Emotions Are Not Trendy
In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, we speak with Eric Laurits about why music or theater classes might impact your images more than the next photography workshop to pass through town and how to go about breaking free from the boxes of your industry.
About Eric Laurits
Eric Laurits enjoys the following things: volleyball, the bari sax, writing about himself in the third person, strawberry shortcake, verbosity, kisses, old beat-up red pickups, waterskiing, The Redwall Series, blueberry muffins, yoga, dorky humor, purple, A&J King Artisan Bakers, vocal percussion, The Waldstein Sonata, Ginny Weasley, the West Wing, the East Coast, snow, apple pie, cycling, honesty, cross country skiing, The Flatbread Company, sunrises, hot lemonade, crock pots, adventures, home-made swings, smoothies, stereo imaging, deceptive cadences, and nachos. He’s got a B.A. in Music from Colby College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory. He’s a trained EMT, lifeguard, Wilderness First Responder, helped create the YMCA swim instruction program for children with Down’s Syndrome, and sucks at cooking. You can currently see him on the NYC subway system ads as well as the TVs on the back of all JetBlue flights talking about images and legacy. He can balance very large objects [painting ladders] on his chin. Photos by Eric Laurits.
About the Host- Travis Schreer
Travis is a wanderer who has a life-long passion for helping creative people realize their ambitions. While studying at the Kendall College of Art and Design and Eastern Michigan University, simultaneously pursuing a BFA in fine art and a Masters in creative writing, Travis rediscovered his fascination with photography and began working as a product photographer. After a brief stint studying poetry in Paris and years of developing his own artistic identity from the comforts of various midwestern cities, Travis packed his wool socks and moved to the chilly climes of Alaska. While there, he broadened his knowledge of the photography industry through his work for Alaska’s largest advertising agency and his involvement with several stock photography companies. It was also in Alaska that Travis photographed his first wedding alongside his partner, photographer Jessica Hill, and the two began to lay the groundwork for the company that was to follow. Then, it was on to Portland, Oregon where Jessica and Travis would put all of their brainstorming into effect and establish Jessica Hill Photography as one of the premiere boutique wedding photography studios in the area. Next time you’re in Portland, stop by Laurelhurst Park, where Travis can be found most evenings. He’s the scruffy guy playing with Collignon Quincampoix, the coolest dog you will ever meet.