MICHAEL SCHACHT | PHOTOGRAPHER
I suppose one could say I stumbled into photography. I grew up in the arts. I burned through sketch books on a weekly basis. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was actually studying photography. I would purchase magazines and then sketch from the photographs on the covers. It really never occurred to me to pick up a camera. After sketching I went on to painting and eventually just lost interest in the art programs at my school and started taking college classes. I honestly didn’t believe that a career as an artist was a reasonable goal. After college, I did what most of my friends did and tried to find a good job. I learned a lot about running a business in those years after college. I worked for a few companies in various sales and management capacities in the construction industry, and when the housing market crashed, I decided it was time to pick up a camera. I like to say that I’m a professional student of photography. When I’m not taking pictures, I’m studying my photography heroes, and there’s no shortage of them. While on this wild ride, I’ve dabbled in all kinds of photography, but in the end it’s people and story telling that I find the most fascinating.
On a more personal note, I’m both a husband and a father. My wife Meghan, and daughter Layla are at the core of my support network. Everything I do, I do for them, and they help make this all possible. Our life revolves around food. A couple of times a week, Layla and I go out for Daddy Daughter breakfasts. It’s quite often the highlight of my week. Whenever my wife and I can get away, we usually head downtown for a nice meal. In fact, for the last 5 years, we’ve stopped exchanging birthday presents and instead we go and enjoy some of the best food Chicago has to offer. If Michelin gives them a star, they get added to the list. I’m also a big geek. I love technology, and computers, and fancy cameras. I’m usually one of those guys that wakes up at 2:00am to preorder the newest Apple products.