FROG DOG IN THE MEDIA
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STRAP YOURSELVES IN FOLKS, THIS MIGHT BE A LONG ONE. . . MY STORY SO FAR. . .
Eight years ago I decided things needed to change. I was sick of myself and I was incredibly unhappy. So after yet another teary drive to work one day I quit my job that I hated and enrolled in a Diploma of Photography at PIC Photographic Imaging College. And boy was I terrified. I now had no income, no savings and no back up plan.
I arrived at PIC that first day without a clue. I mean literally I didn’t even know what aperture and shutter speed were. I hadn’t ever even held an SLR camera. I almost walked out that first day as I was so embarrassed with all these teenagers around me who seemed to have so much experience and confidence. But I didn’t. I stayed and I made that darkroom my bitch that first year. And then in the second year I turned to digital and learned everything I could about the tech side of current photography practices.
And I completed my Diploma but because I seem to love torturing myself I applied to RMIT University and was accepted into their BA Fine Art degree. Now this was a tough three years of blood, sweat, tears and noodles for dinner. But I got there. I graduated with distinction. I was stoked but had no idea what I was going to do now. I needed to get back to working full time. It seems you rack up a bit of debt as a student. 😂
So I did. I was lucky enough to be able to increase my hours working at the Lost Dogs Home and eventually ended up working in Animal Management for a local council. I’ve worked with animals for the majority of my working life and dogs are my world. So working in Animal Management and enforcing laws I didn’t necessarily believe in sucked the soul right out of me and I knew a change was imminent. During all this I was applying for jobs in the arts constantly. For two freaking years. And I never heard back from any of them.
So one day after some soul searching and a couple of other failed ideas I said to Tony, I’m going to take photos of dogs. ‘Righto’ he said. Six months later of working full time and setting up my studio in the evenings I photographed my first client. Three months later I dove in head first and quit my job. Once again, no money, no backup plan.
Those first five months were tough. Thank Dog for credit cards. But then things started to happen. By the end of last year my client base was growing and my work started to get recognised. Now, people travel from all over to have their best friend photographed by me. Its flipping incredible. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be doing what I love. Every single day.
Oh yeah, this year I was lucky enough to be awarded the AIPP 2018 Emerging Photographer of the Year at the Australian Professional Photography Awards. So there’s that. 😜