Relatively new to photography, it has enabled Jeff to rediscover his childhood passion for the arts and outdoors. Today, he’s capturing sights of his adventures, stirring our inner wanderlust. Check out his story below.
Say hello to Jeff:
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I’m from a city called Lethbridge located in southern Alberta, Canada. I have been all over North America from east to west – I love traveling.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
I absolutely love Oregon – it is so magical. It offers every season in such a unique way. Oregon has multiple waterfalls and streams, and being a huge fly fishermen, I’m drawn to it even more. I felt like a kid in a candy store when I was exploring through the gorges.
How would you describe your visual style?
I try to think outside the box – I love creating stories with my images.
Besides nature, how else do you find your inspiration?
Actually I’m a huge fan of street photography. Photographers in that industry are pure geniuses, scientists behind the lens. I shoot in big cities when I can.
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
I think every photographer would be lying if they said they didn’t get photographer’s block. When I get photographer’s block, I go for a hike to find inspiration.
You’re relatively new to photography – what sparked your interest? How did you get started?
Two years ago, I picked up a camera and I was mind blown that I was able to capture these moments with a camera, instead of with my eyes only. I love capturing the moments that tell stories. I have always loved art – I used to draw and paint, and photography is just another canvas.
What types of photography do you do?
Landscape, commercial, and events are the different types of photography I do. I would have to say my favourite is landscape. I love being engulfed in nature in every form.
What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?
When I saw one of my clients smile as I gave them a print for their birthday. That smile was worth millions.
Of the photos you’ve taken, which three are your favorite?
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
I offer a unique twist to my images. I try to shoot different perspectives and really try to think outside the box. Most of my friends are photographers – I believe in helping them, instead of fighting against them. The end result is we all grow together.
What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?
Start off with the basics, and practice, practice, practice. Don’t be afraid to mess up. Have fun with it.
What’s the funniest story you have from being a photographer?
I was shooting sunrise at Moraine Lake, Alberta, where I tripped and fell into the lake backwards, but I saved my camera.
What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great photographer?
Go out and have fun! Learn everything about the basics and go from there. Chase light, be a light ninja!
What do you think is the biggest thing holding you back in your photography?
I think time would be the answer to that. There is never enough time to do everything you want to do.
How do you express yourself through your photography?
I try to inspire people to get out and see the world. I express the beauty of these places – show people there’s beauty all around us, near and far.
What’s the most inspiring photo you’ve ever seen?
I’d have to say Northern Lights from Iceland or Norway.
What are 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?
- Have fun – there’s no right way how to take a photo, take it however you want.
What kind of gear do you have? What’s your favorite?
I shoot with @sonyalpha – it is one of the best cameras I’ve ever used. I have a few different models – they are lightweight and can pack a punch. For glass, I use Sony zeiss; for filters, I use @leefilters. My camera bag is a Trekker 450 @loweprobags and my tripods are @manfrottoimaginemore.
What’s one post-processing tip you’d like to share with other photographers?
Saturation, clarity and vibrancy are the three main spices to your photo. What happens if you put too much spice in a recipe? You ruin it! Just remember, a little goes a long way.
What has photography done for you as a person? How has it changed you?
It brought me back to my youth – when I was a kid, I used to always be outside, whether it is was hiking, exploring or fly fishing. Photography has brought that back.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
Dying young without being able to do the things I want to do.
What will you be doing five years from now?
Photography and video.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Shoot photos from a helicopter.
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Jeff, thanks so much for sharing your story with us! 🙂
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