Olympus Explorer

Alexa Rakow

Alexa Rakow

Alexa is a landscape and seascape photographer based out of Santa Barbara, California.

Alexa is a landscape and seascape photographer based out of Santa Barbara, California.

About Alexa

Alexa Rakow is a landscape and seascape photographer based out of Santa Barbara, California. The mountains and beaches of her hometown have always had a huge impact on her love for exploring nature.

"My love for photography started as a child with a hand me down camera and 10 rolls of film that were gifted to me. I quickly realized I loved capturing the moment especially when combined with being in nature and seeing breathtaking landscapes. While photography is my full time passion, it’s only a part time career. Most days you can find me chasing around a five year old as his nanny. "

HOW I GOT STARTED WITH OLYMPUS

"I was first introduced to Olympus gear in 2018 when I started using the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I loved the size/weight, and the features like Live Composite were really incredible."

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT OLYMPUS

"My OM-Ds' light weight makes them perfect for someone like me, who travels quite a bit. I also love that the in-camera image stabilization made it possible to leave my tripod at home more of the time. For my E-M1X, I love using its built-in LIVE ND Mode so I don’t have to fumble around with filters when the light is changing quickly and every second counts."


The Olympus Explorer Program is Olympus America Inc.’s official program for its social photographers. Olympus Explorers consist of a select group of social partners from across the U.S. and Canada who represent a select focus of photography genres, and offer varying years of experience and influence. Each has a unique point of view, an enthusiasm for Olympus products and the brand, a strong presence in the social photography community, and best practices to share.

For regularly updated content from all of the Olympus Explorers, follow @getolympus on Instagram. To inquire about membership in the program or social collaborations, please contact social@olympus.com.