Member since 13-Jun-09
19319 photos, 1 videos

Everybody nowadays has a camera, but not everybody has an eye for photography. That's what California photographer Andrew Schmidt brings to every project he undertakes- an eye for photography that only longtime experience and passion can develop. Schmidt's keen sense of composition and readiness for that special moment combine for striking portraits, dramatic scenes and evocative event coverage.

Based in Huntington Beach, California, Schmidt was born in Illinois, but has spent most of his life in the West. Many years in California not only fed his passion for photography- constantly taking photos at concerts, on trips and of the area surf scene- but also his interest in history, drawing him into improv acting at Renaissance Faires and the Great Dickens Christmas Faire in San Francisco. His photography took a serious turn when Schmidt discovered clients for his web development business needed custom photo work for their projects. His extensive background in the living history/re-enactment movement has since sparked Schmidt's recently chosen niche- to chronicle the activities of kings, queens, pirates, soldiers, saints and scallywags as they make the past come alive.

Schmidt cites the intense detail that living history/re-enactment buffs apply to their pursuits as one reason the movement is so personally attractive. As a participant, Schmidt has experienced what goes into not only creating a period-perfect costume, but also in learning about language, culture and more. This informs his eye as a photographer as he searches for ways to express the experience of living history/re-enactment, not just what it looks like.

That distinction is what marks all of Schmidt's photo work, from gorgeous beach sunsets to well-known bluesmen to waves curling underneath local surfers to the gnarly grin of a rollicking pirate. It's not just a camera to Schmidt, it's a key a bigger experience.

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Featured Galleries & Collections

Lanterman Ragtime Tea Dance 2016

43 photos
Lanterman Ragtime Tea Dance 2016

Jane Austen Spring Assembly 2016

297 photos
Jane Austen Spring Assembly 2016

Jane Austen Evening 2016

326 photos
Jane Austen Evening 2016

VTDS St. Nicholas Ball 2015

128 photos
VTDS St. Nicholas Ball 2015

SDI Holiday Victorian Grand Ball 2015

220 photos
SDI Holiday Victorian Grand Ball 2015

VTDS at the LA Arboretum 2015

76 photos
VTDS at the LA Arboretum 2015

SDI Victorian Grand Ball Spring 2015

178 photos
SDI Victorian Grand Ball Spring 2015


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Jane Austen Evening 2016

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Jane Austen Evening 2016

Costume College

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9177 photos
Costume College

SDI Victorian Balls

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SDI Victorian Balls

Victorian Tea and Dance Society

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911 photos
Victorian Tea and Dance Society

Lanterman Ragtime Tea Dance

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538 photos
Lanterman Ragtime Tea Dance

Danse Macabre Masquerade Ball 2015

136 photos
Danse Macabre Masquerade Ball 2015

Bouchercon 2014 - Murder at the Beach

89 photos
Bouchercon 2014 - Murder at the Beach

Civil War Re-enactments

Galleries 7
1235 photos
Civil War Re-enactments

Edwardian Ball LA 2012

487 photos
Edwardian Ball LA 2012

Renaissance Faire - RPFS 2009

180 photos
Renaissance Faire - RPFS 2009

Renaissance Pleasure Faire 2010

231 photos
Renaissance Pleasure Faire 2010

Northern California Renaissance Faire 2009

101 photos
Northern California Renaissance Faire 2009

Frazier Park Ren Faire 2011

91 photos
Frazier Park Ren Faire 2011

Renaissance Pleasure Faire 2011

621 photos
Renaissance Pleasure Faire 2011

Central Coast Renaissance Festival 2009

56 photos
Central Coast Renaissance Festival 2009

Dickens Fair 2009

173 photos
Dickens Fair 2009

Northern California Pirate Festival '09

86 photos
Northern California Pirate Festival '09

Vintage Beach Party 2011

72 photos
Vintage Beach Party 2011

Carnevale Ventura Designer's Fashion Show

45 photos
Carnevale Ventura Designer's Fashion Show

Musicians

26 photos
Musicians

Hollywood Faire-lette

78 photos
Hollywood Faire-lette

Jazz Age Picnic 2010

60 photos
Jazz Age Picnic 2010

Sam Ash Battle of the Bands

405 photos
Sam Ash Battle of the Bands

SoCal Female Acoustic Showcase (7/11/10)

502 photos
SoCal Female Acoustic Showcase (7/11/10)

SoCal Female Acoustic Showcase (7/24/10)

268 photos
SoCal Female Acoustic Showcase (7/24/10)

Marching Through History 2009

163 photos
Marching Through History 2009

Watson in Afghanistan

89 photos
Watson in Afghanistan

Great Air Raid 2010

32 photos
Great Air Raid 2010

Victorian Picnic to Support State Parks

45 photos
Victorian Picnic to Support State Parks

Jazz Age Picnic to Support State Parks

42 photos
Jazz Age Picnic to Support State Parks

Old Fort MacArthur Days 2009

75 photos
Old Fort MacArthur Days 2009

Central Coast Renaissance Festival 2009

20 photos
Central Coast Renaissance Festival 2009

SoCal Sunrises and Sunsets

31 photos
SoCal Sunrises and Sunsets

Videos

1 videos

Private Galleries

Galleries 6
454 photos


Guestbook for Andrew Schmidt
13.Chas J(non-registered)
Always enjoy going through these. Recent Costume College batch very impressive!
10.steveerik(non-registered)
“The flowers and the skies, the beauty that binds the nature with humans” these all are well captured in your photographs. You have a unique professional style. The video was awesome. It needs some dedication. I appreciate your talent and dedication. http://www.topgunfishingcharters.com
5.Clarence Alford(non-registered)
Great captures Andy!
1.Laurie(non-registered)
Hello,...enjoyed looking at your wonderful photographic "captures". I was looking for sailing ships and your riggings caught my eye.........had to leave a note, just to say, splendid work.
Sincerely, Laurie
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