Atiba Jefferson

Atiba Jefferson


I see photos. Wherever I look, that’s a photo.


By Roadtrip Nation

Atiba Jefferson


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.
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High School



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

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
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.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

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