We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Neuschaefer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I used to be comfortable with higher risks, for example during my younger years as a sponsored skier. I was more comfortable with very high risk. I feel like I brought some of that through staring a business, although I am more calculated now. Being a drone pilot, I am always dealing with risk such as keeping my subjects safe and making sure my equipment is working properly. I oftentimes find myself in a the situation of a low battery when the best shot is yet to come. I often shoot by myself in the middle of nowhere with a lot of heavy gear, and it’s a balance between getting great shots and making it home safely.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photographer and videographer that specializes in drone work. A bulk of my work has been aerial videography primarily for events such as mountain bike races, tourism offices, and hotels. I try to use nature as my inspiration and landscape photography and action sports are what I enjoy shooting the most. I grew up in Colorado and I am grateful to be able to view nature the way I do. I love seeing things from a different point of view and capturing shots that are harder to get, whether with a drone, cable cam, or shots that require traveling long distances into the backcountry. After being severely injured in a mountain bike race, I was inspired to buy a drone that I could fly from my deck while recovering. This allowed me to see a completely different view of the world and inspired a sense of creativity that I had never experienced. My parents owned a photography shop as a kid, but I didn’t find this passion until my late 20’s. Going from being in the competition scene and being on the other side of the lens it seemed like a natural progression to shoot action sports and nature. It hasn’t been easy getting to where I am today, but I am still passionate about making money shooting the things I am passionate about. When COVID hit I lost a lot of event work and it made me want to push my bigger passion for print photography. I looking forward to events resuming when the time comes. Chasing my passion for photography, I recently started a photo print website, You can see a collection of my work at AlexNeuschaeferPhotography.com.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I split my time between Crested Butte and Breckenridge, but view Colorado as my home. I love showing friends new places. Some of my favorites are the Elk and San Juan Mountains. In the winter months, I enjoy backcountry skiing – and bringing friends to the Opus hut to explore the San Juan backcountry. In the summer I enjoy sharing the plethora of trails around Crested Butte. My favorite Crested Butte restaurants are Montanyas for ramen + cocktails, The Slogar for fine dining fried chicken, and The Secret Stash for pizza.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my family for supporting me from the beginning even when times were more challenging. I would also like to thank my girlfriend for always being helpful and supportive. I have learned a great deal from other photographers and videographers. There are too many list, but Liam Doran stands above the rest. I take inspiration from Jimmy Chin and have recently been learning a lot from Galen Rowell’s work.
Alex Neuschaefer Photography (https://www.alexneuschaeferphotography.com/shop-art)