Aleks Abad

Aleks Abad

Director of Photography | Freelance Action Sports Photographer
Currently: Director of Photography at O'Brien Et Al Advertising
Location: Virginia Beach VA
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Hello & Thanks for taking the time to read about My Action Sports, Photography & Motion Picture Background / Experience.

My passion for Action Sports, Photography & Lighting began at a very young age and has only grown deeper as I have aged only to realize that all I want to do is turn My passion for Action Sports & wide range of Photography, Motion Picture, Grip, Lighting, Editing & Advertisment knowledge into a lifetime career in Action Sports.

In short, My background as Athlete is in; Ice Hockey, Surfing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, Dirt bikes & Downhill MTB racing.

In 2014, I Moved from Southern California to Virginia Beach, VA to start a Family with My Wife & now 3 children. Currently, I hold the title of In-House Director of Photography for an Advertisement Agency, Shooting & Lighting both Photography & Video projects that range from; Television Commercials, Social Media content, Product Photography, Automotive Photography, Headshots, Catalog & Print Ads, -Along with Managing Digital Media assets & Editing both Photo & Video.

My Photography & Lighting career began back in 1997 when I started working as a Photographers Assistant, for some of LA's top Automotive, Portrait & Product Photographers along with completing multiple internships with Publications such as Surfing Magazine & Decline Mountain Bike Magazine before transitioning into Motion Picture to further Gain Knowledge of Lighting aspects & became a Union Member of I.A.T.S.E Local 80 Grip Union & I.A.T.S.E Local 600 Union for Cinematographers & Still Photographers. By Becomingo an I.A.T.S.E member and working on Union Projects, I once again had the opportunity to gain more Camera & Lighting knowledge, while working along side some of Hollywood's most talented Directors of Photography, Key Grips, Gaffers & work on Network Television Shows, Commercials, Features Films, Award wining Music Videos while purseing a career in Action Sports Photography.

Work Experience



Interests & Groups

  • Family
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Action Sports
  • Product Photography
  • Editorial Photography
  • Photo Editing
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • FMX
  • Motocross
  • BMX
  • Downhill MTB
  • Hockey
  • Surfing
  • Skateboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Wakeboarding
  • Outdoors
  • no groups

Education History





Art Director / Graphic Designer  
Creative Director & Design Professional  
Marketing Director  
Operations / Production / Source / Development / Design / Costing  
Business Development - Surf, Skate & Snow  
Sports Marketing Manager  
Video Producer  
Sr. Web Merchandiser  

DC Shoes, Inc.
Fox Head, Inc.
Pacific Sunwear