Personal Work

Sowing inspiration

In just a couple of days I’m flying to Hanoi, Vietnam. I’ll be joining a group of photographers from around the world who have spent the last 5 weeks (between juggling jobs and kids and life) on The Series Project program, researching and identifying stories they want to tell. As requested (by me!) they’ve already started

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Can you remember the first decent photography gig you got?

Can you remember the first decent paid photography gig you got? The one where you thought- OMG I’m really doing this! It might have been 30 years ago or 3 years ago but there’s a very strong chance it was inspired by something you created for yourself. And you shared it because, what the heck,

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Personal work is not this

If you watched the presentation last week with Billy Plummer you’ll have heard him talk about the difference between tests and personal work. (If not, you can still catch the replay here.) It’s well understood that tests are when you photograph to try out new gear, lighting and technique. But when you photograph with an

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Hope has Wings

To many photographers, being at the top of their game doesn’t just mean making beautiful work for clients, but also being seen and acknowledged by the art world or organisations like Magnum. Maybe that’s you, too. For British photographer Nancy MacDonald, this was something she dreamed of but didn’t believe was possible until she made

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How to make personal work which will get you paid

Have you ever wished you could get inside the brain of a creative director? One that has hired countless photographers for high end brand campaigns? I’m thrilled to share that in exactly one week from now I have a real treat for you. Join myself and Billy Plummer for an inspirational online presentation, “It’s all

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The Kiss of Death

This weekend’s inspiration is a flashback to this time 4 years ago, when borders closed and we all found ourselves facing lockdown. Very strange times indeed. As an antidote to this, ex-advertising creative and top ad photographer Billy Plummer and I created an online workshop, taking 20 photographers from around the world through the process

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The Unknown Swimmer

Personal work can take you on some pretty interesting journeys. Apart from the process itself, the final work can end up in editorial stories, photo books, exhibitions, and being used in ad campaigns. In Melbourne photographer Jason Reekie’s case, one of his personal projects has become a chamber opera. At a Christmas party way back

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