'I'VE BEEN DREADING YOUR ARRIVAL LIKE I DREAD THE DENTIST.'
I'd just arrived for a photo session and my subject, a female board member of a big-four bank, appeared pale and shaken.
I didn't think a dental comparison was entirely fair, but for many people being photographed is an experience akin to suffering small electric drills.
And it seems nobody is immune - I've photographed TV actors who've been camera shy.
My career began in the media where I produced work for outlets including The Age, Herald Sun, Leader Community Newspapers, The Australian and SBS.
More recently I've been flying solo as a contractor for organisations including Arts Centre Melbourne, RMIT, Mercer, Maroondah City Council, Museums Victoria, AFL and State Library of Victoria.
Along the way I've delved into art, producing exhibitions of photography, video and stencil art for venues such as the Immigration Museum of Victoria, Chapel Off Chapel, Migration Museum of South Australia, ArtSpace Realm and St Kilda Town Hall Gallery.
After two decades of pointing cameras at people — with industry recognition including two Walkleys and a United Nations Peace Media Award — the best part of the job is still helping people to forget the camera, to just be themselves, to tell their story.
After all, isn't that what we all want to see, a bit of heart, people just being people?
Thanks for checking out my website and if you're contemplating a photo, video or art project I'd love to hear from you.