Photographer Scott Ehler is in demand, but he took time out to chat to us about his passion for his craft.
Scott Ehler’s photographs have graced titles such as Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, Cleo, Cosmopolitan and The Collective and his work can also be found in many books and advertising campaigns, yet Scott is down-to-earth and super easy to work with.
How did it start? I finished high school and went straight into a 3-year university degree of photography. From there I travelled to London and Paris and assisted some well-known photographers. It was a real eye opener and quite different to what I expected.
What does a typical week look like? A week is so varied. Some days (like today we have 4 shoots on) and others might be a 2-day campaign. I have to say the weeks vary so much depending on what we have on, but realistically we average about 8 photographic shoots a week.
The best thing about being a photographer? I love the variety of my job and the people I get to meet and work with. Some days I will be shooting food or lifestyle and other days I am on ad campaigns or fashion shoots.
The worse thing about being a photographer? For me the hours can be quite long – or at the end of the day there is a lot of editing required as well – so when a shoot wraps I may have another 6-8 of post-production.
What is something most people don’t know about you? In my industry I find that some people can be real assholes, so I have a very strict policy that if someone is painful, rude or just downright unappreciative, I will make a note not to work with that person again. We are not saving lives – we take photos for a living, so relax!
What do you do in your downtime? I am very fortunate to have a house down the south coast – so I love just going down there to relax and spend time in the ocean.
Any tips for work and life? I guess I would love all your readers to know that you should do a job you truly love. Life is very short and there is no use being someone who says “I am going to do it” – stop talking about it and do it. Also remember that manners cost nothing.
About the author
Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.