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04 November 2011

weekly interrogation: Jonathan Canlas!

Today I'm honored to have Jonathan Canlas! Without a doubt Jon has a personality that is bigger than life. From the moment you meet him you will swept up in his boundless energy and feel like BFFs. He is also one of the kindest, generous people you will ever meet. On top of that his family rocks, and he has the cutest kids EVER! (see below photo for proof) If you aren't aware, he is the genius behind Jonathan Canlas Photography and the Film Is Not Dead workshops and just oozes talent. That combined with the qualities listed above is a winning combination. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself.

1.What do you “do”?
photographer i guess :). yeah, photographer. i'm a dad and husband, but i don't get paid for that...

2. Why do you do what you do?
my family. that is my main motivation. i don't know that i could hold down a "real" job. i have not been employed by anyone but myself for over a decade (and got fired from all my previous jobs). i do what i do because i love it. i'd do it if i was getting paid or not. just luckily, i do get paid to do what i do :).

3.Where are you from?
born and raised in st louis mo. lived in laie hawaii, tokyo japan, and ut since 1996.

4. Favorite color?
the ones i see, which apparently might not be much as i'm color blind.

5. Favorite food?
ASIAN. yeah, that is a food. ASIAN :). pot roast or pot stickers? pot stickers every time.

6. Favorite shoes?
asics or saucony's. i have a red/yellow/black pair of asics that my son calls my mr incredible shoes. appropriately.

7. Favorite place in the whole wide world?
a very very close tie to my home and the north shore of oahu. both are heaven on earth.

8. Favorite piece of playground equipment?
hmm, seesaw? anyone that my kids like to go on is good with me.

9. Your funniest story?
3 stories.

1. in little rock arkansas while visiting cousins, we went to some magician show. and there was a parakeet up front and the magician called me up and gave me bird seed to give to said parakeet, but i ate it instead and sat down thinking, ew, that was gross, and realized it was for the bird, not me.

2. i dated my wife's sister before i dated my wife. end of story


10. Mac or PC?
mac. i have no idea how the world of pc even still exists.

11. Manual or automatic?
manual, 100% of the time.

12. What do you consider your best asset?
my brown skin. i can be a racial chameleon as needed.

13. Guiltiest pleasure?
justin bieber. if he steps foot in 5 of the surrounding states, i'm buying tickets, and the ones that cost a ton so we can be right up front. my kids love that kid and after seeing never say never, i do too :).

14. Biggest pet peeve?
being taken advantage of, even the slightest.

15. What do you consider priceless?
time with my family.

16. If you could sit next to anyone on an airplane, who would it be?
reggie watts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgsBgwJQGnE

17. What would you choose as your last meal?
combo plate from tita's kitchenette in national city california consisting of half pork adobo, half bbq pork with rice finished off with a fried banana and a small scoop of maiz queso ice cream. actually, if i eat that, i'm positive i'd die on the spot of a stroke so it would be my last meal technically.

18. What era in time do you connect with the most?

19. Your motto for life?
do what you love and do it often

20. Best advice you can give?
don't give a crap what anyone thinks about you, EVER. do your thing and don't let anyone tell you you can't do something.

Some of my favorites:
(I could keep going all day long.. I had to force myself to stop. Basically, just go to his blog and take a gander)

Oh, and I want to point out that all of the following examples are of his personal work... Jonathan rocks everything he does, but I find myself drawn to the stuff he shoots for himself the most.










Jonathan is also the mastermind behind this:

FIND Guide

Convinced yet? Thanks for reading!

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