We had the good fortune of connecting with David Sheller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
There is only one me. That is the most important lesson my entire working career has taught me.
What got me in the door of every opportunity has been my unique mix of skill, talent, perspective, wisdom gathered from experiences, and intuition.
This is why I have no fear picking up a camera, changing course on my initial career goals, and pursuing photography as a profession. No one takes photographs like I do, because no one else in me. When you realize it is you as a person that brings the magic to the equipment, the trade, the brand, you realize that the only thing ever really stopping you, is you.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love making portraits of people. The greatest creation on this planet is the people who inhabit it. There is beauty in every single person. I’m never looking for perfection, I am looking for authenticity, the thing that is most inherent to an individual. That! is what makes us unique and beautiful.
I have always been a visual person. Even when I was making music professionally, I would visualize the songs and sounds as I wrote and played.
The last 10 years I have worked making content for brands, celebrities, and non-profit organizations. I have worked with some major household names and have had the privilege to see much of the world. It is a daunting thing to work with highly successful people who are asking you to help them be even more successful with the content you are tasked to produce. But, in this I have learned that all people, even the famous and successful people, struggle with doubt and insecurity. I learned that I didn’t need to be somebody else for them to accept me or like my work. They hired me to be me. There is no one else like me.
I want people to know that when they hire me to photograph them, they are hiring an individual who has traveled, who has a lot of life experience, someone who is a professional and will always treat them with the utmost respect. And most importantly, they are hiring someone who will see them like no one else sees them.
I sincerely value people and I want everyone I work with to feel valued.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The list of my y favorite spots in the Phoenix area seems to grow everyday. I love the Cave Creek and Carefree area where I can go to places like Local Jonny’s, Janey’s for live music, Keeler’s for an amazing dinner.
We would definitely go to the Scottsdale area. So much good shopping. I personally love shopping in high end stores and there are so many great ones in Scottsdale. I love The Mission for gourmet Mexican food. I love the Royal Palms Resort and their amazing restaurant T. Cooks.
I would also get out in nature…..Bartlett Lake is so cool. Spur Cross for hiking.
And Phoenix has some decent urban vibes right in the downtown area. I truly love this city!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, Brook Sheller has never stopped believing in me, even when I wasn’t believing in myself. she continually stood beside me as we embarked on new adventures. We win together, we fail together, and all the while fall more and more in love.