My Story

Get to know me. 
 

 

Jo is an avid adventurer & self-taught photographer/videographer.  She captures stories of passion, shooting & writing about the real journey to and from the summit, not just the summit moment itself.   Jo connects brands with their athletes & ambassadors, to tell the honest story of the work & lifestyle it takes to make it to the top.  Jo's personal missions- increase visual incorporation of diversity in gender & race into the outdoor/action sports industries & reduce single use products.

Jo is an athlete, a story-teller, & a chameleon.  Jo's gift is that she adapts quickly to any scenario,  location, lighting, & any personality to capture genuine moments that evoke feeling & tell a story.  Jo listens; she strives for total collaboration & communication with her subjects & clients. Her ultimate goals are quality & happiness for all involved. 

As well as a photographer, Jo is a freelance creative content developer/producer, videographer, social media marketer, & advocate for the environment & equality. As a photo content developer, Jo takes product with her on her many adventures & shoots it in real life settings,  giving photos a sense of authenticity. 

Passion, strong work ethic, fitness, little regard of fear, unbounded creativity & desire to constantly conquer new challenges with an unparalleled positivity make Jo Savage not only a unique photographer, but also a wonderful teammate.

Jo's Go-To gear:  Sony A7rii (with 4K), DJI Mavic drone (4K), and Aquatech Underwater Housing

From traveling, enjoying board sports, to climbing, fishing, camping & road tripping, shooting it all fuses Jo's passions.  At the age of 11, Jo began taking photos religiously on wind-up disposable cameras.  Her passion for photography evolved, as did her gear.  After college, teaching scuba diving in the Caribbean, learning Spanish,& living in San Diego a few unexpected events in life changed her path & led her to pursue photography as a career in Salt Lake City, where she now lives.

 

 

An utter urge to explore and see the world so I packed my dog, a longboard, my canon rebel, and my things and flew to the southern tip of Mexico in the Caribbean.  Two weeks later I found myself and my dog on a tiny backpackers island in the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras pursuing a PADI scuba diving instructor certification. Almost a year after I left and 8 months living on another island, teaching scuba, taking tourist on boat dives and selling scuba courses/gear in Mexico- I ended up in San Diego to continue my scuba instructor profession.

 

entrepreneurial spirit- finding a way to never work for the man with a strong will and the belief that if my will is strong enough, I can always find a way.

 

Typically perceived as an extrovert, my undercover introverted tendencies lead me to listen and observe-- a skill I think enhances my work as a photographer. 

 

salt lake city- living and discovering what mountain life really means, the community, activities, weather and environment that comes with it.  Powerful spirituality I sourced from the Pacific Ocean while living in north country San Diego for three years- I've now discovered in the magnificent granite peaks, wild canyons, desert red and the outdoor activities that come with them.

 

I think why I love photography is because it allows me to do it all. It's like the key that fits every lock. I can be shooting the best  athletes snowboarding on a superpipe, and a week later be documenting and giving children in Mexico skateboards while off-road car camping at desolate surf breaks speckling the Baja coastline, surfing skating and eating tacos in the time between shoots- or more than likely documenting all the glorious moments of life.

I've had a compulsion to capture what I see with a camera since I was a child.  It started around the age of 11, when wind up disposables were the thing in Jr. High to take photos of your friends doing stupid things.  It evolved into wanting to shoot street cones, piles of ice melting on a sidewalk after being dumped out of coolers, rusted chains locking gates to cemeteries in the golden light.  In college, I studied abroad in Thailand.  Prior to, I asked my parents for the Canon Rebel Digital as a Christmas gift. The digital cameras came out the year prior, and after shooting on the Canon Rebel 35mm film I "inherited"after browsing my mom's closet, I instinctively knew what a huge door opener shooting digital would be to bettering my craft.  Even at 19 I was still compelled to capture.  Fast forward to the era of the iPhone 4.  I kept my flip phone to protest the change of smart phones for the first generation.  Once I saw how amazing the photo and video capabilities were on the iPhone 4, price aside, I went for it.   This iPhone changed my photography.  I stopped carrying the Canon around because I didn't feel discreet enough and I'm always trying to downplay my kook tendencies.

 

I can go everywhere, meet everyone, do everything.

 

Fluent in spanish and climber/board sports/backpacking...anythi8ng that comes my way I'm pretty much game.

 

Jo is an avid adventurer and self-taught photographer and aerial pilot.  She captures stories of passion, shooting and writing about the real journey to and from the summit, not just the summit moment itself.   Jo connects brands with their athletes and ambassadors, to tell the honest story of the work and lifestyle it takes to make it to the top.  

Jo is an athlete, a story-teller, and a chameleon.  Jo's gift is that she adapts quickly to any scenario, any location, any lighting, and any personality to capture genuine moments that evoke feeling and tell a story.  Jo listens; she strives for total collaboration and communication with her subjects and clients, and her ultimate goals are quality and happiness for all involved. 

Jo wears many creative hats.  She is an aerial photographer/videographer, freelance photojournalist, social media marketing manager, brand ambassador, and photo content developer. Her passions do not end there, and she uses her work as her voice to advocate for the environment and equality. As a photo content developer, Jo takes product with her on her many adventures and shoots it in real life settings, so her photos have a sense of authenticity. 

Passion, strong work ethic, little regard of fear, unbounded creativity and desire to constantly conquer new challenges with an unparalleled positivity make Jo Savage not only a unique photographer, but also a wonderful teammate.

From traveling, enjoying board sports, to climbing and fishing, mountain biking and trail running, camping and solo-road tripping, shooting it all fuses Jo's passions.  At the age of 11, Jo began taking photos religiously on wind-up disposable cameras.  Her passion for photography evolved, as did her gear.  After college, teaching scuba diving in the Caribbean, learning Spanish, and living in San Diego a few unexpected events in life changed her path and led her to pursue photography as a career in Salt Lake City, where she now lives.


Photo Taken with SONY A7rii + Sony GM 24-70mm f/2.8