Q&A with Susan Bradfield of Susan Bradfield Photography, Brighton Victoria

We love sharing these personal profiles of our favourite Australian professional photographers! Find out all about the person behind the lens in our Q&A series.

Susan Bradfield Photography, Brighton VIC

How did you get started as a photographer?

I have always tinkered with photography but my profession was physiotherapy. I took up photography as a hobby when we moved to live as expats in Zurich Switzerland, and I started my own photography business there and when we moved back to Melbourne.

What did life look like before photography?

Physiotherapy and a mum to my two kids.

Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …

Set up and shoot in the morning, finish by noon, edit and admin in the afternoon. Sometimes shoot in the late afternoon.

Do you have a special story to share?

I have the usual poonami stories by nudie babies in the studio… I have had mums who can’t move with hysterical laughter to be able to help clean up, and have had to provide t-shirts so Dads can travel home in a hygienic way! On a different note, one thing I love about my job is having the time to talk to clients as everyone has a special story to share.

If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably wild animals on African safari, however I really struggle to be locked into one genre.

What is the best thing about your job?

To be cliched….doing what I love as a job. Most aspects don’t feel like work.

Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …

You need many hats – being a professional photographer in most cases means running a small business which means over 50% of your time is spent doing other activities that do not involve holding a camera.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

Probably physiotherapy and feeling creatively muted!

Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?

A huge warehouse-style fully set up (to my specifications) studio.

If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?

This is the hardest question ever.


Initial reaction: Audrey Hepburn or Freddie Mercury!


At the moment, I would love to do a portrait of Adam Goodes. All Aussies will cringe, but I was living overseas when all the ‘drama’ went down plus I’m not an AFL follower, so I was completely unaware: head in the sand. Since returning I have only just learnt how bad it was, but also, learned about his journey. I find him vulnerable and inspirational and brave and I would love to tell his story in a shoot.

WEBSITE

www.susanbradfieldphotography.com

FACEBOOK

www.facebook.com/susanbradfieldphotography

INSTAGRAM

www.instagram.com/susanbradfieldphotography

EMAIL

susanbradfieldphoto@gmail.com

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