I came across Jimmy’s work when I was looking at snowboarding photographers. A couple of his shots stood out so I thought I would check out the rest of his work. He shoots a variety of subjects so I recommend you check out his huge body of work.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jimmy Hickey and I am a twenty year old photographer based out of Portland Oregon. I like to take photos and go on adventures.
What made you get into photography?
I got into photography through the sport of paintball. When I wasn’t playing or practicing I still wanted to be involved with the sport. I noticed the photographer, Terry Stolmier of Blacklist Photography got a lot of respect for being a photographer, got to hang out all day and just take photos, so I decided to give that a try. Sorta by dumb luck I was good at it, and started branching off to shooting other things. After a while I discovered what I loved to shot, and what just wasn’t for me. Still do some paintball photographer for a few magazines and leagues. I guess when I was a little kid I would also want to always play with my dads OM-1 camera, so I did have a fascination with photography ever since I was a little fella.
How did you get started?
Sorta by dumb luck I was good at it, and started branching off to shooting other things. After a while I discovered what I loved to shot, and what just wasn’t for me. Still do some paintball photographer for a few magazines and leagues. I guess when I was a little kid I would also want to always play with my dads OM-1 camera, so I did have a fascination with photography ever since I was a little fella.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Well my favorite type of photography is adventure-lifestyle-documentary I guess, give me a camera, and some interesting people, and send me out doing something not many people do to capture it. I also like photo stories on subcultures or interesting people. Just shining some photographic light on something people aren’t always aware of. I also enjoy shooting sports and am lucky to be involved with an awesome newswire called Southcreek Global. So through them I have been able to cover some pretty cool sporting events. And then for my business, my main client base is senior portraits. Since I am so young, usually only a year or two older than the seniors, I am able to create some shots that not many other senior photographers are really capable of. Plus it’s a lot of fun and a super stress free ordeal.
What gear are you using?
I am currently using a Canon 1Ds Mark III and Canon 1D Mark IV as my main bodies, with a Canon 24 1.4L, 50 1.2L, 135 2L, 300 2.8L. Prime lenses all the way!
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens would be my 24 1.4L. This lens is on my camera more than any other lens and has produced a large number of my current portfolio shots. A wide shot with a shallow depth of field is my favorite.
How are you marketing yourself?
I am marketing myself in numerous ways, however mainly just for my senior portrait business. I advertise online through a few different websites, as well as the school papers and other local outlets. Word of mouth has always been a pretty big one, same with facebook.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I don’t really have a favorite photo I have taken, I enjoy my body of work as a whole, but no individual image really stands out as my favorite. Pretty much all the images in my portfolio are my favorite.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
My advice for a new photographer trying to go pro would just be stick with it. Bring your camera everywhere you go, shoot everything you can. Show your work to others, get constructive criticism and learn from it, then improve. Don’t get down on yourself if you have a bad day. Go out there and take better photos the next day. Don’t come into this photography world and have a desire to go pro without having passion for the art.