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Life & Work with Jake Blucker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Blucker. 

Jake, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
It all started with my phone back in late 2015. A buddy and I would go downtown just to take photos and stuff and I was quickly gifted with an eye for it. I then started my Instagram page @jakeblucker where I would begin to start posting my content. Someone replied to one of my photos and said “I can only imagine what it would look like with a camera.” The rest was history. The next day I bought my first camera, a Canon Rebel T5i. I self-taught myself over the next few months and upgraded to a Canon 6D. Photography gave me the opportunity to put my creative mind to work and travel as frequently as possible. This included a 3-week— 10,000-mile excursion across the United States. These were the best three weeks of my entire life to this point. Although this hobby was not my primary job, I was able to turn it into a side hustle and use what little money I have made to upgrade my equipment. Fast forward 5 years down the road I jumped on the mirrorless bandwagon and bought my first mirrorless camera, a Canon R6. This is what I use now as well as a Mavic Air 2 for all my aerial shots. Photography has given me an avenue to meet all kinds of great people and businesses. I’m most proud of being a fan friend to the Cincinnati Reds, as I share content with them on a regular basis. I still have ground to cover and just now getting into the beginner stages of video but I look forward to what the next chapter of this hobby holds. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
So far, I have been able to pace myself to my liking. Early on, I just wanted to be Insta famous right away but looking back, fame doesn’t mean all that much to me. There are far greater things that I’m pursuing right now rather than personal success. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in Landscape & Cityscape photography. I’m a Jack of all trades though. I’ve dipped into many other fields like weddings, brands, portraits, etc. I’m most proud of the relationships it’s created over the 6+ years I’ve been doing it. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many folks from business owners to celebrities. I’d say what sets me apart from others would be the consistency and passion behind my photos. I try to stay consistent with my editing style through the years. A lot of people have told me that when they’re scrolling on their Instagram feed, they immediately know a photo is mine because of the edit. I feel like that is when you know you’re on a good path. When you’re designing a brand, you want people to know it’s you. 

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
My advice would be to keep pressing forward. I know it’s cliche but don’t get so caught up in the potential fame or engagement of your platform. Twisting the words from the infamous “Field of Dreams” If you build it, it will come. Be patient, trust the process, and find people who motivate & inspire you. Focus on their theme and build a brand to your liking. 

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