After taking a tour of the South, Schellhammer and his wife decided to move to Chattanooga. When they stopped there and they fell in love with it. While living in Tennessee, Schellhammer did photography for architects and renovators. He took photographs of their completed work. He also did photography for realtors, since attractive photographs sell houses. It was hard to find work there, so he and his wife Jennifer decided to take a year off and do volunteer work in Appalachia in South Eastern Kentucky. The move morphed into five years.