I’m Mark Smith, an award-winning photographer who’s been lucky enough to enjoy photography as a full-time job for more than 30 years. During that time, I’ve taken tens of thousands of photos of everything from animals and commercial products to landscapes and Academy Award winning actors.
I live in Melbourne, Australia and began snapping as an 18-year-old kid from Geelong.
I beat off 200 + applicants to get a cadetship at Southdown Press, the publishers of TV Week and New Idea. I’d been taking pictures seriously since I was 13. Back then both those magazines different beasts from what you see today. They were more like traditional magazines, with decent profiles of people in the public eye, much like you see in Who Weekly.
I had a steep learning curve coming to grips with the high professional standards set by my far more experienced colleagues, but they were excellent teachers and I was a quick and very keen learner.
Soon I was sent off to work in Sydney, then the centre of TV production in Australia. I worked on programs like A Country Practice and Sons and Daughters as well as numerous mini series and movies being produced at the time.
Those early years set the tone for the rest of my career. I worked on newspapers such as The Daily Mirror and The Australian after I left Southdown Press, as well as enjoying a few years of freelancing for high-end magazines such as Vogue and Australian Country Style.
The last 20 were spent on the Herald Sun. It was a photographer’s dream for many years and offered a wide variety of assignments, which meant the creative juices were always flowing. It left me with the confidence to cover any assignment at any time.
Now, I run my own photography business and love working with customers of all types, be they be big businesses or blushing brides! I’m looking forward to helping couples getting married to achieve the best possible coverage of their big day. I have a level of experience few can match in photography in Australia as well as a strong magazine-based style of shooting coupled with a news photographer’s keen timing to get the unexpected moment.
I’m really going to have fun.