Spencer Shultz, USA Water Ski Member
Taryn Garland, USA Water Ski
SS: I’ve been on and off with USA Waterski for around 5 years. I skied my first tournament when I was around 12 and didn’t get back into tournaments until I was around 19. I’m not a big tournament guy, but that is slowly starting to change.
USA-WS: What is your favorite memory from your life on the water?
SS: Spending time on the water with my family. My parents stressed having fun, so we did whatever made us happy at the time. From wakeboarding to slalom skiing, we just tried to enjoy each other and make memories. I also really enjoyed driving to and from the lake with my Dad because he taught me a lot about life and I learned a lot from him.
SS: Definitely training more with Chris Parrish. I picked up 8 buoys in the last year, so I’m looking forward to getting more time on the water and seeing what I’m capable of in the course. Chris is a great guy and we have a lot of fun together. We can be doing video coaching for CP3Ski.com or just hanging out at Starbucks, we seem to always have a good time. I’m also really looking forward to going out on the road and doing my photo tour. It’s always great to meet other skiers, see their sites and capture how they do life on the water with my camera.
SS: It’s kind of funny how it happened, but I sort of got thrown into water sports photography. I was headed to cover the 54th Nautique Master’s for WATERSKI Magazine as an intern. The editor, Todd Ristorcelli wasn’t going to make it up until later in the weekend, so I had to photograph the early rounds of the event. I didn’t own a camera at the time, so I used my sister’s Nikon 3100 to shoot. I took some photography classes in high school and my major in college was broadcasting, so I wasn’t totally oblivious. But I definitley didn’t have the water sports photography knowledge that guys like Bill Doster, Tom King and Thomas Gustafson have, when I covered the event.
USA-WS: What is your favorite part?
SS: As much as I love shooting pro skiers and seeing the shots show up in the magazines, I really enjoy shooting amateur skiers. They get so excited when they see a shot that looks like something I might shoot for a magazine and that really makes me happy. I also love seeing those photos pop up on facebook and instagram as profile pictures and reading the comments that their friends and family make about the shots.
USA-WS: What is your favorite shot you’ve ever taken?
SS: I haven’t taken it yet :D
USA-WS: What advice do you have for others starting out?
SS: Some days I feel like I am starting out (I’m only 24 :) ), but the best advice I could give someone starting out is to pay close attention to the composition in your shots. Composition is what makes a photo stand out.
USA-WS: Anything else you’d like to add?
SS: I’d just like to thank Todd Ristorcelli and Bill Doster for helping me improve my skills with my camera. They have been extremely helpful by giving me feedback on my shots and how I can improve. Going forward, I just want to get people excited about skiing and inspire folks. Also I’d like to give a big thanks to my ski sponsors Radar, In Tow, Sportube, Miami Nautique International, Proteus Clothing Co, Wakeye and CP3Ski.com.