We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Yamada and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Evan, how does your business help the community?
My business directly impacts the local youth in my community. I have my own photo/video production company and work at the David’s Harp Foundation working with youth “at risk” of not hitting their full potential, disenfranchised, and incarcerated. We partner with major companies in the San Diego area to create opportunities for our youth to learn real workforce skills that can be applied immediately. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My history of work includes shooting for a number of prestigious companies from Mercedes and INC, Magazine, to GoDaddy, to personal projects with our disenfranchised community in San Diego. I started my career doing free work for Roland US and got to shoot at the late Troubadour in LA, Nothing was easy, I had to grind like crazy and work hard to position myself just for a chance. I honestly just kept shooting and have tried my best to keep a servants heart. Biggest lesson, was and is to always pick up trash and always help wrap up canes. Sounds basic I know, but it was because of doing that and having manners that helped to get me where I am today! They only thing I want the world to know about my brand, is that in order to keep it, you must give it away.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Step one, we go to Atypical Waffles and grab a #7 to start our day. A Belgian waffle with candied bacon and goat cheese, yes please. Next we go to Seven Seas Roasting and get a fresh pressed espresso from our local veterans running some good coffee. Then we head to the beach of course, old school style at north PB to Tourmaline Beach and catch some nice rolling waves before heading all the way back to La Fachada to grab some authentic street tacos.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
100% First, to my wife for sacrificing so I can pursue my career! Truly, she’s the best. I have had several professional industry folks that have help to shape my career in telling stories through images. I’ll shout out the Cultivator Labs production team out in AZ. They have helped me so many ways and I have learned soo much of what I know from them. Then I’ll shout out the Youth and staff I work with at the David’s Harp Foundation, I am continually humbled and honored to be apart of so many real stories of transformation and success,

Website: https://davidsharpfoundation.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidsharpfound/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/evan-yamada-05a63b45/

Image Credits
Jesus Villegas (my headshot)

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