I started a new job a couple of weeks ago, Chief Photographer for Time Out Sydney magazine.
It’s pretty bloody exciting, getting paid to take pictures fulltime. And for a magazine i’ve loved as a reader while travelling, one that’s just starting up in my hometown.
It’s an unplanned career turn. For the past seven years i’ve worked in the web design field. I have a communications degree, but no formal training in photography. When i took up the hobby about 5 years ago i never dreamed that one day i’d be "Chief Photographer" for a world recognised magazine title.
For the past few years my passion for working on the web was drifting. That coincided with my passion (some might say obsession) with photography ever increasing.
I kept getting more and more freelance photography jobs. My pictures had appeared in magazines all over the world, but the income i was making was little more than pocket money. I continued to work full time in my day job while doing photography on the side.
When i was approached about taking up the photography gig at Time Out it was a no brainer. A regular income taking pictures everyday for a magazine i love. So far i’ve shot chefs, drag queens, venues, tourist attractions, food, a swimming pool, coffee, a fashion designer and a musician.
I couldn’t imagine a much better job.