INTERVIEW with LUME LEGEND – JAKE MAROTE aka @Jake_Of_All_Trades
WHAT’S YOUR HOMETOWN?
I was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I currently live on the North Shore of Oahu.
WHAT’S SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN OR CURRENT TOWN THAT NOBODY ELSE KNOWS?
I think that’s a rather impossible question to answer, especially with all of the media and social platforms these days, nothing is a secret anymore! However, being that we live in “paradise”, most people would never expect it to snow here. But it does! Every now and then, Hawaii island will get a big storm which leaves the summit of Mauna Kea blanketed with snow.
WHAT IS YOUR FULL-TIME PROFESSION?
I do photography for a living and recently started to do video as well.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?
My passion for photography began when I discovered instagram. I would see all these cool photography accounts and wanted to get good photos as well.
WHAT’S IN YOUR CAMERA BAG RIGHT NOW?
Tokina 24-70 f2.8,
Tokina 11-20 f2.8,
Tokina 10-17 fisheye,
Canon 50mm f1.8
2 Lume cubes,
GoPro Hero 6
GoPro Karma Grip
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
I like to think outside of the box and try to figure out ways to shoot things that no one else is doing.
CAN YOU SHARE ANY INSIGHTS OR ADVICE TO OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Get out often and explore new places and subjects. You can never take too many photos. Just make sure you have sufficient memory space!
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPERPOWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
If I could have a superpower, it would probably be to teleport, so I could experience all the different places around the world without the hassle of TSA and layovers!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
Don’t take it too seriously. If photography becomes like a job and not fun, think about it again. Just have fun and do what you want to do. Do what makes you feel good.
ANY EXCITING SHOTS/TRIPS PLANNED?
I have many exciting shots planned in my mind, the hard part is…finding the time to get it done! I’m looking forward to going to Japan soon!
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