NBA Finals: Friendship, Photography; a look at photographer Jordan Poole and Bay Area Warriors, Jordan Jimenez’s link

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — There’s no doubt Golden State Warriors fans have captured some pivotal moments this NBA season.

A local photographer is in the spotlight, after his passion for capturing images helped him befriend Warriors shooting guard Jordan Poole.

‘Shout out to Jordan,’ Poole told ABC7 News when asked about his friendship with the photographer Jordan Jimenez. “He’s just a very good friend of mine who happens to be extremely elitist behind the camera.”

Poole and Jimenez met at a training facility three years ago when he was hired to take pictures of trainer Packie Turner’s clients.

They’ve since struck up a friendship, bonded through photography and more, and become rising stars in their own ways.

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This NBA season, they even established a working relationship. Jimenez said he was Poole’s personal photographer and storyteller, and had taken thousands of photos from all over basketball and beyond.

“The trips, the hikes,” Jimenez said. “Just what we decide to do on a particular day. We’ve documented everything just for the sake of it.”

Jimenez admitted that he had received no professional training.

“I didn’t take any classes. I read a book, it was called ‘Beginner’s Guide to Photography,'” he recalls. “And that was really it.”

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Jimenez explained that in 2015, when he was a teenager struggling with depression, he picked up a camera to help him see life through a different lens.

Since then he has worked on his craft and says he is lucky to capture such monumental moments on the pitch.

“Every time I click the shutter, my heart literally beats,” Jimenez described. “Because I put everything I have into photography. It’s my heart and my soul.”

For Jimenez and Poole, their relationship is real on and off the pitch, regardless of celebrity status or social media.

“We’re kind of doing something different,” Poole told ABC7 News. “In our own little alley. And I don’t know, man, it’s really special.”

And it all comes from a foundation of trust.

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Jimenez explained that because of their bond, they are able to creatively push each other and push themselves.

“Don’t do anything too crazy, don’t try too hard,” he described. “It’s really like having those goofy moments.”

Beyond the bond, Jimenez is proud to work for what he has.

“While I may not be the most talented person in the world, I know I’m going to work harder than most people. And that’s kind of where my confidence comes from,” he said. -he declares.

Jimenez described himself as a lifelong Warriors fan.

“My mum and I used to go to games all the time when tickets were very cheap,” he said. “You would have a ticket for $12 that included a hot dog and fries.”

After watching the growth and success of the Warriors organization, Jimenez said he understands the privilege.

“To be able to meet all these people who are super talented and really make a difference in the world is a blessing. Just because for me, I feel pretty regular,” he added. “And for me, I’m just playing my part in helping to tell all the stories of these athletes and helping where I stand and everything.”

“As regular as I can be, I always tell my story,” Jimenez continued.

He said photography was everything to him right now. Besides working with Poole, he also has other side projects.

Jimenez hopes his work will have a positive impact on the world and on people’s lives.

“A lot of people tend to be afraid of failing and not being able to really achieve their goals and achieve their dream,” he said of aspiring photographers. “And that immobilizes them. So for me, I would say the most important thing is to start.”

Friendship, photography – and then the NBA Finals.

“One of my big goals was to be able to film, first of all, an entire season. And then go to the NBA Finals and document history,” Jimenez said.

When asked if Jimenez would be willing to travel if Poole was in another team, he replied: “I mean, I hope he doesn’t go anywhere else. But if he does, yes .”

Jimenez said he was dedicated to documenting Poole’s life.

“I think his story is worth telling, and you know he’s just a very good person and a very good human being. So he’s one of the few people in the world that I would work for. very hard and I would really do anything for it,” he said.

He and Poole hope to one day look back on decades of shared photos, stories and experiences while understanding that their unwavering support for each other is part of the bigger picture.

“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Jimenez said. “Let’s just tell our two stories at the same time and build together and see what it looks like.

For Jimenez’s Twitter, click here.

For his Instagram account, click on here.

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