Meet Cory Ida

Cory Ida x Anchored Apparel


A visionary with a huge heart, that's the best way to describe photographer Cory Ida. Most recently, Cory has become known for documenting beautiful underwater masterpieces. From the vivid colors of his photographs, to the unique scenarios his models are in, everything is set up beautifully. Best part of all, we were able to team up and collaborate for Anchored Apparel. To see more of his work, check out and follow his instagram @cory_ida or by clicking here.


WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU DO? 
I'm an early childhood educator that also loves photography. I actually have thought of starting my own ECE Center / Daycare with children's portraiture included, but realized there was no way it would work having to rent space and pay employees, I wouldn't have anything left for myself to live. So, I currently work with 3-5 year olds for the Hawaii DOE, that's where I get the majority of my income. Most of the photography I do is to bless or connect with other friends or small businesses I believe in.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 
For photography I think the youth are greatest thing to shoot. Their exuberance, emotions, and the twinkle in their eyes absolutely need to be captured and cherished forever. Artistically I enjoy anyone that can make something normal look extraordinary. In life I'm inspired by people who really live their lives for Jesus. Pastors, leaders, volunteers, you name it... they are willing to give up part or all of their lives. It's something most of us are unwilling to do.

DOES WHAT YOU DO BRING VALUE IN WHAT YOU BELIEVE? 
Yes. I have recently discovered how powerful a tool photography can be. If we are called to introduce others to Christ, photography has been the best way for me to connect with people. Photography has become a great way for me to serve.

WHAT DO YOU USE? WHAT DOES YOUR EQUIPMENT LOOK LIKE? 
For underwater I use my Canon 7D. I have an Ikelite housing which I use for most creative shoots. I also own a SPL Waterhousing that I use for spots I need to hike to, or there is surf. The Ikelite is really bulky and heavy and the SPL is a lot lighter and easier to handle.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS. 
To be completely honest, I don't have much of a creative process right now. When I do get ideas, I'll write or sketch them. The hardest part of underwater photography is finding consistent models to work with. I believe once I find some I will be able to get more creative.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY LISTENING TO? 
The "No Other Name" album by Hillsong Worship has been on repeat for a week.

DOES WHAT YOU LISTEN TO AFFECT YOUR CREATIVITY? 
Nah, I probably don't notice it since all I listen to is worship music these days. Before I got heavy into photography I would write creatively. I found that I wrote the best while listening to MxPx though haha.

DEFINE HOPE. 
The exciting feeling we get knowing God has good things planned in our future.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE WORLD TO BE A BETTER PLACE WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 
I would put more love into everyone's hearts.

IN YOUR OPINION - WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF? 
Definitely love.