Jonas Nakas is an experimental analog photography enthusiast, with a BFA in Photography from CSU Long Beach. Combining commercial industry experience with a fine art education, and a passion for making friends, Jonas brings a warm and creative atmosphere to every shoot. Influenced by his surf photography background, Jonas likes to get close to the action and shoot with a wide-angle lens, to create images that tell a compelling story.
I love meeting people. Photography is unique in the way that it gives the photographer a kind of backstage pass to the inner worlds of all kinds of people. I enjoy documentary/journalistic type work, because–like a journalist–I enjoy getting behind the scenes. I also make lots of friends because I have a genuine interest in the lives of others.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
One of my stand-out shoots was a commercial testimonial shoot for a program that helps the families of autistic children. There were several children on-set with special needs. When the production staff got overwhelmed with managing the talent, I jumped in and kept the kids entertained and engaged by playing games. I treat any person-to-person interaction with the same consideration, because good photos come from a relaxed and positive environment.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Photos of the month featured on SurferMagazine.com
A fun fact about this photographer
On set, I once handed Amy Adams a love note...she laughed.