Featured #9: Eric Schwanke
Your story. I started my interest in photography shooting bands and live concerts. I fell into wedding photography when asked to second shoot a wedding with a friend and was hooked and basically that is all I have been photographing for the last 4 years.
What do you carry around in your camera bag? How it affects your process? I carry a Kelly Moore Boy bag, inside is my Contax 645 w/ 80mm Zeiss lens, extra 120 back and several 120 pro packs of Portra 400 or 800, Nikon F100 35mm Camera, Nikon D700, Nikon 35mm 1.4g, Sigma 85mm 1.4g and my LUMU light meter!
It usually effects my back more than anything.
What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? Having my images printed in a magazine I would say. Its kind of a surreal feeling to see your work other places than the usual blogs and facebook.
The favorite photograph you took? Craziest thing you did? Right now my favorite photograph is of my twin brother loading film in his Leica. We took our families to a snow covered beach in Door County Wisconsin early spring and was a random picture I took and just love it.
Craziest thing I ever did as a photographer was toured for a month across the United States with Bowling For Soup and Just Surrender.
What do you want to achieve?As a photographer I would like to sustain a life doing what I love. I would love to photograph enough weddings/couples in a year to live my life reasonably doing what I love.
Photography, especially wedding photography is power itself. It re-tells the story of one of the most important days in your life and is a very humbling feeling to be able to capture that for my couples in my own vision.
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Just focus on you and your work and making your clients happy. And personal work is essential to keep creative creative juice flowing.