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Meet Erik Baldwin of ChaseLife Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erik Baldwin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Erik. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I have many passions that have evolved into a bundle of photography, cooking and artisanal woodworking for the culinary industry (cutting boards, charcuterie, and wooden spoons- Knives soon maybe too!)

I started as a potter for a studio that made dinnerware for restaurants all over the world (the wheel stoneware) – That evolved into working my way into a few very nice kitchens as a cook with amazing chefs as mentors, which I then did for almost seven yrs (more to this story for sure!) before I took a break to indulge in my other passion as a surfer.

I was a sponsored athlete for a while, and photography became a side passion for me at that time- Once I became bored of that lifestyle, i looked back towards the culinary world and decided to bridge two passions into one with culinary photography (along with other mediums of photography, product, pet photography, portraits and other gigs that popped up just to pay for my gear).

I found fashion and fitness to be what paid the bills until I started getting noticed for my culinary images. Once that started to gain traction, I was able to focus primarily on food, chefs and all things yummie!- I still do weddings and product photography, but my true passion and goal is to be a world-famous food photographer, surrounded and absorbed into and by the culinary world!-

The woodworking came into play once I started making things for myself, I immediately had people asking for custom orders, this is still fairly new arena for me but its a great way to make extra money and a therapeutical way for me to stay busy-

There is much more to my story including the origin of the name ChaseLife…as many people call me chase… Its a total compliment. I named my biz after my baby brother who I lost three years ago, he was 19. He died while we were surfing together. I realized life is too short to not chase my dreams. (His name was chase obviously 🤣) So I put the two parts together and came up with “ChaseLife”.

I am on fire with passion because I’ve had to deal with quite a big bowl of trauma (PTSD), death and circumstances that would make most people cave in. This was my fuel for life. The will to keep going like tomorrow is not guaranteed! Carpe diem!

Has it been a smooth road?
Life is never smooth! 😛 Its all how we learn, grow and evolve- My struggles are the catalyst for my life- I have plenty of examples, none of which I have hung on to, but rather I have found growth in. I can express more if this proceeds to the next step.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with ChaseLife Photography – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
ChaseLife Photography is mainly about Culinary photography, among other types of photography. As I say on my social media page: “Mostly food, faces and pretty places”- … with a very strong emphasis on food…

I am most proud of my ability to show the food with emotion. Not just a pretty picture, but rather a different spin on what and how food should make you feel. Being a former chef, I see things other photographers simply don’t see- That’s what sets me apart.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
1- It’s simply the best city in the world! So much to offer, experience and enjoy!

2- …but it comes at a price of overpopulation, self-entitlement, and a sprinkling of cultural disconnection.

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