The Man Behind The Lense: Our Photographer and PT - Jesse De Young

Posted on 01 June 2015

Not only is our photographer Jesse amazing at capturing beautiful shots he also is a bit of a health and fitness buff himself - as well as a former PT!

Here is a bit more about Jesse!

A little about me and how I became a photographer- 
Well, my previous profession was a personal fitness trainer, which I did for 13 years. One of my clients was the comedian/actor Russell Brand and for my birthday one year he bought me a copy of Photoshop and Photoshop lessons from the WME (William Morris Endeavor) agencies' in-house graphic designer. Once I learned how to use the program I used it everyday and asked my friends for raw files to work with, taking some of my own with the very little equipment that I had. A year later I was invited to Russell and Katy Perry's wedding in India and my roommate happened to be a well know party photographer named Mark Hunter AKA 'The Cobra Snake'. I asked him lots of questions and was really fascinated by his work because he made photography look really easy. When I got home I watched a ton of YouTube videos about various cameras and eventually bought my first DSLR and learned how to use it from watching YouTube tutorials and practicing photography daily.

Why do I love sports and activewear photography- 
Because I love fitness and I love fashion. Also its great to be able to inspire people to be active through images that I create.

What are my favorite shooting locations- 
I love the cliffs in Malibu, the historic district in DTLA (Broadway), and pretty much any rooftop in any city. 

What's my active life mantra-
Two things; 'Make it Happen' and 'Do something active everyday.' 

How do I stay active every day- 
I either go hiking in Griffith Park or Runyon canyon or I take a indoor cycling classes at Soul Cycle or Flywheel. I have to admit it was easier to stay active when I worked in a gym. I rely heavily on my mantra to get my workouts in!

what are my favorite fitness instagram accounts- 
@shaykostabi @yogogirls and @basebodybabes 

Favorite healthy hangouts-
Definitely Earth bar and Lemonade. 

how do I nourish my body- 
I try to make sure I drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep. 

what is my next vacation-
That's coming up! I'm going to Italy for work on an Armed Forces Tour in June and I extended my trip after the job is done to explore and take photos.

whats on my bucket list-
Visit Paris, ride in a hot air balloon, and see the Northern Lights. 

Favourite shot from the shoot-
My favorite shot from our shoot was definitely the last frame. The girls had been dancing and jumping all morning so they were mentally done, but I asked for just one more jump and they both nailed it! I thought it was really cool how they could just turn it back on!!
Jesse :)

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