Today we’d like to introduce you to Andres Weishaupt.
Hi Andres, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a beautiful small mountain town in the German Alps.
I spent most of my childhood outdoors exploring nature in the summer and going snowboarding in the wintertime. Snowboarding turned into a big passion of mine, I built snow parks, organized events, and followed the snow year-round.
We were fortunate enough to have some of the best Snowboard summer camps on the Glaciers across Europe so it became routine to be in the snow starting in September all the way until June.
By visiting these places and being surrounded by creative people, organizing events and photo shoots for the Industry, my interest in photography and videography got bigger and bigger.
Back in the day, it was a common thing that crews produced their own seasonal video. My friends and I were no exception and we released a video every year. Followed by video premieres, judging the European Snowboard film festival…
I would say we were living our best life.
Some of my friends started surfing in the summer months and so did I.
I got hooked right away on my first trip to France.
Chasing snow turned into chasing waves and somehow, I ended up in Encinitas.
Photography and filmmaking was always a hobby on the side.
Just a way to be creative and capture memories and my friend’s best moments in life but somehow, it turned into my career after moving to Encinitas in 2014
Living here, I found myself taking photos and videos more and more often, San Diego and our coastline is stunning.
I surf almost every day so my work is mostly beach, surf and ocean related. I eventually purchased my first water housing and started exploring water photography a few years back.
I love that it’s never the same, it looks different every day, different light, different clouds, different surface structures. The Ocean is so special!
Today, I offer prints of my work on my website www.Andresweishaupt.com.
I work for California State Parks as the Statewide videographer.
I also partnered with BUIOapp.com, an Incredibly personalized SURF forecast app that lets you create your own personalized surf forecast based on your preferences and the data you add. A surfer must have this app.
I shoot commissioned works and have clients in many various industries. For example, I frequently travel to Nicaragua to work with my friends at RoomTo Roam retreats room-roam.com as the Staff Photographer. Another magic place that everybody shout explore.
And most recently, I started volunteering for YachtAid Global, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that is focused on disaster relief, humanitarian aid and conservation programs across coastal communities worldwide. I was fortunate enough to document the delivery of school aid to the Bahamas and the start of a water filter pilot project in Nicaragua. For more on their work, check their website www.YachtAidglobal.org.
This type of work is the most rewarding to me and I hope that there is a lot more to come.
I hope my future gives me more opportunities to do good, to create awareness about the need that is in this world through my photography and videography.
There are so many people and communities around the world that need support.
All I know is that I don’t know anything but I’m asking myself…
What is the purpose of being on this planet?…(and how can I help make the world a better place?)
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
One of the challenges for me was to start over again in a new country, without great English skills, not knowing anybody or having a lot of contacts. But I like these obstacles and challenges, they are part of life! Nothing great ever happens inside your comfort zone, you have to leave it to improve and extend your skill and mindset.
I believe these challenges are important to keep you humbled and sometimes guide you in the right or wrong direction.
And in long term, they make you the person you are!
I like to face challenges and go into the unknown, in personal and professional life,
I love to jump on opportunities where I don’t have the skills yet and figure it out along the way.
And if I fail, I start over again.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Most of my creative work is shown on my website but through my volunteer work for Yacht Aid Global, my interest recently shifted more towards humanitarian work.
The experience I had in the Bahamas and Nicaragua was extremely rewarding and it feels it has real purpose.
During the trip to Nicaragua, I meet Carlos and his family that lost their house during Hurricane IOTA.
With the help of a Go-fund me campaign, I was able to raise enough funds so the family could purchase a small piece of land outside the flood zone and purchase the materials to build a new house.
We almost reached the goal but there is always room for more. So, every donation is still highly appreciated.
That is definitely a project that makes me proud and it teaches me that a single person can make a difference.
We just have to put a little effort in it from time to time.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Get in touch with me, I’m always up for collaborations or projects, or support my Go Fund me to make a difference in Nicaragua. There are still a lot of Families in that need support. https://gofund.me/398fdf3e
I hope this list just the start!
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.andresweishaupt.com
- Instagram: @andresweishaupt
- Other: https://gofund.me/398fdf3e