My story is not “I got my first camera when I was 8 and after that, I knew that I was meant to be a photographer.”

How Photography Came To Be

A few things to set this all up:

 

1. Thrift stores, eBay, and Craigslist are my "happy place".

2. I've always been interested in gadgets. Tech gadgets mostly.

3. I once worked for a company that built amazing custom homes and I loved it.

 

So now that we got that out of the way...

 

My name is Nick Shafer, I live in Eugene Oregon, and I like to make things look good!

 

Have you every scrolled the pages of eBay or Craigslist and found yourself on someone's listing thinking "Wow, they will never sell that with pictures like those!" Well, they will. They will sell it with pictures like those because I will be the one to buy it. Because I love buying just about anything with pictures like those.


Since forever I’ve loved ebay, craigslist, or anything along those lines. I would search, not for myself and not for anything specific, but just looking for that great deal. You can usually spot them because someone just didn't realize the importance of presentation. A

$300 whatever sells for $89 because they took a picture of the item...in the dark...with their phone...with the flash…on top of their laundry...with their cat laying next to it. So I would snatch it up, take the photos that it deserves and resell. All the cars, gadgets, and equipment I have owned were all funded by finding missed opportunities to make something look good.

I believe in the power of presentation and I like getting a reaction out of someone. To get them thinking. To get them visualizing. I like images that get people excited about what they’re looking at. Whether that’s the seller excited to show all the buyers out there what they have or the buyer saying “Dang, look at this one!” when scrolling through the listings.

All images ©2020 Nicholas Shafer