Welcome to my website. My name is John D. Russell and I am a Professional Photographer based in Manhattan Beach, California. 

I value experiences over the accumulation of 'stuff' and spend my free time traveling, exploring, volunteering, and learning about new things, cultures, and people.

Follow along as I travel the world in search of adventure, epic photography, and life changing experiences!

About John



Photography, Entrepreneurship,
Skydiving, Technology, Snowboarding,
Camping, Backpacking, Fishing,
Beach Life, Road Trips, Travel, Exploring,
Acoustic Guitar, Making Friends.


All of them :)

Upcoming Adventure

Traveling to India On Assignment with
Photographers Without Borders

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I have traveled to over 24 countries on assignment and have worked with some of the biggest brands and celebrities in the world. I am internationally published and highly sought after in my industry. I pride myself on being able to communicate story through imagery and enjoy working with brands to create epic photography that is compelling and emotionally driven. My personal work showcases my lifestyle and my desire to explore new places and meet new people. I have the best job in the world! 

Aside from Photography, I also enjoy the outdoors and you can usually find me on the beach, in the mountains - hiking, fishing, and exploring or at an airport en route to the next exotic place. People used to ask me, "How was your trip?" Now they ask me, "How long you home for?" I live a life I designed and that I am extremely proud of. No day is the same and I love that. I did the corporate thing. Heck I even have a degree in Accounting, but I quickly realized that life - wasn't for me.