Photographed by Emilio Begali

The Studio. Zetland

My interview on the Photography Daily show

I'm a people person as well as a photographer. Inevitably found myself in the world of portrait photography in which I couldn't be happier. Portrait photography has been an undying passion since I discovered my love for visual arts at a young age.

My early photographic years consisted of shooting landscapes on the Australian Gold Coast and doing the odd freelance job/landscape commission, my desire to graduate to shooting portraits on a professional level led me to Sydney. I wasn’t exactly familiar with the city, I had only been here once before but I took the risk with nothing but a bag of clothes, gear, and a room in a hostel with 2 weeks’ rent covered. Turns out to be the best decision I’ve ever made.

 

I have to give credit to my parents for their “go for it” attitude and free way of life. As a child my family and I never stayed in the same place for long, moving around Wales, England, and between Australia almost constantly. 

I was never in the same school for long and I often conclude that this is why the still image initially drew my attention. The fact I could make something stay still forever in my ever-moving childhood was likely my way to put weight on the uneven scales of my youth. 

I am very blessed to have these experiences as I child and I wouldn’t change a single thing.

 

It wasn’t long after arriving in Sydney I would work alongside some of the most established commercial and editorial photographers in the city, as well as studying my craft and shooting “tests” as much as humanly possible to hone my skills and fine-tune my voice as a photographer.

 

That’s the short version of my photographic story up until today where I shoot for both commercial and for individual clients. 

My experience of working with people is not limited to people who are stepping into a professional photography experience for the first time. Experienced actors and models who have years of experience. Business veterans and young entrepreneurs. The list goes on. I am very grateful for the people I have met throughout my career.

I take time with each shoot before, during, and after in post-production. For me, preparation is a crucial step into a portrait, whether that's a headshot or an editorial story. 

Feel free to contact me with any inquiries you may have about your shoot or project.

 

Michael Quelch.