ABOUT JAKE

When I moved to Los Angeles in fall of 2012, my focus was on breaking into the world of traditional Hollywood filmmaking. My goals took a 90 degree turn in 2014 when I began spending a lot more time outdoors as a way to escape the daily grind of the city. I have always loved the outdoors, but it was then that I realized the infinite possibilities there were for wilderness exploration. It wasn’t long before I turned my lens to capture the beauty of these incredible places.

I have a background in photography as well as cinema cameras, having worked in professional rental houses in Los Angeles and Portland for over 5 years. I have experience with most major camera systems in use today including RED, Arri, Canon, and Sony cameras, as well as motorized gimbal systems including the DJI Ronin and the Freefly Movi.

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For the past several years, my primary focus has been in the world of canyoneering. The sport, known internationally as "canyoning", is a lesser known activity that combines hiking, climbing, rappelling, and swimming to navigate narrow gorges. My canyon adventures have led me to many locations throughout California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and the Pacific Northwest including British Columbia. Currently working as a cinema camera technician in Portland, OR, I spend much of my remaining time exploring and documenting the ever growing number of beautiful canyons here in my own backyard.

In early 2014, I bought and customized a Chevy cargo van and have been living out of it ever since. Because my current line of work requires significant time spent in urban environments where affordable housing is hard to come by, I wanted a solution to save money and have more funds for traveling, filmmaking, and photography. I attribute many of my adventures over the past few years to this decision, and it’s been a life changing experience. 

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A few of my adventures over the past few years: