Quin Schrock aka @Everchanginghorizon
What if you could follow your passion and get paid for it?
Quin Schrock dodged a life behind a desk and opted for adventure.
Josh interviews adventure/lifestyle photographer, Quin Schrock, to find out more behind how he got his start and what’s in store for the future,
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Josh sits down with adventure lifestyle photographer Quin Schrock. If you could follow your passion and get paid for it, would you? For Quin Schrock aka instagram’s @everchanginghorizon all it took was a deep breath and a one way ticket to Peru to start his trek down the meandering path of an adventure/lifestyle photographer. Quin dodged a life behind a desk and opted for adventure. In this episode we have the pleasure of listening to Quin’s personal journey of following his passion, some of his favorite moments from his travels, and a few tips about getting started with photography and diving head first into instagram.
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What is it that you do?
“I’ve always been a bit of an adrenaline junky and I’ve always liked the outdoors. Basically what I do is I go about living my life exactly how I want to and in the exciting and epic moments I find on the road I try to capture the feeling of being in that moment…”
Did you grow up knowing you wanted to be a photographer?
“Definitely not. I grew up in a business oriented family with the impression that someday I would sit at a desk and become a grown up and that in a way my childhood would be over and I’d have to transition to adult life. Photography was never in my mind as an option…”
At what point did it become an option?
“I’d say with the rise of social media. I was just like everyone else where I was posting iphone shots of fun and exciting moments I would capture. I started on instagram when I was living in Hawaii so there’s lots of great photo ops…all of a sudden people really liked my photos on instagram...slowly my following started growing...”
Where did you go to school?
“I went to school at BYU Hawaii...a lot of my reasoning for choosing that school was it was in Hawaii and I just wanted to pursue my passions for surfing a little bit longer before that ever approaching day of sitting in front of a desk and not being able to do that anymore…”
What did you study?
“I started out in business first and then I switched over to accounting...I was pretty into it for a little while but photography switched things up for me…”
What year did you graduate and start accounting?
“I graduated at the end of 2013. Before I got an official job I bought a ticket to Peru and started taking photos down there and kind of just fell in love with travelling...That’s when my photography started…”
How did you fall into photography?
“I definitely had a knack for photography… It was a combination of my personality of being very adventurous and constantly looking for new places and being able to take a good enough photo and meeting other photographers who helped push my photography to the next level…”
Would you say you started taking photography seriously in 2013?
“I would say not so much taking photography seriously. It was the first time in my life that I didn’t have someone telling me what to do...I was at this cross road of one path where I had to either get a full time job or this other path where I get this wanderlust that I’ve been suffering for my whole life…”
How long did your “Ultimate Road Trip” take?
“It took five months... We ran out of money in Panama and I was able to sell the car for more than I bought it for in Costa Rica…”
Where was your favorite place?
“That’s a tough one but I’d say San Luis Potosi, in Mexico...It had some of the best waterfalls I’d every seen. It was completely unexpected…
What makes you stands out as a photographer?
“I feel like I’m very new at this. A lot of my friends were raised around photography and new they wanted to be a photographer there whole life… I have a little bit of a different perspective because I didn't expect it at all…”
Where are you based?
“I love surfing, I don’t like cold weather, and I love Hawaii. So I’m in Hawaii from January to May to escape the cold weather on the mainland. At that point I buy a flight back and say hi to my family...I’ll go back to California for a few months which is where I am right now… for the fall time I like to be up in the fall colors in the Pacific Northwest or Canada…”
What do you do for the companies you work for?
“It’s usually two fold between sending them high resolution images for them to use… It involves posting a very small portion for what I did for whatever small project I did on my instagram account… It’s a few posts and a lot more photos on the back end…”
How did you bring on such big clients like GoPro, Hydro Flask, or Eddie Bauer?
“I’ve never been strong on the business side of things. I’m not one of those guys who’s constantly running around and trying to network with companies... I’ve gone about it a different way where I feel more comfortable getting excited to meet with a person…”
What’s one of the coolest projects you’ve worked on?
“I was really excited about the LandRover offer and it was something that was out of my comfort zone...They were a big company and it was something that I was really nervous about but in the end it went really well… It was a big break for me…”
What inspires you?
“I just get super excited that I don’t have to go to work. The keyword is have to go to work...I’ll only take the offers that I’m really excited about…The most exciting thing for my is trying new things and going new places...”
What would you say has been one of the hardest parts about building your brand?
“It seems like a saturated market right now so I guess one of the hardest parts it differentiate yourself… For me one of the hardest things to get excited about is back end stuff like editing photos after I take them and negotiating offers with emails…”
What is your greatest fear and how do you manage it?
“I think an obvious answer for me is that instagram is all of a sudden gone. Most of my clients find me on instagram and reach out...That’s a huge fear that one day it will be irrelevant…”
What have been some of the biggest mistakes you made a long your journey?
“I guess in the end I wish I would have gone full time sooner. I was just scared to stop working any normal job…”
What advice would you give someone if they wanted to dive into photography and avoid a desk job?
“With Instagram it is oversaturated however, there are a lot of pros...You have to first off work on your photography and work on your style...In the photo you have to define the feeling you want and editing is really important...Post everyday, maybe even twice a day…”
Where do you see yourself with your business in the future?
“I think I’ve built my lifestyle in the last few years off of being spontaneous. To some extent I’ll continue that way… Eventually I’ll probably choose one of my bases and get a place full time…probably travel a little bit less but still accept the good offers that come my way...”
What’s the best part about being a full time adventure Photographer?
“By far the best part is not knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow...you just never know what offers are going to come your way. There are so many unknowns that make it exciting to wake up in the morning and I’ll always be grateful for that…”