Twenty-five years ago Evan Schiller had no plans of becoming a professional photographer, let alone establishing himself as one of the premier golf course photographers in the world, but in fact, that is exactly what happened. Evan started out with a love for the game of golf, a game he excelled at from a very young age. He went on to pursue a career as a PGA golf professional competing in numerous professional tournaments around the world, including the U.S. Open. And in the midst of building a successful teaching and playing career Evan discovered two things about himself that ultimately shaped the future direction of his life. First, he possessed an artist’s eye for capturing nature’s beauty through a camera lens – specifically the beauty of the golf courses he was so fortunate to be playing on. And second, he could combine his natural abilities and insights into golf and photography to actually make a living at it. So with a simple Minolta camera, no formal training and a whole lot of courage, Evan followed his ultimate passion to begin what has become a highly rewarding and successful career in golf course photography.
Evan has since traded in that early Minolta for a Hasselblad H6D-50 and an Inspire 2 drone. He shoots from the ground, lifts, helicopters and all those in-between heights and angles that a drone has proven to be so effective and creative at capturing. Evan was early in recognizing the value of adding drone photography to his repertoire. With FAA license in hand, he has honed his flying skills to take advantage of the Inspire 2’s versatility in taking stills and video. Evan’s mastery of drone photography allows him to showcase course nuances and offer new perspectives that were once logistically unattainable.
Evan thoughtfully scouts each golf hole with the intention of being in the right place, at the right to time, with the right light, to create photographs that inspire. Using light as his artist’s paintbrush, Evan’s golf shots are beyond the imagination of most, and show the architecture of a golf course at its best. And sometimes he just gets lucky…
Evan has photographed hundreds of championship courses and has left his own distinctive mark on some of the most recognized tracks around the world including Pebble Beach Golf Links, Augusta National Golf Club, The Old Course at St. Andrews, Royal County Down, Ballybunion Golf Club, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Sand Valley Golf Resort & Cabot Links. His shoots have taken him all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Ireland, Scotland as well as South Africa and Japan. Evan’s work has been published in countless national magazines, books and calendars including The Masters Journal, The US Open Magazine, The Ryder Cup Journal, LINKS Magazine, Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. His photography is also exclusively featured in the acclaimed book, Golf Courses of Hawaii and he continues to publish his own award-winning calendar, Golfshots. The dramatic shot Evan captured in 2009 of the 7th hole at Pebble Beach appeared on the cover of the 2010 US Open program.
Evan’s unusual combination of life experiences and innate talent provides a unique perspective sought after by golf course architects, PR firms, private clubs, resorts and public courses worldwide to build website content, social media presence and for general marketing materials.
Evan is an officially licensed photographer for The Pebble Beach Company and the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
“I can honestly say the money we spent on Evan wasn’t an expense - it was an investment and it might be some of the best money our club has ever allocated! The world-class quality of the photographs speak for themselves, and are only exceeded by the professionalism and accommodation displayed by Evan. His photographs helped re-introduce our restored Wissahickon course to the world (a Tillinghast design and his home course), while his photos of our Militia Hill and St. Martins courses presented them in a light not seen by even 50-year members! Simply put, he’s the best golf course photographer in the world and is now a lifetime friend of The Philadelphia Cricket Club!”
Jim Smith Jr.
PGA Director of Golf
"Evan Schiller has a unique perspective on photographing a golf course. Watching him work at sunrise, capturing the first light as it crests on just the right angle over the new mown grass, you get the sense of a true professional that knows exactly what he wants. And then to witness the delight of guests seeing his beautiful golf photos in the art gallery, you see that he actually knows exactly what they want."
Director of Licensing and Special Projects
“In updating our media kit for the 2012 Ryder Cup, Medinah Country Club retained golf course photographer, Evan Schiller, to capture images of our famed No. 3 Course. After considering several other high caliber golf course photographers, we chose Evan, based not only on his excellent portfolio of existing work, but also based on his communication skills, follow through, determination and willingness in every way to work with us, around hectic schedules and a busy golf season. Evan’s skill, and the work he produced for Medinah, is exceptional. Evan was very thoughtful in his approach to the course, not only offering updated traditional and time-honored views of the holes, but also providing views that captured the elegance and beauty of the hole in a new way.
Evan is skilled and dedicated, with excellent follow-through and a keen eye for the golf course and beauty in the shot. Evan’s work exceeded our expectations and we are very pleased to display his photography.
Working with Evan was truly a pleasure and I highly recommend him.”
Director of Communications
Medinah Country Club Medinah, IL
“When it came time to research golf photographers for our newly completed Tom Fazio designed Corales Golf Course, we reviewed several internationally acclaimed experts. After careful inspection of various portfolios and conversation about the photographer's vision , we narrowed the search down to Evan Schiller. His easy-going, professional demeanor, unique capture of hole by hole images and prompt return of completed work truly sets Evan apart from all competition. We are completing our third golf course shortly and will contract Evan to shoot this spectacular track as well.”
Michael J. Fraser
Executive Director of Marketing
"Evan is a pleasure to work with, easy-going and professional. He has a keen eye for detail and a passion for showcasing our courses always in the best way possible. He constantly finds shots to portray extraordinary features. He brings a fresh new approach and shares his own exceptional vision of golf photography. One of his aerial images shot with his drone at Cabot Cliffs has become our hero shot. That image alone has sprung much excitement amongst our social media following and is used in a lot of our Marketing campaigns and resort collaterals. It’s a jaw-dropper. We have already booked Evan to come back next season."
“Evan Schiller's photographs are more than just beautiful images of golfing landscapes. His photography brings to life the details of a golf course and draws the viewer into the image as though he were on the course itself. His ability to capture spectacular images from a golfer's perspective is particularly impressive. Evan is a golfer's photographer. I am a great admirer of Evan's special talent”
“After being aware of and appreciating Evan’s work for several years, when the time came to update photography of our three courses, we turned to him and have been very pleased that we did. Thanks to him, we have signature shots that are spectacular yet authentic, the two key elements in what we needed him to achieve. Aside from his keen attention to detail, knowledge of golf and golf courses, and strong photographic capabilities, he is easy to work with, responsive and accommodating. We look forward to using his photos for years to come.”
Director of Marketing Communications
“Evan has photographed iconic images of our golf courses over three sessions. Whether shooting from the air or the ground he is able to capture the topography of the land that defines our six golf courses. Always willing to go the extra mile to deliver more than we asked for, he has become a treasured and valued partner.”