There is more to being a photographer than just taking great photos. Have a read through today’s Q&A feature and find out all about the talent behind the lens.
Running Under The Sprinkler, Sydney Family Photographer
How did you get started as a photographer?
I was gifted my first camera, a Pentax K1000, while still in school. I couldn’t paint or draw, as much as I really tried to, but I could see my vision on paper through photography.
What did life look like before photography?
I’ve always been a photographer, but in the early days I paired it with all sorts of other jobs from model to mechanic, law clerk, and kindy teacher.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
I could be on a boat in the Maldives, shooting for Tommy Hilfiger, in a lagoon in Tahiti, photographing couture, or 14 hour days backstage at Sydney Fashion Week. I could also be rocking a newborn to sleep, to give parents a moment of a break, singing songs with a toddler, calming pre-wedding jitters and emotions, or photoshopping boogers away from teeny nostrils! Mostly it’s having all the luck in the world to work doing what I love.
Do you have a special story to share?
I love it when the kids I am photographing ask me to stay, or come back the next day.
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is the best thing about your job?
Doing what I love, and still having time to watch my family grow. Actually, I have taught photography to all of my children, and now they work alongside me and my partner, as well as book clients of their own.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
Imposter syndrome (feeling like you are not good enough, and bluffing your way through) is so very real for so many fantastic, successful photographers!
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
A journalist. Still telling those stories.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
Honestly? I would have to pass it on to someone in need, or donate it to charity. I try to run Running Under the Sprinkler ethically and adhere to environmental responsibility, so consequently try not to buy more than I need. Reading back on that, it sounds a bit like just something I think I should say, but I have thought a lot about what I could use the money for in my business, and none of it seems enough of a ‘need’ for me to justify it as a ‘want’.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
I don’t care if someone is famous or not, just so long as they have a story to tell.
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