My name is Stephen Jackson. I was born in Battle Creek, MI. and then moved to San Diego, CA., after graduating from university.

I am the founder of and a photographer at Rising Up Studios. Two years ago, I made the decision to make Japan the place that I will call home forever. This was a big decision, but one that I am truly happy to have made as Japan has inspired me to grow and become the man that I have always wanted to be.

I am a self taught photographer and, through attending various workshops and experimenting with different styles, I have been able to craft my own unique style of photography.

Rising Up Studios’ aim is to provide a safe haven for artists of all mediums and styles. We highly encourage people and fellow artists to embrace their uniqueness and find their own particular style.

Special Thank You:
None of this would have been possible if it was not for my late best friend, Rodger Swan.

Portrait + Fashion

Chris + Sumire



Kim + Enam: Wedding Day


Strung Out

Useless I.D.


New Found Glory 

Long Beach Dub Allstars


The Fratelis 

Less Than Jake 

Street Photography