I put a call out on twitter for some landscape photographer recommendations. Mark was one of the recommendations that came through. Mark owns a cruise vessel called True North, for those of you in WA i’m sure you have heard of it, anyway he managed to combine his very successful cruise vessel with photography.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am one of the owners of the True North, the most successful cruise vessel in Australia and am also a Director of Evolution Commercial Boat Builders. I have been involved in the boat building industry since the early 80s and during that time have been directly involved in $750,000,000 worth of vessels, both commercial and super yachts. I have a passion for living life to the max and making every day count and subsequent to that basic life philosophy, I have done a lot in my 53 years. Along the way I have done 3,500 skydives, have numerous gold medals in freefall competition, have done thousands of scuba dives, I snow ski, surf, swim, bike ride, dance and cook. I am married with 2 kids at 32 and 22 and have 3 grand kids at 6,4 and 2.
What made you get into photography?
Being the one of the owners of the True North, I was always getting to some amazing destinations, but was unable to capture what I was seeing properly. Until I met Christian Fletcher about 3.5 years ago. I did a course with Christian, we hit it off and I did some business coaching for him and under his guidance have evolved into the photographer that I am today. I always do things at 110%. There is no second place for me and since I acquired the skills, I have been going hard at being as good as I can be.
How did you get started?
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
What gear are you using?
I have a Canon 1Ds MK3, a 50mm prime, a 17mm tilt shift and a 28-300 zoom.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The 17mm tilt shift for sure as it is so versatile, but all my lenses are used a lot! I use the 50m for stitching and love that lense as well!
How are you marketing yourself?
Mainly by word of mouth and my website and of course the blog.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I have a few, Curlews in Flight is probably still the fav but!
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Don’t t go at it half baked, immerse yourself into photography so that you live and breath it and you will evolve. Find your own style and niche and work at that style.
Visit Mark Stothard – website