Plenty of photographers love shooting aviation. But not many can create powerful, engaging content while maintaining safety and security. I’ve spent years working in the aviation industry; first in aerial firefighting, and now as a commercial photographer and video producer based in Brisbane. Clients like Airbus, Brisbane Airport, and LifeFlight trust me to produce exceptional photographs and videos of their people and operations.
The things that make aviation exciting are the same things that make it inherently risky. But risks are manageable. Particularly if you have the systems and experience to deal with them.
I’ve spent many hours working in and around aircraft of every type. I’m also a qualified accident investigator. This means I understand how small things can add up to create near misses or accidents. It also means I constantly scan for risks and put controls in place to manage them. I integrate safety into every one of my work practices because I regularly work in complex, high-risk environments.
Safety depends on hundreds of systems connecting seamlessly and predictably. But having a camera crew on-site can be unpredictable. They can get so caught up in the action in front they don’t see what’s happening beside or behind them. Camera crews can introduce new risks into your already high-risk environment. Particularly if your people don’t know what to expect. I understand the risks I may introduce to your site and how to manage them. I know how to brief your crews so everyone knows what to expect. This means I constantly and actively manage risk – yours and mine.
I also have experience in the safety protocols specific to helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. I know how to signal pilots to receive (and interpret) safety instructions and understand how to approach and move around live aircraft.
Where you find aviation, you also find excitement! But you’ll also find security protocols, NDA’s, defence contracts and filming restrictions. You’ll find restrictions that magically appear the moment we begin shooting! But aviation security, like safety, is not negotiable. I have years of experience working with defence contractors and with commercial non-disclosure agreements. My experience means these restrictions don’t phase me. I regularly create powerful, strong content without compromising security. Get in touch for details about my security clearances.
I’ve designed a number of workflows we can use if data security is critical. I can complete post production 100% on location so no data leave your site. I also have an internet isolated, offline workflow to maintain the integrity of your data if editing offsite. My secure backup protocol is isolated from my regular backup system. I can also make arrangements so no data is stored offsite long term by me.
I’m an experienced photographer and video producer who works safely and securely in the aviation industry. So if you need cracking content from a high-risk environment, get in touch.