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The Innocence and Frivolity of Childhood Captured in Golden Light by Jake Olson

By Hanssie on March 19th 2014

I have boxes upon boxes of photographs of my daughter from the first 3 years of her life. In addition to that, I also took her every month of her first year to a place in the mall for more pictures. Once she turned 3, I started my photography business, and as the cobbler’s son has no shoes, the last 5+ years, I have a handful of photos of her on my phone. Which is why I am seriously considering flying her out to Nebraska to visit photographer Jake Olson.

jakeolson1 Jake Olson, who is mostly self taught, picked up his first camera in 2011, and quickly built a thriving business in his hometown of Blair, Nebraska. He posted a few photos on his Facebook page, and from the positive response from his peers, decided to leave his career in the jewelry business and shoot professionally. He found success quickly and in two short years, his life “has just blown up in a good way.” So much so, he is booked solid through Spring of 2015. (Which gives me *just* enough time to save money for a flight out there). jakeolson3 jakeolson7 jakeolson4 The beautiful backdrop of the Nebraska countryside with a touch of golden light is the perfect backdrop to showcase the frivolity and innocence only seen in childhood. His photos very nearly glow, as Jake uses the natural light to his advantage. His gear list is simple, no reflectors, no flash, just gorgeous light and  a Canon 5D Mark III with two lenses: Canon 85mm f/1.2L II and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II. He then lights his subjects in post and blend exposures using a Wacom Tablet in CS6. [REWIND: 3 STEPS FOR CREATING THE PERFECT CHILD PORTRAIT]

jakeolson6 jakeolson5 jakeolson2 jakeolson12 jakeolson11 jakeolson10 jakeolson9 His studio not only shoots children’s portraits, but landscape and fine art as well. Jake has received numerous awards and has seen his work published around the world. He is also represented by Trevillion, a respected agency in the UK. To see more of Jake Olson’s images, check out his website and Facebook page.

CREDITS: Photographs by Jake Olson are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

via My Modern Met

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Brandon Dewey

    Awesome Images!

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  2. Jacob Jexmark

    Great images!

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  3. Shaun Poston

    Wow! I knew from the very first image I ever layed eyes on of yours (Taylor peaking out from behind the tall grain in one of the many fields you use) that you were the real deal and you would skyrocket! I was in awe and still am today! Little did I know that you would soon become one of the most popular, world renowned, children’s photographers on the planet!!! And all in such a short amount of time!!! Congrats Jake!!! My hats off to you sir!!!

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  4. Jake Olson

    Thanks so much all of you! Great article Hanssie! Follow my facebook page please guys!

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  5. Christina Santiago

    Congrats Jake, I am so very happy for you, Your talent is amazing !

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  6. Jessica Drossin

    Amazing images. Jake is proof that if you combine talent and hard work you can build a truly successful portrait business.

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  7. Grant Young

    I’d like to see how he “…lights his subjects in post.” I’m curious how he does this as it looks to be done very very well.

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  8. Lisa Holloway

    What a wonderful article! Jake is amazing, and a great person to boot – proud to call him a friend!

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