For the 122nd week of "7 QUESTION SUNDAY" we shine the spotlight on another influential individual from the PNW. Anthony Ryan Schmidt is a 13-year-old photographer with autism. Anthony specializes in taking incredible photos using PNW backgrounds to set a scene with model cars. Anthony’s mom, Ramona, was gracious to fill out this 7QS because we know you’re going to be big fans of Anthony’s work.
4EVRGRN: Hey, Ramona! Tell us a little about Anthony.
Favorite model of car?
R: Anthony has no favorites; he loves them all. It’s sorta like asking which is your favorite child.
How does the PNW inspire your photos?
R: Anthony loves to use the beauty of the PNW in his shoots, he loves to take photos in the golden hour, and we have some of the most breathtaking dramatic sunsets.
Most memorable photoshoot?
R: His shoot at King Charlies burger stand was the most viral shoot ever, it made its way around the internet worldwide and caused a huge buzz. It’s featured on the cover of his 2022 calendar available at anthonyryanschmidt.com
How did you learn photography?
R: He started taking photos at age 6 with his mother’s iPhone. He had a natural talent for making his toy cars look real.
Favorite place to take pictures in the PNW?
R: No favorites again, but a few of the places he’s been to is the Columbia River gorge for an RC shoot, and Stadium High school in Tacoma, he also likes to go to Alki and very often the Kirkland waterfront.
Best meal in the PNW?
R: Best meal? No favorites.
When you’re not taking pictures, what other activities do you enjoy?
R: When he’s not taking pictures, he is in his workshop rebuilding and painting his models, he’s also out at antique shops looking for his next model car. He attends a lot of car shows, and goes cruising with the Woodinville Car club, he is also a member of the Thursday Night Garage association and goes to almost all their meetings. He also takes ballroom dancing lessons.
Visit Anthony’s website www.anthonyryanschmidt.com and follow on IG @anthony_ryan_schmidt