Aloha! My name is Sho Niimura and I’m a freelance photographer and videographer currently based in Honolulu, Hawai’i on the island of ‘Oahu. I’ve grown up on this island for practically my entire life. It’s more than just tropical weather and beautiful beaches; there is a unique sense of community and shared connectedness to not only the people, but the land itself, making it unlike anywhere else in the world.
Despite setting roots on ‘Oahu, I decided to pack up and move 4,200 miles away to pursue a college education in Chicago, Illinois. Living in this amazing city has provided me with endless opportunities for growth and work experience. I’ve had the chance to collaborate with larger companies, such as Nike, and smaller, local entrepreneurs throughout Chicago. Three and a half years later I graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing and Information Systems. I recently walked the stage in May, which closed this influential chapter of my life.
After graduating early in December 2018, I had a few months to reflect and focus on my own professional growth. In the beginning half of the new year I began working on an exciting new project that took place in Italy. On two separate trips, I traveled with an amazing team to document and film the stories of a number of Italians throughout the cities of Milan, Florence, and Rome. I’m very excited to share this upcoming project!
Living in Chicago and traveling the world has taught me valuable lessons about myself and my talents. My passion for photography and videography stems from my love and appreciation of moments. The concept sounds so simple, but yet so powerful. Moments come and go, but capturing them in a photo or video makes them last forever, allowing people to relive their greatest memories and deepest feelings. Whether it’s traveling through Italy or hiking the Nā Pali Coast, I get to relive my love for adventure through my passion.
More recently, I co-founded and helped launch Oncorage LLC, a start-up company right here in Honolulu. I’m very excited to share upcoming details with everyone soon. Head on over to the contact page to get in touch!
Body: Canon EOS 5D IV
Favorite Lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro
Gimbal: DJI Ronin-S
Underwater: GoPro HERO 6 Black
Follow me on Instagram @shoniimu