I am Casey Maxon, a junior Historic Automotive Restoration Major at McPherson College, and the founder of Cacklefest Photography. I specialize in artistic motorsport portraiture. Cacklefest Photography provides the discerning automotive enthusiast; the restorer, collector or hobbyist with creative, unique and high quality photos of classic cars, motorcycles and trucks. Whether it is documenting a restoration or showcasing a customer’s pride and joy, I present an approachable option for those involved in the automotive and motorcycle industries, with a focus on classics.
It is my intense passion for cars and trucks that has led me to my pursuits in photography. Cacklefest photography is simply an outgrowth of this passion. I have come to photography directly as an auto enthusiast. My experience prior to Cacklefest in the world of photography was confined to memory cards and rolls of film I devoured at all of the local car shows I grew up attending. I have, as many other enthusiasts have, spent hours pouring over the classic car and motorcycle coffee table books. My enjoyment of classic cars is not unique nor is my appreciation for a well photographed vehicle. It is my ability to understand both aspects and merge them to capture all that makes the auto such a central part of so many people’s lives. It was here I recognized a business opportunity.
It wasn’t until McPherson College offered me the necessary funding to truly explore photography as a business opportunity that I was able make the leap. I had toyed with the idea for years but with little background or funds for equipment, the Horizon Fund grants have been instrumental in allowing me to pursue Cacklefest Photography. The start-up funds allowed me to purchase a professional level DSLR and gave me the inspiration to dive head first into the photography world. Hundreds of books read and digital photographs later as well as the assistance of the Horizon Fund in with further funding, I am well on my way to starting my business.
My words to future entrepreneurs and interns:
Research, research and research. You don’t have to be an expert in your endeavors but know the basics and have a working knowledge of what you are attempting to do. Be willing to ask questions. This will help you gain valuable knowledge within the industry as well as open the door for networking. Networking is crucial and positioning yourself as a hardworking, willing to learn young professional will carry you a long way as you hone your skills and learn the ropes. Most importantly do something you are truly passionate about. Profits and money are few and far between early on and it is easy to give up if the passion is not there.