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Art & Life with Jake Schaeffler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Schaeffler.

Jake, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was lucky enough to travel quite a bit throughout my childhood and teen-age years which of course meant capturing the places I had been. On the family vacations I had never put much thought into it, but I was always getting my hands on the camera to take a photo or record video. After each trip my family would go through the photos from the vacation and I would feel great pride in the ones that I had taken.

Eventually I got my Bachelor’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University in business management. Still I was going to The Wedge when it was breaking or to the mountains with my friends, and I was always taking photos. Eventually I realized how much I enjoyed capturing a moment and being able to feel it in a print or on the computer. I loved when people would look at a photo I took and it would spark a conversation that brought everyone back.

Finally, I went fully into the craft and started buying new gear that allowed me to explore new options with a camera. Drones. Gimbals. Filters, Lenses. Being self-taught through hours of watching videos of my favorite creators, while getting new gear led me on an exciting journey to find a style I love. It’s all about the moment for me. I want to look back at a photo and feel, smell, and hear what was there when I originally captured it. That may sound silly, but it is those things that make the photo alive and not just ink on a page.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Photos and videos are my craft. Photographs are what I originally started with and slowly have become more experienced in videography and editing. When I am capturing a photo, it may not mean something to “John Doe”, but it is capturing a memory for me. At first, I was all about landscapes at the beach or a national park because those are my favorite places. It has become tough to photograph those scenes now because I started to miss the moment when looking through the lens. Sometimes I will just sit back and enjoy a sunrise in Yosemite or a pink sky in Laguna Beach, rather than see if I can get that “perfect shot”.

This is the transition that happens in my work. I tend to shoot landscapes and slowly move into more portraits and then back to landscapes. I want to look back at my photos and remember that moment and what was going on. Maybe I went for a milkshake on the pier in Huntington Beach after photographing surfers on a big south well and remember it when I see those photos. A photo for me is the past, present, and future. That is what a moment is for me, and I always want to capture the moment with a person or place.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
It is tough in this environment to connect with other artists at times. Which is rather ironic since we have all these “social” apps on our phones. Reach out to people that you look up to and maybe meet up for a shoot. Right off the bat you both have photography in common (or whatever your craft may be). My favorite photographer, Chris Burkard, always gets back to me if I have a question or just want to say great work on a certain photo. That’s huge for me because it makes a photo more than just a thumbnail. It creates a relationship. Which isn’t that what art is really about?

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I recently created and designed a new website I have posted some work up there and I am excited to see what it turns into. I post most of my work on my Instagram feed @jakeschaefflerphoto. I love to interact with other photographers and hear what they have to say about their own work and how they captured it. Holding a print is personally one of my favorite feelings as a photographer. I get the greatest satisfaction when I hand over a print to a client. I would love to hear people’s feedback on my work and let me know if they would like a print. It would make me so incredibly happy to print out my photo for a client.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 9096313907
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @jakeschaefflerphoto

Image Credit:
Jake Schaeffler

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