June 7, 2022

Traveling the World as a Surf Photographer with Jimmy Wilson

Traveling the World as a Surf Photographer with Jimmy Wilson

Kristin's brother, Jimmy, shares how he created a flexible, untraditional lifestyle that allows him to work from home, co-parent his daughter, and travel the world as a surf photographer.


Kristin's brother, Jimmy, shares how he created a flexible, untraditional lifestyle that allows him to work from home, co-parent his daughter, and travel the world as a surf photographer.

In this podcast, Kristin and Jimmy discuss financial pros and cons of going to college and racking up student debt versus joining the workforce.

Jimmy also explains how he was able to fund his passion for surf photography by painting houses in Puerto Rico. He offers tips and advice for how to turn doing what you love into a long-term career and how to reinvent yourself when circumstances force your industry to change (or go extinct).

Jimmy also shares what a day in the life of a surf photographer is like, including stories from his travels around the world (like the time he saw professional surfer, Mick Fanning, get attacked by a shark in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa). 

In the Lightning Round, find out: 

  • Which camera and equipment Jimmy uses
  • His favorite surf destination and non-surf destination
  • Cheap flight/travel hacks
  • Jet Lag tips
  • How to stay motivated working at home
  • A photography tip everyone should know
  • What his future goals include 

Jimmy is the former Photo Editor at Surfing Magazine, two-time Red Bull Illume Finalist, and is now the Online Content Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Vans Surf, working from home in Southern California. He has also worked at Eastern Surf Magazine, Transworld Surf, and has contributed to Surfer and Stab Magazines. 

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Jimmy “Jimmicane” Wilson Profile Photo

Jimmy “Jimmicane” Wilson

Professional Surf Photographer/ World Traveler/ Content Marketing Manager

Jimmy “Jimmicane” Wilson lives an astounding life. Since pursuing his dream of becoming a surf photographer at only 14 years old, he has traveled to some of the most remote and beautiful destinations on the planet - in the company of world-class surfers and swimsuit models. Jimmy is the former Photo Editor at Surfing Magazine, two-time Red Bull Illume Finalist, and is now the Online Content Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Vans Surf, working from home in Southern California. He has also worked at Eastern Surf Magazine, Transworld Surf, and has contributed to Surfer and Stab Magazines.