People often ask me what is the hardest thing being a professional photographer ? Simply ‘lasting’ would have to be my most honest answer. It takes passion and persistence to stay creative and make a living out of photography over a period of 3 decades.
I have been shooting professionaly for exactly 30 years this June. I consider this photo of Kirra as one of my first portfolio images. Shot on Kodachrome 64 slide film with a Nikon FM2 camera. It was captured in June 1989 during a massive swell. I was just finishing my B.A , studying at the University of Queensland and was living a few meters from the wave. A few months earlier I had invested in a 800/5.6 telephoto lens and had made the decision not to follow up with a masters degree but rather pursue my passion for photography and hope for the best.
Water and extrem sports where becoming popular, the surf industry brands where starting to boom and magazines where popping up all over the place. My first pay checks started to make my dream a reality.
It has been a great ride. Capturing magic light, perfect moments in beautiful locations with great athletes, models and crew. Sharing good vibes with friends and locals while exploring new places and cultures. Listening and learning from a wide range of clients. It’s been like living an endless adventure. So blessed for the journey so far. It certainly hasn’t been smooth all the time. Plenty of set back along the way. These last few weeks have shaken me to my core. A few more doctor check ups to go and I should be back on track very soon for the next chapter. - 5 hours ago