I have found in these past 12-plus years since graduating a person needs every advantage to truly make it in this world. USAO gave me many of the intellectual tools that are essential to live an independent and creative life.
Skills he learned at USAO led photographer Justin Voight to pursue a fashion photography career in New York City and Los Angeles before he decided to return to Oklahoma to work for himself.
“I couldn’t imagine my life without a liberal arts education,” Voight said. “I have found in these past 12-plus years since graduating a person needs every advantage to truly make it in this world. USAO gave me many of the intellectual tools that are essential to live an independent and creative life.”
Voight, owner of Justin Voight Photography since 2007, has had the opportunity to photograph a wide range of projects, including weddings, advertising, real estate, medical, portraits and fashion. He is currently working as a commercial photographer in Oklahoma City, photographing everything from bands like the Turnpike Troubadours to Miss Oklahoma pageant headshots.
Other high-profile gigs he’s had include NBA shoots with the Hornet’s Honeybees and fashion photography with both Q and Elite model management companies.
“Rather than mark my career with accomplishments, I tend to view my life through experiences,” he said. “It is important for me as an artist to continue to view the world as something new and to try to enjoy every opportunity and experience. I am healthier as a creative person when I live each day as a new experience.”
Not only does Voight credit USAO for giving him the foundation to what he does for a living and who he is as an artist, he also the people — faculty, staff and fellow students — at the institution for making it a valuable experience.
“The people will always be the most important part of my experience at USAO. Top to bottom they were wonderful,” he said. “USAO should be the standard and model for what higher education in America could be. I would recommend USAO to anyone who is looking to enrich and elevate their intellectual and life experience.”