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Meet Jona


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Meet Jona


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long story short

I'm Jonathan Grey Mendoza, a 28-year-old London based photographer, filmmaker & motion graphic designer originally from Sydney, Australia.

After a few years building a career as a travel consultant, I quickly realised life was too short to be tied down behind a desk - so I left my 9-5 and have been fortunate enough to travel the world since 2015 focusing on creating engaging travel & lifestyle content.

Fifty-eight countries later, my work has allowed me to collaborate with various brands, artists, travel companies, airlines, hotels, tourism boards, apps, magazines & most recently an art gallery.

Inspired by the natural world, I aim to capture epic human experiences and share them with a global audience.

My work is represented by Dolffs Photo Art House Berlin.

NOV 2018 UPDATE: I’ve now been appointed Global Lead Video Editor at Vamp — a leading international content and influencer marketing platform. However, I am still shooting weddings & events, marketing campaigns!

 

my style

I want my photos to feel like they belong in a universal bucket list.

I want them to echo Walter Mitty's delusions of grandeur. I don't always expect them to have a deep meaning - but I do hope they shape your perspective and make you question the brevity of life & the importance of doing something you love.

From moody landscapes & abstract aerials to bright dreamscapes & honest portraits, I adapt my artistic style to suit a particular environment or evoke a feeling.

 
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why photos & film

I once read somewhere that the most creative people are not bound to one art form but instead, their creativity permeates through everything they touch. Although I studied music & film at the University of NSW, in hopes of becoming a film score composer ala Hans Zimmer, the visual arts have never been more prevalent and influential than they are right now.

 

clients

Nike

ADOBE

Virgil Abloh

Google

CANON AUSTRALIA

Cathay Pacific

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA

Contiki

top deck

G Adventures

flight centre

POTTERY BARN

LDV AUTOMOTIVE

student flights

Kathmandu

deliveroo

MEALPAL

LDV

Supply Store Sydney

sneakerfreaker

acclaim magazine

UNYOKED

Metro Magazine

spain tourism

HARRIS FARM MARKETS

and more

 

 

destinations covered

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Contact


Contact


 

Contact

For bookings, editorials, portrait, videography, weddings, commercial, events, brand collaborations & creative projects or to simply say hi — email jonagreyphoto@gmail.com or drop a line below!

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FAQs


FAQs


 

EQUIPMENT

"What camera do you use? Which app do you edit with?"

These questions pop up in my inbox every few days so I hope this answers it. 

Feel free to ask any other questions below!

 
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Panasonic Lumix GH5S (Feb 2018)

My new filmmaking workhorse given by Panasonic to The Love Assembly for me to use on her content. 
Crisp 4K 60fps, 10-bit, 240fps FHD footage with a plethora of colour profiles making it professional hybrid shooter.
Hands down the best value mirrorless camera for filmmaking (most of the video features it contains are only found in cameras way more expensive!).

Lenses: Pana-Leica 8-18mm f/2.8 + Pana-Leica 12-35mm f/2.8 II.

Canon 6D (Jul 2016)

I switched from my Canon 5D MK II to the newer (at the time) 6D full frame mainly for its wifi functionality which I use quite a bit in conjunction with the Canon Camera Connect App. This app is great if you're a solo traveller and want to get in the picture.

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Canon 24-70mm f2.8L ii

This is my most used lens & what I use to take 90% of my photos. Super sharp, versatile focal lengths perfect for travelling - wide enough to capture landscapes & tight enough to zoom in for portraits on the street.

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Canon 16-35mm f2.8L ii

This lens replaced my heavy Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 (still recommend the Tamron though, r.i.p) and is pretty similar to my 24-70mm up to 35mm so it's only used when specifically shooting landscapes, in tight spaces or if I want to crop the image.

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Canon 135mm f2.0L USM

One of my favourite lenses to use, this is renowned as one of Canon's sharpest prime lenses (and also one of the cheaper L series). Aside from using it for portraits, my favourite thing to do with this bad boy is to shoot approx. 20 m away from my subject to get a 20:80 subject : background ratio.

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Canon 50m f1.8 STM

This is my second most used lens (and my cheapest) perfect when I want to run around shooting street/portraits and get max bokeh. Such good value out of this piece of glass and would definitely recommend it to anyone starting out!

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DJI Phantom 4 & DJI Phantom 3 Pro

I've unfortunately gone through two of these! The Phantom 4 was the best value prosumer drone at the time I purchased it however the Mavic Pro would be a much better recommendation now. Like the Inspire series, any Phantom series owner can attest to the bulkiness of carrying these drones kms up a mountain along with other camera gear.  For stills I always use manual settings + shoot RAW and generally film in 4K + d-log. I pair this up with an iPad mini for max screen real estate.

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Incase DSLR Pro Pack

I've been in love with Incase bags for years and especially since my brother used to manage their brand in Australia. I bought this bag in New York 2017 and it's by far the best investment to date. Adjustable dividers, padded back panel & big enough to fit a 15" Macbook + DSLR + 4 lenses + iPad + tripod on your next shoot.

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Zhiyun Crane-M 3-Axis Gimbal Stabiliser

I rarely shoot video without this beautiful piece of technology. Silky smooth shots and reliable stabilisation time after time.

It comes with its own hard case but you can ditch that - it's light enough to throw into your backpack and can support a payload consisting of my Canon 6D + 24-70mm (although not advised for the smoothest shots). Best used with a lightweight mirrorless.