Would you mind introducing yourself? Hey! My name is Jake. I’m a photographer and graphic designer in my spare time, and work full time as a coffee roaster and wholesale assistant for Flight Coffee in Wellington, New Zealand.
Jake’s Instagram - @jakepearsscown
How would you describe your style of photography? That’s a tough one! There are so many different areas of photography I enjoy, like architecture and interior design, people, landscape, and food and drink. I tend to approach each of these fields fairly similarly. Generally looking for symmetry, clean backgrounds, great light, those sort of things. But I really enjoy just documenting stuff through photography. Capturing people doing their thing. Noticing different textures inside and out. Being outdoors far from home.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I think I’ve always had an appreciation for photography and it’s a creative outlet, being a graphic designer. I started becoming more interested in it roughly five years ago though, when I was flatting with one of my friends who was getting into wedding photography. I would spend some weekends driving around with him and other friends of ours scouting for locations. I slowly started teaching myself and gathering knowledge from friends, and the rest is history!
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I do, in front of the camera. One of my best friends photographed my wedding last year. This was very special to me (as well as getting married, haha).
Who/What inspires your photography? Using Instagram and looking through peoples blogs is a great way for me to get inspired before heading out the door at the beginning of any day. Seeing what others like to capture and what they see in their surroundings. But whenever I have my camera on my side or in my hand, I like to slow down and really concentrate on what and who is around me. Notice the small things, the details, and watch what people do.
What kind of camera do you use? I’ve been through a few different systems over the last year, and have recently been using a Fujifilm X-Pro2 with a couple prime lenses for about four or so months now and couldn’t be happier!
What's your editing process like? Fairly straightforward. I try to keep it as natural as possible. I start off by bringing the contrast down a little. I concentrate on making sure the tone is right, correcting the blacks, highlights etc. and making sure they're balanced so that nothing is too bright or dark in a photo. I like to draw a bit of warmth into most photos, so I will often bring the temperature up in the white balance. Depending on what/whom I photograph, I will also play with the clarity a little, bring that down a bit, and do a little split toning too.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Just get out and shoot as much as you can, until you fill your memory card! No matter what it is. Whatever you see and whatever you like the look of, take a photo! The great thing with technology in cameras and computing these days is that we can choose what we want to keep or delete at the end. There’s a lot to learn from picking up your camera and forcing yourself to photograph anything. This is something I push myself to do most days.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Probably Europe I would have to say. I’ve spent some time galavanting through different parts of the UK and Scandinavia, but not Europe. Places like Germany, Portugal, Italy, and many more!
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Spring I reckon. New Zealand is great for photos at this time of year because the mornings are nice and warm but also a little frosty still at times, and the days are getting longer. So good!
The coolest place you've ever been? So far, Scotland. I went last Christmas to the UK and spent a week in the Highlands of Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed it. Totally plan to go back soon!
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? Nothing overseas unfortunately, but hoping to do a few smallish adventures around New Zealand (the South Island in particular) in the next six months!