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.