Latest from our great friends at Stewart Christie, Scotlandâ€™s oldest clothier and supplier to the best estates in the U.K. If youâ€™re in the market for an ultra-fine tweed suit with over 300 years tradition, this is where you go. We were able to work with them on a recent shoot and come away with some great new imagery. Asked to make 2-3 new images for their upcoming advertising campaign and I feel confident we did that and more. Thanks Vixy for the help and opportunity. See you again in the Spring for our shoot in the Upper Hebrides, canâ€™t wait!Â Â Â Â -RS
Interview re-post from the Stewart Christie Blog
We were lucky enough to work with
Richard Schultz recently for our new website and thought the results
were spectacular. His vision and eye for capturing moments and real
lifestyle photography is exceptional, please see his website
After being lucky enough to spend time with him we were able to ask him a few questions about his work and inspirations.
Photographer/Father/Husband/Friend/Confidant – the priorities of which are a constantly moving target.
3. What was your first camera, and what was your earliest proudest shot?
think like many it was a Kodak Instamatic with those little cube
flashbulbs that had 4 pops on each. If you remember them then youâ€™re
definitely 40+ 🙂 I think maybe at about age 12 or 13 I moved up to a
regular 35mm, then medium format, then 4×5, then 8×10, and now finally
back around again to mostly 35mm (although digital now) and, of course,
the iPhoneâ€¦I think the Kodak Instamatic is still like my Rosebud,
harkening back to simpler happy timesâ€¦Proudest early shot? I think maybe a
portrait of our family cat when I was probably 8.
4. In your career which client has been the most challenging but proved the most enlightening in the end?
Creative Director at Stewart Christie! Just kidding. I donâ€™t really
know or think about projects this way. EVERY project has itâ€™s challenges
whether itâ€™s with production or managing relationships between the
client and the advertising agency. We just finished a project recently
where it was like the agency and the client had never spoken before the
shoot to understand the concepts of the project.
Agency had one idea
of what they wanted it to be and the client had something totally
different in mind. I ended up having to play referee and peace-maker and
figure out a solution to make both parties happy. Thatâ€™s not really
what my role is supposed to be, but you need to remain flexible and
problem solve for whatever challenges come up. Fortunately, that doesnâ€™t
happen too often. The only enlightenment from that project came right
after we finished the last shot of a 5 day shoot and I had a tall
tumbler of tequila in my hand, but I knew weâ€™d made an amazing campaign come to life from what should have been ashes.
5. The highlands and
Islands of Scotland were part of your latest adventure, but which part
did feel captured the true essence of Scotland?
definitely spent the most time out on Skye and to say itâ€™s epic there is
a definite understatement. I travel pretty much 8-10 months out of the
year for work and we get to go to incredible locations around the world
but I honestly think Skye may actually be the most beautiful single
compact area Iâ€™ve been. The colors are incredible in the Fall and it
seemed like weâ€™d find an absolutely amazing location and then drive down
the road 10 minutes further and find another ridiculously epic location
and then 10 minutes from there anotherâ€¦it was endlessly shocking and is
exactly what I had hoped for in Scotland.
6. Who has been the biggest inspiration in your work?
used to be an editorial photographer shooting for magazines like Vanity
Fair (portraits) and National Geographic (documentary). I do pretty
much exclusively advertising photography now but I still always try to
make images that feel extremely real and I pretty much specialize in
photographing people (vs. landscape, cars, etc). I think the documentary
aspect and capturing moments and body language that feel totally
authentic are always what Iâ€™m striving to do. I had two amazing people
that I trained under when I was young and they made all of the
difference for me. I think the biggest things they taught me were hard
work and hard work. Very seldom are great images easy to make.
Being in Scotland for a few weeks must have enabled you to sample alot
of our Scottish Cuisine, was there a defining moment for your palette?
and chipsâ€¦We sampled multiple fish and chips places while traveling
around and there was one place on Skye that, I have no idea how they did
it, but they just blew the doors off of all of the other places. Best
Iâ€™ve ever had and just so much better than any other that we tried. I
donâ€™t remember the name of it but I bet I could get us there in a car.
Hungry??? I have dreams about that placeâ€¦
8. Were there any areas of Scotland you didnâ€™t see which would make you come back on a second tour?
think heading up to the very northern reaches, like the Hebrides, would
be incredible. The difficulty up there though, since I usually
photograph people, not sheep, would be finding subjects to shoot. Even
on Skye, weâ€™d see amazing locations but there would just be no one
around at all. Itâ€™s something that really for the most part you need to
find talent and bring them where you want to shoot. I think that would
definitely be the case up north but with the epicness of those
landscapes it takes a lot of pressure off of the models so they donâ€™t
have to do all of the work to carry an image.
9. You are a very stylish individual, which item of clothing has been a constant favourite and stood the test of time?
am hardly stylish, trust me, and my wife would certainly second that. I
think one clothing item, sorry, actually two – would be both Leviâ€™s
jeans, live in them most of the year, and also a scarf. If itâ€™s cold,
makes a huge difference. If you need to sleep on a flight and itâ€™s
daytime just wrap it around your head. Handle of a pan too hot and no
oven mitt? need to shower but for some reason thereâ€™s no towel to do a
quick dry-off? hanging from a cliff and your rope has frayed to itâ€™s
last strand?â€¦.well, letâ€™s just say scarves can be usefulâ€¦
If Stewart Christie were to create an item of clothing in their new
collection which could be named after you, what would it be?
think, given how much Iâ€™ve talked it up, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s gotta be the
scarf and I think maybe naming it the â€œlife-saverâ€ would sell better
than a Schultz-y.
Thank you Richard for your wonderful work and youâ€™ll be getting a Schultz-y in the post.