Meet Shoestring Triptographer and Director of Photography Kyle

At the age of eight, someone put a camera in his hand and told him to explore. For Shoestring Adventures Triptographer Kyle Miyamoto, the rest is history! Although time has passed, he still finds joy in exploring the world and capturing moments to share with others.

I’ve realized I don’t have a niche in any specific aspect of photography, but rather take photos of whatever catches my eye and makes me feel something.

When he’s not taking photos, he’s traveling and soaking up the scene while running through the streets of a new place. He’s currently out exploring and shared his story with us from Australia! We’re excited that he has joined the Shoestring family as a Triptographer. Keep reading to learn more about Kyle and check out his website and Instagram!

Shoestring Warrior: Kyle Miyamoto

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

Current Location:

Melbourne, Australia

Profession:

Photographer and Director of Photography

What are your passions outside of work?

I love to travel and run, most of the time I try to do both. I find that traveling opens your mind to new perspectives and refreshes your mind. Every time I land in a new city I explore my new surroundings via a run. I cant imagine a better way to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of an entirely new place.

How would you describe your level of camping experience?

I’d consider myself an intermediate camper. I’ve done a fair share of backpacking and camping, and totally nerd out about the little quirks that make camp life easier. I’m comfortable with all weather conditions, and happy to wake up to a snowy day just as much as one full of sun. I want to make sure my trips are focused on the outdoors, the photos, and the experience!

Which Shoestring Adventures trips have you completed?

Santa Cruz Island Wilderness Escape: Exploring Scorpion Anchorage

Tell us about yourself!

I’m originally from Los Angeles, and have grown up in and around the film industry. I first picked up a camera at 8 years old and became obsessed. I’ve come to realize as much as life changes, the one thing constant in mine is photography.

As much as I’d like to deny it, I’m an Instagram photo chaser as much as anyone else.

I’ve realized I don’t have a niche in any specific aspect of photography, but rather take photos of whatever catches my eye and makes me feel something.

When did you first discover your love for photography?

As a young kid, my dad used to take me to set at various commercials and movies (he was in the film industry).

As a way to keep me out of the way and out of trouble, the director would let me borrow his camera, and tell me to go explore.

I shot things, mainly out of focus and never exposed correctly, and still had a great time. As I grew up it was the only constant in my life, and I’ve been doing it ever since!

People, animals, scenery, inanimate objects, which do you prefer to shoot and why?

A little of everything! But I’d say I prefer shooting scenery, with people or a person in it. I love the idea of being able to show scale to an audience or viewer. I like to be able to show both scale, and perspective in my photos.

Which photographers or artists inspire you the most?

A few that come to mind are Robert Frank, Ansel Adams, and Michael Pieters.

Where was your most favorite photo assignment and why did you enjoy it so much?

Favorite photo assignment to date has been shooting Kevin Hart for Nike. His personality kept everyone engaged and laughing. I think personality shines through in photos, and with him it was no different.

What advice do you have for aspiring outdoor photographers?

Don’t hesitate to take the photo. If you see it, thought about it, why not take it? I’ve always found that I regret not taking the shot, and now whenever I have the opportunity, whether with a big camera or a phone, I always take it and so far, no regrets.

Now that you’ve been on a Shoestring Adventure as a Triptographer, can you tell us your favorite memory?

Sharing all new views with all new people on the Santa Cruz Islands was a real joy.

Having the time to stand together and just reflect on the surprise backyard in California we’d never known about was a real joy and great experience.

Where’s your next adventure?

I’m currently in Australia, and hope to do a little exploring in Bali next!

The perfect s’more? (if you don’t like s’mores, what’s your favorite campfire dessert?)

The perfect campfire dessert in my mind is a roasted and toasted marshmallow. I can do without the chocolate and crackers, but a hot coco or a little whiskey on the side doesn’t hurt :-p

Photos © 2017 Kyle Miyamoto



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