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Meet Frank Kuszaj of Eureka

Today we’d like to introduce you to Frank Kuszaj.

Hi Frank, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I had always loved photography. When I was young, I remember having a Micky Mouse film camera I would take on family vacations. I took some college classes but ended up in a sales and customer service job and not finishing. After nearly a decade in sales and customer service, I decided to get my real estate license and did real estate photography as a side job. As time went on, more and more agents wanted to hire me for their listing photos. Eventually, I decided to focus solely on my photography business. We’re on pace to shoot around 1000 properties in 2022 and now have shot some air BnB and hotels in Costa Rica and Mexico.

My love for photography, as I had mentioned, probably stemmed from my desire as a young child to take pictures on family trips. Still, one thing that pushed me to buy a real DSLR camera was sitting at a desk all day while working one of my sales jobs. I would be scrolling through photo sites and looking at astrophotography photos. I wanted to take photos of the stars and galaxies, which also intrigued me as a young boy.

So I bought an entry-level DSLR and would drive around 2 hours away to get away from light pollution and practice taking pictures of the night sky, and I fell in love with it. If you have never been under the Stars on a night away from light pollution, I highly recommend you do so!

One night in 2021, I was shooting with some friends and was aiming for some distance galaxies with a telephoto lens, and a fireball meteor perfectly entered my frame. That picture got me published by NASA and BBC at Night magazine and won me ” Astrophotographer of the Year” in the comets, asteroids, and planet category. which was put on by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
NO, I went through several jobs and career paths until I found my niche.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am proud to say my business is on pace to shoot over 1000 properties this year. I am honored to have been published on NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day website. In other careers, before being a photographer, I never had a great work ethic, but now that I am doing what I love, my work ethic is at an all-time high.

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