Many photographers begin their careers out of a hobby or simple interest in the field then eventually go part time as they continue to go to school or work another job in an unrelated field. I myself do this as a designer full time for an ad agency while also putting 40-50 additional hours into freelance photography and social media consulting on top of that. Only select few, such as famed photographer Eelco Roos, aka @Croyable on Instagram, get a chance to quit comfortable day jobs such as as an IBM Engineer to take on Intagramming full time.
When Instagram launched just over four years ago Eelco was easily one of the best shooters outside of major cities in the US, such as New York and San Francisco. His feed exploded with beautiful landscape and lifestyle photography in and around Amsterdam eventually catching the eye of Instagram themselves who then added him to their Suggest User list, his following growing well past 100,000.
Now with a following close to half a million on the social network, he has been able to work with brands such as Sony, Samsung, Ducati and various tourism boards across the world capturing stunning work to share to thousands. Eelco says his main source of income is Instagram campaigns with brands and various worldwide agencies.
Working in IT was never my dream job. Photography has always been a big passion of mine, a creative outlet so to speak,
Having worked at IBM for over 10 years it was the contrast of photography that gave him the drive to do something more with his career ultimately finding himself shooting full time giving him the ultimate freedom. Something very few creatives get to say in this day and age. He has taken the opportunities given to him and worked harder than anyone else to make them a reality each and every day.
Check out some of his work below as he travels the world and brings to life every location he visits with breathtaking photos.
To see more of his work and follow along on some incredible adventures be sure to check in out on Instagram.
Images used with permission by Eelco Roos.
[via Business Insider]