Ep. 023: John Schell | Be Inspired Photography Podcast
Lifestyle and commercial photographer John Schell on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
In this week’s show, we chat to lifestyle and commercial photographer John Schell about how photography changed his life, capturing emotion and his love of Southern California.
John Schell’s Bio:
Born and raised in New York, John Schell spent what seems like a lifetime in and around the Atlantic Ocean; surfing, swimming, fishing, and boating, really just generally enjoying life outdoors.
It was his love of year-long warm weather, in fact, which brought him to Southern California – the golden-lit place that he’d dreamed of living since he was a grom chasing waves and skating backyard halfpipes on Long Island. Putting photography aside for a while to get a degree in teaching, John Schell spent the better part of his days attending classes while soaking in everything that was California.
From about 2005 until 2014, John was a high school special education teacher in the San Diego City School district, a job he loved for both it’s challenges and it’s rewards. It was during that time that his love of photography was rekindled via the students he’d teach, often bringing in disposable film cameras for them to keep and document their lives. It was through this mentoring and love of raw storytelling that his photography career began. And now, although he misses the formal classroom terribly, John is happy to have a successful, fledgeling photography career on his hands.
John Schell often refers to his work as a “tribute to Southern California” and has recently shot several campaigns for Skechers USA as well as a bevy of smaller, Southern California-based companies all of whom sought John out for the fun, playful, sun-drenched aesthetic and vibe of his work.
John Schell currently lives and work in Los Angeles, California with his dog, Olive.
Be Inspired Photography Podcast with John Schell.
00:00 Welcome to Episode 23 of the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
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John Schell on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
01:40 John Schell interview.
01:45 How John got interested in photography.
03:10 What is ‘lifestyle’ photography?
05:15 Becoming a professional photographer.
07:37 Schell discusses his style of photography.
08:53 John’s tribute to Southern California.
12:55 Target market and standard client base.
14:20 Which camera John Schell uses and the simplicity of natural light.
18:25 Creative workflow from concept through to production.
23:48 Let’s get technical.
27:32 Your favourite memories are not perfectly exposed.
30:23 The importance of social networks in attracting new clients – Instagram masterclass.
38:09 John Schell’s advice for becoming a lifestyle photographer.
40:11 Where to find and follow John Schell online.
40:48 Who is John Schell’s favourite photographer of all time?
Be Inspired Photography Podcast Episode 23.
43:23 Thank you to John Schell for joining us on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
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