Jon Kooley: Most Mellow Person Alive?

Shooting for SIEGE Audio has its perks, and one of those, especially for an aspiring new media producer like myself, is the opportunity to shoot with professional athletes, and have featured international content on their website. My first foray into the life of photographic professional snowboarders started with Jon Kooley, as we swung by his place in Salt Lake City. He was hanging out, playing Zelda on the Wii, chilling with his dogs and playing guitar and we were able to snap a few photos of his lifestyle. He was one of the most easy going guys to work with, and said that he was stoked on us wanting to capture super organic, candid looking portraits that didn't look like we sat him down and had a formal photo shoot. When it was all said and done, I was super stoked on the images that came from the session, and I feel like it captured his persona very well. Sometimes his video parts make him look like he has a lot of aggression and anger, but he's actually one of the most laid back, chilled out people I've ever hung out with. Props to him for keeping it real all these years. Plus his snowboarding is siiiiiiiiick. Here's some of my favorite images from the day.

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