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By Roadtrip Nation

Atiba Jefferson

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I got my first camera when I was 15 years old—after breaking it halfway through that year, I took a break from photography.
At the start of my senior year, I picked up another camera and realized how much I missed shooting photos—I haven’t stopped since!
I was working at a skate shop because I loved skateboarding, but I decided to quit and move to California to try and live my dream of skateboarding and shooting skateboard photography.
After sending some photos to Transworld Skateboarding, I built a relationship with the magazine’s photo editor, who offered to take me on as an assistant.
I was able to get connected with the photographer for the Lakers—he took me under his wing and taught me so much about photography.
I learned absolutely everything I possibly could from my mentors in terms of skill and industry as I established my own style and status.
I’ve been able to make a name for myself as a photographer, work for major skateboard publications, and shoot for clients like Nike, ESPN, and Canon—and I’m still just as passionate about it as ever.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School

Career

Photographer

I'm a photographer with roots in skateboard and basketball photography.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Sports
Being Creative

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

If photography is your passion, find a way to work in that industry. That doesn't mean you have to start out shooting the biggest celebrities. That could mean working in a camera shop. As long as you're in the industry that interests you, you'll be just fine. I also highly recommend assisting. I got my start by assisting the photo editor for TransWorld Skateboarding magazine. In my opinion, assisting is like free school.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You need to figure out what you're going to do with your life now."