• Jake

my story.

It was all a dream, I used to read Street Dreams Magazine. This journey all started with an iPhone 3GS back in 2010. I was in high school and fell in love with taking photos of my shoes, and symmetrically placing my textbooks on top of my desk with my pen lined up right next to it and taking a look down shot. From then, I was always that friend who was behind the pack taking wide angle shots of everyone else. Mix that with the app VSCO and it slowly started brewing. While doing the iPhone thing for about 5 years, I eventually picked up my moms old Canon Rebel t2i with a standard 18-55mm kit lens on it. 21 years old then, through the processes of trial and error I started to get a raw, organic feel for the camera and its functions. Months later, a buddy sold me his Canon 50mm f1.8 and that changed how I saw things. There was so much more to work with, there was so much more light. With the 50mm, it opened my eyes more to portraiture and I started asking my brother and his friends if they wanted to take photos. Still failing a lot, my failures never knocked me down. Photography has and always will be something I look at with the glass half full. There’s always something more to learn and process. With the rollercoaster of portraiture, I began to study composition and how other photographers pose their subjects while throwing natural light into the mix. With photography, I built a passion and a work ethic to keep going, to keep pushing, it is something i’ve always been excited about.

Fast forwarding two years, I was in the middle of a communications degree at Bakersfield College, now shooting with a 5D Mark III by Canon. I was more proficient with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I took a few photography classes including, photojournalism, 35mm black and white film development and, advanced digital photography. Portraiture still was my thing and I started slowly building a clientele. While working at Outback Steakhouse, I started out with working 4-6 days a week and as time went by, photography business picked up more and more like the snowball effect, I was able to save enough money to quit my serving job and drop out of school and pursue my biggest passion, freelance photography.

September 2017 is when it happened. It was on a Monday evening. My brother and I went into Outback Steakhouse, where we worked, but this time I wouldn’t be returning as an employee. It was a leap of faith I knew I had to take.

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