We often get asked while we’re travelling or even just when we meet someone new back home, how did you become photographers? We’ve both had very different pathways to becoming photographers and it just proves there’s no perfect way to venture into this industry.Let’s start with Ayesha…
I’m the qualified one, and yet the one that isn’t really into the technical side of things at all – I understand the technical stuff but don’t really care about it and just love creating beautiful photos! In 2010 I graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Industries, a double major in Photomedia and Graphic Design, a course I decided on after having taken photography all through high school. I left uni freelancing as the Creative Director for a fashion magazine (what I thought was my dream job – I have some beautiful magazines that I’ve designed from front to back, but oh what an ‘interesting’ industry!) and we went on our first overseas holiday together to Singapore. The travel bug bit at that point but alas, we had to return home and I landed my first photography job – a portrait photographer for a family and children’s studio in Perth. I worked there for a year, leaving to study early childhood teaching (I lasted five days – what a ridiculous idea!), and threw myself into developing my own beauty photography business. I shoot portraits. I struggle to branch out because no matter what, I always yearn for someone in the photo (I often take sneaky photos of Gavin while he’s shooting). You could say I’m the ‘locals’ part of L&L.And Gavin…oh, where do we start. Gavin also took photography through school but began his furniture making apprenticeship while he was in his last few years, continuing with it once he had graduated. Not long before he was going to become qualified, he did a major back injury which resulted in two years of workers compensation and a lot longer of pain. He got his qualification, but at 21 it was already time for a career move and after seeing what I was doing at uni, he became more and more interested in taking his photography knowledge further. Gavin did six months of full-time work experience with one of Perth’s top fashion and lifestyle photographers (and a great bloke!), while constantly watching YouTube tutorials and reading magazines and anything he could get his hands on – learning more useful, practical skills in that six months than I learnt in three years at uni (sorry Mum!). At that point, he scored a job as the Automotive Photography Supervisor for a car auction company and went on to shoot mainly automotive and commercial photography for four years, being featured in different publications, and shooting freelance jobs. We moved to Vancouver in 2013 and his car love began to dwindle (he was getting his fix doing automotive spray painting as his day job!) – getting more and more interested in street, landscape and architectural photography.
Gavin NEVER puts his camera down. We go to pick up takeout pizza, there’s the Leica. It’s time to do the grocery shopping, the Olympus is hanging out his back pocket. Oh, we’re going for coffee? Better grab the Fuji. He LOVES his gadgets so is always keeping up to date with the latest models, updates and technology and then attempting to have a conversation with me about them. This is why almost every camera review you’ll find on here is written by him – he’s the lenses component of L&L.
There’s no right or wrong way to becoming a photographer. Pick up a camera, start shooting, and see where it leads you. Whether it’s your iPhone, SLR, or grandfather’s Box Brownie, the best way to learn is to practice, ask questions and love what you do.
How did your photography journey start?
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