory. I've got a bottle of "Porsche" wine I bought at the Porsche Museum in 2008 and I'm not opening it until the day my 911 arrives.