We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Minnig and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
With any business there are inherent risks. When taking pictures in the ocean, there are many factors that can be challenging at times. You are constantly looking at tides, swell directions, mapping out rip tides and dealing with wildlife. On land it’s about different locations and getting the best lighting for a shot you’re looking to capture. For me risks are great for growth and one must not let fear ever overtake your mission, but one must understand that there are limitations one must set in order to be safe in the water and on land, but also train to be able to handle unpredictable situations. The reason I take the photos I do; it allows others to share in a view that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience. Overall, we take many risks every day, but we become comfortable within those risks and don’t let them prevent us from living life to the fullest.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Photography for me is about spending many hours in nature in order to capture the best moments. Just having the opportunity to create adventures through photography can be invigorating and healthy for the Mind, Body and Soul. My art is always about putting myself in challenging situations to get the shot. It’s been a struggle financially at times, as photography equipment isn’t cheap and when you lose a camera in the ocean, that really hurts. I had to learn better editing techniques, lighting settings, shutter speeds and more. I know I still don’t have exactly all the gear I would like to have, but I budget for it in the future, as I know that quality is extremely important. If I am putting myself in dangerous situations to get the photo, I definitely want to capture the best moment possible. People do really seem to love my work; however, I never settle and always want to improve and grow and with photography, this is a constant struggle. I am grateful for the advancements I’ve made and the artwork I’ve sold. I love that people want to relive that moment on their wall and that’s a huge compliment.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them to some beautiful locations along the coast in Southern California. There is a great array of awesome places to eat in Southern California. You will find the best Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Italian food and more. I always believe in supporting local small businesses and they tend to have a true passion for creating an excellent meal, but also a friendly ambiance. There are some great hiking spots and spectacular views, if one gets out and explores these hidden gems. It’s always fun to jump on an electric skateboard and cruise around the beach and throw Shakas to those you meet along the way. Overall, it would be about sharing great food, nature and talking story. I would want any visitor to leave invigorated and have an experience they would never forget.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people in my life that have been highly influential and supportive through my photography Journey. I would say my wife Donna is my biggest supporter and with her family being from Hawaii, I fit right into the family as a surfer and photographer when I met her. I would like to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to capture such unique images and keeping me safe in challenging circumstances. I have watched many videos for the best camera settings and have experimented on my own, due to light and moving subjects. I have always appreciated Clark Littles work and I wanted to be able to share images that many wouldn’t be able to experience, unless they put themselves in some heavy situations to get the shot. I also appreciate my friends that have been highly supportive and have encouraged my growth along the way. (Richard, Jeff, Scotty, Alden, Tiffany, Laura, Rick, Cory, Trevor, Rossi, Todd) and many others. There is definitely some comradery with a few other water photographers, as we watch each other’s back and encourage one another along the way. This can also be said of some of the local land photographers as well. I also appreciate the support from Sea Frogs, Maui Rippers, Rat Surfboards, Encinitas Surfboards, Buell Wetsuits and more. There are great people out there and when you stay stoked and become passionate about something, many will resonate and share their passions with you. I have learned that if you live a life of triumph through any circumstances, then you continue to grow yourself and it’s infectious to others and can be encouraging to others and help them grow.
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