'I just want them to be excited about the place they call home': Photographer builds following for breathtaking shots of Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Tajma Hall introduces local photographer Nate Vomhof. Vomhof has built an impressive following for his breathtaking images of the city but surprisingly, photography is not his day job.
"Some people like to take pictures of people; some people like to take pictures of landscapes...I prefer cities," said Nate Vomhof.
As a pharmacist by day, and photographer extraordinaire by night Nate Vomhof is making a name for himself. "I like just capturing the beauty of the world, I guess. There's so much out there," he said.
With nearly 20,000 Instagram followers, Nate's work is growing an audience.
"It started off as just a hobby and ever since then, it's just kind of slowly grown," Nate explained.
Vomhof purchased his first professional camera in 2017 and a year later bought his first drone, which is now his primary form of equipment.
"Coming from a pharmacy school that was diverse and from all over the country, a lot of people had not seen Milwaukee, so I was excited to share my city with them," he said. As a Milwaukee resident, Vomhof says he loves having the city as his muse.
"Milwaukee is a beautiful city," he said. For Nate, this hoppy is about much more than just capturing images. His work is an expression of his passion for the city and his desire to share that beauty with people all over the world. Social media gives him the platform to do so.
"A lot of people see the negative because it's plastered everywhere. They read the headlines, but the city is more than just that. There's a lot of incredible people in the city and sometimes you just have to look past and take the city for what it is. It's a really beautiful place," he said.
One of the best things about Nate's work is that most of his photoshoots are unplanned.
"For me, I'm very spontaneous in going out. I don't usually schedule it a whole lot," he said.
Looking at his work, it's hard to believe photography is not his day job. "For me, learning photography, I'm all self-taught. I used YouTube University," Vomhof jokingly said.
Nate is still growing his craft. He says he's challenging himself to get better every time he goes out for a shoot. His motivation behind this hobby is for every person who lives and visits to feel Milwaukee pride.
"I just want them to be excited about the place they call home or want to visit," he said.
Vomhof says his work has opened a lot of doors for him as far as projects and working with architecture firms. Being a pharmacist is still his first career priority, but with his growing talents, you never know what the future might hold.
"In terms of photography, I'm just kind of seeing where it goes. I'm just trying to have some fun," he said.