EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Photographer Chris Schmelke

From rustic hotel buildings to live guitar-playing, Chris Schmelke can elegantly capture just about any moment as it happens. When he’s not busy taking pictures of the Supernatural cast and their fans at the official conventions, he shoots what he calls “The Land”.

We got the amazing chance to speak with Chris Schmelke during his downtime. We talked about his first photographs, how he describes his images, and what advice he would give to aspiring photographers. Check it out down below.


When did you first get into photography?

Influences from my dad, and uncle who were both photographers.. Kinda fell into it after my band broke up and I started taking pics for friends bands..

 

If you remember, what was the first thing you took a picture of?

My lame cat for sure when I was a tot..

 

In five words or less, how would you describe yourself?

The Watcher from Marvel Comics.

 

In four words or less, how would you describe the photos you take?

Cleansing.

 

You’ve taken a lot of incredible pictures. Do you have any favorites?

Never thought about it honestly, but probably the inside of a volcano in Iceland.

 

What are your favorite images to take (people, nature, concerts, etc.)?

Always different depending on the place I am in.. Love them all as they all serve a purpose at the time.

Rob Benedict at a Louden Swain show

 

A lot of people know you from the Supernatural conventions. How did that all come about?

Been part of them since they started. I was in the right place at the right time and met amazing friends. It will never happen again and is really quite magical to be part of.

 

What is it like in the Supernatural op room?

Probably like my attic when I was younger and played with legos and blasted Fleetwood Mac on my crap record player. I want anyone that is there to feel that they can be themselves without anyone judging them for any reason. That atmosphere lends itself to being very memorable and if you have the chance to make someone smile, never take it for granted.

 

Have you ever watched Supernatural?

I have seen a few but will watch once it’s over, which will probably be when I am sitting on my rocking chair on top of a mountain.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?

Shoot what you love and never stop. Whether it is a cat, or a field or a string. That moment will never happen again. Moments of being burned out of something are natural when you are passionate about it. You put everything you have into something. When you can’t, just take a break. Happens to me all the time.

 

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

The love and devotion they have given me is incredible. They are very protective over me which is flattering and they have my back for sure. They have my heart.


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Written by J Lauren

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