Here we are! The page where I make you slog through a 10 paragraph exposé on why I’m passionate about photography. Perhaps I could tell you how, in a recurring dream I’ve had since age 10, my spirit animal visits me and converts my eyes to lenses. I could share how this made me realise from an early age I was born to be a visual communicator. Unfortunately, this doesn’t explain the litany of shitty jobs I’ve had or the forensic science degree. In reality, I didn’t know my arse from a toasted cheese sandwich until the age of 25. So I was hardly making important life choices as a pre-teen. Besides, once I read this guy’s bio I thought it best to keep things simple. And in reality, the reason I’m a freelance commercial photographer is really simple
I like showing people a new way of looking at something they see at all the time.
This includes people themselves. I suspect most people would choose a fungal infection over having their corporate portrait taken. But experience tells me this is because most people haven’t been professionally photographed. I really do love it when people are surprised at how good they look in a portrait. Or how articulate they come across in an interview. Making someone feel better about themselves really is a privilege.
Also, I’m a bit of a social commando – drop me into any situation and I can find common ground with anyone. I’m naturally curious about people so filming and photography give me an excuse to have a chat and make them feel at ease in front of my camera.
Given my experience and qualifications in safety and security, it makes sense for me to work with clients who operate in high-risk environments. Today, many of my clients are involved in aviation, construction, architecture, manufacturing, transport or heavy industry. My training as an accident investigator means I can seamlessly integrate my safe work practices onto complex work sites. I have the required clearances to work in high-security environments and can maintain chain of custody around sensitive data. I understand the obligations around commercial non-disclosure agreements and defence contracts.
I know the phrase ‘collaborative approach’ gets thrown around a fair bit these days. But it is the best way to describe how I work. I mean, you can wind me up and send off alone and I’ll produce a great result every time. Because I always gather a detailed brief beforehand. But it’s my preference to work closely with you before and during a shoot – our first one at least. That means we can keep refining until we achieve the perfect result. Not just something that looks good, but something that completely nails the brief. Because it doesn’t matter how something looks – if the photos or videos don’t achieve a purpose, they’re useless.
I spent quite a bit of time on this last paragraph. But everything I tried sounded like a dating profile summary. So I’ll just leave you with three points