Hi! I’m Mark 🙂 I grew up in a country town and have kept that openness about me.
My aspirations all required me to move to Melbourne city, which I did when I finished high school. I lived on university campus where I dropped out of two science degrees totalling 4 years during which I studied physics, maths, astronomy, geology, biology and all kinds of wonderful, nerdy things. Then I worked. So many jobs. Retail, motorcycle sales, court clerk… A long list of interesting professions, any of which would have been fine to continue with, but my soul at the time was chasing its real dream: Music.
I pushed for that success until it was no longer reasonable to do so and after many creative years as a touring musician (drummer) I entered fashion in the form of a modelling agency which I ran for 5 years during which time I met many interesting, talented and inspiring people including Chris Garbacz, photographer extraordinaire and now my partner in Epic Photography. It was Chris who handed me his spare camera, gave me a ten minute tutorial and said “Go practise and get good”.
All that personal history brought me here: I am a professional commercial photographer.
Sending a message with photography is so much fun. Whether it’s “These shoes are so comfortable” or “Your life will be better if you wear this hat”, commercial photography is all about delivering that message with an image in a way that speaks the visual language of your audience.
The nerd inside me loves the technical aspect: The way a lens works the light, how a sensor captures an image and making a computer processes the pixels. The extrovert in me also loves that my performance behind the camera is what generates the response of the models in front of the lens.
A forte’ of mine is shoot production: The planning process where the concept is created, locations scouted, all the professionals are pulled together, briefed and booked. When the client and photographer conceptualise together, this is where the real magic happens. And when a shoot is planned correctly with the right team, it ensures success.