My life right now is spent hopping from one fancy wedding venue to the next, but it wasn’t always that way.
I picked up my first camera when I was 11 years old. I was completely enamored by the skateboarding culture, and industry photographers at the time. I dreamed of photographing skateboarding for a living and tried relentlessly to make it in the skateboarding industry.
By the time I was 16 I dropped out of high school and was living on the streets of southern California. Sleeping in public parks and friends’ couches, still pursuing my dream of being a skateboard photographer.
At 18 years old, and still not a professional skate photographer, I decided it was time for a change, I packed my camera bag and decided to drive to San Francisco and become a wedding photographer. I spent weeks living out of a car and using Starbucks as my office. Slowly, using my skateboarding portfolio as my only reference, I was able to start booking clients, eventually turning weddings into my full-time job.
Today, I am 24 years old. I have traveled to 12 countries, on 4 continents all because of wedding photography. I am so proud to say that I have the greatest job I could have ever imagined. Even better than shooting skateboarding for a living!
About the Author
Carsten Schertzer is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. He offers his photographic services through Ilumina Studios. If you’d like to see more of his work, check out his website, Facebook page, and Instagram. This article was also published here and shared with permission.