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Check Out Jason Minnig’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Minnig.

Hi Jason, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I have always loved the outdoors and I have been especially drawn to the Ocean, even when I was a little kid. I have seen others images of sports photography and nature and always was intrigued on how the pictures made me feel when looking at them. You can feel many emotions when viewing a photo and each person’s reaction may be different. I enjoyed pictures of me when participating in extreme sports and I knew others would enjoy those moments captured as well. I also saw that many photos were taken from the shooter’s perspective and not so much putting themselves into the ones being captured mindset. By acting like I’m the surfer, Skater, Snowboarder, etc., I found I could predict what they were going to do and make sure I captured that perfect moment in time.

When shooting Shorebreak or wave photography in the ocean, I was always inspired by Clark Littles approach of capturing that moment that most people would not be able to experience on their own. I love the uniqueness of the waves in general and the raw power of the ocean. I wanted to put myself in heavier Shorebreak conditions, as you can see that energy in all its glory from a first-person perspective and then allow others to experience that moment from the photo. Yes, I do put myself in some pretty tight spots to get the shot, but the joy of holding my ground to get the best shots I can and then seeing them has driven me to even make the slightest angle adjustments, even though a wall of water is crashing down upon me.

Overall I have the utmost respect for the ocean and not only appreciate the power it produces but the beauty that hides in that power. There is something about the ocean that just washes the stress away, all while creating that moment many enjoy. I will continue to shoot Shorebreak and surf photography and sharpen my skills even more, as I am highly critical of my work. I just hope that my images bring joy to others, all while I’m blessed to capture God’s wonderful canvas. Stay Salty and Stoked everyone and enjoy life to the fullest.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There’s always struggles along the way with photography and especially shooting Shorebreak. You damage or lose equipment and that can be costly. There is always that inherent risk of getting injured, so one must always have their mindset in the right place. With water photography you need to respect the ocean but not fear it. Everyone is always looking for that perfect capture and with water photography, the waves might be perfect, but the lighting is bad. On another note, you can always find that unique capture, even if the conditions don’t appear to be ideal. Some of the struggles still are the cost of photography equipment and as a photographer, I want to always provide the best clarity of captures I can. I welcome some of the struggles as blessings because it makes you think outside the box when looking for that unique shot.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
For me, as my regular employment, I am able to help keep our truckers moving their freight throughout the country and making sure they have the assets to do so. I have learned in life no matter where you are at in the moment, always give over a 100% and go to bed knowing you’ve done the best you can. I also do surf photoshoots and add new and unique captures to my online gallery, as many enjoy having them printed and display them at their home or office.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I am a staunch believer in personal development. I enjoy reading self-development books and podcasts pertaining to a positive mindset. I also look at other’s work on Instagram and Facebook, as I appreciate other’s unique styles and want to make sure I always have my own style. Every night I listen to relaxing music prior to going to bed, as one must clear the perceived of the day to go into the next day fresh and ready to tackle the world. Overall I have always said you are a product of the environment you keep in your head.

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Image Credits
Surfer: Jeff Battisti (Rat Surfboards) Photographer: Jason Minnig (Myself)

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