Today OTB we're chatting with Chicago-based photographer, Evan Sheehan. We're constantly blown away by the imagery he creates in our hometown, uniquely capturing the city and scenes that make Chicago so vibrant and dynamic. Read on as we chat with Evan about where he most loves to shoot, and how he finds the time and space to create for himself.
What's the low-down with shooting in Chicago? I love shooting in Chicago because the community here is incredibly supportive and collaborative. The people around me are my biggest source of inspiration. I love working with my friends and creating things together that we're all proud of. As touristy as it is, I like shooting in Millennium Park; the Jay Pritzker Pavillion has some really nice, minimal spots to shoot.
What were your first experiences with photography? I started with video back in high school while taking a video media course that used DSLR cameras. I started shooting more photos than video and have been shooting ever since.
What does your day-to-day look like, and how do you find the space to create for yourself? I shoot for brands during the workweek, so I really value the free time I have to create work for myself. I also try to travel as much as my job allows. I think seeing new places is one of the best ways to feel creatively refreshed. I really enjoy biking and just spending time in nature not taking photos as well. It's super helpful and mind-clearing.
What's your shooting style? I would describe my style as calculated and planned. The majority of what I shoot is set up and posed. I have a huge appreciation of people that are able to capture real moments in real time though and have always been envious of photographers with that ability.