Photographer of the Day: Sage Stephens

Tell us a bit about you and your background:

I’ve been taking photos for around 11 years. Being an artist is a driving passion in my life. I started by taking photos of my friends every weekend, and then volunteered to shoot events, breaking news, real estate, portraits, sporting events, sunsets, stars, anything I could get my hands on. Eventually that passion and this crazy life led me to find a home in Hawaii, where I fell in love with landscape photography and film making. I decided to channel my creative energy into the outdoors and my love for nature, and since then I’ve found myself chasing light all over the world working alongside some of the most inspiring people and companies imaginable.  

What was your motivation to start photography?

I grew up diving, like the kind you see in the Olympics with flips and twists. I wanted to find a way to capture that grace and beauty juxtaposed with the strength and power you see in some of the really complex dives. I wanted to capture that magic moment. That was reason enough to “borrow” my moms camera and give photography a try, I’m glad I did. 

What influences your work?

How I am influenced creatively is ever changing. Sometimes it’s a place, see beauty and feel an inner drive to portray a place the way I feel it. Often, I’m influenced by people, I have everything to learn from friends; who I surround myself with hopefully reflects heavily in my imagery. My goal is to live a joyful and deep life, and however on track I am with my goal, manifests itself in my creative works. 

Where is your favourite place to photograph?

My favorite place to photograph would definitely be underwater. It’s an indescribable world and constantly challenging me both physically and mentally. I’ve always had a connection with water, so free diving with a camera is an escape like no other. 

Apart from your camera, what is your most essential travel item?

I never travel anywhere without my hammock. I’ve spent some good nights bundled up as a burrito and woken up to sunrises on beaches, cliff sides, and mountains. Hammocks are great because they pack small and fit in your camera bag easily. Always glad I have it with me, I camp every chance I get. 

What is next for you and your photography?

I am going to keep doing what I am doing. I am loving every second spent behind the lens, so i am going to keep following my passion and chase as many opportunities to tell as many stories as possible. Although global travels have slowed this year, I’ve had many more opportunities to work closer to home and closer to my own community, which has brought more joy into my life than I ever expected. I’m excited for whatever the future holds for my photography. 

To see more of Sage’s work follow the links below:

https://www.instagram.com/storyofsage/

https://www.sagestephens.com/