Jon Osumi is a free-lance photographer from Ventura, California. He has been covering sports action photography since 2006 in sports such as tennis, football, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey, basketball, track, and more. His sports galleries are currently published on Maxpreps. Jon has won numerous awards for his landscape, portrait, and wildlife photography as well. Jon found his motivation as a young teen growing up in the 1980's thumbing through sports magazines and being mesmerized by the incredible detail shown in the full page photos of athletes. From the beads of sweat running down his cheek to the wide-eyed pupils, he could instantly connect to the emotional feel of that frozen moment in time. Jon now relishes in the opportunity to convey the same story and feeling to the viewers of his photos.
The most satisfying part of photography to me, is reaching a level of skill where I almost always have a vision of the shots I plan on capturing even before I arrive at any photoshoot. I am a list-maker and strive to have a plan for everything that I do in my life. Shooting on location creates a sense of anxiety and excitement on the job at hand and knowing what needs to be done. The thrill of those feeling comes during the editing process and realizing that the vision frequently was actually less spectacular than the final product.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I like doing portrait shoots with models with a theme. The theme can either be the costume they are wearing or more often, the background of our shoot. Some recent shoots of this nature have been with female athletes in a gym setting with dramatic lighting and shadows, ballerina performing dance techniques in a brick building city setting, and also runway type modeling around historic columned buildings. These shoots are challenging but at the same time rewarding when a character can be created through photographic captures.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
First place prizes for photographs in local county fair in multiple years. First place awards for Ventura City contests in multiple years. Having my photographs accepted into portfolios to be sold as stock photography was a very trying process that took several attempts. Being accepted onto Maxpreps' Pro Photographers team took several years of applying and improving my skills before success.
A fun fact about this photographer
My experience of organized sports include wrestling, basketball, softball, track, field hockey, and football. I have also coached tennis, basketball, soccer, and softball teams from 5 years old all the way up to 18u travel ball teams.