Rob Schanz


February 05, 2015

Name: Rob Schanz (@forthefreedom - // Age: 26 // Residence: San Francisco, CA // Occupation: Photographer
Gear: Nikon D4s, Nikon D600, Nikon FM2 (85mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4,16-35mm f/4, 70-200mm f/2.8)
When did you start calling yourself a Photographer? I think about two years ago when I went full-time freelance. I've been shooting "professionally" for over 6 years though. For some reason I still feel like an asshole when I tell people I'm a photographer...I have no idea why. I think it's because I'm really stoked to be able to make ends meet shooting photos and doing what I love. 
What is you favorite subject to shoot? I really like shooting fashion stuff.  If not that then surfing or travel related photos. Photography gives me a good excuse to travel as much as possible.
Who are your biggest influences? I probably don't keep up with other photogs as much as I should. I really like Damien Elroy's work. Other than that I think it's more of a question of what are my biggest influences. I try to find inspiration in things I come across daily. When I was a kid and used to skate a lot. I would ride in the car and look at all of the spots I could skate, now I look at all the spots I could shoot. 
What photography trend makes you cringe? Excuse me, I'm going to buy Instagram followers.
What's it been like shooting a Rumpl? Shooting with Rumpl has been really fun. We've done some interesting more abstract stuff. I'm just pumped to get out there and make some trips this year!

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