Follow Your Dreams

I have to say one of the best aspects of my job is coming into people’s businesses and understanding what they do. It is inspiring to watch their passion and excitement and see how the world and community is a better place as a result. Its something I am incredibly fortunate to bear witness to, every day.

So, next time you think what if…. follow that dream. Yes, there are sleepless nights and lots of stress, but there is also a world of potential awaiting you, doing something you love.



Stepping down and up - Qld AIPP Queensland Professional Photography Awards

I was once pulled aside at an industry event, and ever so gently reminded that the way the world should work is that those who benefit should also contribute back. It’s a concept I strongly believe in.

I guess at that stage I was honoured that someone felt that I had something to contribute. Awards were awesome, however, it never really changed the way that I viewed myself. I was always just in competition myself, and keeping myself accountable to my own goals.

So on this night, on the Marriot Brisbane rooftop in 1997, I bravely said… “Sure, I’d love to” Maybe I could just be an extra set of hands where required.

That night started a twenty-year journey on various councils, committees, national boards and various organisations and causes for Australian Photography. I’m proud of that history, I like to think that my efforts have somehow contributed to where we are now, in fact I know they have. So, after being the Queensland Chairman of Jurors for the AIPP Qld Professional Photography Awards since about 2011, I decided it was time to step down. I’m proud of my contributions, but the organization is changing, and it was time for a change.

It’s a lot of work, a lot of stress, and honestly comes at a huge financial and personal cost… it's not surprising that a lot of people have asked why I have done these roles for such a lengthy period. I guess the clearest response is… because of the people... and I would rather have done it, than not. It's not for acclaim, it's purely to contribute what I can, and to make the world somehow a slightly better place for someone.  Its what we all do in our own way.